The waking and the dream emerge from the Soul, the innermost ‘Self’. The Soul is present in the form of the consciousness. The emergence of the waking or the dream does not make any difference to the consciousness. The consciousness remains unchanged and unaffected by the waking or the dream, even though both the waking or dream objects and the waking or dreams are aspects of the consciousness.
The dreamer would not realize that dream objects and the dreams are simply aspects of the consciousness unless he wakes up from the dream. Once the waking takes place the dream becomes unreal, the same way when wisdom dawns the waking becomes unreal. The unchanging reality behind the waking or dream experience is the consciousness.
The waking or dream experiences are the external manifestation of the consciousness. As long as a person is caught up in the phenomenal existence, he does not see the unity behind the multiplicity. When one wakes up to the consciousness as it is in itself, not perceived or interpreted, or noumenal level he becomes aware of the one, non-dual the consciousness, which was the cause of the three states.
Thus, the consciousness is supreme. It is the reality. It has no beginning and end. It is eternal and beyond the reach of pain and pleasure. The consciousness is indivisible, immeasurable, without names and forms. It cannot be avoided, as it is present everywhere. The consciousness cannot be grasped, as it is transcendent. It cannot be contained in anything, as it contains everything. The consciousness is indefinable, for it is beyond the range of action and speech. Thus, the consciousness is reality itself, pure and absolute the consciousness.
The consciousness is the ultimate reality is defined as that which persists. The consciousness exists in all periods of time and remains the same in the past, present and future.
The consciousness is ultimate reality exists both in the manifest and the unmanifested. The mind, which is in the form of the universe arises out of the consciousness. The consciousness exists in all the three states. The mind rises from it and Merges back into the consciousness.
The consciousness is the substratum and the three states. The consciousness is like the ocean and mind is like a wave. The wave exists in ocean and merges back into the ocean. Similarly, the mind or universe is nothing but the consciousness. Everything is the consciousness.
Therefore, the consciousness is a principle of utter simplicity. There is no duality in the consciousness for no qualities are found in the concept of the consciousness. It is also simple in the sense that it is not subject to inner contradictions, which would make it changeable and transitory. To understand the nature of the consciousness and to speak of it, the consciousness in its reality is not a metaphysical postulate that can be proved logically, but it must be grasped and realized mentally not through argument or logical conclusions but perfect reasoning. Thus, the consciousness is one: It is not a `He or She ', a personal being; nor is it an `It', an impersonal concept. It is that state which comes about when all subject-object distinctions are obliterated.