A man may wish to live for a hundred years, performing his duties as prescribed by the scriptures, but he will not be able to assimilate the self-knowledge or Brahma Gnana or Atma Gnana. If one does duties in the way prescribed in the scriptures, it may be good for the worldly life within the waking experience. The results of whatever one do will cling to the duality, which he is experiencing it as reality. There is no other way other then, finding the true self and realizing the fact that ‘I’ is not the self, but the soul is the true self.
There is no point in renouncing the practical life within the practical world in search of the ultimate truth. There is no point in running after the pleasures the world within the practical world. These pleasures are momentary, because the waking experience is momentary. If one runs after them he will only become the pleasure hunter within the practical world and bound to experience illusory suffering as reality.
Not everyone is in a position to acquire the self-knowledge. People want to enjoy life, and to such people the religion, god glorification and yoga are necessary. They must fulfill their desires strictly according to the rules laid down by the religious and yogic scriptures. This will slowly lead to the purification of the mind that is, the hankering for sense pleasures will go, the spirit of discrimination will grow strong, and love for Self-knowledge will develop. When this happens they will no longer be attached to what they have been doing all their lives. The result is that they will be receptive to self-knowledge.
Religion, yoga is for those who are not in the position to grasp the non-dual truth. They need not feel lost. They can take time. However, eventually they have to come to the path of the truth. Until then they must follow their chosen path.
Science is based on objects; its invention is based on object as subject. Thus the modern science can get the truth of objectified subject. Elimination of object mentally and realizing the subject then judging the worldview on the base of pure subject leads to discovery of ultimate truth.
The feelings and impressions and notions are based on the physical self. The scientific inventions are based on the physical self. Deeper inquiry, analysis and reasoning revels the fact that the physical self is false self within the false experience.
Modern science is the very opposite of the Gnani’s standpoint of view. Gnani says that a thing exists on the standpoint of the form as self and form ceases to exist without the formless self.
Therefore, it is necessary to know the fact that, the true self is not physical but the formless spirit, which we call it soul or self.
There is a need for sufficient distinction or discrimination has to be made between the witness and the witnessed. The witness is mixed and identified with what it witnessed and the result is doubts and confusion still prevailed without identifying the witness.
Personal feelings, ideas, judgments entered into the presentation of facts by the so called gurus and the whole mass passed as truth, the process often being given the high-sounding name of Intuition, Vision or Revelation which are mere fancy based on the physical self.
The religious idea of rewarding the virtuous and punishing the sinner in graded degrees are popular among the mass. These are some of the very well-known instances of pathetic fallacy, that is to say, introducing the element of personal sentiment in our appreciation of events and objects. Even today literate mass follow or observe these religious dogmas superstition and tradition.
Witness and Witnessed
Science cuts itself from the witness and remains aloof from the witnessed. The scientist not only stands aside, outside the field of witness. It is because the scientist is unaware of the witness, is apart from the witnessed, and he and his invention are part of the witnessed. Therefore science cannot cross the threshold of the physical existence. Thus its invention is limited to physicality, which is part and parcel of the witnessed [universe or waking or mind] .