One has to respect every ancient teaching and also everyone’s viewpoint but he should not accept them blindly without verifying their validity from the ultimate point of view. Most of the teachings are amazing and they lead us nearer to the truth, but to reach the ultimate they are inadequate and useless. Thus we have to drop all accumulated dross on that point, and move ahead without any baggage using our own reason and reach the ultimate end.
It is wrong to say the world arise from the mind. The mind itself arises from the soul, which is in the form of consciousness. The man and the world are within the mind. Until one thinks the mind is within the body he will not be able to go beyond duality. Therefore, there is a need to understand what is mind, which appears as whole experience of waking or dream [duality] and disappears as deep sleep [non-duality].
When the self is not the body, then what is the use of body based practices like tantra. They speak of tantric sex but when the true self is formless and it has no gender and in the realm of wisdom no second thing exist other then consciousness. When there is no man & woman and the world in reality how one can get non-dual ecstasy in sexual climax. The self is always apart from the appearance. And whatever is happening within the appearance is nothing to do with the true self.
Meditation is not wisdom. When self is formless and nature of the self itself is meditation then what is the use of doing meditation as physical body? The self is always apart from the physical body and the world, because, it witnesses the body as well as the world together. The self is the formless witness of three states. Therefore, the main agenda of pursuit of truth is to realize the self as consciousness [formless], and then only it is possible to understand and assimilate the self-knowledge.
There is only consciousness, which is the true self; however when the consciousness is conceptualizes with different concepts and ideas, so it becomes difficult to understand and assimilate the nondual truth. Therefore there is no attainment of goal outside of consciousness, which is the formless substance and witness of the three states. Consciousness is the center of the physical existence or mind, and it pervades in everything and everywhere in all the three states. Deeper inquiry, analysis and reasoning revels the fact that, consciousness is the true self.
Holding on to the awareness that the consciousness is the real Self is the goal. The consciousness is already there. The veil of ignorance has to be lifted to overcome the illusion. Therefore Self-Knowledge is the only tool to know and realize the fact that, the veil mere mirage.
One can find answers to all questions if one first realizes the fact that, the self is not physical body but the self is that, which witnesses the physical body and the universe together, without the physical apparatus.
The ultimate answer to all the questions comes only after one realizes the self is not physical but self is consciousness. One will be able to understand and assimilate the nondual truth only after he becomes aware of the fact that, the consciousness is the true self. Therefore, there is a necessary to realize the fact that, “consciousness” is the true self, in order to realize, the body and the universe are mere mirage created out of consciousness. Therefore the whole experience of diversity is nothing but consciousness. Thus consciousness is second to none. Therefore, to understand and assimilate and realize the consciousness is ultimate truth nothing else will help other then the knowledge of the true self.
Without knowing the nature of the world, it is impossible to know truth. What is the use of trying to find the inner self before one understands the world, which confronts him? One has to know the world which confronts him is also consciousness.
First one must inquire into the nature of the body. Second he must inquire into the nature of the mind.
Seeker has to look at everything in nature because in everything there is consciousness. One should not avoid them, or shut his eyes to Nature; one should not shut himself away from the world, which is as much consciousness, as anywhere else. But people who are not sharp say to be non-observant and to withdraw, but keen observation are desirable and will help, not hinder one’s pursuit of truth. Seeker has to Take experiences as they come to him, he should not run away from the world in ascetic fear or shyness of them.
To say universe is illusion without first examining it, and inquiring into them thoroughly is to delude himself. This universe is common to all; therefore one must begin his inquiry with it first. It is only after he has inquired into the nature of the objective universe, that he should inquire into who is the knower. If, however he inquires into the knower before the inquiry into the universe, then it is mere mysticism. What is the world?, must precede what is mind ? What is the substance of the mind?, in pursuit of truth.
To know whole truth, one must know the whole universe as consciousness, otherwise he gets half-truth. Renouncing the worldly life to get the truth means incapacity to think, an impotency of thinking faculty.
One is primarily interested in himself. Hence, to get started on a higher quest he has to go to the root of his own self, i.e. to ask "What am I?" When as a later consequence of this practice he gets more impersonal he has to go to the root of the whole existence, i.e. to ask "What is mind?"
He who loses touch with the world, which confronts him and gives himself over to his thoughts alone takes his illusions to be realities and will never be able to go beyond his illusory reality.
Truth is “What is this universe” “What is physical body or ego? ” What are these three states” “What is the meaning all these together?"
What happens when thoughts are stilled? It is not the Self that is found. It is only mind. Therefore, through yoga, it is not possible to acquire non-dual wisdom. Therefore the yogi does not know ultimate truth. Yoga is good to give peace and concentration, but only in order to start reasoning, i.e. thinking again to find the ultimate truth.
It is not enough to see a mere blank, in meditation. One has to see the body, ego and the universe as consciousness. One is free from ignorance not when he sees nothing at all, as in meditation but only when he sees the entire universe as consciousness. Hence one must know “What is mind, which appeared as universe?”, in order to unfold the mystery of the mind.