posted on Feb, 4 2013 @ 01:08 PM
Originally posted by AfterInfinity
reply to post by Visitor2012
Do you mean to say that enlightenment includes understanding ignorance as well as understanding itself?
Enlightenment is the deep, profound understanding that there is NO definable self. Consciousness can not be an object to itself. Your eye can not look
back at itself, it can only see itself in a mirror. So when you see the mirror image of your eye, the image is not the eye itself, it's a reflection.
Sounds like a no brainier when applied to that example. But many spritual seekers stay stuck on the hamster wheel of enlightenment, because they
still believe AND identify with, the image of themselves in their mind's mirror. That image is the self you think you are. And it is that false self,
which is attempting to enlighten itself. But a mirage can never be enlightened.
So the SELF that is seeking enlightenment, the SELF that needs help and needs to be worked on, the SELF that is trying to resurrect ...does not exist.
The projected image and idea you have of yourself can never be the real you. So the self that you believe to be you, is a fiction. A very convincing
It is that false self, which we are attempting to enlighten. It will fail every time. Like pouring water on a picture of a plant to make it grow,
while the actual plant dies of thirst.
edit on 4-2-2013 by Visitor2012 because: (no reason given)