The nature of all reality is spiritual. Until and unless one drops all the accumulated baggage of traditionalism it is impossible to grasp, assimilate and realize the knowledge of the self here and now.
The religion and spirituality are like oil and water. Religion is based on blind belief, whereas the spirituality is the truth which is not ascertained yet. Whatever is based on the false self [ego] is not spirituality. Thus religious ideas are not spiritual. They cannot be mixed together. One will have to make his choice between them if he wish to progress in his pursuit of truth and not to remain stagnating.
The pursuit of Truth is the highest of aim. The ultimate truth is to be found within our experiences of three states, and not in the world, which is limited to experience, since, Authentic Gnanis to guide towards non-dual destination are extremely rare.
From the physical standpoint, that which splits the world into two co-existing realities, consciousness and mind. The ultimate standpoint annihilates the division of consciousness and mind by uniting both mentally, by realizing they are one in essence.
The look of an object will depend upon the medium through which the observer views it. In fact, our mental and intellectual conditions will determine the phenomenal universe observed and experienced.
The botanist viewing a flower will see it differently than nature lover viewing the same flower. Each one interprets the object that he sees in terms of his existing knowledge. Gnani knows his body, ego and his experience of the world as consciousness. Whereas the meditator or yogi thinks he is experiencing the bliss because of his physical effort. When the waking experience itself is false hood whatever experienced on the base of waking entity is bound to be falsehood.
A man of perfection is one who has realized the fact that, the true self is within the three states but it is without the three states. And he has a firm conviction the true self is the formless substance and witness of the three states. Thus your true identity is without the body and the universe and unaffected and witnesses the three states as passing show. Thus when you become soul centric then your egocentric experience is mere mirage. Thus one becomes fully aware in the midst of duality the waking life is mere passing show.
A Gnani is fully aware of the fact that, the substance and witness of the mirage are one in essence and that essence is consciousness. Thus there is no second thing exist other than consciousness. Thus other then consciousness all else is illusion. Experience is possible only where there are two [duality]. Thus, where there is experience [duality] unity in diversity is impossible. Therefore, only realization of truth is necessary to reach the experience- less [nonduality] state. Thus whatever experienced as a person within the waking experience [duality] is falsehood. Thus it is necessary to realize the fact that, how the three states are falsehood and on what standpoint.
The guru is necessary only in religious and yogic path. Guru is not necessary in pursuit of truth because the truth has to be ascertained by the seeker himself. Pursuit of truth is path of verification. And in every stage he has to verify the validity of his understanding by sound reasoning. As his soul-centric reasoning faculty matures the truth will start revealing on its own.
Thus it all depends on what one thinks and accepts as truth. The yogi thinks his Samadhi is Brahman. Meditator thinks his thoughtless state is Brahman. For religionist his belief of god itself is ultimate truth. For atheist his no god belief is ultimate. But for Gnani identifies his body, ego and his experience of the world as consciousness in the midst of waking experience. Thus for him everything is consciousness, becoming aware of the fact that, everything as consciousness and consciousness as ultimate reality is truth realization or self-realization.
Non-dual wisdom is bitter medicine for those imprisoned by orthodox cults. The ultimate state of consciousness, which the modern non-dualists describe, is that of the traditional sage or fully enlightened being, but they do not show the seekers the process leading to the realization of this state. They describe marvelously the goal, but do not indicate the steps to be taken: thus their preaching is not a road map to the ultimate end.
Many Seekers of truth think the ways to Truth are many. What is most important is, one should not to restrict himself to one path that he imagines that all the others are false. Thus if religionists say that one should follow one particular traditional path, and modern thinkers demands to abandon all paths, but seeker of truth should to take an independent way , after verifying validity of all claims by sound reasoning and accept only un-contradictable truth until he reaches his pathless land.
Many people think they will lose all their sense of identity to their functioning, if they do not get cling to their ego. The ego creates the feelings of separation, pain, and alienation as well. But all these feelings are within the universe and the formless witness is without the universe.
When one becomes aware of the fact that, self is consciousness through wisdom, then he also becomes aware of the fact that, the body, ego, senses and the universe which are present in the waking experience or dream are also consciousness. And he becomes fully aware of the fact that, the formless true self [consciousness], which is the witness of the three states, is apart, real and eternal. Thus he becomes aware of the ultimate truth [pure consciousness] in the midst of the duality [waking]. Realizing the truth in the midst of duality [waking/illusion] is wisdom.
One does not lose the physical experience [universe or mind] but he will be fully aware of the fact that, the three states are mere mirage created out of consciousness. By realizing the fact that, the self is not physical but self is consciousness, the mind becomes still to know that consciousness alone is real, and the mind [universe] in which the whole humanity exits is mere mirage created out of consciousness.
There is a need to drop all the pre-conceived ideas and accumulated dross and try to verify a fresh to understand and assimilate the non-dual truth. One should not make any teaching as a yardstick but one should verify all the facts by sound reasoning and overcome all the obstacles by realizing what is truth and what is untruth.
If one becomes aware consciousness is the true self, then all his judgment has to be based on consciousness [formless] as self, not on the ego or physical self [form]. Then only it is possible to understand and assimilate the non-dual truth. Since, everyone is judging the truth on the physical self [form or ego] which leads to doubts and confusion and one will land up in pursuit of argument.
People think that, the birth entity [ego] as true self and the world as reality. And their judgement is based on the birth entity [ego]. Therefore, they think human and world are real. Thus they think the self is born, lives and dies, whereas the self is never born and it can never die because it is formless.
Thus arguing on the base of the ego [form] is waste of time and makes one more egocentric. Thus there is a need to learn to view and judge the worldview on the base of consciousness as self, to overcome all the obstacles to reach the ultimate truth or pathless land, to realize the fact that, human and world are mere mirage created out of consciousness.