IT is the final steps he describes. It is important to know who he was talking with. If he was talking with a beginner he would be saying things differently
For the beginner, understanding and scripture are needed. After that the goal becomes clear
Once the goal is clear, then the how to reach there begins.
At that point the beginner is aghast how difficult it is. Many times it will seem impossible.
After the proper method is learnt and a Guru opens the ability to still the mind than slowly in small steps the disciple gets to the point of advaita
At that point what maharshi says will seem obvious and the only step