Meaning Definition and
relation to Self Realization
What do we really mean when
we talk of Enlightenment?
Is it not the bloom of life for a true seeker
of spirituality? The life itself comes full circle... the moment one
reaches the stage of enlightenment. Seeking Enlightenment in the present age (the
metallic age aka Kali
Yuga in Hinduism)
is more of a curiosity than the faint hope of achieving it within present lifetime.
Truly speaking even spiritual stalwarts like Swami
Vivekananda, Rabindra Nath Tagore, Aurobindo Ghosh and many others
in line failed to reach the stage of enlightenment. The reason is fair and simple...
some like "Swami Vivekananda" never desired reaching stage of enlightenment in
their lifetime whereas both Rabindra Nath Tagore and Aurobindo Ghosh attempted
but failed. Unable to gain absolute control over senses and mind.... They categorically
stated in their writings having failed to reach stage of enlightenment.
on the path of Enlightenment what is it that is difficult to achieve? Even when
it was possible for "swami
vivekananda" to gain enlightenment under the guidance of his spiritual
master... a god realized soul Swami
Ramakrishna Paramhansa, he did not exercise the option! Why?
termed as self realization) is the culmination of all we term spirituality. Having
reached stage of enlightenmentThere is nothing beyond that is left to be achieved
by a human
being. Having reached the Mount Everest, Edmund Hillary became quite
depressed for he realized that the goal of his life had ended. There was no further
to go anywhere? The moment one comes across the final goal of his life... it is
all over for life itself. Probably, life loses its meaning.
Is it not true that the essence of life is while pursuing our goal? And one
who gains Enlightenment merges his identity with the larger whole... the God
Almighty himself. Having lost our identity of life it becomes difficult
for a human being to recognize one as a friend, a relative, a teacher and even
your parents. For an enlightened
person It is never difficult to maintain the relationship but while
living in the society it becomes difficult to maintain the balance between the
spiritual end of life one has achieved and the relationship with the physical
A flower having bloomed loses its meaning... it is no more related
with the plant which gave it life and also everything which the bud needed to
have flowered into a full-blown. The identity, the ego, the self lost its meaning
the moment the bud bloomed into a beautiful flower. As long as the society, the
community felt the sweet fragrance of the flower... it got recognition and the
moment came the time to wither out and die... none cared! Life moves on and does
not wait for anybody.
The essence of
life lies in moving on and on unless one gains Enlightenment. And this Enlightenment
is the stage when one is totally liberated forever from everything we call as
the materialistic world. Materialism is a phenomenon of the physical world. On
the contrary, Enlightenment dwells in the absolute truth of our life. It is only
related to our true
inner self... our soul (the true self of us). And the moment our soul
"Realizes" and reaches its final potential... the need for the body vanishes.
soul has to abandon the body for ever... the cycle of life and birth
ceases for this enlightened person. If I say that only two persons have gained
Enlightenment in the last 150 years out of the 6000 million people residing on
mother earth... then Swami Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi
Ramana were truly blessed by God Almighty to have gained Enlightenment
even when the society presently is passing through such a bad phase on the materialistic
plane. Everything presently is measured in terms of materialistic achievements.
times a spiritually
enlightened soul residing in the deep dense forests of the Himalayas
would not find as much public appreciation as the likes of Bill Gates... One who
shall not be able to carry the wealth one manages onto the next life but always
seems to cling on until the last moment of life arrives. The false hope one maintains
that money can buy one the best in life in the present and the afterlife is an
fail to remember that it is only the likes of Madame Curie who shall gain a special
status in the next life for the ones like Madame Curie come once in thousand years...
those who dedicate everything one could have called their own to the mankind at
large. They truly live for the society until the last breath and it is for that
they shall be repaid by God in the next life.
Enlightenment: Spiritual enlightenment meaning definition and relation to Self
though Madame Curie may not have gained Enlightenment... but chances are that
these thinkers and true philosophers of life would gain Enlightenment a few lives
from now on. A true enlightened person lives like a true trustee believing in
the fact that everything belongs to God and one is only a maintainer on his behalf.
It would not be in the interest of the trustee to look forward to materialistic
riches in life. Every true trustee would do whatever possible within his means
to work for uplifting the society.
I again repeat that every god
realized soul loses everything in the materialistic world. It simply
means our true self, the real self of us who exists within us as our soul... the
moment it reaches its pristine purity, the dross having completely removed...
the physical body losing its meaning... and one truly gains Enlightenment.
Kumar "Atma Jnani"
Kumar... The Man who Realized God in 1993 explains the concept and
meaning of What is Enlightenment. For more details on personal experience
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