The article “The Donkey Driver” begins with a description of how two wise men, who are related, walk to a third wise man, and all sorts of stories happen to them along the way. This is how the articles in The Book of Zohar often begin.
As a rule, they speak allegorically about what is inside a person. At the same time, each character plays a special trait in a person. Thus, the sages seem to be walking along the road to the Creator gradually revealing Him.
In addition, they are also revealed to each other through dialogue: what will happen to them, what they will achieve, how the Creator is perceived, and so on.
The road always symbolizes the path to the Creator. And related souls are like forces inside one person.
That is, when a Kabbalist reads the sources, he sees that these are certain qualities or forces within him. And since they are harmoniously connected with each other, therefore, kinship ties are mentioned.
From KabTV’s “Preface to The Book of Zohar” 9/3/23