Trev Light Bown :- Every word requires at least basic workings of mind. But also those you quote from had been born "self realized" then died.
Or maybe it was the point of "self realization" that brought about their death as "I" thought.
Anything that is real will have a counterfeit reflection and so it is with Guru and spiritual teachers.
The Gnani is "being" walking talking and doing without "I" thought doership. He sees the dream and takes his destined part without "I" as a distraction, nor does he become involved in the dream. Non attached.
They take no pride in compliment nor grief at being ignored.
They neither rebuke or welcome followers but shine out the truth depending on how ripe is the student understanding.
There is no rule as to who might be Gnani,
Only the "I" is vacant allowing formless witness to see.
SK:- Dearest Trev, Man and his experience of the world are product of ignorance. If there is no ignorance then there is no man and his experience of the world. The ignorance is present in the form of ‘I’. ‘I’ is not limited to the form alone. The ‘I’ is present only when the form, time and space are present. The ‘I’ is absent when form, time and space are absent. Deeper self-search revels the fact that the ‘I’ itself is an illusion.
Thus it is no point in inquiring ‘WHO AM ‘I’?
WHO AM ‘I’? ‘WHAT AM ‘I’ inquiry limited to form. It helps the expose the unreality of the ego thus later stages the seekers will find it inadequate and useless to reach the ultimate end of understanding.
Only sincere and serious seeker will be able to acquire Self-knowledge or Brahma Gnana or Atma Gnana others who are sentimentally involved with the gurus, yogis will remain ignorant hallucinating about the promised bliss or enlightenment. What is the use of getting enlightenment on the false self (ego or waking entity) within the unreal world (waking)? The seeker must realize the fact that, the self is not the waking entity but the self beyond form, time and space. The form, time and space are impermanent are impermanent and in reality the form, time and space are one in essence. Without knowing ‘I’ is false he will not be able to realize the form, time and space is false. Without knowing the form, time and space is false he will not be able realize the experience of birth, life and death is false. Without realizing experience of birth, life and death is false it is impossible to realize the universe is false (illusion). Without realizing the world is an illusion it is impossible to acquire Self-knowledge or Brahma Gnana or Atma Gnana.
Thus perfect understanding and assimilation is necessary in order to acquire Self-knowledge or Brahma Gnana or Atma Gnana. All accumulated knowledge accumulated through different teacher and teaching theories path and practices has to mentally burnt and start a fresh if one wants truth nothing but truth. Serious and serious seekers are very few and they will get inner direction and able to reach ultimate end of understanding and realization.
Majority of the seeker are skin deep. They are happy with the person who emotionally satisfies their feeling. The truth pursuit is serious business. The urge to know the truth cannot be imposed on others. It has to sprout within. One need not become holy Shepard because the holy Shepard is within in to guide every seeker. If one is aiming to be a master, Guru or teacher, he will never reach his destination. One has to share his knowledge with the fellow seeker not to make them his followers but only direct them if they are interested to travel beyond form, time and space.
It is foolish to impose our idea on others because everyone is not in same level of understanding. Every one's inner work is on. When they are ripe enough they will understand, assimilate and realize on their own. If they are ready and sharp enough they will grasp it instantly and they will reach their destination with lesser time and effort. Thus preaching, teaching is not wisdom, but by very careful reasoning, the seeker has to determine the nature of reality. Thinking in right direction alone helps seeker determining the nature of reality.
The people‘s approach is more practical, and they are stuck with the reality of the world, they take it as real. If they take the world as reality it means they have accepted the birth, life, death, which takes place in the unreal world as reality. If they accept the experience of birth, life, death and the world as reality, it means they have accepted the form, time and space as reality. If the form, time and space is accepted as reality then duality will prevail as reality. If duality prevails as reality then it is impossible to understand, assimilate and realize the Nondualistic or Advaitic truth.
When Sage Sri, Sankara says the world is an illusion, it includes birth, life and death, which happens within the world. Thus the seekers main aim is to mentally trace the formless substance of the illusion, which is also the witness of the illusion. The formless substance and witness of the illusion (world) is the Atman, and this Atman itself is Brahman.
The people who are stuck to some teaching or teacher are no yet ready to acquire self-knowledge. As their spiritual maturity grows they become aware the teacher and his teaching are inadequate and useless to quench his spiritual thirst thus they start their journey independently.
A Gnani silently works to clear the ignorance through wisdom he knows the arrows of wisdom enter to the core of the existence and the inner process will go on silently.
The path of wisdom attracts only those who are in search of truth and they appreciate it greatly. The ignorant are not spiritually matured the receive self-knowledge or Brahma Gnana or Atma Gnana.
The ‘I’ will not die but its unreal nature is exposed. It is foolish to venture to kill the ‘I’. A spiritual teacher believes in his teaching which he inherited from his guru thus he never investigates the validity of his gurus teaching.
The dream become unreal when waking takes place. The waking becomes unreal when wisdom dawns. The wisdom dawns when the waking entity (you) realizes it itself not the self but the self is that which witnesses the coming and going of the three states (I). Thus ‘I’ is an object to the formless subject, which is ‘I’-Less(soul).
A Gnani is fully aware of the fact that, the subject (soul or spirit) and object (mind or matter) are one in essence. Thus the Gnani being in this unreal world he is not of this world because he is fully aware of the fact that, the form time and space are made of single stuff. That single stuff is consciousness (soul). A Gnani sees his experience of the form, time and space as consciousness. Therefore a Gnani never sees a second thing other than the consciousness eventhough he is in the midst of duality. If Gnani sees unity in diversity than there is no ‘I’ it has merged in its ‘I’-less substance.