All agendas are within the illusion, which appears in the form of mind or universe or waking experience. The self is within the illusion as its formless substance and it is without the illusion as its formless witness. The formless witness is the one which witnesses the body and universe together. Thus the ordinary awareness is physical awareness (waking) is not self-awareness. In self-awareness the body is not the body but it is the consciousness, the ego is not ego but it is the consciousness, the world is not the world but it is the consciousness even though they exist but their unreal nature is exposed. Just as the dream becomes unreal when waking takes place, the waking also becomes unreal when non-dual wisdom dawns.
The witness (knower) is that witnesses the coming and going of the three states. This truth has to be grasped mentally to realize the existence of the formless witness. Once this truth is grasped mentally, then one has to cling to the formless witness. Once one clings to this formless witness mentally than the subconscious has the yardstick to accept the truth and reject the untruth. Thus deeper self-search is necessary to understand, assimilate to have firm conviction of what is what in order to get self-awareness.
Self-knowledge or Atma Gnana or Brahma Gnana cannot be attained by one who is without strength or earnestness or without the receptiveness and courage to accept the truth and reject the untruth. If a serious seeker strives sincerely by means of inquiry, analysis and soul-centric reasoning, he will be able to realize it.
Consciousness is known only in the negative way. One cannot make it an object of knowledge. One can know that he cannot have an idea of an object unless he posit a knower, unless the knower is implied already. The Formless witness itself is Gnana, that is, it knows everything else.
The self is known only when one sees something else, for that other thing reminds him of it. The self is unknowable as an object. Knowing the ultimate truth means knowing that consciousness exists. The word knows implies duality, something known; on the other hand Gnana does imply an object. Consciousness knows the ego as an object. The knowing power, the formless witness, the knower can have no statement made about it, other than that its existence cannot be negated. The ultimate truth which one can know is that consciousness is not something to be known.
There is no need to run from pillar to post, one ashram to another ashram, and one guru to another guru's order to acquire non-dual wisdom. Seeker of truth has to strive to understand the nature of the mind or the universe and thus conquer it by knowledge.
Without inquiry into the nature of the mind (universe or waking) and its nature i.e. matter, there can be no such thing as Gnana. Religion, yoga, the concept of God is unimportant in pursuit of truth. The scriptures are not at all necessary in pursuit of truth but one can quote the citation of the scriptures which indicate the ultimate truth after deeper verification.
The intellectual will not find the truth because his understanding based on individuality and individuality is not truth on the ultimate standpoint because the self is not an individual because it is formless and it pervades in everything and everywhere in all the three states. Most of the intellectual say “I know” and not explain how he knows the consciousness is ultimate truth. But his egocentricity makes him more and more egoic and he indulges in perverse argument, which is not needed in pursuit of truth.
People think yogic Samadhi is liberation because their guru’s may have told them. When the innocent and honest people blindly believe the statement and propagate the same to others. They never suspect the guru because it is irreligious to disbelieve the guru.
Neither the guru nor the disciple verified the validity of their belief if it is right. People who give lectures and write large books on religion, yoga and theoretical philosophy are good in their subject but what they know and mastered is Gnana or non-dual wisdom is the question.
Some claim that, for many years they enjoyed mystic exaltation, trances, meditations and peace but this state passes away when the waking passes away. The waking experience itself is illusion form the formless witness point of view. Thus the individual experience within the waking or dream is mere illusion because the waking or dream is mere an object to the formless subject. When one thinks as an individual he has experienced nonduality then it is as good as dream. The nonduality cannot be experienced as a person because it is prior to any experience.
If one experiences non-duality as a person then this proves he had attained a yogic condition, but not Gnana. It vanished when because it is impermanent because it was not the highest insight. The Gnani, however never loses his Gnana. Dislodging a Gnani from his insight is impossibility.
Once one has thoroughly seen the truth he simply can't fall away from it. Many are enjoying a similar sort of mystic exaltation and peace, but whether it passes away soon or endures the whole of life, it is not Gnana, because it did not come through striving to investigate the nature of the world, which confront them, it came only through meditation on the self; that is the yogic reward for such meditation but it is only one half.