If I am Brahman as Shankara states:
I am other than name, form and action. My nature is ever free! I am Self, the supreme unconditioned Brahman. I am pure Awareness, always non-dual. — Adi Shankara, Upadesasahasri 11.7
Why does the supreme unconditioned Brahman appear as multiplicity? What is the point of existence? Why did the Universe come into being?
I am obviously thinking within my dualistic mind, but I don't understand why the One became Many. Is there a purpose to the One becoming the Universe? Are we all a dream in the mind of God, and finding our way back to realizing that we are God? I just don't understand why the One became Many, or at least appears to be Many to the individual person through Maya. Why does Maya exist within Brahman?
Why is there appearance instead of reality?