Rabbi Baruch Ashlag writes:
The scripture says “Return O Israel unto the Lord your God.” (Hosea 14.) This means that the measure of Teshuvah, returning, needs to be unto the Lord our God. What does it mean to return unto the Lord our God?
Rabbi Ashlag goes on to tell us that we came from God. Our source is Divine. However, the soul and the body devolve down different paths. The path the soul takes is through the framework of holiness, whereas the path the body— known as the ego— takes, is through the framework of uncleanness.
The soul is clothed by the body, and is under its domination for the first thirteen years of our life. Then slowly through the work of Torah and mitzvot for the sake of God or for the sake of our fellow human, we gradually return step by step to our Source.
As Rav Kook writes in his great work, Orot HaTeshuvah
Through Teshuvah everything returns to godliness. The reality of the power of Teshuvah that rules over all the worlds returns and reconnects all things in the perfect divine reality.
It is to this extent that we may indeed ultimately must return.
This podcast is dedicated to the merit of my dear friend Hana Leah bat Esther Sara for a Refuah Shlemah
Teaching from Bircat Shalom of Rabbi Baruch Shalom Ashlag Ma’amar 2 Sefer Hama’amarim תשמ”ט and from Orot HaTeshuvah Rav Kook chapter four
Other talks on Teshuvah and the month of Elul