Is there then no real need of a master? The answer is "No!" for some men but "Yes!" for most men. He is needed to wake up the sleeper by telling him the highest truth from the very first time, and then descend by degrees to the stages while still holding on to the truth. The master serves only by showing a seeking person his real self, his Overself: or holding a mirror up to him. This can be called, also, giving him a "glimpse," or, more truthfully, being used by the higher power as a vehicle to do so.
-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest > Chapter 6: Student-Teacher > # 72