The Book of Zohar, Introduction, “The Donkey Driver,” Paragraph 85: Rabbi Elazar and Rabbi Aba dismounted from their donkeys and kissed him. They said, “So great is your wisdom, and yet you drive donkeys behind us! Who are you, then?” He replied to them: “Do not ask me who I am, but let us go on and study the Torah. Each of us will speak his wisdom so as to illuminate our path.
The donkey driver is the “Surrounding Light,” the Light that Reforms. What is the difference between it and the Light that is discovered later? The Surrounding Light becomes “Inner Light.” When it is discovered, then it will be clear that this is, for example, the Light of Yechida, and until then we don’t know what level we are approaching, who our guide is.
The donkey driver is that Surrounding Light that takes us across the density of our desire of our “donkeys” from level to level.
From the 2nd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 6/23/13, The Zohar