Trying to discover truth on the base of ‘I’ as self cannot produce more than a partial and partisan truth. By holding the ‘I’ as self, the seeker will not be able to unfold the truth of the wholeness. The ‘I’ itself is an illusion. Thus the ‘I’ is temporary. Identifying self with something that is temporal is erroneous. So intellectuals wrongly identify the self with something temporal and view and judge the truth on the false self (ego or waking entity) and false experience (waking).
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 samskara or conditioning. It proves only an ignorant can find a number of greater ignorant to follow him.
By tracing the source of the mind or universe one will be able to realize the ultimate truth or 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-dualistc or Advaitic truth. Therefore, there is no need to convince anyone other than our own-selves to get the firm conviction.
The soul (Atman) is the innermost self. The soul is beyond time and individuality. It is also not to be identified with any of our functions, such as thought or emotion. The Self should not be confused with the individual ego or waking entity-. Our ego includes not only our body but also the world because the ego, body and the world appear together and disappear together.
The soul or consciousness is the subject and the ultimate truth or Brahman. The soul or consciousness is a radical unity, beyond time and individuality.
Therefore, it is necessary to rectify the reasoning base, if one wants to grasp the true self which is beyond form, time and space.
One has to realize the fact that, it is not the waking entity (you) which witnesses the three states. The formless soul is the witness of the coming and going of the three states. The soul is immutable. The soul is unaffected by the happening within the three states because the three states are mere mirage created out of the formless soul, which is present in the form of consciousness. The soul or consciousness is the innermost self.
The self is neither the waking entity nor the self is dream entity but the self is the formless soul. The on the standpoint of the soul, the innermost self the three states are non-existent as reality.
The soul is the innermost self. The soul, which is present in the form of consciousness, is one without a second. It never moves, within the illusion the moment takes place. The consciousness pervades in form, time and space. Thus it pervades in everything and everywhere in the cosmos. Consciousness is the formless substance and the witness of the whole cosmos.
The formless soul, the innermost self, is one without a second, complete in itself. It never moves. It is always still, always the same because it is formless, timeless and spaceless existence. It is the power that moves everything, and it makes the whole illusory universe.
There is no way of describing consciousness. It is beyond thought and speech. It is everywhere and in everything. It is formless, yet every form is its form; it is nameless, yet every name is its name. It is in fact unique.
The attributes are illusory. Because the form, time and space are illusory. If the form, time and space are illusory than the birth, life, death and the world are illusory.
All the qualities, good and bad, small and big are part of the illusion. It should be all attributes are part of the illusion. They cannot affect the soul, the innermost self.
Consciousness pervades in everything and everywhere in the form, time and space. All the five elements are part of the illusion.
Nothing can happen independent of consciousness, yet nothing affects it. The whole phenomenal world, including everything in it, is derived from consciousness, is sustained by it, and in the end dissolves in it.