What Is Enlightenment

“If it were your purpose to discover the deeper Knowledge that God has placed within you, and to follow that Knowledge and to be a vehicle for its expression in the world, if that were your definition of enlightenment, then enlightenment would be completely appropriate. But enlightenment, in the minds of many people, is something very different. It is a kind of personal exultation. It is an escape from life. It is a retreat from the world. It is a great ambition.” — The New Message from God

In many spiritual traditions, enlightenment is presented as the pinnacle of human existence. Its promises of untold bliss, peace, happiness and fulfilment have filled the minds of thirsty seekers for generations. As the mind tires of the world it seeks new pleasures to strive for. Spiritual enlightenment becomes the new ambition.

Enlightenment is not about you. It is surrendering to your true Spiritual nature and becoming a vehicle for its expression in the world. It is an opportunity to make a unique contribution to your race based on your own individual design and calling. The world needs what we have within us to give.

Re-uniting with our spiritual nature is the most effective way to be in the world. The Knowing mind within you cannot be influenced. It cannot be corrupted. Men and women that walk with Spirit effectively navigate the world. They are potent contributors.

Enlightenment is the reclamation of our relationship with the immortal aspects of ourselves – the part of us that is still with God. The mind and body become empty vessels from which Spirit can express itself.

Enlightenment is real but it has been grossly misunderstood. It is not about feeling good. It is all about giving. What gifts have you brought with you? Undertaking a spiritual practice that you did not invent for yourself is the best means of living a sacred life of contribution.

18 thoughts on “What Is Enlightenment”

  1. I have questioned this topic of enlightenment and what it means ! So many confusing people and opinions ,bliss ,no mind ,perfect harmony ,being ‘that ‘ as in the divinity we are ?? Iv spent lots of money travelled far ,but am still no closer ,many seem to be ,maybe just being the best person you can. Love ,integrity helping others will have to do ,,peace would be nice !!! I just feel stupid and lacking while others say I have my adhram within and they are masters of their mind and free !! Truth is hard to find for this being enlightenment far off oh dear clarity ,truth genuine assistance would be great !!!

    1. What is enlightenment ?
      Enlightenment is not a permanent state. No body in this world is enlightened 24 hours a day . Everybody experiences enlightenment when they looses track of time. This means if anybody is passionately involved in their work whether it is dancing, singing, driving, sports activities, office work, construction activities, studies or in any action or in any thought and only aware of what he/ she is doing, thereby not connected to the time and only connected with the present moment is enlightened. While experiencing enlightenment, there exists no past and no future., buy only present exists. This may happen to everybody irrespective of any teachings.
      The word enlightenment is misused by fraud gurus to cheat others by promising to give them enlightenment.. Enlightenment cannot be given to anybody by another person. It is only an experience. If one is fully aware of what he/she is doing, he/she is enlightened at that moment.

      Enlightenment is awareness of what is happening in the present moment.

  2. Enlightenment is the moment to moment experience of being you, whether you are five years old or 55. What happens is a cloud of dust and fog surrounds each one of us. Dusting and allow the sunshine to melt away the untrue of the inner soul is the process to the moment— experience of enlightenment.

  3. The word “enlightenment” has always been a difficult one for me to deeply understand but now it’s becoming clearer by the moment…..to always be conscious of my choices! This opens up a happier language. Studying Steps to Knowledge has brought me to this more realistic enlightenment!

  4. Enlightenment, is when you know that you are He, and He is you. When you know that God is in you. When God and you talk all day long . When you can see and confess your sins openly to the Lord. .When you see Love for all the people around you. When you can help them and not be their judge . When you can accept things for what they are ,that it is all part of Gods work. When you can call evils for what it is.When your religion is LOVE … May GOD BLESS US ALL …
    LOVE Richard …

  5. Only to those things that we know can we be enlightened, yet to truly know ourselves most people stay blissfully ignorant. to afraid to face the demons of our own minds, we choose to live in fear, better to live life in the darkness of our own ego, than live life in the light of our own truth. Learning to bring balance in our thought between the ego, and our conscious, has bought to my own experience, a life where I know heaven or hell, is a choice of our own creation. Our fears are the staple diet of the devil, when we stop feeding/imprinting negative thoughts onto our consciousness, then we live in the light of God, in a world of peace, happiness, and love. x

  6. “Enlightenment is not about you.” Thank you for this. This is the understanding I am reaching, It is all about contribution, stepping beyond the separated self to embrace a larger picture.

