Consciousness is the true Self. Consciousness is within this universe but it is not of this universe. It is in this universe, but not of this universe means it is the formless substance and witness of the universe, which is in the form of the mind [I]. The mind [I] appears as waking or dream and disappears as deep sleep. The self who is in the form of consciousness is the formless knower of the mind, which comes and goes. Consciousness is above; it is transcendental to all the miseries, which are inevitable in this illusory universe. Therefore, there is a need to realize the fact that, the mind, which is in the form of universe is mere mirage created out consciousness. Thus, the birth, life, death and world are mere mirage on the stand point of the consciousness, which is the true self. Only on the base of physical self the universe is reality. Thus the Self is within the universe but it is without the universe.
Only a Gnani alone can actually create the awareness of the truth. He can enliven and illuminate others to get out of this ignorance by being transcendental to the illusory birth, life, death and the universe. Gnani tries to guide the seekers get rid of the inherited ignorance and, rise above the egocentric concepts, be in this universe, but not of this universe, be in tune with the consciousness, which is his true identity and the ultimate truth.
This material existence is mere mirage. It is like a wax in the candle it will burn away. All attempts for freedom is possible only when one is ready to overcome the ignorance. To overcome the ignorance is possible only when one realizes the birth, life, death and the world are mere illusion created out of consciousness. The consciousness is ultimate truth. And the one who knows this truth knows the knower [consciousness] is free from the known [mind].
Through Self-knowledge, all of one’s egocentric successes and all of his credible accomplishments within the duality are ultimately evaporated and consciousness alone will prevail as nondual existence.