The only way you will ever awaken is when you are totally empty of all the learnings, of all the teachings, empty of everything.
Then there is freedom.
But as long as you have one iota of knowledge, it will keep you back.
Human knowledge is a death knell for spirituality.
All of the knowledge has to be transcended.
For a complete awakening the words have to go.
There are really no words.
As an example, self-inquiry brings you to the place where you inquire, 'Who am I?'
But it is not the 'Who am I?' that wakes you up.
It is the silence after you say, 'Who am I?' and you keep still.
Then the time comes when the stillness wakes you up and you become free.