The Torah discusses using a Mikvah to allow oneself to be rid of ritual impurity (Tamei) to a state of purity (Tahor).

Nowadays, many people go to the Mikvah (e.g, erev shabbos) to obtain a higher state of Kedusha (holiness). Where do we see a source that the Mikvah has any bearing on Kedusha?

What I am looking for specifically is a source that details Mikvah as a source for Kedusha, not (just) Tahara.

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    Kohanim in the mikdash would tovel without being tameh - most famously the Kohen Gadol on YK, multiple times, without any chance to become tameh in between
    – AKA
    Jan 5 at 4:13
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    Mesilas Yesharim says Tahara is a prerequisite for Kedusha.
    – Shalom
    Jan 5 at 11:54
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    @Shalom You should emphasize that Ramchal is only making that statement based on the explicit teaching from Rabbi Pinchas ben Yair concerning the path of Nevuah. See Yerushalmi Shekalim 3:3, Mishnah Sotah 9:15, Avodah Zarah 20b, Yerushalmi Shabbat 1:3, Sha’arei Kedusha, Part 2 4:10. Jan 5 at 13:56
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    @Nahum See Yoma 3:3, אין אדם נכנס לעזרה לעבודה, אפילו טהור, עד שיטבול.
    – Meir
    Jan 5 at 18:24
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    @Meir Ty. Nice. Same Mishnah as regarding KG. I see in tosefta that one opinion says it was for good reason—מקבילות בתוספתא יומא ג':ג' רַבִּי יְהוּדָה אוֹמֵר: לֹא הָיְתָה טְבִילָה זוֹ אֶלָּא מִפְּנֵי הַצֹּרֶךְ: פְּעָמִים שֶׁטֻּמְאָה יְשָׁנָה בְיָדוֹ. מִתּוֹךְ שֶׁהוֹלֵךְ לִטְבֹּל, נִזְכָּר שֶׁהוּא טָמֵא, וְהוֹלֵךְ וּבָא לוֹ.
    – Nahum
    Jan 5 at 18:44

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Kabbalah speaks about the significance of going to mikvah before (and on) shabbos. In Pri Etz Chaim it's written that doing so removes the "weekday garments" of the soul and draws down the holiness of shabbos:

צריך לעורר אותך קודם קבלת שבת בקריאת שמו"ת, ואח"כ בטבילה. ומצוה שמו"ת בזמנה יום ו' אחר חצות, שאז נפרד הקליפה מהקדושה... ואח"כ בכוונת טבילה, משפיעין הארת קדושת שבת, לזה אמר "יתפרדו כל פועלי און"... ומנהג מורי זלה"ה, לקרוא פרשת השבוע בכל ערב שבת... ואחר קריאת הפרשה, היה טובל בערב שבת, והיה אומר כי אחר שקרא הפרשה של שבת, כבר יש יכולת לקבל תוספות שבת... והיה אומר, כי תוספות שבת, הוא ניכר ונתגלה תיכף אחר הטבילה במצח אדם, אך עיקר הגלוי לא היה רק אחר חצי היום, ודווקא אם כבר טבל, והסיר בגדי חול של הנפש על ידי הטבילה

As for going during the week, there are many sources in chassidus and nigleh for the idea of purifying oneself in the mikvah before serving Hashem, especially for one who is a baal keri.

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    Is there any nigleh source that suggests purifying oneself not for keri? You make it sound like there is. Keri is a real halachic impurity, not just "extra kedusha"
    – Double AA
    Jan 5 at 14:02
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    Possibly duplicative of what @DoubleAA said, I am looking for sources that bring a reason for Mikvah outside of Keri. Keri is from the Torah, and the Mikvah therefore removes Tumah. Can you bring any sources specifically for Kedusha?
    – michael
    Jan 5 at 15:00
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    @DoubleAA The letter I linked to was about tevilah in general. I've updated the link to include some additional sources reflecting AKA's comment above, as well as Nahum's answer.
    – shmosel
    Jan 5 at 18:38

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