“Dreams and restless thoughts came flowing to him from the river, from the twinkling stars at night, from the sun’s melting rays. Dreams and a restlessness of the soul came to him.
But where was this Self, this innermost? It was not flesh and bone, it was not thought or consciousness.
He has one single goal—to become empty, to become empty of thirst, desire, dreams, pleasure, and sorrow—to let the Self die. No longer to be Self, to experience the peace of an emptied heart, to experience pure thought-that was his goal. When all the self was conquered and dead, when all the passions and desires were silent, then the last must awaken, the innermost of Being that is no longer Self—the great secret!” – Hesse