People indulge in prayers asking god ‘God give me this, give me that, and save me.' They are seeking in prayer is not God, what they are seeking is security and happiness. Ultimately what they want with prayer is their wellbeing not truth; they are not willing to admit it.
The first step is to know the true self is not ‘I’ but the witness of the ‘I’, which is the formless soul, and then only it is possible to cross the threshold of limitations /duality mind.
If one sincerely looks at his deepest motivation for religion, he will see he has never aspired for the truth/self. His aspiration was never for the ultimate. His aspiration is for comfort, for wealth, for power, pleasure. Everyone thinks God is a tool to achieve all those things. When he is seeking protection or materialist things, greed and fear have become the basis of his prayer and attachment to the personal god.
Ordinarily, one thinks prayer is a means to reach God, but what does he really know about God? If we are truthful, he must admit he have no direct experience of God; he is coming from a particular belief system. The danger in using prayer to reach a God, he has no direct experience of, can be illusionary. Thoughts and prayer can open a person but at the same time they can create hallucinations.
It is time that one to realize the fact that, looking to God will not help until he looks at his own ignorance. God cannot exist without man. Man cannot exist without the soul. Thus man and his belief of god are dependent on the soul. The personal god can exist only in experience of duality [waking/dream]. When the duality is mere illusion on the standpoint of the soul which is the true self, then whatever experienced as reality within the duality is mere illusion.
The soul is inherent in everything and everywhere in the three states. Therefore the duality [‘I’/waking/dream] rises and subsides in the soul. Thus the permanent is the soul/ self and the three states are impermanent. The impermanent is illusion on the standpoint of the soul/self.
Theory of Creator and creation is religious fable. Idea of creator and creation is possible only in duality. Duality is mere illusion from ultimate standpoint. In non-dual reality there is neither creation nor creator. Cause and effect theory holds good only when the judgment and reason is based on the base of the false self within the false experience.
If there is a watch then there has to be a watch maker, therefore if there is creation there has to be a creator. If this is so, than who is the creator of that creator. It is never ending thought process and it is impossible to find answer and to reach any conclusion and reach ultimate end. Such dualistic theories are imagined theories holding the false self as real self and false experience as reality. Therefore there is a need to first to make sure whether the self is form or self is formless before accepting any theories. All this religious theories can only satisfy those who are not interested in knowing the truth of their true existence but who are immersed in the practical life by accepting the practical world as reality. Orthodox classes are the prisoners of theoretical teachings and theoretical philosophy who stay like frog in the pond and lock themselves egocentric prison.
Until they drop all this priest oriented baggage it is impossible to reach the ultimate end of understanding. Without reaching the ultimate end Self–Realization is impossible. By surrendering to any physical guru and indulging in his service, by following his instruction will not lead the seeker to the inner path. The mantra, tantra and yantra are not the means for self-knowledge.
The hallucination created by religion such as god, heaven, hell, karma, sin when they start growing; they take on such a big dimension. The cinema is more powerful than real life, given that one can just exaggerate it the way he want it. When the illusory process gets exaggerated, it becomes more powerful than life. That is why seeker of truth stays away from belief system. Inquiry, analysis and reasoning on the base of the soul as self is reliable method to reach the realm of the soul, which is ultimate reality.
From ultimate standpoint there is nothing exist other than consciousness. The universe is mere mirage created out of consciousness; therefore its contents are also consciousness. Thus the individual experience of the birth, life, death and the world are part of the mirage. Thus the mirage which appears as universe is created out of consciousness.
People who believe god as creator are deluded because they are unaware of the fact that, the self is not the form but self is formless consciousness. They will not be able to accept anything other than their practical experience in this practical world. Therefore, people who are deep rooted conviction of their belief system are not qualified for pursuit of truth. And seeker of truth should avoid discussion religious minded people.
Without knowing the true self is not ‘I’ or ‘I AM’ non dual realization is a distant dream. One who is stuck with his inherited conditioning and accumulated knowledge from what he has heard or read and assimilated and accepted them as truth, is not receptive to assimilate self-knowledge.
Seeker has to verify on every angle through deeper self-search and accept only un-contradicted truth. The spiritual truth cannot be contradicted. Religious truth is not universal.
Idea of God as a creator holds good theoretically. God and guru glorification is not needed but intense urge and receptiveness is needed in pursuit of truth. Seeker has to get rid of all his remove all the doubts and confusion with deeper self-search.
To acquire self-knowledge, it is very much necessary for the seeker has to be free from all sorts of egocentric knowledge such as religious and yogic or any sort of philosophical knowledge.
The self is neither the waking entity nor it is the dream entity but is the formless substance and witness of the three states. All the three states are mere mirage created out of consciousness. Consciousness is the formless substance and witness of the three states. The substance witness are one in essence, therefore there is no second thing exists other than consciousness.