    The comments from everyone here are very enlightening :)))

    As is the post itself, I might add.

  7. This is the first time I have spoken about this. When it happens it is so profound that there is no question something drastically shifted inside. I actually had absolutely no idea what happened to me. I was still struggling with meditation and deeply suffered from obsessive thinking that I resigned to just stay in that small calm space I had found inside. At this point I somehow disassociated myself from myself. I got out of my meditation and went to the bathroom like any other time. I then started to talk to people at work and was awestruck at what I was saying. It was not me, but I knew it to be the truth. I was at total peace and not in the mental sense,but deeper-in my soul. I felt energetic, I started to look around and the illusions were gone. I saw what was real. Life became very very clear. I had a deep sense of knowing that everyone is one, no different. It is incredibly humbling. When you know all is one you deeply understand that hurting others is hurting yourself. I understood the depth of what it takes to heal others and I knew despite years of knowledge and training that I had not even begun to scratch the surface.
    Bridgette’s post asked for the truth; anyone that claims to have the answers for you is deceiving you-their ego. Once this shift happens you deeply understand that all the answers you seek are within no one has them. Do not feel stupid, as you said. Look within you, stop ‘trying’ to find ‘it’. Whether traveling the world or your house, do that because it is fun! I had this shift, I believe, because I was not looking just trying to escape my torturous mind. My advice to you is live your life, listen to no one (including me 🙂 ) except the voice inside you. The answers you seek are there.
    Hope this helps! God Bless!

    1. Yup! Thanks Anonymous from January 7, 2015. Hate the word enlightenment, right along with the word god. Too much baggage around both and no common ground since most folks haven’t experienced the change of view. If they have, most are like you and don’t bother writing home about it. Many understand it intellectually but haven’t actually seen it for themselves. Just like armchair sports watching, anyone and everyone can talk the game, but few have actually played it. Enlightenment is exactly that, the light got turned on so reality is seen clearly. The problem is, someone who hasn’t had the light turned on yet doesn’t have a way of knowing what it looks like or even what’s there. If there is ANY question about the light being turned on, then it hasn’t been turned on.

  8. What is enlightment ? Is there a correct answer, to this question ? Are there correct
    answers to the many incorrect expressions
    found in poor grammar; including my own ?
    Throughout the history of these questions, there have been many people who attempted
    to answer them. Some important questions that we might ask ourselves in relation to the above questions, are, what do we truly know about these people ? What do we truly know
    about our selves ? What do we truly know about the nature of knowing ? What do we truly know about the nature of that which
    is known? What do we truly know about the
    nature of the process involved in knowing.
    How do we truly know that we are even asking the right questions ? Perhaps, we might begin, with attempting to truly know
    ourselves. Who or what, is the knower ? Who or what, am I ? What do we truly know for sure ? We must begin with our selves. We cannot postulate the truth ahead of time. In our present states of understanding, or ignorance , we might not recognize the truth;
    even if it was staring us in the face , even if it
    were right under our very nose. In relation to the question, of what is enlightenment, perhaps, we should begin first, with trying to find True Self Definition ? The process of True Self Definition, must in all honesty, involve a retreat from untruth. Retreat from
    false assumptions, beliefs, and other such motivations; and the foundations upon which
    they rest. We must attempt to find ways and
    means of doing this self corrective retreat from untruth. Not only within our own self
    processing, but also in researching the processes of development involved in
    the various traditions, as well as non-traditional sources; and the implications
    of such, in relationship to True Self Definition, and True Self Search. One, example to which the above paragraph points; is the example of what the Buddha had to say about self; in the oldest Buddhist
    Scriptures, which are contained in a body of work called the nikaya, or something close
    to that name. He used annata, or anatman, as an adjective, and not a noun. The point of this example, is to stress the importance of
    honest investigation; not only in relation to the various writings on and about enlightenment, but also concerning your own self investigation; your own self search ; your own search for Truth. There is an old saying that I would like to share with you. It is from one of the spiritual traditions ; perhaps, it is from one of the Zen traditions. Although, it may at times be a convient hiding place for ignorance and fraud,; there is
    still within it, an honest finger pointing at the
    moon of this question, and topic. So, here is the saying—–He, or She, Who Knows, does not speak. He or She, Who Speaks, does not Know.———-Meaning of course, that Enlightenment, or whatever it is called, can never be adequately put into words. At best, the words may serve as fingers pointing at the indescrible moon of this question and topic. At best, they may serve as warnings about various dangers, pitfalls, and self deceptions. At best, they might serve as encouragement for those involved in the search. At best, they might serve as a sign post of direction, for those
    whose curiosity is already of this characteristic , but not yet, quite
    conscious, as a direction. What is Enlightenment? Perhaps the answer to this question, resides within the experience of True Self Realization, or simply, True Realization ? The answer to the primary question, may involve the persuit of a true direction. A direction of retreat from untruth,
    in the search of True Self Definition. If you are Truly interested, you might investigate
    the idea of retreat from untruth———-or even self enquirery——– Best wishes, and apology, for my obvious lack of formal education

