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.
The look of an object will depend upon the medium through which the observer views it. In fact, our mental and intellectual conditions determine the three states, observed and experienced. The commoner viewing the universe will see differently from a Gnani viewing the same universe. Each one interprets the three states that they see in terms of their existing knowledge. The commoner sees everything based on the ego therefore experiences the birth, life, death and the world as reality whereas a Gnani sees everything as consciousness and he is fully aware of the fact that, there is no second thing exists other than consciousness. And the whole universe is nothing but consciousness. Thus, consciousness is ultimate truth or Brahman.
As for the well-known example of the hallucination of a snake in a coil of rope, the rope is real and the snake is unreal. There is neither the snake nor the rope in self-awareness. Even after the truth of the snake is realized and the hallucination of a snake dismissed, there is still the reality of the rope persists. Until the rope is recognised to be the self, the Self-knowledge or Brahma Gnana or Atma Gnana is impossibility. The universe is like the snake because it mere an illusion. Deeper self-search reveals the fact that, the universe is neither the snake nor the rope, but is the soul, which is present in the form of consciousness. The true nature of the soul is objectless awareness.
Whatever is based on the waking entity (ego or you) is bound to be falsehood, because the waking experience itself is falsehood. Since many teachers and their teachings are based on the false self (ego or the waking entity) and they consider the false experience (three states) as reality. Therefore, they are incapable of grasping the existence of the formless witness, which is within the three states, but it is without the three states.
The formless witness of the three states has to be grasped mentally, to realize the fact that, all the three states, which comes and goes, are mental. They are impermanent. The formless witness of the three states is permanent and eternal. Therefore, there is a need to understand “What is Mind?” and “What is the substance of the Mind?” and "What is the source of the mind?" in order to understand and assimilate the non-dual truth.
For this one has to drop all his accumulate knowledge. People are using their accumulate knowledge as a yardstick and land themselves in pursuit of an argument without reaching anywhere. One has to think deeper and analyze and verify everything, and accept only the uncontradictable truth. Nothing has to be accepted as truth, because some great thinker says it or it said in some holy book.
Those who lack the intelligence to discriminate between formless witness (subject) and three states (object) will not be able to grasp what is real and what is unreal. Both the subject and the object are the consciousness, not the subject alone.
The truth can never change. The nature of truth is, it can never be changed under any circumstances. It may be misrepresented. It must apply to the whole of existence, to the whole of the universe. deeper analysis points out:~ It is in the object (three states) alone that one has all changes.
The subject (formless witness) remains unchanged. The subject (formless witness), as such remains immortal. It can never die for it never changes. The body and the world are an object, and goes, but the subject or the witness of the body and the universe, can never go. The seeker has to take this principle as his guiding thread and non-dualistic or Advaitic truth, then becomes easy to grasp. The formless witness can never be subject to the changes of the object; it is unchanged. The mistake usually made is that the subject becomes an object, or that the object is the subject.
If one wants to have an absence of contradictions, absence of duality, there must be one entity, one being. If one has experience which is an object (mind), there is a contradiction between subject and object, for "mind” is an object.
The duality is reality on the standpoint of the false self (ego or the waking entity). The duality is a mere mirage on the base of the soul, the innermost self. the soul is present in the form of the consciousness. This understanding comes only to the serious seeker, who has an intense urge to know the ultimate truth. the ultimate truth is beyond the all the teachings and teachers. There is neither teaching, nor teacher, nor student in the realm of ultimate truth or Brahman.