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 world knows implies duality, something known; on the other hand Gnana does imply an object. Consciousness knows the ego as an object. The knowing powers, 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 or 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-dualistic wisdom is the question.
Some claim that, for many years they enjoyed mystic exaltation, trances, meditations and peace but this state pass 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 Non-duality then it is as good as the dream. The Non-duality cannot be experienced as a person because it is prior to any experience.