Answer: The egoistic characteristics of the teacher are his beastly characteristics; they have no connection to the spiritual world.
Suppose that a teacher loves to eat a particular food, to sleep in a particular way, loves certain things in the world, doesn’t love, or even hates something else, none of this has any connection to the wisdom of Kabbalah.
Kabbalists who lived 100, 200, or 2,000 years ago also had particular habits and feelings; none of that matters at all.
But if a person is near a Kabbalist and wants to approach him, he must be on a level in which he can relate to his habits and customs correctly.
Question: Your students also teach. Do they have to direct their students to you and recommend that they listen to your lessons?
Answer: They don’t have to direct them to me at all. Everything depends on the level the students are at. If they are ready to listen to my lessons, it is worthwhile for them to bring them here. They will be able to study along with the main group and see how things are done. But my intention is not to direct them to me. I transfer everything to my students and my students to their students, and so on.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 8/7/16