Question: Do you think there is a moment when an enlightened person realizes "I am enlightened"?Or is it too gradual for there to be a defining moment?
Enlightenment is instantly and so profound that the thought “I am enlightened” does not arise at all. You are in such “ah” that no thoughts arise at all. It’s just bliss and bliss takes up ALL space.
Also, enlightenment means that you have realized Oneness….there is no “I” in Oneness.
And, when you “become” enlightened….you realize that EVERYONE is enlightened.
This is such a profound awareness. Everyone is already enlightened. You may ask how can that be….well let me try to explain. At first sight it does not make sense and many will fight you on it. They will say…no I am not.
The reason why an enlightened one sees that everyone is enlightened is because to be enlightened is to “be the Self”. Everyone is the Self….already and before they became someone else. This may not be clear to the person “not enlightened” LOL (what a contradiction!).
The reason why a person may think they are not the Self is because they think they are someone else. They think they are …this person or that person (name, body, mind, personality, title, gender and so on).
That is why enlightenment is often referred to as seeing clear. It is the capacity to look beyond the form or what the mind thinks.
I don't want to do anything in life. I don't want to die either. How bad is this?And by anything I really mean it. I’ve been like this for 10 years. I’m 21(edit:girl) now. I failed school college(means I barely passed with very low grades)and everyth
You deserve the best. Stop beating yourself up. The belief that you don’t want to do anything and that this is wrong is keeping you from doing something.
You are not doing anything wrong…you just have not found something yet that is “right”. Everything is a blessing…even you failing school. That does not mean you should not go to college, it just means that quitting when you did was a blessing that will push you toward what you really want to do.
Play this game:
Imagine you won 30 million dollars. What would you do with your life? Write down how you would spend that money. What would you buy? Would you travel? Where to? Would you donate money? Where to? Keep spending that money until you feel really “full”. Now ask your self: what am I going to do with my life?
See, even if you travel, buy all kinds of things, lay in bed for a year or so, play video games and so on…at one point you are going to get bored. If time and money were no obstacles…you can do and be anything. And playing this little game could push you mentally toward the finish line where you will find something that you are passionate about, something that will motivate you to take action.
To savor life is to be present in the moment. The present moment is alive.
My husband showed me a video this morning of a roadrage incident. My heart goes out to all involved and we may ask ourselves how can something like this happen?
Road rage is one result of not being present.
When we are driving in our car…rarely are we actually present and aware that we are driving. Instead you hear people often say: I was driving to work and don’t remember how I got there. They were driving on “auto control” and were “dreaming”.
This is also how accidents happen and how we become witnesses to accidents.
To be present is to simply be aware of the moment. Right now I am answering a question and you are reading this. Right now you are here, yet the moment your mind wonders off maybe judging my words or grammar and imagining what I look like or asking questions to why am I online at 9:43 a.m. and so on…you are no longer present…but in your mind.
There is “magic” in the present moment, which is the ability to become a witness to God’s creation of perfection.
In Advaita Vedanta, it is said that things that are changing, perceived and impermanent are unreal. What is the logic behind this statement?
Everything of this world has a beginning and an end -what was born must die. Everything of this world is therefore subject to change. Change brings about good and bad: ups and downs, pain and pleasure.
There is however one thing that will never change: the Self.
Everything about you is subject to change: your body, your thoughts, your beliefs and so on. The Self however is not the body nor your mind….the Self is life/Spirit itself and within you.
You can not perceive the Self with any of your senses. In other words what you perceive with your senses is subject to change and therefore said to be unreal. Only that which never changes is real.
Not identifying with upcoming thoughts during meditation is easier if the thought isn't about my meditation. Any tips to overcome these as well?
In order to not identify with a thought…simply become aware of that thought. For example: You are sitting in meditation and focusing on breathing and the thought arises…I need to stay focused. Become aware of that thought, meaning look at it. It helps to repeat that thought slowly….I need to stay focused. Ask yourself…what does that mean? ….I need to stay focused? Say to yourself: I need to stay focused is just a thought. It is neither good nor bad …. it is just a thought.
Then focus back on breathing.
When you really look at a thought and take it apart, it disappears into the nothingness where it came from.
There is nothing “wrong” with you becoming aware that you are the one thinking those thoughts, but instead of thinking it is you….realize that it is your mind that is thinking them. In Truth…you are simply the witness to mind ……thinking them.
The goal of meditation is not to focus on an object, but to slow mind down enough to actually become aware of thought, so that the Self can be realized as a witness to mind.
No. God does not suffer. God is spirit and perfect. God is not a person, has no thoughts, beliefs, doubts or any personality traits. God has no emotions, but shines his light on the just and unjust…equally. Not because some deserve it and others don’t, but because God is unconditional love.
God created us in “his” likeness and image…so we too are not the body as we perceive ourselves to be….but spirit and our spirit is perfect.
God knows nothing of our suffering. God does not hear our prayers…no matter how hard we pray. What kind of a God would that be that grants some prayers and not others? Surely not an all loving God.
We as humans suffer…and Jesus taught us the way out of suffering by teaching the Truth that would set us free. But who’s listening?
How do we know that the experience of spiritual enlightenment (Satori, "Waking Up") is not itself an illusion?
There is no experience of spiritual enlightenment, for in order to “experience” anything there has to be “some-one” to whom it happens. If there is “some-one” this “some-one” appears as a separate entity. Enlightenment is the realization (not experience) that there is no-thing/no-one outside of “God”.
To think one is enlightened is therefore not enlightenment…..and yes…part of the illusion.
From a spiritual perspective you are spirit. You are not your feelings, sensations, taste, sound, vision or anything you can perceive. What you perceive are the things that make you “human”. These things are of the body, mind and make up the person.
In order to know your real Self, shut off the senses and go within. If a thought arises ask the question to whom does this thought appear?
How do I get over the anger of my parents ruining a lot of my life for being extremely controlling growing up?
You get over your anger by seeing a bigger picture: You chose your parents before you came to earth. You made a pact with them. Your parents were exactly how they needed to be to build the foundation for what you came here to experience.
See, everyone (consciously or not) is on a path to finding their real Self. Every experience serves that one purpose and pushes us toward that goal.
Unless you can see that in a bigger picture….every experience is a blessing, you will continue to suffer.
God loves you, but do you truly know that? God takes up all space, but as long as we believe in a separation from God we will continue to experience duality ( good and bad).