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After Enlightenment, the Boredom
Kumar: Hello, James. Good to hear from you and thanks for the reply. Life is rather boring for me after enlightenment. Since I was kid enlightenment was all that mattered, and after finding it seems like “the wind is gone from my sails,” in manner of speaking. I keep thinking of the movie Groundhog Day: every day I try to do something different to keep myself from being bored out of mind. Something new is not going to help. Meditation sucks because I don't see the point of it anyway and I have given up trying to fix my life because I don't see the point. I am happy as I am. ☺
I had an interesting insight about maya. For a long time, I thought maya is separate from enlightenment and some how enlightenment will make maya go away. Unfortunately, maya is always going to remain whether one is enlightened or not. Maya arises in awareness and as long as you are alive maya will continue to be with you whether you like it or not. In a higher sense seeing maya for what it is would actually constitute enlightenment. Many people have this mistaken notion that somehow maya is bad or needs to go away but I think it is wrong. Because maya arises in awareness, without maya there would be no enlightenment. Actually, if you think about it, maya is what makes the world go around.
~ Regards, Kumar
James: Ha! You think you are bored, what about me? I’ve known who I am for 44 years. I used to long for endarkenment but Isvara won’t give my ignorance back. Sad story. It taxes one’s ingenuity to come up with something meaningful to do. Teaching makes it a lot easier.
You make a very valuable observation when you say that maya doesn't go away when you are enlightened. Only one’s individual self ignorance (avidya) goes. It is eternal, like awareness. It makes the world go around.
I will publish this on ShiningWorld.
~ Love, James