The one which witnesses the pain and pleasure and the world together is not the body. The body ,which is born,lives and dies within the world is not the witness.
The witness is the one ,which witnesses the body and the world (waking) together without the physical apparatus . Until we think the body as self, the universe ,which contains all of us will prevail as reality.
When we become aware of the fact that, the self is not physical but the self is Atman, then only we become aware of the fact that, our true identity is without the body and the world.
Thus our true focus of attention should be on the Atman, not on the imaginary gods. because Atman itself is Brahman or ultimate truth. Ultimate truth itself is God/Christ/Buddha.
When we become aware of our formless true identity then the burden and bondage experienced within the world as an individual, is mere mirage created out of Atman ,which is in the form of consciousness.
One has to realize the fact that, it is not the waking entity (you) which witnesses the three states. The formless soul is the witness of the coming and going of the three states. The soul is immutable. The soul is unaffected by the happening within the three states because the three states are mere mirage created out of the formless soul, which is present in the form of consciousness. The soul or consciousness is the innermost self.
The self is neither the waking entity nor the self is dream entity but the self is the formless soul. The on the standpoint of the soul, the innermost self the three states are non-existent as reality.
A permanent view of world as unreal can come only after soul centric reasoning; such knowledge cannot change. Were the seeker who is sufficiently sharpness he could grasp the unreal nature of the world by soul-centric reasoning alone. To know whole truth, one must know the whole universe, otherwise he gets only half-truth.
Renouncing the worldly life and accepting sanyasa or monk-hood means incapacity to think deeper, an impotency to inquire and reason.
People speak of getting rid of conditioning or samskara but they themselves are unaware of the fact that, the universe in which they exist is product of the inborn samskara or conditioning. The ignorance is cause of the inborn samskara or conditioning which present as ‘I’ or ‘I AM’.
The real Moksha or freedom is to realize the fact that ‘I’ consciousness is mere physical awareness. Physical awareness is not self-awareness. The self –awareness is when the formless soul or consciousness remains aware of its own non-dual true nature.