The self is not the ‘I’. ‘I’ is present in the form of mind. The origin of mind is soul. The mind is present in the form of the universe. The soul is present in the form of consciousness. The root of the universe is consciousness. Thus saying ‘I Am God’ keeps one in duality. The duality is not reality. The duality is product of ignorance. The body, ego and the world are of the ignorance. When wisdom dawns the ignorance disappears. When ignorance disappears the duality will never be a reality even though there is duality it is mere an illusion created out of single stuff. That single stuff is soul, which is present in the form of consciousness. The soul is the innermost self. The innermost self is God. It is not “I AM GOD, but it’s correct to say ‘the SELF IS GOD because self is not ‘I’ or ’I AM”.
People say Aham Brahmasmi -- I am God, I am Brahman. But when Brahman is, how can "I" remain? Only Brahman remains, not I. : ~ Santthosh Kumaar
If the self is formless then who is that who thinks? and to who is the thinker ?
One has to become aware of the fact that:~
The thinker and his thoughts are part of the world which is an illusion and the self is neither thinker nor the thought but self is that which is aware of the thinker, the thought and the world together without the physical apparatus.
The people who are stuck with thinker and thought will never be able to cross the threshold of duality.
When the self is neither the ego nor the body how can one experience anything which is exist prior to the experience of form, time and space. How can one experience the non-dualistic bliss as a person within the illusion? If the waking entity experiences the so-called bliss within waking experience then it is the false entity is experiencing the false experience within the falsehood because when wisdom dawns the unreal nature of the waking experience is exposed the same way as the unreal nature of the dream was exposed when waking took place.
Man perceives the world within the waking or dream. The dream becomes unreal when waking takes place. Similarly, the waking becomes unreal when the waking entity becomes aware that the self is neither the waking entity nor the dream entity but self is the formless witness of the three states, which comes and goes in succession. Thus, the witness (consciousness or soul) and witnessed (mind or universe or waking) are one in essence where is the scope for anything to exist other than consciousness. A Gnani is one who sees the three states in equanimity because he is fully aware of the fact that all the three states are mere mirage created out of formless consciousness, which is the innermost self. He sees everything as consciousness even though he is in the midst of diversity.
Thus, what is the use of inquiring WHO AM I ? when 'I' is not the Self?.