Enlightenment

What is enlightenment? According to wikipedia:

“Enlightenment is the “full comprehension of a situation”. The term is commonly used to denote the Age of Enlightenment, but is also used in Western cultures in a religious context. It translates several Buddhist terms and concepts, most notably bodhi,[note 2] kensho and satori. Related terms from Asian religions are moksha (liberation) in HinduismKevala Jnana in Jainism, and ushta in Zoroastrianism.

In Christianity, the word “enlightenment” is rarely used, except to refer to the Age of Enlightenment and its influence on Christianity. Roughly equivalent terms in Christianity may be illuminationkenosismetanoiarevelationsalvation and conversion.

Perennialists and Universalists view enlightenment and mysticism as equivalent terms for religious or spiritual insight.”

This does not say much in my opinion, so I will try to provide some of my own views.

Enlightenment is profound knowing and understanding into the truth of reality, which encompass aspects such as

  • The nature of existence and consciousness
  • Complete understanding and awareness of moment-to-moment experience of all perception and actuation channels

Note that enlightenment is not the knowledge about it but the sum totality of conscious experience, which is always right here, right now!

Enlightenment can seem as different states of BEING, which consists of a certain oneness which cannot accurately be put into words, since words point to the memory of something. Being something, it cannot be the whole thing.

It is inherent into the nature of experience that words cannot encompass the complete experience, words only give pointers. Enlightenment is hinted to in both religions, spirituality and science, but easily gets distorted by identification, which creates division between subject and object, knower and known. It can be useful to remember that none of the common paths are needed once a fundamental understanding of reality has been reached.

Enlightenment as a way of living can be thought of as the continued pursuit of staying conscious, to be aware, observe and learn about oneself.

I had my first mystical experience which turned all my ideas about reality upside down while playing Minecraft. I describe the experience in this blog post

Resources

Enlightenment related blogs on this site

Ten useful things to contemplate, video by Leo Gura

Insights and quotes related to enlightenment experiences on Instagram @beyond_enlightenment.

 

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