Advaita or Buddhism or really any other Religion or form of spirituality, once you remove all the self-serving cultural stuff, is really only ever about brutal honesty, about really questioning all the bullshit stories that come up in thought, that are learned, that are taken on as reality without ever really looking.
The "Truth" of what this is all about isn't complicated, difficult, requiring years of meditation or self-enquiry. The "Truth" of what IS is very very simple and already VERY obvious.
YOU, the idea of YOU - is bullshit. Period. It's a story. It's a drama. A dream. An illusion. It's made up, a fairy tale.
There is no YOU.
Yet when this is heard there is resistance. That "ME" is held on to very tightly. That "ME" is a contraction, a bundle of thought/concept that is projected as a protection mechanism. That "ME" is the primary identification - it has a way of worming it's way into everything, especially the spiritual search.
All activity of living, searching, trying to understand is based on the primary assumption of a "ME", a separate individual, apart somehow from Life.
Every single thing we know of comes through and from an illusion - this "world", this "body", this "mind", this "ME".
Everything is only appearing due to the limited representations of the "senses" and "mind". The idea of an "inside" and "outside" world is an illusion. There is no outside world where "YOU" are "in a body". This comes due to the appearance of a body-boundary which itself comes through the very same mechanism of "senses and mind".
The presence of "senses and mind" is learned knowledge. There is no such thing.
So without questioning the reality of this primary assumption, this "separate being" living in this "body", having "thoughts" in this "mind", we go on about living as a separate being, searching for a "better" state of mind (enlightenment) and wondering why we're frustrated and confused.
There IS NO "YOU" - no "body" - no "mind" - no "thoughts" - no "search" and no "seeker". These are ALL conceptual distinctions, all stories.
The moment a "thought" arises, it's a story. It's automatically false. It's automatically a concept. It's automatically duality. It's always a self-reference.
There IS no YOU - there is no one searching, no one living, no one who might eventually get all the answers and "find" enlightenment.
There is only THIS, whatever THIS seems to be. THIS - HERE - NOW, whatever it is, is direct reality. Appearing as "this and that", appearing through the "senses and mind" as a "ME living in a WORLD", a "ME abiding in a body surrounded by a world".
As such, this world and the "one who is searching" is a dream, an illusion. But that very illusion is THIS too, only it has no ABSOLUTE reality, no absolute separate existence apart from the totality of reality.
So YOU seem to appear - yet when the very root or core assumption is questioned, WHO is present as a separate being to even search, to try to find this "enlightenment", to need spirituality?
There is no YOU - no one to search, no one to find. The process of seeking is based on "ME finding enlightenment". When the "ME" is seen to be another story - WHO can find enlightenment? WHO is searching? WHO is present that needs this "better state of mind?"
The "goal" of the search is to end the search. Yet the search will never end as long as there is still the belief in the "seeker". There will be apparent reading of books and blogs, listening to audio speaking of teachers, attending meetings and satsangs, performing practices like mantra and meditation - every single one of these activities is based on a "ME" having a goal of finding something, making the future better, making the state of mind better, finding a spiritual truth of some kind.
These are all done in futility as long as there is the notion or idea of a ME doing them. All other illusions remain solidly intact because the root illusion of the ME, the individual separate "person" itself is not questioned.
"Life" is present, here and now. Reality is only ever THIS, right here, right now. THIS is it. Whatever you're looking at, that's it. Only there is no looker, no seeker, no ME doing any of it.
There doesn't need to be a "better" state of mind, a "better" future, a "more enlightened" viewpoint, a "ME" who is enlightened, a "ME" who has found all the answers. This is all complete and total bullshit.
"Life" is looking at itself right now. "Life" is "living itself" right now. It is "Life" that is appearing as the subject AND the object, whether that "subject" is suffering and seeking or has found clarity. And "Life" is the "object", whether that "object" is a world at war or at peace.
There is no one here. There is no one searching, no one reading these words, no one who can find the ultimate enlightenment, no one who is confused, no one who is clear.
There is no one, EVER, as a separate "being", separate from Oneness. Oneness or Reality or God or whatever you want to call it, is right HERE and NOW. THIS. The appearance of the computer and these words and the hands on the keyboard and the reader and the thoughts about it and the desk and the room and the world and the ideas of seeking and finding and enlightenment and delusion.
There is only ever THIS, this One Life, this Oneness, this Absolute Reality, this God, this Knowing Presence, this Aware Space, this Self - appearing as "this and that". So no matter what seems to be happening, it's just this One Life.
Deep down, this "separate ME" is known to be a farce. It's a game that is played. It's a tacit arrangement, very well practiced, second nature, done almost without any review or second thought. It's really VERY obviously false, if we even seriously look just once.
The only seeming barrier or obstacle to really understanding is denial, a deep subtle denial that says "I don't want to be nothing", "I am someone", "I am somebody", "I don't want to die".
So go on forever reading and seeking - as long as there remains the belief in the "seeker" the search will never resolve itself.
Before the next seeking thought or activity arises, look right now for the "ME" or individual self that is seeking or wants to find enlightenment. Look right this very moment for the presence of a separate person who is doing this, who is reading these words. Question that assumption, that illusion. Question it with every bit of free will and choice that you believe you have.
Forget, for a moment, about the goal or results of the search, about the "eventual outcome" of the search, about the things that seem necessary to change, about the peaceful or blissful state of mind that is expected. Put down every single book, close every single blog, discard every single spiritual concept - put all the focus on this one question.
Who is seeking?