The entire cosmos, the ancients explained, climbs ever upward.

The elements move upward to grow as living flora.

Flora rise upward, consumed by creatures that swim, run, fly, love and fear.

Those mobile, loving and fearing fauna may too be elevated into the realm of a conscious being that acts with enlightened mindfulness—a human being.

And this human being, to where can it rise?

To the ultimate fulfillment of intellect and yet higher, to a place that existed before Mind was born, a place without constriction or borders.

And where is that place?

It is the act of doing good for the sake of good alone.

Igrot Kodesh, vol. 7, p. 376; ibid., vol. 11, p. 421. Night of Simchat Torah 5723:6.