The pain of something like a weight on the head can be removed by others, but the pain of things like hunger can be put an end to by no-one but oneself. A sick man is seen to get better by taking the appropriate medicine - not through treatment undertaken by others. Reality can be experienced only with the eye of understanding, not just by a scholar. What the moon is like must be seen with one's own eyes. How can others do it for you?
Who but yourself can free you from the bonds of the fetters of things like ignorance, lust and the consequences of your actions - even in hundreds of thousands of years?
Liberation is achieved not by observances or by analysis, nor by deeds or learning, but only by the realization of one's oneness with God, and by no other means.
Vivekachudamani (52 – 56) by Adi Shankaracharya