Answer: This is when a teacher can serve as a channel through which the Upper Light will pass to a student or at least help a student connect with a group of ten that will begin to absorb the Upper Light.
Question: But, doesn’t the teacher lock the student onto himself?
Answer: In the wisdom of Kabbalah, this cannot happen!
I remember my teacher Rabash, the last giant Kabbalist. He never allowed his greatness, his immense importance, to be seen.
Today, we read his articles that were written before my eyes. I remember everything that happened then, down to the last detail, the time of year when were sitting on a bench in the park as he wrote. I remember literally everything, even the background noises and voices around us. Today, when I read his articles again, I notice that I understand them more deeply than in the past, even though so many years have passed since then.
It is not possible to appreciate a teacher immediately, even though he doesn’t hide his inner world. No one is hiding anything from us. At that time, I thought to myself: “I am going to move in next to him. I will be by his side, and then I will shake him and take out of him everything he has!”
There isn’t anything to shake out. The teacher is ready to transmit everything. It only depends on the degree to which the student can understand him. Student and teacher are two levels.
But how can a student approach a teacher to receive, absorb, and take from him—this is another matter and is not easy.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/7/16