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."
People believe that teacher or mystic or priest has got so many followers and therefore there must be some truth in their teaching, is a common fallacy accepted by the mass due to their inherited conditioning. It proves only an ignorant can find a number of greater ignorant to follow him.
A permanent view of world as unreal can come only after soul centric reasoning; such knowledge cannot change. Were the seeker who is sufficiently sharpness he could grasp the unreal nature of the world by soul-centric reasoning alone. To know whole truth, one must know the whole universe, otherwise he gets only half-truth.
Renouncing the worldly life and accepting sanyasa or monk-hood means incapacity to think deeper, an impotency to inquire and reason.
People speak of getting rid of conditioning or samskara but they themselves are unaware of the fact that, the universe in which they exist is product of the inborn samskara or conditioning. The ignorance is cause of the inborn samskara or conditioning which present as ‘I’ or ‘I AM’.
In these three states, everything is subject to change, yet the three states are pervaded by the consciousness, which is the innermost self. Seeker of truth has to practice mental renunciation of the three states and be strong in his conviction of the true Self, which is the soul. One has to Realize whatever perceived within the waking experience is in the base of ‘I’ as self is mere illusion.
The three states are of the nature of change. There is no permanence in them. However, that which sustains the three states it is never changing. It is always the same. That is the soul, the innermost self. On the soul, the innermost self, everything rests. It is like a movie projected on a screen. The movie changes but the screen is constant. Similarly, the phenomenal waking/dream is projected on the soul. It is a mere superimposition like seeing a snake superimposed on a rope on a dark night.
The snake has no independent existence. It exists because of the rope, and it ceases to exist as soon as a light is brought. The snake then dissolves into the rope. In the same way, when one know the soul as self, the mind merges into it and one realizes that mind and soul are one in essence. To attain this knowledge is the goal of the truth seeker. The three states then cannot taint the self.
Thus, Gnani’s contact with it is merely like that of a piece of sandalwood, which has long been under water and has thereby come to acquire a bad odour. For a while, the fragrance of the sandalwood has been suppressed and the bad odour prevails. But if the sandalwood is rubbed a little, the bad odour disappears and the natural fragrance of the sandalwood becomes predominant.
Similarly, the soul, the innermost self’s attachment to the three states is temporary. It cannot be permanent. Think of the self as the soul or consciousness. When one thinks intensely and constantly in this way, the attachment to the three states will then go.
One can attain the self-knowledge by the practice of renunciation of the three states. One has to keep reminding himself that the three states, with all its allurements are not real, that is, it is not real in the sense that it is transitory. Only the formless soul is real because it is imperishable. One must mentally renounce these three states and concentrate on the soul, the innermost . Seeker of truth should never run after things that are ephemeral. Never become attached to the three states, which are ephemeral.