No one knows what one was before his birth and what he becomes after death? It is only on the base of waking entity, he thinks of the past birth and future rebirths. When one becomes aware of the fact that, the self is neither the waking entity nor the dream entity but the formless substance and witness of all the three states, than he becomes aware of the fact that, all the three states are mere illusion created out of consciousness, which is the true self.
When the self is formless how can he think of the present, past and future forms, which is the part of the illusion? The true self is the formless soul, which is in the form of consciousness and it is birth less and deathless eternal self.
It is meaningless to acquire knowledge without knowing the self is not the form but self is formless. People are very curious to explore the universe, but not to explore their reality of their true existence.
Mystics claim that he seen God by intuition cannot be disapproved, But he must prove what he has seen is god. When man sees the world within waking experience, and when the waking experience itself is illusion on the base of the soul, which is the true self, then whatever claimed by anyone in the waking experience, is bound to be falsehood, on the standpoint of the soul as self. Thus the onus of proof is on those who make an assertion. Religionists and mystics are required to prove the existence of god, without quoting the scriptures; the burden to disprove is not on their critics.
Ultimate truth will interest only few people and religion interest the rest of the mass. They think if they think other than their god and religion it is Blasphemous. Thus they do not bother anything other than their inherited belief system.
The religion is for ignorant masses, who wholly accept the material world as it presents itself. Wisdom is for those who have begun to realize that things are not what they seem.
No mystic experience ever reveals truth. The feat of a Guru, touching people and thus putting them into mystic trances is purely a physical or at best, a psychological one; based on the power of suggestions it has nothing to do with epistemology, with the question of truth. It is just a higher variation of the effect produced by patting a friend on the shoulder to encourage him.
Mysticism charms mass mindsets but reason does not. Faith, feeling or experience is on everyone's lips. The divine sounds are heard interiorly in meditation is based on individuality, and whatever is based on individuality is mere hallucination. When seeking mind sees all this diversity and contradiction of beliefs and opinions, it should reflect that there is some error somewhere. This doubt is the beginning of inquiry into truth.
The yogic chakras in Raja yoga is based on fact and fiction and physical based. It was noted that there were nervous plexuses and nodules at intervals in the spine and other parts of the body. Upon this basis, the Yogis started imagining that if the mind were concentrated on each one a different mystic result would be obtained. Yoga is mere individualized practice is good for practical life within the practical world but yoga is not the means to acquire non dual wisdom.
People are suffering from sickness of ignorance. Every moment they says, "they did not know, but now they knows, after by test and verification. If ignorance were permanent, nothing could be known. Removal of ignorance by self- knowledge is the purpose of pursuit of truth. Most people are sentimentally and emotionally involved with their inherited religion and beliefs, and they refuse to accept anything else other than their accepted truth. Thus truth pursuit is not suited for those who are stuck up with their inherited beliefs system and accepted truth. Whatever is imagined is not truth. All imaginations are part and parcel of the illusion.