The Essence of the Work in Torah and Mitzvot
One should crave being awarded the reward of a Mitzva (commandment/good deed) [performing a correction]. This means that through keeping the Mitzvot [corrections] he will be rewarded with [has to demand] adherence to the Metzaveh (Commander) [as it said: “The reward for performing a commandment is knowing the One who prescribed it].
– Baal HaSulam, Shamati (I Heard), Article no. 227, “The Reward for a Mitzva–a Mitzva”
When one can aim in order to bestow [to benefit another], this act is called “a Mitzva (good deed).”
– Rabash, The Rungs of the Ladder, “Concerning the Reward of the Receivers”
The work in Torah and Mitzvot [correcting egoism by the Upper Light] begins primarily after one has been awarded repentance from love [actions that stem from love of others]. Only then is it possible to engage in Torah and Mitzvot with love and fear, as we are commanded.
– Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Study of the Ten Sefirot,” Item 133