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What is Enlightenment?

Postby Wayne » Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:50 pm

It's probably fair to say that the majority of people in the spiritual world, and those in Vedanta (making a subtle difference), come to it out of a need to be, or at least, to feel whole and complete. Any venture any of us embark upon, be it drinking a can of beer, eating a meal, or seeking enlightenment, each activity we take is to bring us closer to that feeling/experience/sensation of wholeness.

What does enlightenment mean to you? Is it some lofty pursuit, that only a select few are able to reach? Something you only know by reading in books? Perhaps movies is the closest you feel you have came to it?

One of the notable things regarding Vedanta, is that is demystifies Enlightenment. Sure there are still conditions that range from favorable to necessity, but not only does Vedanta show us that we are already that which we seek, it also reveals that enlightenment, that is, the appreciation of our existing enlightenment, is already here. In plain sight. Ready to be assimilated and appreciated by each of us.

Vedanta is the perfect vehicle for enlightenment. The one that is more sure, and more faster, than any other. The most ordinary de facto status. Yet...extraordinary in it's simplicity. A knowledge, and appreciation of said knowledge, that changes nothing - yet changes everything.

Warmest wishes

So how do I live my life? ‘Be’ the absolute reality and enjoy the appearing-reality. Simple.

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Re: What is Enlightenment?

Postby AshleyCuneo » Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:05 am

I agree with you, but would like to admit that an enlightenment brings unexpected change!
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Re: What is Enlightenment?

Postby Mira » Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:59 am

Hi Ashley,
Welcome to the forum! If you feel like it, do tell us more about yourself in the Personal Introductions section. Good to have you on board. Mira
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Re: What is Enlightenment?

Postby Artiaga » Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:43 am

Hi Mira, is it fair to say that enlightenment starts when a person recongnizes that they want to pursue the enlightenment? Or does that stage in and of itself doesn't mean all that much?
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Re: What is Enlightenment?

Postby Mira » Sun Jan 14, 2018 5:13 pm

Hi Artiaga,

Sorry for the late reply! And a very warm welcome to you :D.

I would say that 'self-inquiry' (in some form) typically starts when a person realizes that they want moksha or enlightenment. I would also say that is one of the most important stages. I believe it’s called ‘mumukshutva’ or a very strong yearning/desire for moksha.

In my experience, only a few people have such a strong yearning for self knowledge and I believe that it is essential to have this yearning so that you stay with this difficult process (Maugham called it like being on a 'razor's edge' for good reason!). You need to want it more than anything else!

Great question and great to have you on board. I hope we get to hear more from you and about you (and your search)!
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