One must ascend to Truth by stages, through which the physical mind must pass. To stop at the stage of meditation and yoga is to end in mysticism, not in truth. It is often useless to reveal truth to religious mystics. Often they will not listen, but often because they cannot understand. Only the ripening of the mind will fit them to appreciate the final viewpoint which is that unless one studies and interprets the whole one cannot enter into the fullness of truth.
One has to progress beyond religion and beyond science; by using reason then achieves nondual wisdom.
Millions of people still in a primitive stage of mentality, they talk of a soul leaving the body at death, when a civilized man knows that nobody has ever seen this soul. All the three states have to be resolutely weighed, and accurately, observed in pursuit of truth.
One must inquire:-
What is this world?
What is “I”?
Hence inquiry, analysis and reasoning are a necessary foundation. Hence too, the Yogi who looks only inside and ignores the world throws away part of the materials needed to find truth.
Without knowing the nature of the world, it is impossible to know truth. What is the use of trying to find one’s inner self before he understands the world, which confronts him also is consciousness.
If one does not make his induction from facts from the world before him, the mental world, he is only drawing on his imaginations. Then he speculates “The Atman is like this, or like that." but it will be only his mental construction.
First one must inquire into the nature of the body i.e. matter. Second he must inquire into the nature of the mind, which is in the form of the universe. One has to realize by looking at everything in nature because in everything there is consciousness. One should not avoid them, he should not shut his eyes to Nature; he should not shut himself away from the world which is as much consciousness, as anything else.
But those who are ignorant tell one to be non-observant and to withdraw: keen powers of observation are desirable and will help, not hinder one’s pursuit of truth. One has to take experiences as they come to him and he should not run away from the world in ascetic fear or shyness of them.
To say they are illusion without first examining them and inquiring into them thoroughly is to delude oneself. This world is common to everyone; therefore one must begin his inquiry with it and not avoid. It is only after he has inquired into the nature of the objective universe, that he should inquire into who is the knower. If, however he inquiries into the knower before the inquiry into the universe, then it is mere mysticism. “What is this universe?” must precede “What is’ I”?” in pursuit of truth.
In the witness state the consciousness is aware of both conscious and unconscious. But in waking or dream it is unconscious of its true nature and conscious of the individuality which perceives the world. In deep sleep it is without the individuality and the world. There is no burden and bondage in deep sleep. There is gravity in deep sleep. It is unconsciously complete un- connectedness to the world. Becoming consciously un-connectedness to the world in the midst of waking experience is the witness state. To achieve this one has to drop all accumulate dross based on the ego as self.
This witness states is the state of Brahman/Buddha/Christ which is free from all the burden and bondage of the world or illusion. It is free from the illusory birth, life, death and the world. It is free from the illusory pain and pleasure. It is free from illusory duality and it is eternal reality.
Mind appears in the form of universe. Mind is identical with the consciousness, because mind is created out of consciousness. The consciousness appears as mind or universe and disappears back as consciousness. Thus the mind is mere mirage. Thus whatever the universe contains is mere mirage created out of consciousness. Thus the birth, life and death, which takes place in the universe is also mirage. All individual experiences, beliefs, gods and religion are part and parcel of the mirage. The consciousness, which is the invisible substance witness of the mind, which is in the form of universe, is real and eternal. Thus everything in the universe is created out of single stuff, which is consciousness. Thus, the universe of diversity is myth on the standpoint of the consciousness, which is the true self.
Nondual wisdom is seen as food for all humanity. Nondual truth is the universal truth par excellence; it is not a religious truth which is limited to particular religion. The religion is mere a way of living according to its code of conducts.
The ultimate truth is to know and realize the fact about one’s true existence. The religion is based on the false self. Without the false self-there is no existence of religion. Thus religion holds false self as real self and false experience of the world as real experience. Deeper inquiry, analysis and reasoning revels the fact that, the self is not physical but the self is formless consciousness.
If the self is formless, then all the form based experiences becomes falsehood. The knower of these physical based experiences, appear as waking or dream is formless, real and eternal. On standpoint of this formless knower, which is in the form of consciousness the three states are mere mirage created out of itself. Therefore, the experience of diversity is mere mirage, thus stuff from which the three states are made, that stuff is real.
The path to spiritual liberation par excellence, wide and Deep Ocean of consciousness, which contains virtually the whole universe [mind] and in which the whole universe ultimately dissolve.
Consciousness is shoreless Nondual Ocean. Consciousness is beyond form, time and space. Consciousness is beyond instinct, intellect, imagination and inspiration. It is unconscious of its true nature when it is in illusion. Only beyond illusion it is in its true nature.
It is cause of the illusory creation, which it creates, preserves and destroys. As the cause it does not know it is the shoreless ocean of truth. Consequently, consciousness is beyond form, time and space and the illusion is the effect of the cause, which is consciousness but it itself is uncaused. And on the standpoint of the uncaused nothing ever existed, noting exists nothing will exist.
In the state of illusion of birth, life, death and the world, the consciousness is unconscious of its formless nondual true nature and it fully immersed with illusory physical identity perceiving the illusory world. It is only conscious of limited existence of an individual. Only when the individual inquires to find out truth about his own existence he becomes aware of the fact that, the physical existence [man + world] is mere mirage created out of consciousness. The form, time and space are mere mirage created out of consciousness.
One has to be true renunciant within though an active householder in the world outside. Nonduality is not even a philosophical dish cooked to suit exclusively the palate of the particular religion. It is spiritual food for the whole humankind. The truth does not depend on individual opinion. The guidance and help is required only to those, who have the intense urge to know the self, which is formless eternal identity [soul]. On the base of the true self [soul], the bliss and ego are mere illusion.
Expanding horizons is possible only in the illusion, which every one of us experiencing it as reality. Since everyone thinks, their accepted truth as reality, because their worldview is based on the false self [I], and they view and judge on the base of false self.
There is no point in arguing with the religionists and yogis, because, the base of argument is on different pole, it will yield no fruits.