“…God raised us to the level of consciousness in which we can participate in His mitzvah and in the accompanying heavenly delight.
Such, too, is the meaning of being occupied with the Torah for its own sake.
There are those who get involved with Torah in order to imbibe its contents, or to use it for whatever practical or even idealistic purpose they think best.
They are not relating to the Torah for its own sake, that is for the love of Torah itself and not for the benefits to be had from it.
To be occupied with Torah for its own sake means to relate to Torah, not as a literary work or as moral instruction or even wisdom, but to let the Torah emanate its splendor and joy, to let it serve as a channel for Divine light.”
From “Hidden Aspects of Shabbat” p.11, in The Candle of God by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz