My Response: It is because you need not to read, but to attain. You need to change yourself, to rise above yourself. Then the content will be within you.
Question: Let’s say you look at the text and enter into it, how do you make all these transformations?
Answer: I do not enter into anything. It surfaces inside me. Or you can say that I am speculatively entering the spiritual world inside me.
Question: While studying, for example, The Book of Zohar, you give us certain recommendations: read in this way, think in that way, together, and everyone adapts to it. But you are still talking, and what we hear is limited, we do not really hear what you are asking us to do.
Perhaps this is our fantasy working. How well do your students work with the material that you give?
Answer: I cannot say. They work as much as they can. I am both satisfied and dissatisfied, but this is what it is.
Question: While studying, should a person just endure it or look for something within himself? For example, you give definitions, but they are so abstract that there is nothing to cling to in order to find these images within me.
Answer: Search—everything is within you! I understand that you cannot grasp where it is in you. It is spinning somewhere out there, but it is not clear exactly where. This is the work.
Question: What about fantasy, when a person begins to invent something for himself?
Answer: This is wrong. We need not fantasy, but attainment and work in a group.
Question: What is the difference between attainment and understanding?
Answer: You understand with a brain that is silly and disconnected from reality. You do not know if this is correct or not. Today you understand it this way and tomorrow in a different way. It is logical in accordance with some facts and with some theory that is inside you. This is an understanding or even, maybe, an awareness.
Attainment, however, is something that leaves no doubt and cannot be changed since it is the revelation of the Creator’s system within you to the extent that you have become similar to it. Meaning, this is absolute!
From KabTV’s “I Got a Call. How to Study Kabbalistic Texts?” 2/16/13