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Thursday, December 29, 2011

WHAT IS ENLIGHTENMENT ?


 He who knows others is clever; he who knows himself  is enlightened.
                                                 - Lao-tse

Life should not be viewed only from the prism of suffering.

No doubt that suffering would give you heavy pain, but it gives valuable lessons to make life stronger in terms of actions and future endeavors. In fact, seeing the sufferings of people has pushed Buddha as the path of enlightenment.

Many people wrongly connote that enlightenment is simply denying all the worldly pleasures and lead a hermit's life. This concept is totally ridiculous. Enlightenment is a possibility field to know the mechanics of life beyond physical realm and also to find our connection with the Creator.

The essence of enlightenment is respecting life in whatever the form it is. When we become sensitive to everything around us, it means we are perfectly in tune with the symphony of the universe.

We, the star-dust luminous beings should not dive deep into the material comforts of life.  Once you   know your position in the universe, you feel so humbled of your tininess. Astro-physicist Joel Primack, a pre-eminent cosmologist who pioneered the Double Dark Theory opines that about 70 % of the universe is dark energy, 25 % is Dark matter. There are 4 % of invisible atoms and interstellar space. Helium and Hydrogen is 0.5 %. Our stars and planets form less than 0.1 % of the Universe which includes us - humans.

Enlightenment happens in personal space and more so, it is a subjective experience. All the life situations should be thought out in the larger frame so that we get a better understanding of our slice due to us. Excessive wavering for the things which are not due to us is totally unwise. America’s famous talk-show host Oprah Winfrey suggests that we should write ‘Gratitude Journal’ daily so that we can count our daily blessings to lead a quality life.

One major road block in the path of enlightenment is our mindless comparison with others in material comforts of life. We are so obsessed with comparison mania that is the root cause of all sufferings. The easy escape route from this malady is just watching those who are in more agony and less fortunate. Then a big shift takes place. Being sensible to all problems of world would take you nearer to God. In fact enlightenment is not a ready-made commodity which we obtain from a super market. It is a natural state which is well within us and it could be reached only by ' Self Search'.

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