In the state of non-recognition, in the state of ignorance, we do not recognize that all that exists is consciousness and its power. We see differences and we believe we are this body. We identify as a name and form, as separate qualities and functions.
God appears to take on limitations of individualization, differentiation and action. The one appears to become many. But this is only an appearance. God appears as a multifold universe but it is all still the one consciousness, God. There is nothing other than God. There is only one conscious Self, one Shiva. Nothing else exists.
In ignorance, we see the perceiver and the perceived. When we know the supreme Self, we realize that the perceiver and the perceived are the one consciousness, God. God becomes the phenomenal universe that we see as differences and He becomes the individual being who sees himself as different from the universe. God becomes the known and the knower. In ignorance we split the perceiver and the perceived into countless divisions.
In the state of true knowledge, the knower realizes he is the known. He realizes the knower and the known have all arisen from God and are God. Then, what appears as different, individualized and separately acting is all the consciousness and power of God. All intelligence, all energy and all appearances are God.