Question: Can you engage in spirituality and make money from it? If there is nothing bad in the desire and all that needs correction is the intention, why can’t you make money from spirituality? After all, Baal HaSulam did take money for his lessons.
Answer: Baal HaSulam did take money for his lessons, not for himself but in order to oblige his students to take care and to work for the method they acquired. One of the requirements of spiritual work is to pay Maaser, a tithe. A person who wants to develop spiritually must understand that this is a basic precondition for his advancement, but it is not compulsory. A person can also study without putting any money in the general money box.
No one can make money from disseminating the wisdom of Kabbalah. It is very dangerous. If he hasn’t secured himself with a spiritual Masach (screen), which enables him to perform actions of bestowal, he may begin to calculate the interaction with his clients (we will call them clients in this case and not students) and make decisions that stem from his pocket.
Question: Who is it more dangerous for, the teacher or the students?
Answer: For the teacher. The students would only receive a corporeal method from him, which is similar to other psychological methods of study.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/3/16