The mystic who sees God in vision has seen Him during the waking state. The waking experience it’Self’ an illusion. Thus, whatever seen within the illusion is bound to be an illusion. Thus, it is necessary for the mystic to realize his existence is a reality within the illusion. Whatever belief of God one is familiar with through his inherited conditioning or samskara that he will see in his visions. When a man is the false ‘Self’ within the false experience, then whatever he believes is bound to be a falsehood.
God is the Soul the innermost ‘Self’. The Soul is present in the form of the consciousness. God is not within you, but you and your experience of the world are within the God. ‘Self’-realization is God realization because the Soul the innermost ‘Self’ it’Self’ is God. When you and your experience of the world disappear, then God alone prevails as formless, timeless and spaceless existence.
There is neither Shiva nor Shakti but only the consciousness. The consciousness is real God.
The Bhagavad Gita: ~ Brahmano hi pratisthaham ~ Brahman (God) is considered the all-pervading consciousness, which is the basis of all the animate and inanimate entities and material. (14.27).
When Bhagavad Gita says, God is considered the all-pervading consciousness which is the basis of all the animate and inanimate entities and material then nothing has to be accepted as God other than consciousness.
Lord Krishna Says Ch ~V: ~ “Those who know me in truth.". The last two words (tattvataha) are usually ignored by pundits, but they make all the difference between the ordinary concept of God and the truth about God.
The dualistic worship of "God” is only for the ignorant populace. The God in truth is only Atman, the innermost ‘Self’. In reality, there is no duality, no differentiation. Only Atman exists.
The Vedas confirms God is Atman (Spirit), the innermost ‘Self’.
Rig Veda: ~ The Atman is the cause; Atman is the support of all that exists in this universe. May ye never turn away from the Atman the innermost ‘Self’. May ye never accept another God in place of the Atman nor worship other than the Atman?" (10:48, 5)
No dualities, no differentiation. Only Atman exists. Let us see in the words of Krishna:
Bhagavad Gita: 4: 22 :~ ".....who has gone beyond the conflicting dualities like good (happiness) and bad (sorrow)....."
Bhagavad Gita: 4: 42:~ ".....cut all such conflicting dualities (doubts) by the sword (weapon) of knowledge. ....."
Bhagavad Gita: 5: 18:~ “The learned men (who have come out of delusions (Māyā), got rid of Avidya) see no differentiation have equal vision for a revered Brahmin, a cow, an elephant, a dog and a cāndāla (outcaste, rogue, mleccha, demonic person etc)"
Bhagavad Gita: 5: 19:~ "Those who have achieved the true knowledge i.e. the '‘Self’-Knowledge' or the 'knowledge of Atman' and see no difference, are free from conflicting dualities have merged in Brahman"
Bhagavad Gita: 5: 20:~ "One who does not get excited out of happiness on getting good and does not get depressed on getting bad is situated in Brahman i.e. is merged in Brahman"
Bhagavad Gita: 6: 9:~ "The one who has equal vision for a ‘Self’less do-gooder, a friend, a foe, an unbiased, a well-wisher, a depressed and jealous man, relatives, a righteous and a sinner is the best (as he sees no duality and differentiation but sees everything as Ātman)"
Bhagavad Gita: 6: 32:~ “.....as one seeks and treats one’Self’ with equal vision, the same way one who has equal vision for good and evil, for everybody is the best of all"
Bhagavad Gita: 6: 8:~ "For whom soil, a pebble, and gold are alike, he is merged in Brahman"
Bhagavad-Gita Gita: 7: 27:~ ".....people are getting entangled in the primordial ignorance (Avidya) of the conflicting dualities like good and evil, happiness and sorrow caused due to attachments, desires, and hatred....."
Bhagavad Gita: 6: 28:~ “.....who have cut-off conflicting dualities (like good and evil) is determinedly in my service. ...."
Bhagavad Gita: 7: 19:~ "Such a man who has attained true knowledge, the knowledge of ‘Self’, the knowledge of Atman, in the last birth in the series of many births worships Me as~ Atman alone exists~ everything is Atman, there exists nothing except Atman. Such a man is extremely rare"
Sage Sri, Goudpada: ~ "There's no plurality here"; "The God (Atman) through his powers appears to be many"; "those who are attached to creation or production or origination go to utter darkness"; "the unborn is never reborn, for who can produce God (Atman)?".
The orthodox people more enslaved than others because they live in ‘Self’-imposed prison. A householder may have a little freedom, but the Gurus, Yogis Saints are more stuck with their own idea of truth than others. Orthodoxies are just blind followers of tradition. They cannot move freely, they cannot sit freely, they cannot live freely.
Many people pretend they are ‘Self’-realized just by being orthodox one cannot get Gnana. Yogi practices Samadhi he will not get rid of the ignorance. Everyone has their own idea of Gnana.
The most important thing is that neither society nor politics nor any religion has anything to do with the ultimate truth or Brahman. ‘Self’ –Knowledge helps the seeker transcending emotion, transcending form, time, and space. Perhaps this is why the Atmic path, has not had much impact.
Mythological stories are a myth. Mythological Gods are a myth. By worshipping mythological heroes as God produces only myth. There is need to realize ‘what God supposed to be in actuality. Religion has been very influential. Mythology is a synthesis. They are more concerned with synthesis than with truth. The attraction for synthesis is so strong that people accept it blindly without verifying their validity.
Mythology is a hodgepodge containing everything; hence it suits everyone because there is something in it for everyone. It is difficult to find any tradition whose voice is not found in the mythology. It is difficult to find anyone who does not take solace from the mythology. But for such people ‘Self’-Realization will prove very difficult.
The nondualistic or Advaitic truth is not for synthesis – it is an uncontradictable truth and it is the ultimate truth. Nondual truth just as it is, without any artifice or coloring.
The knower of nondual truth is not concerned about the listener, he does not care whether his listener will understand or not. The pure expression of truth comes from the source of his existence.
On the standpoint of the Soul, the innermost ‘Self’: ~
There is nothing to accept,
Nothing to reject,
Nothing to hold on to,
Nothing to let go of,
Nothing to grasp,
Nothing to spurn,
Nothing to embrace,
Nothing to relinquish,
Nothing to dissolve
Because the Soul is free from the illusory form, time and space. Only within the dualistic illusion, the Soul, which is present in the form of the consciousness is caught up in the illusory experience of the form, time and space.
This is the truth.
This is the truth.