[the] tradition of Advaita Vedanta, there is a very interesting summary statement,
associated with Shankara, of devotion to the Divine: 'From the point of view of
the body, I am Your servant. From the point of view of the mind, I am a part of
You, a fraction within You. From the point of view of the Self, truly, I am You.
Any statement of equation with the Divine is authentic only from the "Point of
View" of Ultimate Realization. Yet identified with the body, or, even more advanced,
identified with the mind, subtly as Yogis are . . . from the point of view of
such identification, the great statements are not true, the statement 'I am You',
or, said another way, 'Thou art That', is not true. Identified with the body you
are the servant of God, subordinate to the Divine. From the point of view of the
mind, you are not the Divine. You are a part of the Great Unity, seeking Union
with the Great Unity, or That Which is One. Therefore, previous to Ultimate Realization,
the philosophy, the philosophical point of view, the presumption, must acknowledge
the position you are in, acknowledge what you are identified with.
Adi Da Samraj, Ishta