The self is lying immersed in the sleep of ignorance of its formless non-dual true nature and experiences the illusion as reality. When it wakes up from the sleep of illusion, then the body and the universe will never again will prevail as reality because they are just illusion created out of the inner most self, which is in the form of consciousness. A Gnani still remain absolutely unattached to the illusory reality in the midst of the illusory reality.
The ignorance is the cause of experiencing all sorrow and calamities as reality. Thus eradicating the ignorance completely is necessary. And this is possible only through self-knowledge. 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.
Sri Sankara, in Bhaja Govindam says: - [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.
Without non-dual wisdom detachment from attachment is not possible . Only when one realizes the fact that, the self is not form but self is formless, than only it is possible to detach the ‘self’ from the false attachment.
Man and his individual experience of the birth life and death are reality within the falsehood. Until one has a firm conviction he is an individual separate from the universe and universe existed prior to him, and he is born in it afterwards he will never be able to acquire non-dual wisdom. Because of this reason he will not be able think beyond form, time and space. Until this conviction is there all his views, judgments and conclusions are based on the false self within the false experience. Thus there is a need for overcoming this conviction by realizing the fact that, the self is not form but self is formless.
Without overcoming this conviction one is in the grip of form, time and space. Until self is in the grip of form, time and space, the duality will prevail as reality. Until duality prevails as reality the ignorance prevails. If ignorance prevails the wisdom will not dawn. Without wisdom detachment to attachment is impossibility.
Path of Bhakti or Karma are based on the false self within the false experience. Thus they are not tools to acquire non-dual wisdom. Liberation from experiencing duality as reality is absolutely impossible without non-dual wisdom.
When one realizes the self is not ‘I’ or ‘I am’ but the self is the formless substance and witness of the ‘I’ or ‘I AM’ , he is freed from the attachment to result and then what ever he does it detached work. Similarly, when he recognizes that consciousness is everywhere and in everything in all the three states than that very recognition leads to a total dissolution of the ignorance and leads to self-awareness.
What is required is only non-dual wisdom. All else follow. Without Self- Knowledge, when one tries to detach himself from the practical world, he finds it impossible, because he feels he is the doer. The doer ship and doing belongs to individuality. Individuality is falsehood from the ultimate standpoint because the self is not an individual entity; it pervades the whole of the illusion, which is in the form of the universe, which appears as waking or dream.
Self is nothing more than a mental idea within the falsehood, how can one surrender to his own mental idea, as surrender itself means dropping of the inborn conditioning or samskara of ‘I’ or ‘I AM’ by realizing ‘I’ or I AM’ is not the self but the formless substance and witness of the ‘I’ or ‘I AM’ is the true self.