The essence of Mundaka Upanishad is:~ Do not be satisfied with rituals, yoga etc. which are good in their own way, but inquire. Into what? Brahman and Atman are things you can never see. So do not inquire into them. Inquire into the world around you, which you can see. Science tells you it is passing away every second. Everything is dying repeatedly. Where is it going? Thus, you follow up your inquiry into what you can lay hands on. How can you inquire into Atma which you cannot see? So first we deal with the known and seen, this inquiry leads up to the unknown in the end.
According to Sage Sri, Sankara, it is the ignorance of our real nature that causes suffering and pain. The desire for happiness is essentially a longing to awaken to who and what we truly are.
People claim to experience the bliss as an individual whereas the self is not an individual because self is formless than what value is there for such a claim. How can one experience the non-dualistic bliss as a person perceiving the world? Yogic bliss is not non-dual or Brahmic bliss.
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.
When the waking entity and the waking world are an illusion on the standpoint of the soul, which is the innermost self than whatever experienced as bliss by the waking entity is bound to be falsehood. The non-dual bliss cannot be experienced because the experience implies duality.
Only when the waking entity realizes the body, ego and the world are one in essence then it automatically leads to self-awareness in the midst of duality.
When the witness (consciousness or soul) and witnessed (mind or the universe or waking) are one in essence then 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.
People are making unlimited sacrifices and enduring unlimited suffering in the name of protecting their religion and god. They are therefore ignorant about the truth and incapable of understanding the ultimate truth, which is a universal God. All organized religions unequivocally claimed man for the life in the truth; thus it is sheer folly to fight in the name of religion and God.
It is time that humanity had a fresh vision of truth that the mind, which is in the form of the universe, is a myth. And the soul or the consciousness is the only thing that is real and that matters. On the base of consciousness as self, the physical life is a vain and empty pursuit of illusory values.
Parental grooming is the main cause of religious influence upon the mass mindset and it cannot be wiped out without knowing the truth of one’s own existence. Thus, teaching children to view and judge everything on a religious point of view by their parents, which warps the minds and destroys the capacity to think beyond the belief system of their grooming.
People who are yearning for spiritual truth will not find it what they are seeking for. Religious truth is individual truth and it is not a universal truth because the religion is based on individuality.
As one goes in deeper investigation find nothing satisfying in any religion. The more he learns of any religious doctrine they become aware of the fact that, the religion is not the means for self-realization because the true ‘Self” is not the form, but the true self is formless. The religion is based on the false self (ego) and false experience (universe). Religion takes the false self as real self and false experience as reality. Thus, whatever is based on the false self and false experience is bound to be falsehood.
The obsession with "our sins" having been "washed away by the water of the river would be regarded as evidence of a serious mental illness in an individual within any sane society, but when this is an obsession of millions of people it becomes "religious faith", held by many others to be something that should never be criticized.
It was desperately important for the believers of their belief system for some reason that others shared their beliefs because they assume that their religious doctrine is literally true, and then justify their beliefs because "God says so in their doctrine ".
It is no use in arguing with someone who has faith in his belief system because for him there can be no possible refutation of what he believes, so rational argument is entirely useless. He clings to his belief so strongly that he makes no distinction between the truth and his belief. One has to know the fact that god cannot exist without his existence. The truth does not depend on gods’ existence, but it entirely depends on man’s existence. Thus, it is foolish to venture in knowing the truth of god's existence without verifying the facts about his own existence.
Deeper self-search reveals the fact that, the self is neither the body, nor the ego. If the self is not the body nor the ego then it proves the fact that, whatever is seen, known, believed and experienced at the base of the self as the body or ego is bound to be falsehood. Thus, arguing on the standpoint of the body or ego, which is not the “self”, is erroneous. Thus, the whole argument has to be based on the true self, which is not the body or ego. Thus, it is necessary to realize the fact that, the “self” is not the form, but the “self” is formless in order to realize the Advaitic truth.