To the Gnani, birth, life and death, is a mere mirage, because he is fully aware of the fact that, all the three states are mere illusion. All the three states they appear and disappear in succession. The witness of the three states is neither the waking entity nor the dream entity but the birthless and deathless soul. Thus the witness is apart from the three states. in reality the witness and witnesses are one in essence.
When one is “awake,” he incessantly thinks, and when he goes to sleep and dream, he does not think any the lesser. But when he pass from dreamful to dreamless sleep, his thoughts cease and he enjoy undisturbed peace, till he wakes again and resume his thinking and with it his restless, peace-less state. But all these are happening within the three states and he is aware of the experiences only in the waking experience.
Birth, life and death are part of the waking experience. The waking experience is mind, because when the mind exists, then only the duality prevails. Absent of mind absent of duality. Therefore waking/dream/mind/duality is one and the same thing.
People think life is miserable because they are not aware of the fact that the self is no the ‘waking entity ’ but the self is formless soul,which witnesses the coming and going of the three states without the physical apparatus. All the three states are unreal on the standpoint of the formless soul or consciousness, the innermost self. The three states and the formless witness are one in essence. that essence is consciousness. thus there is no second thing exist other than consciousnesses. The Self is That
Waking or dream(duality) consist of nothing but experience. In deep sleep the waking and dream disappears and the experience -Free State prevails. But soon experience appears again in the dream /astral/vision and continues till a full “waking” takes place in a new body, after another dreamless lull. This daily cycle of waking and sleeping is a miniature of the cycle of birth, life and death.
Man and the universe are part of the illusion, which exists as waking or dream. The substance of the waking, dream and deep sleep is formless soul or consciousness or spirit from which these three states arise. To transcend birth, life and death one has to transcend the three states and abide in the eternal substance which is the true self.
The terrible fear of death is absent only in deep sleep. The fear seize only in deep sleep. Fear is present only when sees his body and the world in waking or dream. But in dreamless sleep, or when one is under Anastasia. Fear haunts one only when one is fully “awake” and perceive the world, including his body. If one becomes aware of the true self and learns to view and judge the worldview on the standpoint of the true self, the fear becomes part of the mirage. Therefore, it is necessary to analyze the three states and become aware of the fact that, the true self, which witnesses the three states, is apart from the three states.
If one traces this fear to the object, the loss of which gives rise to it, he will find that that object exists within the waking or dream which exists in the form of the mind.
The attractive world and the senses that are touch, taste sights, sounds, smells, etc are within the waking/dream/duality.
People would be too glad to be rid of worldly life and all the problems and inconvenience it creates for them if continued awareness were vouchsafed to them. It is the awareness, the consciousness, and not the body, he fears to lose. Everyone loves existence because it is eternal awareness, which is their own Self.
The seeker of truth has to hold on to the pure awareness right now, while in the body and be free from all fear which is created out illusion.
People want to know about rebirths. Theosophy speaks of 50 to thousands-year intervals between death and rebirth. But all these are imaginations based on the false self. There is no relation between the standard of measurements of one state of consciousness and another. All such measurements are hypothetical. It must be distinctly understood that it is not the soul that comes and goes, but the three states which appear and disappear. The three states are mere illusion on the standpoint of the formless witness which is the formless soul or consciousness, the innermost self.
On plane of duality that is in the waking the waking world a waking body exists, in the dream, dream world a dream body exists. In dreamless sleep or in death, it remains wordless and bodiless therefore illusion less.
The Gnani, the Self- Realized man, whose mind has already ceased to act, remains unaffected by birth, life death (duality): it has dropped never to rise again as reality. The chain of illusions has snapped forever for him.
It is now clear that there is neither real birth, nor real death. It is the illusion that creates the sense of reality in duality. The sense of reality of the duality or ignorance will prevail till it is destroyed by Self-Realization.