17040Enlightenment and Oranges. Mo' myths
- Mar 1, 2010Myth #4 = Enlightenment
is nothing special.
Recently someone quoted a
teacher who expounded about
how, "Enlightenment is nothing
special." The distinction was
made that if someone feels
and/or talks about being special
because they have been graced
with enlightenment, they are
not enlightened. The distinction
may be accurate enough, because
enlightenment brings a profound
gratitude and humility, but to
say that enlightenment is
nothing special is like...
someone giving a discourse
on oranges who never tasted
an orange - they have only
studied about them and been in
the company of oranges for so
long that they feel qualified
to speak about oranges...
and they conclude that...
oranges have no taste. They
are nothing special. What?!!!!
Enlightenment is beyond special,
beyond awesome, juicier than
the best orange we have ever
tasted, beyond anything
we can think or imagine...
It is incredibly and superbly
special...a peace that passes
understanding, a joy beyond
words, the truth that sets us
free from fear and doubt and
shines a whole new light on
If you're truly enlightened,
there is no one left to experience
This is more neo-advaita shuffling,
or what is called the mind screw.
Of course, there is something there
to experience the enlightenment -
the new person that enlightenment
creates, the Self, the One filled
with joy, who now experiences perfect
peace of mind, and who is ecstatic
about the amazing gift that has
been received, and whose heart
now swells with love, kindness
and compassion for everyone -
because the Self and the potential
for awakening to Self is seen in
every other person.
If there were truly no one there
to experience the enlightenment,
there would be no one there to
make such an absurd statement
as Myth #5.
If someone says they are enlightened,
they are not.
With enlightenment comes a compelling
urge to shout it out and share the
good news of its delight. Everyone
who has authentically awakened sees
enlightenment as the destiny of
humankind - and knows that they have
been 'called' to declare it because
of the thunderbolt of insight that
comes with enlightenment.
What do you think Buddha, or Jesus,
or Ramana would say about this myth?
This myth is a warped interpretation
of the statements about the inability
to express enlightenment in words
that will convey its truth.
This cannot be done...anymore than
anyone can convey the taste of an
orange in words. But it does not mean
that enlightenment or oranges have
not been experienced by those who
declare to know them - or that neither
are incredibly sweet.
By their fruits you shall know them.
One Sweet Juicy Special Love,