Avraham Tzvi Schwartz
person who desires animal
food is, in a certain way, himself an animal.
Since his desires do not match those of other people but rather those
animals, this makes him -- in terms of his essential self -- an animal.
Similarly, if a persons
longings and wants,
match those of people who live on lower levels, this indicates that he
at such a level. For, those on higher levels aspire to different sets
treasures and pleasures; they dream of being wiser, spiritually
and noble. Their highest wish is to be angels.
Therefore, this is what we need to
(1) What rating do our desires
receive? What do we really
want from our lives? And (2) can we do something to upgrade this?
Two desires influence our desires --
(1) Hashem's desire,
and (2) the Other Side's desire.
Hashem's desire again divides into
two -- (1) He wishes to
give us all types of goodness and pleasure,
beautiful, happy living, and (2) He wishes that we earn these rewards
a beautiful, noble lifestyle
-- the beautiful, noble
lifestyle Hashem Himself prescribes for us.
The first of these two, receiving the
riches that make for
goodness and pleasure, is something we leave to Hashem. We need
focus on fulfilling the second desire -- living as Hashem wants us to
this, we declare: "Our desire, Hashem, is to do Your desire."
The Gemara relates that Rav Hamnuna,
on finishing his
prayers, would say, "Lord of the Universe, our desire is to do your
desire; but what stops us, the yeast in the dough ...
This "yeast in the dough" refers to
Side's desire. His wish is that we give our days and thoughts to
and prestige, while, at the same time, we indulge in lustful luxury,
Mostly Hashem's influence on us mixes
with the Other Side's influence.
We think of these two desires as one -- one
dough. What we need then, is to separate the good from the bad, that we
enhance the one that is higher, and control the one that is the lower.