Question: A person consists of intention, desires, feelings, emotions, reason, and thoughts. Are there are two kinds of intentions: for oneself or for others? Is there only one desire—to enjoy?
Answer: Yes. Nothing else. This is a quality of nature. That is, receiving fulfillment or avoiding suffering is basically one and the same.
Feelings and emotions are manifested in desire, the magnitude of its filling. The mind lets us accurately realize what we want.
Question: Before I thought that the mind is separate, as it were, or vice versa, that desires serve the mind?
Answer: The mind on inanimate, vegetative, and animate levels can serve instinctive desires. When a person develops oneself, then the mind begins to serve one’s human desires.
In fact, we need reason in order to circumvent inanimate, vegetative, animal, and even human desires, and begin to rise to the level of absolute interaction, higher than our nature. This is the so-called “faith above reason,” when we seek connection with each other in spite of all other desires and intentions.
Question: Is our goal to correct the natural egoistic perception of the world, egoistic desires—toward the neighbor?
Answer: Not even a neighbor, but a union: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” That is, I must love myself and my neighbor as well. This means absolute unification in order to create a common system. Therefore, I want to be its integral part.
From KabTV’s “Basics of Kabbalah,” 7/19/19