Question: Why is Self-Realization so difficult to attain?

Amma: In fact Self-Realization is easy because the Atman (Self) is the closest to us. It is the mind that makes it difficult. The scriptures and the great Masters always try to make it simple. They keep reminding you that the Self or God is your true nature which means it is not far away. It is the real you, your original face but you need to have faith to imbibe this truth. Faithlessness makes the path rigorous and faith makes it simple.