13 Things You Need To Know About Enlightenment…

13 Things You Need To Know About Enlightenment

Enlightenment is the longest sought-after spiritual experience in world history. This is because Hinduism dates back over 5,000 years, and is still practiced today. Enlightenment is the pursuit of true happiness and the acceptance that the impermanent world cannot give it to us. The word “enlightenment” actually doesn’t even come from the east; that came primarily from western writings during the late 19th century, and was used more in Christianity.

Originally, the words used for enlightenment were moksha and bodhi (Hinduism and Buddhism respectively) which means to awaken or cast off the ego.

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Buddha said that enlightenment was the end of suffering, and that only at that point will we know true happiness.

This is what happens when enlightenment is achieved: You can see clearly into all of your past lives, you completely understand karma and reincarnation, and you have an intuitive awareness of the universe around you.

Enlightenment comes primarily from the thoughts; it’s said in the Hindu tradition that the mind is the cause of bondage, and the mind was the cause of its release.

In Hinduism, the power of mind is everything. It is said that if you were to analyze your thoughts unremittingly for 24 hours, you would understand that there is a profound spiritual aspect of yourself waiting to be discovered.

Buddha described the human condition as “samsara”, or perpetual wandering. When enlightenment occurs, wandering ceases. We have found the ultimate goal.

When someone achieves enlightenment, it’s said that they can stop their heart and leave the body at will. This is known Nirvikalpa Samadhi.

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All beings- whether they be human or animal- have the spark of divinity in them, and are therefore no different than any others. This is why every true spiritual master treats everyone the exact same. It doesn’t matter if they’re rich, poor, educated, illiterate, powerful, or a child or an adult. They’re all seen as brothers and sisters.

The saying goes in India: “Enlightenment allows us to stand unshaken amidst the crash of breaking worlds.” Talk about stress reduction!

Today, many philosophers describe the state of enlightenment as “non-dual”; that is, it’s beyond the duality in our world. Examples of this are like and dislike, up and down, hot and cold, day and night…enlightenment is singular and unified.

Any being, despite their negative past, can achieve the final self-realization; it just takes hard work and effort.


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