Consciousness is the secret essence is hidden within this mind. The mind shines as the entire Universe. The whole universe which is in the form of mind is consciousness. The mind [universe] is mere mirage on the standpoint of true self, which is consciousness. Thus consciousness alone is real all else is mere mirage created out of consciousness. Yogis, ascetics, celibates -- all are lost seeking the secret essence in endless guises.
Yogis and pundits perfectly parrot the scriptures and holy books, blinded by knowledge. Their pilgrimage, and fasting, and striving but delude. Despite their perfect practice, they discover no destination.
Only the Gnani who knows the true self is not physical but self is consciousness has realized the Ultimate truth. By Realizing the fact the body and world are mere mirage created out of consciousness, and one has found his freedom from experiencing the duality as reality, while teachers trapped in tradition know only the mirage in the mirror.