Sage Sri Sankara –VC--"All this universe which through ignorance appears as of diverse forms, is nothing else but Brahman which is absolutely free from all the limitations of human thought.
"It is this Supreme Oneness which alone is real, since there is nothing else but the Self. Verily, there remains no other independent entity in the state of realization of the highest Truth."
Nothing works unless one realizes the self is not the form but formless soul or consciousness. Once one realizes the self is formless soul as it is, everything naturally falls in its place. When one realizes the fact that, soul is the innermost self then he is free and automatically detached mentally from illusion, because there remains no second thing other than consciousness to get attached.
Self is the “Soul”. The soul is in the form of consciousness. The consciousness pervades in everything and everywhere in all the three states. Consciousness is essentially the Self luminous in everything that exists in waking because the consciousness is the formless substance and witness of the three states.
The consciousness is the cause of everything that exists and it itself is uncaused. the consciousness is ultimate truth or Brahman, knowing which one is free from experiencing the duality as reality.
There is no individual, individualized god and universe exists in the realm of truth because the whole experience of diversity (waking )is created out of single stuff, which is consciousness. Consciousness is universal and ultimate truth. The ultimate truth is God. For those who believe in practical life within the practical world as reality, and have belief in individualized God feel the path of Gnana is atheistic.
The individual ego falsely imagines that it exists independently, and that other beings have similar independent existence. The ignorance, which accounts for this, is the root of all evil. The soul through ignorance is misunderstood, and instead of being known as it is, it is identified with the three states. The ignorance is cause of the limitations. The limitation is cause of the duality. The duality is cause of experiencing the illusion as reality. Till one becomes aware of the formless true self mentally, it is difficult to cross over to the limitless existence.
Within the illusion the false self thinks of itself as doer, agent and enjoyer within the false experience of waking or dream. And it is this illusory self, alike deceiving and deceived by the intoxication of illusion. Through self- knowledge or Brahma Gnana or Atma Gnana, the self becomes free from experiencing the illusory bondage of birth, life and death and the world. The consciousness is everything. The universe is consciousness because it created out of consciousness. It is not through becoming something which now it is not, but by realizing what it is: the consciousness is the innermost self and ultimate truth or Brahman.