To observe the hidden, one has to have eyes that are not conditioned by the past
Public Talk 3 in Madras (Chennai), 13 January 1971
Everyone you met found you likeable and assumed you were trustworthy. But you knew you did not like or trust many of your own impulses and thoughts, so you didn’t feel likeable or trustworthy. You knew you were plagued with desires, fears, conflict, and confusion, despite how favorably others perceived you.
Then, one day, you met someone who could see clearly how plagued you are; someone who spoke to your condition - not to your appearance. You were drawn to this person who seemed to know more about your condition than you did. In fact, all he did was talk about your condition. He said that your condition can end, but that you can’t end it because you are its creator and director. He said that it/you must “die”, and that this metaphorical death can only come about naturally because, unlike suicide, it cannot be self-induced.
What were you to do with this information? There’s nothing you can do to end the condition because you are the condition, which means you can’t do anything that isn’t conditioned response. So, can you observe your condition without wanting to do anything about it? No, because desire is driving and distorting your observation. So, can you observe your desire-distorted observation without wanting to do anything about it?