"The self-existent Brahma created the senses with outgoing tendencies; therefore man beholds the external universe and not the internal Self. But some wise men with their senses turned away from the objects, desirous of immortality, turn their gaze inwards and behold the Self within"
- *Katha Upanisad* IV. 1
"And (the individual soul is) only a reflection (of the Supreme Lord)"
- *Brahma-Sutras*, 50.
"An eternal portion of Myself having become a living soul in the world of life, draws to itself the five senses with the mind for the sixth, abiding in Nature"
- *The Bhagavad Gita*, Chapter 15, Verse 7
"The deluded do not see Him Who departs, stays and enjoys; but they who possess the eye of knowledge behold Him"
- *The Bhagavad Gita*, Chapter 15, Verse 10
"The Yogis, striving (for perfection) behold Him dwelling in the Self; but the unrefined and the unintelligent, even though striving, see Him not"
- *The Bhagavad Gita*, Chapter 15, Verse 11
"The dream (experience) is unreal in waking, whereas the waking (experience) is absent in dream. Both, however, are non-existent in deep sleep which, again, is not experienced in either. Thus all the three states are unreal inasmuch as they are the creation of the three Gunas (Sattwa, Rajas and Tamas); but their Witness (the Reality behind them) is beyond all Gunas, Eternal, One and is Consciousness itself."
- *Aparokshanubhuti* of Sri Sankaracharya V.57 & 58