Question: What can I do to attain Moksha/Mukti(Self-realization)?
Answer: There are two ways to look at it. From a viewpoint everything is Self and there is nothing else. Ego is a bundle of memories but has no life in reality. Ego is Self but has no substance because it doesn’t last. What is in the beginning remains in the end. Anything which has an end has no middle. Now when you think about efforts to get released from suffering or samsara you call the end result Moksha or Enlightenment. The effort to get liberated from suffering is being done by ego but ego doesn’t exist so it’s actually the Self which is doing the effort. But as Self you’re already perfect therefore there can’t be any improvement whatsoever. Therefore all effort is merely exhaustion of mental tendencies which act as a trap mechanism to make this dream of limitation or suffering possible for the Self.
The value of this dream is only in waking up from it. Self sets an alarm clock before going to sleep and when alarm clock starts buzzing it starts stirring out of the dream which has already become a nightmare by then. The awakening is forced by the Self and all efforts are being done by the Self. There is no higher or lower path. Every path leads to awakening and when ego has been destroyed the higher energies of Self take over and the dream starts fading into the nothingness.
Another viewpoint would be to look at all efforts as egoic. Self is perfect and can’t make any efforts though it’s the subtle cause which makes any and all efforts possible including those for self-realization. Now if I tell you that you’re the self it is enough to make you realize self but it’s not so in practical. Why? Because ego which is always pursuing things in the world considers self-realization also as an achievement. Something external which will make it happy. The search for enlightenment suggests that bubble of ego is about to burst and the alarm is buzzing loudly. It might take a moment, a day, a decade or two but it’s bound to happen. When ego starts pursuing self-realization it’s often a type of competition against other egos or against nature. But the effort which is truly being guided by the real guru inner self destroys the ego. The effort doesn’t bear any fruits in the long run. It’s a barren lady. It’s bound to crash. Ego will destroy itself in the process. No matter how much you understand about it intellectually you can’t commit suicide. You can kill the body. Ego can’t kill itself. It’s the self which kills the ego. So all efforts are efforts to destroy the ego. Self is already perfect and present at all times.