The discussion until now centered on the category of “turning away from evil.” The Alter Rebbe showed how one could utilize his hidden love of G-d in refraining from sin. He now goes on to the category of “doing good,” discussing the use of the hidden love in leading one to perform all the positive commandments.

Likewise, in the category of “doing good” one can employ the power of his “hidden love” to strengthen himself like a lion, with might and determination of heart,

וְהֵן בִּבְחִינַת "וַעֲשֵׂה טוֹב", לְהִתְגַּבֵּר כָּאֲרִי בִּגְבוּרָה וְאוֹמֶץ הַלֵּב,

against the evil nature which weighs down his body and casts over him a sloth, which stems from the element of Earth that is in his animal soul.7

נֶגֶד הַיֵּצֶר הַמַּכְבִּיד אֶת גּוּפוֹ וּמַפִּיל עָלָיו עַצְלָה, מִבְּחִינַת יְסוֹד הֶעָפָר שֶׁבַּנֶּפֶשׁ הַבַּהֲמִית,

This laziness prevents him from exerting his body energetically with every type of effort and strain in the service of G-d that entails effort and toil.

מִלְּהַטְרִיחַ גּוּפוֹ בִּזְרִיזוּת בְּכָל מִינֵי טוֹרַח וַעֲבוֹדַת מַשָּׂא בַּעֲבוֹדַת ה' שֶׁיֵּשׁ בָּהּ טוֹרַח וְעָמָל,

For example, to labor in the Torah with deep concentration and also orally so that “his mouth will never cease from Torah study,”

כְּגוֹן: לַעֲמוֹל בַּתּוֹרָה בְּעִיּוּן וּבַפֶּה – לָא פָסִיק פּוּמֵיהּ מִגִּירְסָא,

as our Sages have said: “A man should always submit to the words of Torah like the ox to the yoke and the donkey to the load.”8

וּכְמַאֲמַר רַבּוֹתֵינוּ־זִכְרוֹנָם־לִבְרָכָה: "לְעוֹלָם יָשִׂים אָדָם עַצְמוֹ עַל דִּבְרֵי תוֹרָה כְּשׁוֹר לְעוֹל וְכַחֲמוֹר לְמַשְׂאוֹי",

Similarly, with regard to devout prayer, he should exert himself with all the strength he can muster.

וְכֵן לִתְפִלָּה בְּכַוָּנָה – בְּכָל כֹּחוֹ מַמָּשׁ,

So, too, with regard to serving G-d in monetary matters, such as the duty of charity,9

וְכֵן בַּעֲבוֹדַת ה' שֶׁהִיא בְּדָבָר שֶׁבְּמָמוֹן, כְּמוֹ עֲבוֹדַת הַצְּדָקָה;