Sage Sri Sankara says in VC :- "All this universe which through ignorance appears as of diverse forms, is nothing else but Brahman which is absolutely free from all the limitations of human thought."
‘I AM' is not Self and Self is not 'I AM'. 'I AM' is bound by form, time and space. Without the form, time and space 'I AM' cease to exist. Holding ' I Am as Self one remains in clutches of duality. When there is duality than there is ignorance. Ignorance is cause of experiencing the duality (illusion) as reality. The person who identifies Self as 'I AM' will not be able to cross the threshold of duality. There is no point in saying 'I AM' this or 'I AM THAT' because the 'self' is that which witness the 'I AM' and the world together without the physical apparatus.
Consciousness us the ultimate cause of the duality. The spirit and the matter seem to be opposed to each other in duality, but in reality there is no duality because the matter is mere mirage created out of the spirit.
All the forms and names are nothing but consciousness. The sense of form, time and space are within the duality. All dualistic experiences are reality within the duality. The duality is mere mirage from the ultimate standpoint. Thus nothing is ever born, nothing lives and nothing dies from ultimate standpoint. Thus the universe, where the birth, life and death takes place is mere mirage created out of consciousness. The consciousness alone is real without the mirage.
The thought of the witness [soul] comes only when one inquires in to witnessed [mind or universe]. A person sees the world within the waking or dream. The witness is not the person who sees the objects and things within the waking or dream. The witness is that which witnesses the coming and going of the three states, without the physical apparatus. This has to be grasped mentally.
Religions place God as the unknown reality. Everyone has a different idea of God. Every man has a different idea of truth. Hence there is need of definition before study.
The fallacy of religionist’s appeal to scripture lies in the varying and conflicting interpretations of the same scripture which different men feel entitled to give or hold.
The yogi or mystic who sees or experiences something in his meditation which he takes as the highest, but he is fully unaware of the fact that , the waking experience itself is falsehood from the ultimate standpoint. Thus all his experiences are part and parcel of that falsehood. Thus how his visions and experiences and Samadhi based on the false entity within the false experience can be ultimate truth. When the self is not the form but the self is formless consciousness then all the theories and experiences and visions based on form as self is bound to be falsehood. Thus whatever based on the form as self has to be negated mentally. Whatever prevails without the form, name and experiences is ultimate truth.
Only in duality one imagines the existence of God. When the duality is not reality then whatever one imagines and experiences within the duality is falsehood because the duality is reality only when one considers the self as form but deeper inquiry revels the fact that the self is not the form but the self is formless. Thus imagining and accepting the theories based on the form as self is cause of ignorance. And ignorance is cause of experiencing the duality as reality. Duality is cause of accepting the birth, life, death and the world as reality. Thus getting rid of the ignorance with deeper introspection and realizing the fact that, the self is not form but self is formless consciousness, is the only way to overcome the illusory experience of duality, in the midst of duality.