Buddha, Sage Sri, Goudpada and Sage Sri, Sankara are not only reformers but also the greatest Sage scientists. Since their original thesis has been lost in the labyrinths of philosophy and mutilated by pundits and orthodoxy, it becomes very difficult to understand and assimilate the wisdom expounded by the great sages. In addition, the conservativeness of the orthodox scholars will not allow any research other than playing with the words, which suits the populace, because of their egocentric outlook.
All the add-ons have to be discarded in order to understand and assimilate the real fragrance of the wisdom expounded by the great Sages of Advaita, but it is hurricane task. Thus, it is no use going through all the scriptures when there is a direct path to nondualistic or Advaitic truth. The same time and effort can be used to reach the nondual destination, in lesser time and effort.
Advaitic wisdom does not need the support of any scripture or revelation like the Veda. Advaitic wisdom is not based, not upon the varying theological fancies, which are as numerous as the sands of the sea, but upon reason, the common heritage of all mankind, irrespective of colour or creed or clime.
Seeker of truth has to know that something is inadequate in Buddhist or orthodox Advaitic teachings to reach the nondualistic destination because of the add-ons and adulteration. Thus, it becomes difficult to reach destination directed by the Buddha, Sage Sri, Sankara and Sage Sri, Goudpada. It is for the seeker to go on his own and remove all the obstacles, which is blocking the realization of the truth, which is beyond the form, time, and space
Mixing religion, God, scriptures, and yogic theories are a great hindrance to realization of the truth, which is beyond the form, time, and space. Moreover, attachment to scriptures, personal God and religious code of conduct keeps one permanently in the grip of the dualistic illusion.
Embark on the journey of the truth; it frees the Soul from the illusion of the form, time and space.
When you finally realize the ‘Self ‘ is not you but the ‘Self’ is the Soul then you will realize the world in which you exist is mere an illusion created out of the Soul, which is present in the form of the consciousness.
Thus, you, your experience birth, life, death and the world mere an illusion created out of the consciousness, the consciousness is the ultimate truth or Brahman or God.
You are not the witness because the ‘Self' is not you. The Self is the Soul, which witnesses the world, in which you exist. The world is mere an illusion thus, you are part of the illusion.
In reality, the Soul and the world in which you exist are one, in essence. Thus, there is no second thing exists other than the Soul, which is present in the form of the consciousness.
Perfect understanding and assimilation of ‘what is what,’ leads to a perfect conviction of ‘What is truth?” and ‘What is the untruth?. Perfect conviction of the truth leads to Advaitic self-awareness.