Sage Sri, Sankara: ~ VC In the dream state, even though there is no contact with the outside world, the Soul alone projects the entire dream universe of enjoyer, enjoyment etc. Similarly, the waking state is no different. All this world of pluralistic phenomena is illusory projection.
If the Self is not ‘I’ but the Self is the Soul then on the standpoint of the Soul, the innermost Self:
Where is the ‘I’?
Where is the ‘I’?
Where is the ego?
Where is the body?
Where is the mind?
Where is the world in which you exist?
Where is the form, time and space?
Where is the waking experience?
Where is the duality?
Where is void?
They are or have become one with the Soul which is present in the form of the consciousness. The consciousness is the ultimate truth or Brahman.
The ‘I’ is present only when the mind is present. The mind is present only when the world is present. The world is present only when there is waking experience.
Deeper self-search reveals the fact that, the waking experience is not considered different from the world. The world is not considered different from the mind. The mind is not considered different from the’ I’. This truth has to be assimilated.
The ‘I’ is mere an illusion created out of the Soul, which is present in the form of the consciousness. ‘I’ is not the subject. The ‘I’ is an object to the Soul, which is the formless, timeless and spaceless subject.
The waking experience is based on the ‘ego’. You are the ego. The ego is the false self within the false experience. You are born, live and die within the world. The world in which you exist appears as the waking experience (duality) and disappears as deep sleep (nonduality). The dream is the parallel waking experience and waking experience is a parallel dream.
Within the waking experience, you view and judge the worldview as a person. If you e wants realize the truth you must realize the ‘Self’ is not you but the ‘Self’ is the ‘Soul’, which is present in the form of the consciousness.
Only when you learn to view and reason the worldview on the standpoint of the formless Soul, the innermost Self, the truth will start revealing on its own.
You cannot attain truth while existing in the empirical base and you cannot conduct your worldly activities in the transcendental base. Both life and truth are important. Life has to be lived and you have to reach the truth to overcome burden and the bondage of the illusory experience of the birth, life and death (duality). Therefore, the seeker has to develop soulcentric reasoning faculty to judge the dual and non-dual experiences, in order to discover and realize ‘what truth is’ and ‘what is untruth’. Without knowing what is untruth it is impossible to accept the truth which is beyond form, time, and space.
Deeper self-search helps the seeker to discover and realize the fact that, on the standpoint of the Soul, the innermost ‘Self’, the waking experience is mere illusion created out the consciousness.
Perfect understanding and assimilation of ‘what is what’ helps you to transcend into the formless substance of the world in which you exist. The substance of the world in which you exist is the consciousness. The formless Soul, which is present in the form of the consciousness, is the real self and the eternal identity.
When the seeker learns to view and judge the worldview on the base of formless Soul as the Self then the waking experience, which is experienced as a reality becomes unreal. The same way as the dream becomes unreal when the waking takes place.
The one that appears as waking experience, the one that appears the dream and one that remains without the waking or the dream is nothing but the consciousness. The appearance and disappearance are mere an illusion created out of the consciousness. In reality, the three states are non-existent as a reality.
All the three states are created out of single clay and that single clay is the Soul, which is present in the form of the consciousness.
The difference between the duality and nonduality is, the duality is mere an illusion created out of non-dualistic stuff. There is no such thing as the duality in the reality because the reality is nondualistic. On the standpoint of the Soul, all the appearance itself is an illusion. The Soul, which I present in the form of the consciousness alone, is real and eternal
One who has not learned to view and reason the worldview on the base of the Soul, the innermost self will not be able to realize the ultimate truth or Brahman.