“A father has got his sons and others to free him from his debts, but he has got none but himself to remove his bondage.
“The true nature of things is to be known personally, through the eye of clear illumination, and not through a sage : What the man exactly is, is to be known with one’s own eyes ; can others make him know it?
“Who but one’s own self can get rid of the bondage caused by the fetters of ignorance, desire, action, and the like, aye, even in a hundred crore* of cycles?”
- Sage Sankaracharya, quoted by SRI GYANAMATA in God Alone.
* ten million