The spiritual quest is basically an attempt to discover and realize the reality of one’s true existence. One has to realize the fact that , the mind as a whole, not as a separate thing. Through deeper self-search one has to discover and realize the fact that, the mind is an illusion. In the realm of truth there is no mind. No mind means no duality.
Consciousness is the substance and the witness of the duality. The duality is present in the form of mind. The mind is present in the form of the universe. The universe appears as waking or dream and diapers as deep sleep. The one which is aware of the coming and going of the three states is neither the waking entity nor the dream entity but the formless soul, which is present in the form of consciousness. When the soul becomes aware of its formless non-dual true nature in the midst of duality it is called self –awareness. It is foolish to limit the consciousness only to duality because the consciousness pervades all the three states.
The ignorance is the cause of experiencing the illusory duality as reality. Thus eradicating the ignorance is very much necessary. And this is possible only through self-knowledge or Gnana. Thus, there is no other road to freedom other than Gnana. There is no other entrance other than except Gnana. The ignorance will vanish only when the non-dual wisdom dawns.
That is why Sage Sri Sankara indicated : - [Jnana Viheena Sarva Mathena Bajathi na Muktim janma Shatena] - one without knowledge does not obtain liberation even in a hundred births, no matter which religious faith he follows. (Bhaja Govindam)
Then it is no use going roundabout way, trace the Brahman which is the formless substance and the witness of the universe, which is in the form of mind. By tracing the source of the mind or universe one will be able to realize the Brahman.
Thus, Self-Knowledge is meant only for those who have intense urge, and courage to accept the truth with humility and reject the untruth. Since people start comparing with their scriptural knowledge, it becomes impossible to assimilate and realize the non-dual truth. Therefore, there is no need to convince anyone other than our own-selves to get the firm conviction.
Every religion has its own truth. This is what makes everyone confused. Dialogue between believers, and non-believers, whether atheists or agnostics, is an endless pursuit.
Followers of religion are not prepared to accord an equal status to other faiths and would assert the superiority of their own. Religion is only a school which teaches the art of living to live in this world with its code of conduct and in fear of imaginary concept of God. Thus it is a tool used in the past to condition the mind to be, to behave, to believe, to live, to love within the cultured society judging themselves what is right and what is wrong.
The unbelievers say there is no truth in any religion. This discord between believers and Atheist is never ending. From the ultimate standpoint there can be no such discord if one discovers and realizes the true self is consciousness, which is formless substance and the witness of the universe or mind.
The true Self that is formless consciousness has no religion. The true Self which is consciousness is the same for all religionists and Atheists. The question of discord is so swiftly settled if one sticks to the true Self which is consciousness and learns to view and judge the worldview on the standpoint of consciousness as self. There is no doubt the multi religious and atheist conflicts and confusion will see its end if one learns to view and judge the worldview on the standpoint of consciousness,which is the ultimate truth.
Religion in theory, whether it is theology, cosmology or metaphysics could cause confusion not only to the beginners but also to the advance seekers of the truth. But seekers of the truth have to understand religion, god glorification, scriptural studies and yoga is nothing to do with truth seeking or spirituality. Since, the truth lies beyond them all. The reason is that they are all egocentric. Therefore the seeker has to know what is ego through deeper self-search.