How is one to know the real self? To think of the self is an object, as something that can be known and experienced is fallacy. All that is known within the waking or dream is fallacy because the three states are an object to the soul [no one], which is the subject. The subject [soul] is within the object but it is without the object. It [soul] is always no one [formless] because it is not an entity or identity within the waking or dream but consciousness /soul [no one] pervades in everything and everywhere in all the three states.
People think that to withdraw from all sense-activity, from all thoughts, all life-experiences, i.e., to cease to be active, is the highest state.
All the senses, thoughts and individual experiences and the world are present only in waking or dream. Waking or dream (duality) disappears as deep sleep non-duality. Thus what becomes dual and non-dual experience is most impotent than inquiring ‘WHO AM I?’ or saying ‘I AM THAT’ or affirming I AM BRAHMAN.
The self is not an individual because ‘Self’ is formless. If the self is formless than where is the body, where are the senses, where is ego, where is universe. If the self is not physical body than it proves the fact that, man is not the self, but the formless knower of the man and the world is the true self. Thus knowledge based on man as self is false knowledge within the false experience.
One has to go beyond Vedas means go beyond religion. Go beyond religion means, go beyond concept of god. Thus, going beyond Veda, religion and conceptual god means going beyond illusion. That is end of Vedas [Veda –antha]
When one goes into the annals of the history it looks like the Gnanic Advaita expounded by
Sri Sankara and his param guru, Goudpada is not orthodox Advaita, which is adulterated with add-ons time to time.
It is necessary for the seeker to do his homework, and verify the validity of all the claims, rather than blindly believe, what others expound as knowledge, till; the un-contradicted truth is obtained.
The seeker must have the courage of Buddha to accept the truth and reject the untruth. Since Buddha rejected religion, idea of god and scriptures, therefore, it is evident that, he has gone through every aspect and verified and found them to be inadequate and useless for the pursuit of truth.