Better than meditating on a hundred thousand deities For ten million kalpas is to think of one's teacher for a single moment.
Precious Embodiment Tantra
On the relative level, the teacher appears in human form, gives teachings, and shows us the path. Through his instructions and by his blessing a time will come when his realization and ours will become one. At that time, we will realize that the absolute inner teacher has always been present as the nature of our mind.