The mind is created out of the soul,which is in the form of consciousness. Mind is mere mirage. Man and the world exist within the mind. Mind appears as waking and dream and disappears as deep sleep.
Everyone is basing themselves on the waking entity or ego and trying to discover the truth of their true existence, which leads them to intellectual speculation or imagination. When “Self” is not the physical then it is erroneous to base the judgment on the physicality.
The reality exists prior to the appearance of the mind and prevails after disappearance of the mind.
Mind does not exist within the body but the body and world exits within the mind. If one limits the mind to the physical entity, then it becomes ego, and the sense of individuality and separateness is created.
People think the mind is within their body and try to judge the non-dual truth on the base of the body but remain in the world of imagination and speculation.
The individuality makes one feel he is born in this world and world existed prior to him. Thus, he thinks he an individual separate from the world and believes the birth, life and death as reality.
Until one thinks the birth, life and death as reality the self-knowledge is impossibility. Thus it is necessary to realize the fact that, birth, life and death are reality on the base of false self within the false experience.
Thus arguing whether there is soul or no soul, on the base of the false self is erroneous, because the soul exists prior to the mind, and also it is formless substance and witness of the mind,which is in the form of universe.
Everyone is holding some teaching or teacher or their accepted truth as a yardstick. All that accumulated knowledge is of no use in pursuit of truth.
The ‘I’ is inborn samskara or conditioning, because of this inborn samskara or conditioning one has accepted the ‘I’ as ‘self, he is ignorant of the fact that, he has accepted illusion as reality. The ‘I’ itself is an illusion. And whatever is connected to the ‘I’ is bound to be an illusion. The self is not an individual because it is birthless because it is formless. The self is not limited to waking experience alone because it pervades all the three states. Thus identifying the self without the form alone is erroneous. The self is without the form, without the time and without the space.
Thought is nothing to do with the innermost self, which is ever formless because without the form, time and space the thought will not be formed. The thought rises only to the waking entity or dream entity. Without the waking entity or dream entity the thoughts will not rise. Deeper self-search reveals the fact that the self is neither the waking entity nor the self is the dream entity but the self is the formless soul or consciousness, which witnesses the coming and going of the three states.
The three states are nothing to do with the self because they are mere illusion.
When one analyzes he finds the fact that the ‘I’ is mind and mind is present in the form of the universe and the universe appears as waking or dream and disappears as deep sleep.
Ego is physical mind and it is in the form of individual experience, feelings thoughts and sensations together.