Guru, Swami, Yogi, Sadhu, and Avatars belongs to religious paths. Guru, Swami, Yogi, Sadhu, and Avatars nothing to do with the ultimate truth or Brahman because they are based on the false self (ego or the waking entity) and false experience (waking). Path of wisdom is only for those who are seriously in search ultimate truth or Brahman. Self-knowledge or Brahma Gnana is mother of all knowledge thus it is not accumulated knowledge. The religion and yogic path has to be dropped if one is seeking ultimate truth or Brahman.
To acquire self-knowledge or Brahma Gnana or Atma Gnana there is no guru is required. The seeker has to grow from the inside out. None can teach him none can make him spiritual. There is no other teacher but his own soul.
All these experiences as father, son, guru, and pupil were one and the same consciousness appearing differently. All these distinctions disappear when one realizes the ultimate truth. I
n the dream the mountain which is apparently insentient and material, is nevertheless still your mind alone. Whether living or dead, conscious or unconscious thought or matter; all things are appearances of one and the same consciousness. All these distinctions are seen by Gnani as only the consciousness. : ~ Santthosh Kumaar
The soul or the consciousness, the innermost self is the witness-consciousness that experiences the action, the actor, and the world of separate things. It is like a light that illuminates everything in a theatre, revealing the master of ceremonies, the guests, and the dancers with complete impartiality. Even when they all depart, the light shines to reveal their absence.
The ‘I’ is the ignorance. Till one hold the ‘I’ as the self it is impossible to acquire Self-knowledge or Brahma Gnana or Atma Gnana. Thus, the seeker has to get rid of the ignorance, which is present in the form of ‘I’, in order to realize the ultimate truth or Brahman. : ~ Santthosh Kumaar
Where is the Guru, where is the teaching, where is the disciple, where is the world when the Self is not the ‘I’. If the self is not ‘I’ what is self without the ‘I’.
Till one thinks he is an individual separate from this world he remains in the realm of duality. The duality is the product of ignorance. When the wisdom dawns, then the ignorance vanishes. When the ignorance vanishes, then the duality never remains as reality. Thus, the man and his experience of the world is mere an illusion on the standpoint of the soul, the innermost self. : ~ Santthosh Kumaar
The awareness is the nature of the soul, the innermost self. The soul is present in the form of consciousness. The soul is in ignorance of its true nature in physical awareness. The physical awareness is present in the form of the universe or the waking experience. The soul is in its own awareness in deep sleep. We talk about the deep sleep experience in the state of ignorance (waking). The dream becomes unreal when waking takes place. Similarly, the waking becomes unreal when wisdom dawns. The wisdom dawns when the waking entity realizes it itself is not the self in the midst of duality (waking).
The real Moksha or freedom is to realize the fact that ‘I’ consciousness is mere a physical awareness. The physical awareness is not the self-awareness. The self –awareness is when the formless soul or consciousness, the innermost self remains aware of its own awareness.
Dualist sages could not distinguish between ‘I’ and ‘formless witness.’ The 'I' was the witness. Their highest was the Jiva. One is so much attached to the 'I' that he does not want to think that 'I' does not exist. Again one is unable to detach the ‘I’ from the Real witness.
Most of the modern Gurus are also stuck with ‘I’ awareness as self-awareness. The ‘I’ awareness is present only when the mind is present. Mind is present only when the universe is present. Universe is present only when the waking or dream is present. The ‘I’ awareness is absent when the mind is absent. Mind is absent then the universe or waking or dream is absent. Thus, the ‘I’ awareness is mere illusion. The self-awareness is ‘I- LESS AWARENESS.
Without Sage, Sri, Sankara there is no Advaita (non-duality). Since it was mixed up with orthodoxy there is a lot of confusion. Sage Sri, Sankara’s quotes (selected verified) are quoted in my blogs and postings to show what Sage Sri, Sankara meant and ‘what is blocking the seekers from realizing the ultimate truth or Brahman. There are so many non-dualistic masters of the east and also from the west who expound Advaitic or non-dualistic knowledge, but none of them is helpful to reach the ultimate end.
There is no need to follow anyone. The one call himself as a Guru and the one who call himself as some guru’s disciple will never be able to cross the threshold of duality.