To overcome the ignorance one has to inquire, analyze and reason on the true base. Until one believes in karma theory, he will remain in ignorance. Until ignorance is there, he will remain experiencing illusion as reality. Until illusion is there, he will remain ignorant of the fact that, the cycle birth, life and death are mere mirage. Therefore, it is not possible for one to accept the fact that, world is illusion, unless and until he becomes aware of the fact that the waking entity (ego) is not the self, but the soul, which is in the form of consciousness is the true self. Therefore, for those who believe the body as self, and refuse to accept the soul or Atman as true self, find the law of karma as universal law and very sacred, because they have accepted their birth, life and death as reality without verifying the validity of their accepted truth.
Thus instead of indulging in the scriptural path, it is better to path of reason , which helps the seeker to enter the inner realm. And as his inquiry matures, he will be able to realize the fact that, the karma was reality only on the false base, within the false experience, the formless witness of the false experience (waking or dream) is consciousness and consciousness is the true self. And he will be able to understand the real meaning of the illusion.
Soul or consciousness is second to none. Therefore, there is a need to realize the existence of the formless witness of the three states in order to realize the witness (soul) and witnessed (three states) are one in essence. That essence is formless soul or consciousness, the innermost self. The innermost self is ‘I’ –LESS birthless, deathless because it is formless.
The witness can never be something known. The waking entity (ego), being known cannot be the witness. Whatever is seen or known is taken to be real due to ignorance. Without ignorance there neither the witness nor witnessed because both are one in essence.
Whatever appears and disappears is not real. The formless witness of the appearance is real and eternal. That which is conscious of the subject and object is the formless soul, the innermost self. It is of which each one is absolutely certain and yet it cannot be proved because it is self-evident.
‘I’ is not the self but the witness of the ‘I’ is the soul, the innermost self. This ‘I’ is present in the form of Mind. Mind is in the form of universe. The universe appears as waking or dream and disappears as deep sleep. The mind is also part of the soul, the innermost self.
In reality the mind (I or universe or waking) and soul are one in essence. That essence is consciousness. Thus all the three states are mere mirage created out of consciousness. Thus there is no second thing exists other than consciousness.