I don’t mean to dismiss quantum physics, for its findings have applicability in terms of the apparent reality. Nor do I mean to disregard the relevance of understanding the non-dual nature of reality, for certainly non-dual vision provides the foundation for self-knowledge, which is the goal of Vedantic self-inquiry. But even if material science were able to establish the non-dual nature of reality as a verifiable fact, so what? Though textbooks would provide us with an indirect understanding of the non-dual nature of the universe, we would still remain saddled with the experience of suffering. And suffering doesn’t stem from our ignorance of the non-dual nature of reality, but rather from our ignorance of its implications in terms of our sense of incompleteness and inadequacy and the intrinsic incapacity of limited objects to provide permanent fulfillment.
In other words, the value of non-dual vision is not simply to understand that everything is made of the same substance, but that all objects are only limited, time-bound manifestations of awareness arising in awareness and that, while awareness itself is eternal, the objects made of it and appearing within it are ephemeral and incapable of providing permanent fulfillment and lasting happiness. Even more to the point, knowledge of the non-duality will do us no good unless we understand the nature of non-duality in terms of our own nature. That is, unless we have gained direct knowledge of the non-dual nature of reality by means of a systematic analysis of our own experience and thereby gained the understanding that its very nature—and, thus, our own very nature—is the permanent peace and happiness we seek through our pursuit of objects, the fact of its non-duality will do us no good in terms of eradicating our self-ignorance, freeing us from our dependence on objects, and thereby affording us the “attainment” moksha, which is essentially the discovery and reclamation of our true identity as limitless awareness.