People try to overcome their inherited religious conditioning but it by getting rid of the religious conditioning one will not be able to overcome the physical shackle. One has to get rid of the inborn samskara or conditioning ,which is present in the form of ‘I’ or ‘I AM’. Only by getting rid of the ignorance one can get rid of the inborn samskara or conditioning.
v What is the use of arguing on base of the birth entity, which is not the self?
v What is the use of knowing what happens after death when the self is birthless?
v What is the use of thinking of the heaven and hell when the self is not an individual and it is never born and never dies?
But he is unaware of the fact that, he and his experience of the world are within the waking experience. The waking experience appears and disappears, same way as the dream. When there is dream than there is no waking. When there is waking than there is no dream. When there is neither the dream nor the waking it is identified as deep sleep in waking experience. One is aware of the dream or deep sleep only in waking. The one which is aware of the coming and going of the three states is neither the waking entity nor the dream entity but the formless witness of the three states.
All the scriptures indicate that Atman is Brahman, and Brahman is ultimate truth. Therefore the soul, which is in the form of consciousness, is ultimate truth. Thus to realize the ultimate truth is the prime goal. A well-directed inquiry, analysis and reasoning will lead one to his non -dual destination
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’. I or ‘I AM’ itself is cause of ignorance.
Eradicating the ignorance completely is necessary. And this is possible only through self-knowledge or Brahma Gnana or Atma Gnana. Thus, there is no other road to freedom other than Gnana. There is no other entrance other than except Gnana. The ignorance will vanish only when the nondual wisdom dawns.
That is why Sri Sankara, indicated in Bhaja Govindam says: - (Jnana Viheena Sarva Mathena Bajathi na Muktim janma Shatena) - one without knowledge does not obtain liberation even in a hundred births, no matter which religious faith he follows.
Then it is no use going roundabout way, trace the Brahman which is the formless substance and witness of the universe, which is in the form of mind. By tracing the source of the mind or universe one will be able to realize the Brahman.
Thus, self-knowledge is meant only for those who have intense urge, and courage to accept the truth with humility and reject the untruth. Since people start comparing with their scriptural knowledge, it becomes impossible to assimilate and realize the non-dual truth. Therefore, there is no need to convince anyone other than our own-selves to get the firm conviction.