What is enlightenment, and how do you know if you have reached it?
Total rip off of that wonderful thread going on:
Well, start by understanding where enlightenment is most talked about. In the East, the Hindu texts, the Vedas, The Sutras, etc.
First, what is enlightenment? It's useless to explain, and impossible to imagine as I have not achieved it. Luckily, I have sat at the feet of some
First of all, if you are enlightened, you don't have superpowers. The Buddha himself wasn't just enlightened, he was Accomplished, which is the step
beyond enlightenment. He said that people should not confuse supernatural abilities with spiritual attainment. All "powers" can be developed with
sufficient discipline when applied to the development of "Siddhis" or "powers". He encountered a man walking across a river, on water. The Buddha
said "You must be powerful, how long did it take you to to develop this?" The man proudly says "25 years!" The Buddha says "You can cross the
river for two rupies, and you could have spent those 25 years developing Compassion." then he smiled and walked off.
There are stages of enlightenment, they have been broken down in many ways. Here is the easiest to understand way I have seen.
Animal/Zombie: 95% of people are here. They are not seeking spiritual evolution. There are mostly ruled by the animal and human genetic code, hence
the title. They are not to be looked down upon, they are our friends and family. They are just not as evolved spiritually. Simply having a religion,
and attending some rituals does not make you a seeker, it makes you one who adheres to a system.
Seeker: A person who actively seeks spiritual evolution, and does processes to help them evolve. They are more motivated by evolution that human
Awakened: You have stopped believing the dream. The Buddha did not say that everything is an illusion. He said everything that you perceive is an
illusion. There is a difference. If you are awakened, you don't buy into the drama of life. When something big and bad happens, it doesn't bother
you at all, you just go right to working to figure out the lessons. You are in a state of bliss 51% of the time.
Enlightened: You have achieved Satchitananda. Which means, you have experienced that you are both the creator of everything, and are created. You have
experienced first hand the oneness of all, and see through the "code of the matrix" to the true nature of things. You have experienced even more
intense, and prolonged periods of bliss. You may at this point when you die, choose to never return, or you can stay, and be reborn again and again in
order to help mankind. If you return, you have to work your way back to enlightenment.
Nirvana/Accomplished/Realized: These are the heavy hitters. Beyond enlightened, these beings are tremendously evolved, and often exhibit the more
dramatic supernatural feats, but this is not required. The Buddha could only fill people with compassion who were in his presence, and awaken people
who were currently in his gaze, when he looked away,t hey were in their previous state. But people who are accomplished, often don't have to worry
about anything, unless they choose to allow nature to impact them.
Avatar: Like the Krishna and Jesus types. Miracles without running out of energy, they are completely supernatural beings, who are only as effected by
nature as they choose to be.
So, these are the stages, and the signs. If you have not had profound experiences of awakening and enlightening, you haven't reached them.
This is all new age stuff, developed in the last few decades. There have always been people who have exhibited symptoms of Indigos. They just didn't
have a name. the reason for these symptoms has usually to do with previous spiritual experience in other lifetimes. I think some people were well
meaning, and tried to understand why some people were more evolved than others, particularly at a young age. Then the idea spread and took various
directions, eventually splintering off into other titles. But I assure you, people aren't "chosen." People with higher levels of evolution are born
every generation. There is no reason to create stories about them to elevate them in importance. We are all special enough, unique.
Everyone is always asking, what's the best this, what's superior, who's right, what's right. It's understandable, in school we are taught there
is right and wrong to everything.
For our ancestors, it was right to pray to Zeus, or Odin, or Osiris. It was appropriate for them, and their stages of development. They imagined huge
Gods, exactly like them, only magnified in every way. That was the closest thing to God they could imagine. For them to try to take on the beliefs of
some of today's systems, it wouldn't have meaning for them.
For them, our systems are not appropriate, for us, their are not. This continues to evolve, generation after generation, as systems of government
become more fitting for the general consciousness of the inhabitants. Religious beliefs become more fitting for the times. Structures always become
appropriate to the general level of consciousness of the masses.
Neither our system, nor our ancestors was right or wrong.
As for each person, you are not superior to anyone. Mother Teresa was not superior to Hitler. She was more evolved than he, she helped while he hurt.
But suffering, from the point of view of the soul is simply experience. The tremendous cruelty shown by Hitler, and the loving Kindness of the Mother
were all experiences, which both payed and reaped Karma. All beings are unique, yet as one. There is no comparison, for we are all children of equal
standing, completely united in communion with all the manifest and un-manifest. We are only out of touch with this sacred communion.
There is no comparison.
Thank you for my little commentary, it's been awhile since I've spoken here on ATS. I hope you'ved enjoyed.