Trev Light Bown: - The Universe is only illusion from point of view of the observer formless witness. Taking part in everyday activities is no longer such a serious activity. But the part must be played out.
There is realisation that the person you thought is no longer the doer. Action just happens. Can you say more on the doer?
SK:- A Gnani being in the illusion he is not of the illusion. Doer and doing and the world are all within the duality. With perfect equanimity, even in practical life within the practical world a Gnani attends all his worldly duties like any other commoner. He may have sorrows but he is in perfect equanimity because he is aware of the fact that, the physical awareness is mere illusion created out of the soul, the innermost self. He is fully aware of the fact that the physical life started within the illusion and ends within the illusion. In self-awareness the soul, the innermost self is free from experiencing the form, time and space in the midst of the duality.
Where is the doer, where is the doing where is the world when the soul is in awareness of its own formless nondual nature. The doership, doing and the world belongs to the illusion. Whatever is happening within the illusion will go on happening the soul the witness of the illusion is unaffected by the happening within the illusion because it is ever formless. All the dualistic knowledge is limited to the illusion.
Where is the past? Where is the present and where is the future? Where is the form? Where is the time? Where is space? For the soul, the innermost self, which is ever formless?
A Gnani acts and reacts as a commoner in the practical life within the practical world with a perfect equanimity of both in illusion or reality.
On page 482: On Gnani: "The knower of Brahman wears no signs. Gives up the insignia of a monk's life…his signs are not manifest, nor his behavior." When the knower of Brahman wears no signs it means he remains as commoner does not identify himself as wise man and others are less wise.
The man who claims to be a Gnani but must advertise it by wearing a monks robe, or sitting in a cave, or remains nude, is thereby proving that he is thinking of the body, is attached to it; he is not a true Gnani. The latter has no need to distinguish himself when he knows all is One. All Those distinctions mentioned are for religious guru or yogi.
The Gnani will feel that millions are suffering in the world, but simultaneously he will also know that they identify themselves wrongly with their finite selves. He will understand his limitation through being in the realm of form, time and space and knows that he cannot help them all, so he will do whatever it is possible for him to do. He will make use of his body to whatever extent it is possible in helping others, but admittedly he can relieve only a tiny fraction of humanity.
Both Gnani and ignorant see the multiplicity, but Gnani does not take the differences which he sees as being real. That is the difference between them. The Gnani sees the unity behind the differences and considers the welfare of all others as his own. A true Gnani can never renounce anything. It is impossible. He has only renounced the idea of a separation.
Gnanis are one in millions for they have ignored the opinions of whole peoples in their independent search of truth, and questioned all beliefs, all scriptures, all authorities, until they could be proved to be true.
Even the arguments that religions have been followed since time immemorial makes no difference to them, because if people have believed a false thing over thousands of years, the length of time does not prove it true.
The Gnani’s position is that if enjoyment comes, he accepts it; if it does not, he keeps quiet. Even when he is taking pleasures, however, he is not deluded by them and he regards them as a game of life since he knows their unreality: he does not take them seriously. Clouds do not affect the sky, although they appear to; so the pleasures do not change the Gnani.
The Gnani will follow whatever occupation he wishes according to circumstances. There are no prohibitions for him. He may be a barber or a billionaire.