He who knows this treasure of conciousness, smaller than the atom but greater than the universe, shining like 12 millons suns, lodged in the cave of the heart, finds the secret of the universe
All suffering is caused by selfish isolation, by insularity and greed. When the cause of suffering is seen and removed, suffering ceases. To understand suffering, you must go beyond pain and pleasure. Your own desires and fears prevent you from understanding and thereby helping others. In reality there are no others, and by helping yourself, you help everybody else. If you are serious about the suffering of mankind, you must effect the only means of help you have - yourself.
There is no evil, there is no suffering: the joy of living is paramount. Look, how everything clings to life, how dear the existence is. But you must begin by being the dispassionate observer. Then only will you realize your full being as the universal lover and actor. As long as you are enmeshed in the tribulations of a particular personality, you can see nothing beyond it, As long as you are ignorant of yourself as the creator, your world is limited and repetitive, Once the teacher shows you how to go beyond your self-identification with the past, the person and the body, you are free to create a new world of harmony and beauty.
Extract from chapters 76-77 of the book I am That - talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj 1973 Bombay