Self –knowledge is meant for those who are in search for the truth behind their existence. In pursuit of truth one need not go detail about the physical body and the world, but one has to know the unreal nature of mind in which the physical body and the world exists. The physical existence is dependent on mind, if mind is there the physical existence is there. Absent of mind is absent of physical existence. Therefore, there is need to understand what is the mind, in pursuit of truth.
The deeper inquiry, analysis and reasoning reveal the fact that the self is not physical but it is the spirit. If self is not physical then what is the use of searching and trying to understand and assimilate the truth on physical base. Therefore there is a need to rectify the reasoning base from physical to the spirit base in order to understand and assimilate the Self-Knowledge. All the doubts and confusion will disappear as one learns to view and judge and reason on the base of the soul which is in the form of consciousness. The soul is the true self.
Reasoning on the base of the soul as self helps to the self-examine, to test how near to the wisdom the seeker has approached, what progress has been already been made in this regard and what still remains to be accomplished. It sets a criterion of self-judgment.
The seeker can lead an active life without involving himself in religion, god glorification, or studying scriptures and yogic practice nor indulge in Atheism.
Intense urge for knowing the truth through perfect understanding by using reason on the base of the soul/self. It requires natural capacity to understand. Pursuit o truth is not for those who want anything less than truth.
Liberation is not in next life or next world but right here, in this very life, right now in this present experience itself. Seeker may grasp the non-dual truth at any time, at any age if he has matured enough and receptive to receive it.
Mind/’I’ is myth. It appears as waking or dream; the experience within the waking or dream is ever changing with form, shape, color, and activities. Waking or dream experience disappears and becomes absolute and formless and non-dual. The truth of that which becomes dual [form] and non-dual [formless] has to be analyzed to unfold the mystery of the mind.
By Analyzing the three states one becomes aware of the fact that, the witness of the three states is not physical but it is the formless spirit. Inquiry, analysis and Reasoning will lead the Seeking Mind towards the source which the formless witness and substance of the three states. When the Seeking Mind becomes fully aware of the fact that, soul is the formless substance and witness of the mind, which appears as waking or dream and disappears as deep sleep then he becomes aware of the fact that, the mind is mere myth. The soul is the cause of all causes and it itself is uncaused.
Soul is the source from where Mind rises and subsides. Thus, it becomes aware that the mind/’I’ is an illusion on the standpoint of the formless source.
Inquiry and reasoning is not a set of question and answers. It is analyzing every doubt and confusion and solving the doubts by discriminating between the dual and non-dual experiences, and coming to firm conclusion and conviction of the ultimate truth.
The formless witness alone exists when the waking and dream experiences subsides. The Waking and dream has subsided as deep sleep. The knower of the three states is apart and eternal. The witness is nothing to do with individual experiences such as birth, life and death, because it is not an entity or identity within the waking or dream.
The witness is within the three states as their formless substance and it is apart from the three states as their formless witness. On the standpoint of the formless substance and witness, the three states are unreal, because the formless substance and witness are one in essence. Hence there is no second thing exists other than the soul/spirit, hence it is non-dual.