Man and his experience of the world is product of ignorance. Ignorance is cause of experiencing the duality as reality. The duality is mere illusion from ultimate standpoint. All the thoughts, words, feelings, attachment including the man and his experience of the world are part of the illusion. The illusion (universe) is created out of single stuff. That single stuff is consciousness (soul or Atman), the innermost self. On the standpoint of the soul, the innermost self no second thing exists other than consciousness.
The soul is the formless substance and witness of the three states. If the formless witness witnesses the waking experience and its attention is fixed to the waking experience than the waking experience is experienced as reality. If the formless witness witnesses the dream and its attention is fixed to the dream than the dream is experienced as reality. If the attention of the soul is on itself than it is called deep sleep in waking experience, which is the states of ignorance. If the soul consciously remains in its formless non-dual true nature in the midst of waking experience through wisdom it is called self-awareness.
The three states are an object to the formless soul, is the subject. The three states are state of ignorance. In all the three states the soul, the innermost self is in ignorance of its own formless non-dual true nature. This forgetfulness is cause of the ignorance. Ignorance is cause of experiencing the three states as reality. The three states are cause of experiencing the individuality as reality. Individuality is cause of experiencing the birth, life, death and the world as reality. The three states are one in essence. In the realm of truth the three states are non-existent. In self-awareness, the three states are non-existent because they are one in essence.
Sage Sri Sankara –VC--"All this universe which through ignorance appears as of diverse forms, is nothing else but Brahman which is absolutely free from all the limitations of human thought
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."
Mind appears in the form of universe. Mind is identical with the consciousness, because mind is created out of consciousness. The consciousness appears as mind or universe and disappears back as consciousness. Thus the mind is mere mirage. Thus whatever the universe contains, is mere mirage created out of consciousness. Thus the birth, life and death, which takes place in the universe is also mirage.
All individual experiences, beliefs, gods and religion are part and parcel of the mirage. The consciousness, which is the invisible substance witness of the mind, which is in the form of universe, is real and eternal. Thus everything in the universe is created out of single stuff, which is consciousness. Thus, the universe of diversity is myth on the standpoint of the consciousness, which is the true self.
Non-dualistic wisdom is seen as food for all humanity. Non-dualistic truth is the universal truth par excellence; it is not a religious truth which is limited to particular religion. The religion is mere a way of living according to its code of conducts.
The ultimate truth is to know and realize the fact about one’s true existence. The religion is based on the false self. Without the false self-there is no existence of religion. Thus religion holds false self as real self and false experience of the world as real experience. Deeper inquiry, analysis and reasoning revels the fact that, the self is not physical but the self is formless consciousness.
If the self is formless, then all the form based experiences becomes falsehood. The knower of these physical based experiences, appear as waking or dream is formless, real and eternal. On standpoint of this formless knower, which is in the form of consciousness the three states are mere mirage created out of itself. Therefore, the experience of diversity is mere mirage, thus stuff from which the three states are made, that stuff is real.
The path to spiritual liberation par excellence, wide and Deep Ocean of consciousness, which contains virtually the whole universe (mind)and in which the whole universe ultimately dissolve.