When the ultimate truth is rightly known and one attains eternal life thereby. Through soul, the innermost self he gains strength and through its knowledge immortality. Not by intellectual speculation but only by an awakening to the reality of his true existence he gets soulcentric vision. The Soul, the innermost self’s nature is like state of deep sleep.
Religion, yoga and intellectualism are not the means to acquire self-knowledge or Brahma Gnana or Atma Gnana. Without getting rid of the ignorance and trying to get self-awareness through religion and yoga is like a sleeping man trying to know what he is about, without waking up. As sleep is to waking, so is ordinary life to the state of realization.
The nature of the formless soul, the innermost self is non-dualistic silence. Non-dualistic silence is like deep sleep state. The silence indicates that the nature of the formless soul, the innermost self is in inexplicable, indescribable and unimaginable. The formless soul, the innermost self is the one without a second. There is not the least shadow of multiplicity in the formless soul, which is present in the form of the consciousness."
A person, seeing a rope in dim light, mistakes it for a snake. He is as much frightened as he would have been if there had been a real snake there. The snake is said to have ‘illusory reality’. The illusory snake is described as a superimposition on the rope. The snake is not real, because, it is found on examination with a light that it never existed there. At the same time, it was experienced as reality till ignorance prevailed. Similarly, this waking experience experienced as reality due to ignorance. When the wisdom dawns, then the unreal nature of the waking experienced is exposed.
At the dawn of Self-knowledge or Brahma Gnana or Atma Gnana the waking experience has no existence apart from consciousness. Consciousness is ultimate truth or Brahman. The waking experience is therefore said to be superimposed on consciousness same way as the dream is superimposed on the consciousness. The waking experience is the practical reality, because it is real until the attainment of Self-realization. The soul or the consciousness alone has absolute reality; because it is absolutely changeless because it is formless.
Maya and Brahman, Jagat (world) and lshvara (creator), Guru (teacher) and Shishya (disciple), the holy rituals, traditions, the three worlds, the three bodies and so forth are reality within the illusory duality. This seeming duality is a hypothesis, not to establish the duality, but to disprove it. Advaitic or the non-dualistic truth has nothing to do with the illusory duality. The formless soul is present in the form of consciousness is ultimate truth or Brahman. The consciousness is neither dual nor non-dual. Some orthodox claim that, the Atman is dual, some that the Atman is non-dual; they do not know the ultimate truth.
The Atman or soul is beyond duality and non-duality". The seeker has to realize the fact that, the duality is reality only on the standpoint of the waking entity or ego. One thinks that he is an individual separate from the world and the world existed prior to him and he is born in it afterwards. Till this conviction is there he will not be able to grasp the Advaitic or the non-dualistic truth.