O.k it's better to use scripture to get the point across. So who better to quote than Nagarjuna?
Question 1. I want liberation. What is liberation?:
''when karmic actions and mental afflictions
cease, that is liberation.''
Question 2. So can ''I'' get liberated?
''The one who experiences perceptions does not exist,
Before, during, or after the experiences of
seeing and so forth.
Knowing this, all thoughts of an
experiencer of perceptions either
existing or not existing are reversed.''
Question 3. But what about samsara - that exists right?:
''No beginning is perceptible,
No end is perceptible,
And nothing in between is perceptible either.''
Question 4. But what about birth and death?
''Since one cannot happen before the others,
And they cannot happen simultaneously,
Why would you ever think
That birth, aging and death truly exist?''
Question 5. But I want to be enlightened, to become a Buddha.
''Whatever is the nature of the Tathagata,
That is the nature of wandering beings.
The Tathagata has no inherent nature;
Wandering beings have no inherent nature.
Question 6. But Buddha is perfect and I want to be perfect. What about renouncing pleasure?
''How could it be possible for
Sentient beings who are like illusions,
Or objects that are like reflections,
To be either pleasant or unpleasant?
Question 7. But surely we have to attain something through renunciation? What about Nirvana?
''Nothing to abandon, nothing to attain,
Nothing extinct, nothing permanent,
No cessation, no arising_
This is how nirvana is taught to be.''
These are useful quotes. Nagarjuna amazes. Much better to post these then talk about the issues based on my own experience.
The Blessed One said:
"What is the All? Simply the eye & forms, ear & sounds, nose & aromas, tongue & flavors, body & tactile sensations, intellect & ideas. This, monks, is called the All. Anyone who would say, 'Repudiating this All, I will describe another,' if questioned on what exactly might be the grounds for his statement, would be unable to explain, and furthermore, would be put to grief. Why? Because it lies beyond range." Sabba Sutta.