As ice and clouds are not different from water, so the mind emanating from the soul is not different from it. The mind (three states) emanating from the soul (consciousness) means mind being the effect from the soul (consciousness) is not different from it. Analysis shows it. Analysis needs thinking. The ice and clouds have form; but where is the form in the water. Where did the form come from? All that one can say is that the water is not different from the ice and cloud. The mind is same as the soul, as the water produces the ice and clouds, so the soul (consciousness) produces the experiences of the three states.
One has to know this through analysis. As cloth when analyzed, is found to be nothing but thread, so this mind, when duly considered, is nothing but consciousness (soul).
As one start analyzing deeply through inquiry and reasoning he becomes aware of the fact that, the self is not physical but it is consciousness. Thus, judging the truth on the physical base is erroneous because the self is not physical. Thus the reasoning base has to be rectified. Therefore, one has to rectify the reasoning base from form to formless, and then only it is possible to overcome all the obstacles which are blocking the realization of the ultimate reality.
When one refuses to inquire and reason and wants the truth on his own terms and conditions, on the base of his accepted truth, then it is impossible to cross the threshold of duality. They will remain satisfied with their preconceived speculated truth.
Deeper analysis revels that matter is a mere division created within the consciousness. When the division is identified with name and form it becomes a thought. When consciousness is identified by name and form then there is duality. The duality creates a sense of reality in fragmented consciousness.
When one discerns truth on base of waking or dream must also understand the ultimate truth cannot be held onto; it can only be discerned in moment to moment experiences, for the truth of one moment is not the truth of another. Wherein one moves from one moment with a concept of truth into another, the next moment is entered into a prejudice based on the old moment´s truth, and in that prejudice, he is incapable of discerning truth of this new moment because he is still in the shackles of physicality. The physical truth is mere intellectuality based on speculation. Intellectual truth makes one waking or dream-centric and he gets emotionally involved with the teacher or teaching or theories or scriptures and will remain in pursuit of speculation. The ultimate truth is beyond form, time and space. To understand and assimilate the ultimate truth one has to first realize the fact that, the self is not physical but self is consciousness, which is formless.
If one realizes the fact that the self is formless, then seeking truth and trying to understand and assimilate the truth on the base of the form as self, is erroneous. Therefore the reasoning base has to be rectified from form to formless in order to understand and assimilate the non-dualistic or Advaitic truth.
If one does not want to fully inquire and verify the facts, he cannot know the fact that he and his experience of the world is mere illusion created out of consciousness. If one becomes aware of the fact that, the consciousness (soul) is the true self, then he realizes, whatever he has seen, known, believed and experienced as a person is mere illusion.
Intellectuals argue, if everything is consciousness, how can one give up anything? Can you give up anything? These types of question are speculation based on the waking entity (ego). They are incapable of understanding and assimilating truth because they refuse to verify and they want the truth on their own terms.
How a yogi who practices Samadhi will understand the truth, when he thinks the self is limited to individual and universe is apart from him. Therefore his understanding and realization are limited to the physical self. He is unable to grasp the truth that, the whole universe in which he exists as person and perceives it is consciousness. The consciousness powers the illusion (universe) and consciousness can exist with or without the illusion (universe).
Self-knowledge or Brahma Gnana or Atma Gnana is quite different from meditation, yogic Samadhi and practices which are based on physical self (waking or dream), which is the false self within the false experience. Meditation and yoga are not the means to acquire the Self-knowledge or Brahma Gnana or Atma Gnana but they are helpful tools in the preparatory stages to make one receptive and keep away from all the distractions.
Speaking of ultimate truth and then opining that one need not inquiry to verify the facts is meaningless. Even as a method to get at ultimate truth one has to analyze the mind (universe or waking). Speaking is different from realization.
Just as sugar generated from sugarcane juice is wholly pervades by that juice, so the mind produced in consciousness permeated by consciousness through and through.
This can be understood and assimilated only through illustration of waking, dream and deep sleep. The body, waking or dream and the world exists only in waking or dream. And waking is as false as dream. In waking and dream the consciousness pervades in everything and everywhere through and through.
The three states appear from the ignorance of consciousness and disappear with the Self- knowledge or Brahma Gnana or Atma Gnana. The mind appears from non-cognition of the consciousness and disappears with its recognition.
The moment one knows that the three states are consciousness, there is no ignorance. One has to know the consciousness is everything and everything is nothing but consciousness.
Begin to see your-self as a consciousness with a body and the world rather than a body with a consciousness.