    1. The opening of your post reminds me of the philosopher Wittgenstein; You might enjoy or be interested.

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=f1lEwh030hM

      Nietzsche, also.

      https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAYxecbGotUwLODYN7mcPhILw3JoJPYg1

      What you call your “obvious lack of formal education” is not, in my opinion, obvious at all. But such a comment leads me to suspect that you may not yet have encountered some of the participants in the historical conversation that is western philosophy and science. However, my recommendations do not imply an agreement with you on my part that your ignorance is apparent; I always find it interesting when I discover someone else articulating ideas similar to (or intriguingly different than) my own. If you do, as well, I mention these references just in case you haven’t discovered them.

      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omega_Point

  9. I am very happy to see this website. I know what is enlightenment i.e, I experienced it. It is for Experience, not for knowing and discussing. I speak only with the deserved ones.
    I met a couple who came from France in Bengalore. I heared about them. They came to India to get Enlightenment. But they could not get a right Guru to guide them. After my speach about enlightenment, I told them that They can get Enlightenment in France, in their own house. They decided to leave India and go back to France. You can OR any one, at any age can attain Enlightenment and continue their job and family. No need to have KAVI cloth and No need to start Ashrams.

  10. It is the resolution of all opposites, you’ve polished the mirror of self until it reflects true the light of creation, you are a universe.

    It is the creation of an ideal, the very best you that can be imagined. Then you strive to become, to live up to that Ideal. It will take you to a door that it cannot pass, the Ideal was created by you, even with all of it’s noble aspects this ideal contains a part of you that must let go and willingly sacrifice itself so you can pass through the door and become the qualities of the Ideal you’ve created.

    We tend to become attached to the Ideal we’ve created, it is something that may have been with us a long time, we talk with it in silence, it’s a guide to help us do the right thing, you may even call it God. The catch is, our ego has helped create this Ideal, all these noble aspects that we think our Ideal is built on contain a lot of -us-. Are you willing to sacrifice your ego’s construction of God to experience unity… we stand in our own way, and it is good. It can be a difficult journey, at every turn you will face yourself. In the end you have to love your fellow man more than you love the image of your self.
    H.W.
    take care all-

  11. I’m very glad to have found this site, I like reading about your Enlightment experiences and how everyone interprets them. I want to say that sometimes “Enlightment” happens to you without even seeking or meditating. I experienced Enlightment as a teenager and never understood what had happened to me, it was beautiful, I reached the light. It was so bright and happiness and peace covered “me” when I reached it. I’ve had other experiences lately, I’m not sure how to call them. My soul just came out of my body when I almost got hit by a car. During my last experience I was seeking for the truth, I just needed to understand why these experiences “happened to me” I asked GOD and he heard me. He gave me a light that now I carry in my heart and I have to make it grow. It’s called LOVE, but it’s not for oneself.

  12. Liked this site…

    Late one evening a few years back, stuck in a traffic jam for a few seconds I felt boundless like I had no body, and I was everywhere. When I breathed it was as if I was inhaling the sky, the stars, everything. This is the best I can describe this experience. Those few seconds however have had a tremendous impact on me. For one, I know 200% that there is a God. I know with equal certainty that whatever I prayed to, loved and feared was not God. I have felt him, and to box him in a temple, name or form is blindness beyond compare. No one can change this conviction now. From that day on I have stopped praying the way I used to and certainly don’t fear any God. I also know you can experience the divine anywhere, even in the traffic mess of an Indian metro! I had found my Himalaya there.

    But it wasn’t until recently that I met a teacher who could guide me through meditation and towards spirituality. Enlightenment as I understand it today, is about being able realize that God is within you and to be able to connect with that God.

    Vishakha

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