There are two types of ignorance, a willing, abiding ignorance, and an unwilling version. The willing ignorance of Brahman is an acknowledgement of Mother Divine and our place in Her midst, even living Brahman or Totality.
It is a limitless and unbounded ignorance, even a blissful ignorance, eager to surrender to the challenge of becoming ever more, bringing ever more light, heat, and pressure to ourselves, in order to radiate like diamonds, and continue to discover and engage all that we can. A truly incomprehensible and never ending ignorance, practically speaking. 🙂
Though there is the same mechanism of discovering the unknown both in Brahman and on the way there, unwilling ignorance means there is less, a less pleasant and satisfying reality, and this spurs the awareness towards Brahman.
So to say that ignorance diminishes during our life is speaking from the perspective of those who do not yet live Brahman. Living Brahman it does both, as the ignorance of what Brahman is grows smaller, and yet the new realities that are sought and uncovered are due to the unfathomable ignorance of Brahman, of Totality. I wonder what Shankara would have to say about that. 🙂
The main point being that ignorance leading up to Brahman is a distortion of life, like looking just through one eye at the world, whereas ignorance in Brahman is simply a loving act of surrender and humility.
Funny that so many setting out their shingle as spiritual guides focus on getting rid of ignorance and yet they miss the larger point, the ignorance borne of a recognition of Mother Divine, and that this ignorance is the same knowledge necessary to get them to Brahman.
The knowledge of the guides not living Brahman is like a bus route that only gets the passengers halfway there. The passengers sit on the bus wondering what is next, and the guide cannot tell them. But if the spiritual guide is established in Brahman, they will always act in Brahman, eliminating the confusion of the passengers, for the bus is always headed to Brahman, supported by the Supreme Ignorance borne of the recognition of Mother Divine.