Mundaka Upanishad condemns rituals:~ The Para or Higher knowledge is the knowledge of the Supreme Being while the
Physical & mental discipline such like Karma, Mantra Yoga, and Yajna, Puja Japa Blind devotion to
deity or Guru is not the tool for liberation or freedom from experiencing the dualistic illusion as a reality. It is dualistic cult including Advaitic orthodoxy propagate this disciplines. Such disciplines and code of conducts has no value if one is seeking ultimate truth or Brahman to get Nondualistic Self -awareness.
Mysticism, scriptural knowledge, penance based Scholasticism are a
great hindrance to ‘Self –realization’. Inherited blind belief with corresponding actions based on scriptures, worship, ritual faith that imply certain mental and physical discipline, or scripture supporting belief, faith, creed, ritual, theological knowledge personal or opinion leads to hallucinated knowledge. All these become a great hindrance in grasping understanding, assimilating and realizing the Advaitic or nondualistic or Advaitic truth.
mastery including ancient Sastras, Tarka, and Samkhya disciplines to support Karmas & belief Bhakti Argument & interpretation with the help of logic, grammar etc. to support beliefs, revelations, prayers etc. In addition, dogmas, theological or other based on authorities.
The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad declares: "He who worships the deities as entities entirely separate from the 'Self' does not know the truth. For the Gods he is like a pasu (beast)". (1. 4. 10)
That is why Sage Sri, Sankara said
:- ~ Neither by the practice of yoga nor philosophy, nor by good works nor by learning, does liberation come, but only through the realization that Atman and Brahman are one in no other way .(1) Vivekachoodamani v 56, pg~25
Sage Sri, Sankara says
:~ The scriptures dealing with rituals, rewards are therefore addressed to an ignorant person.
Sage Sri Sankara: ~ Atman, the innermost Self is verily Brahman (God), being
equanimous, quiescent, and by nature absolute Existence, Knowledge, and Bliss. Atman is not the body which is non-existence itself. This is called true Knowledge by the wise.
Everyone’s inner work is
on. The Soul is the innermost Self. The Soul the inner Guru guides us all till we get the stillness of its Advaitic true nature. It is the Soul which is in ignorance it is the Soul that has to wakes from the sleep of ignorance.