Q: "I am engaged in the study of philosophy, sociology and education. I think more mental development is needed before I can dream of self-realization. Am I on the right track?"

Nisargadatta: "To earn a livelihood some specialized knowledge is needed. General knowledge develops the mind, no doubt. But if you are going to spend your life amassing knowledge, you build a wall around yourself. To go beyond the mind, a well-furnished mind is not needed."

Q: "Then what is needed?"

Nisargadatta: "Distrust your mind, and go beyond."

Q: "What shall I find beyond the mind?"

Nisargadatta: "The direct experience of being, knowing and loving."