Sage Sri, Sankara :- VC- 61. For one who has been bitten by the serpent of Ignorance, the only remedy is the knowledge of Brahman. Of what avail are the Vedas and (other) Scriptures, Mantras (sacred formulae) and medicines to such a one?
62. A disease does not leave off if one simply utter the name of the medicine, without taking it; (similarly) without direct realisation one cannot be liberated by the mere utterance of the word Brahman.
The seeker of truth read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider and discover the truth by using his own reason. The greatest and noblest pleasure which seeker can have is to discover new truths; and drop old prejudices and accumulated knowledge.
To understand and assimilate one needs spiritual language of silence; one must speak from the standpoint of the consciousness which the language of the soul – which is humility, intense urge of inner growth, listening and without arguing on some theoretical or some authority or some famous men‘s point of view.
Dull intellects may need many years; sharp intellects may grasp non dual truth in lesser time.
The sense of ‘I’ prevents one from knowing the non-dual truth. When a man gives his opinion, he can at once see whether he is speaking from the plane of finite ego or of truth.
People are carried away by their emotion, and take what they like as Atman Let a man, however foolish and ignorant he be, get this one idea, "I will not keep quiet until I know Truth." Then he will progress in his pursuit of truth.
No Gnani will ever say, "I know" or "I see". Only the fool or insane does so: it is one of the greatest weaknesses of the human mind that it says so, outside of the practical realm where it is quite alright.
It is by constant repetition of reading F.S messages and constant cultivation of weighing evidence on the base of soul as self has to be developed. Dogged perseverance is essential to understand the non-dual truth.
So long as one has differences or distinctions whether religious racial or otherwise, he has not reached his non dual destination. The presence of waking experience means the presence of ego.
The whole mind must get sharpened, not merely a part or fragment. This is very rare and why compartmentalism is so often found. Self-examination is the point. How does one know what he knows is the truth?
"It is this Supreme Oneness which alone is real, since there is nothing else but the Self. Verily, there remains no other independent entity in the state of realization of the highest Truth."
Consciousness (soul) is the substance and witness of the duality. The duality is present in the form of mind. Mind is present in the form of universe. The universe appears as waking or dream and diapers as deep sleep. The one which is aware of the coming and going of the three states is neither the waking entity nor the dream entity but the formless soul, which is present in the form of consciousness. When the soul becomes aware of its formless non-dual true nature in the midst of duality it is called self –awareness. It is foolish to limit the consciousness only to duality because the consciousness pervades all the three states
People believe that teacher or mystic or priest has got so many followers and therefore there must be some truth in their teaching, is a common fallacy accepted by the mass due to their inherited conditioning. It proves only an ignorant can find a number of greater ignorant to follow him.
Not by intellectual speculation but only by an awakening to the reality of his true existence he gets soulcentric vision. Soul, the innermost self’s nature is like state of deep sleep.
Religion, yoga and intellectualism are not the means to acquire self-knowledge or Brahma Gnana or Atma Gnana. Without getting rid of the ignorance and trying to get self-awareness through religion and yoga is like a sleeping man trying to know what he is about, without waking up. As sleep is to waking, so is ordinary life to the state of realization.
It is necessary to repeating the same truth again and again till it becomes reality. One needs to constant reflect on the subject until he gets conviction of what is what. Words are needed until one gets firm conviction of ‘what is what’. People need reading and hearing the words to think deeply and reach the ultimate end.