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the Rambam (Teshuva 10:2) defines the ideal motivation of performing mitzvot as (lishma) one "who does the truth because it is the truth"

On the other hand, the Mesilat Yesharim defines the ideal motivation (in ch.19) as to bring nachat ruach (pleasure/gratification) to God.

Are these two saying the same thing in different words or are they two different views?

Update: I see also in the Rambam's commentary on Mishnayot end of Makot: "Among the fundamental principles of our faith in the torah is that when a person fulfills one of the 613 mitzvot properly and befittingly, and does not associate with it in any way whatsoever any intent of this world but instead does it for its own sake (lishma), out of love.."

  • Note that the Perush HaMishna was written in Arabic. It is therefore difficult to make an inference about how Rambam understood a particular Hebrew word (in this case: לשמה). – mevaqesh Dec 5 '16 at 21:39
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