Q: How shall I reach the Self?
Sri Ramana Maharshi:
There is no reaching the Self.
If Self were to be reached,
it would mean that the Self is not here and now
and that it is yet to be obtained.
What is got afresh will also be lost.
So it will be impermanent.
What is not permanent is not worth striving for.
So I say the Self is not reached.
You are the Self, you are already that.
The fact is, you are ignorant of your blissful state.
Ignorance supervenes and draws a veil over the pure Self
which is bliss.
Attempts are directed only to remove this veil of ignorance
which is merely wrong knowledge.
The wrong knowledge is the false identification of the Self with
the body and the mind.
This false identification must go, and then the Self alone remains.
Therefore realisation is for everyone;
realisation makes no difference between the aspirants.
This very doubt,
whether you can realise,
and the notion `I-have-not-realised’ are themselves the obstacles.
Be free from these obstacles also.
~ From Be as you are book