very astute.... They can if one knows how to read them...and not many are capable of understanding them at that depth... just my take ok.... I haven't really looked at it Advaita Verdante in depth but I believe that they are quite profound on just this subject. The illusion of separate identity as you so aptly put it, is just that, an illusion. This illusion is created by "Brahma manifesting in the physical form" as your "material body" and thus restricted and limited by that which conditions and controls that body of a material and societal kind. The living body generates the existential ego that "Brahma" or "I" has to somehow learn to transcend and achieve universality to be realised as Brahma in the flesh with out the mortal conditioning placed upon a corporal body. Every personna is therefore an extension of Brahmas quest to be realised as immmortally, eternally material. I believe the journey is exemplified in the traditional committment to what is called the Brahmacharya It is only by learning about your true nature as a self "I" that you learn to transcend the limitations of your individual reflection and gain a more complete multiplistic [collective] reflection. When you can see youself in the entire universe your name will become the label Brahma. This is how cult leaders can become so influencial as believers see them selves reflected in the leaders body. Thus the leader monopolises the focus of self worship of his followers. [they worship him more than they worship them selves and extreme case will even worship the leader as if he IS themsleves - aka God] By externalising worship to another being you are forever seeking yourself in that other being... By seeking only self with in, you remain independant and free of emmeshing [attachment] with others. Hence the problems with tradtional religions where the object of worship is external thus disempowering yourself and granting power to some other entity instead. for those who don't know the image of Brahma here is an exellent painting: Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!