You cannot perceive if you do not ask the right question - and a right question has no answer, because it needs no answer. It is wrong questions that invariably have answers.
Bombay, India | 1st Public Talk 23rd December 1959
If perceiving what-is entails asking the right question, the mind identified by its beliefs, values, and self-esteem can not perceive what-is because it is not a freely inquiring mind. It is a mind that is bound by its fabricated identity and imagined reality, and cannot ask a question that threatens or undermines these illusions. It is a mind that is not interested in what-is because it is committed to what-should-be. For all intents and purposes it is a blind mind, stumbling and lurching through life, experiencing only what it knows, what it expects, what it recognizes.
But can the blind mind can be aware of itself as it goes about its self-deception, or is self-awareness impossible for such a mind? Self-awareness is always possible, but for the blind mind it isn’t permitted for fear of losing its way; for fear of realizing it is lost, and of its own accord