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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 valuable lessons to make stronger in terms of actions and future endeavors. In fact, seeing the sufferings of people has pushed Buddha in 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 plane 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 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 better understanding of our slice due to us. Excessive wavering for the things which are not due to us is 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 watch those who are in more agony  and less fortunate and then a big shift takes place. By doing so we feel blessed with our own lesser sufferings and thereby get strength to mitigate our own. Being sensible to all problems of world would take us nearer to God. In fact enlightenment is not a ready-made commodity which we obtain from a super market. It is well within us and it could be reached only by ' Self Search'

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