Many people think they have experienced the self. But if anyone has experienced the self, than he is in hallucination. The self cannot be experienced because it exists prior to any experience. All the experiences are possible only within the illusion because the duality is present only in illusion. In reality there is only non-dual self awareness. There is no second thing exist other than consciousness. Thus self cannot be realized through physical effort. All the physical based effort will not yield any fruits. Pursuit of truth is purely mental journey thus it is only mental effort of understanding,assimilating and realizing it.
People are stuck with there accumulated knowledge and they make it a yardstick and try to snub others without verifying the facts. They think they gain wisdom through arguments and logical conclusion and intellectual speculation. They are dependent on the mental spoon feeding of the stale knowledge expounded by others. They do not have spirit of verifying the fact but they have mastered the art of snubbing others. Such people reach nowhere, they are like stagnant water in dirty pond.
Serious Seekers have to avoid discussing with such group where they discuss all sorts of subject of practical world, It is waste of time discuss and argue with them. The subject of ultimate truth is nothing to do with the practical world. The pursuit of truth is for to discover and realize the reality of our true existence. Thus the discussion has to be focused only on realizing the true self.
The consciousness is true self . Consciousness is ultimate truth. If one thinks: I know Consciousness well," then surely he knows but little of its form; he knows only its form as conditioned by man or by the concept of gods. Therefore, Consciousness has to be grasped through inquiry, analysis and reasoning on the true base.
Consciousness is not known by those who know it; it is known by those who do not know it. That is when one says he knows Consciousness; he is saying it as a person. The Consciousness cannot be applied only to the individuality but to the whole experience [three states]. But in reality the person and world created out of Consciousness, thus nothing exits other then Consciousness. Thus if one says he knows Consciousness as a person, he is making a wrong statement. One must know Consciousness as the formless clay of the three states [whole].
Consciousness is known when it is realized in every state of mind; for by such Knowledge one attains Immortality. By Consciousness one obtains strength; by Knowledge, Immortality
If a man knows Consciousness as self here, he then attains the non dual goal of his mission. If he does not know it here, he remains ignorance experiencing the cycle of birth, life and death as reality. Having realized the Self in everything and every being, the Gnani relinquish the world and become immortal.