HOW TO BE FREE FROM DESIRE AND FEAR - PART 12
With the knowledge of the True Self or Self-Realization, all desires and fears drop away. Who would desire? Who would fear? For the seeker, still lost in the dream of self-identity, desires and fears are like constant waves in the ocean, providing a stream of experiences - good and bad. The series will share pointers on how to observe these desires and fears as they arise, how to rest in your own nature, and thereby break the hypnotic spell of self-identification.
Giving up desire after desire is a lengthy process with the end never in sight. Leave alone your desires and fears, give your entire attention to the subject, to him who is behind the experience of desire and fear. Ask: who desires? Let each desire bring you back to yourself.
– Nisargadatta Maharaj
Note 1: Maharaj is not referring to a person or an entity when he says "give your entire attention to the subject, to him who is behind the experience of desire and fear." This is simply a pointer to rest in ultimate subjectivity.
Note 2: Ramana Maharshi's pointer on self-enquiry is the same as this pointer offered by Maharaj. Ramana Maharshi advised that whatever thought or feeling arises, simply ask: "To who does this thought / feeling occur?" This unanswerable question leads directly to the next and more fundmental question: "Who Am I?" In this way, any thought, feeling, desire or fear is a direct route back to the Self.
Remember, to know Yourself, return to the silence before words.