I post short insights and quotes related to my own enlightenment experiences on instagram. I also have several blog posts related to the the subject on this site, including a post about one of my first enlightenment experiences. While playing a computer game, of all things.
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 Hinduism, Kevala 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 illumination, kenosis, metanoia, revelation, salvation and conversion.
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 depths of reality, which encompasses several aspects among which are
- The true nature of reality, existence and consciousness
- The understanding of moment-to-moment experience and one’s own relation to it, including all the perception and actuation channels: senses. emotions and thoughts.
Enlightenment is also different states of BEING, which consists of a certain oneness which cannot accurately be put into words. It is inherent into the nature of experience that words are never enough to ENTIRELY encompass a complete experience, words can only give pointers.
Enlightenment is also the continued pursuit of raised awareness and consciousness, of consciousness observing and learning about itself.
To read about enlightenment is never enough unless the reader actually tries to find out by their own experience what it means.