The Lotus Mud Law: Why Those Who Suffer the Most Are More Likely to Achieve Enlightenment "Spiritual awakening is a slow process for the majority of individuals. When it happens, however, it is frequently the result of excruciating pain "Eckhart Tolle writes. "Enlightenment is another name for sanity, and insanity is required for enlightenment to occur." In other words, only those who are insane enough to seek truth will find it. And once they do, the truth sets them free.
People often ask me if there's any correlation between suffering and enlightenment. The answer is yes, although not everyone who suffers becomes enlightened "spiritually awake" as Eckhart calls it. However, those that do achieve enlightenment most often do so because of their extreme suffering. Indeed, suffering is one of the key factors that differentiates humans from animals. Only human beings suffer and no other species on earth suffers like we do. This clearly shows that we have the ability to control our minds and this leads some people to believe that we can eventually learn to eliminate our pain completely.
In Buddhism, enlightenment is known as satori. Satori means sudden awareness " Dan Harris explains in his book A Guide to Greatness. "Sudden awareness is what happens when you realize something important about yourself or your life. It can be good or bad, but either way, it changes everything.
Because our current level of consciousness is so far from perfection in unity with God, enlightenment is so difficult. The enlightened have liberated themselves from the laws of karma and rebirth. They are not free from death, but they are not bound by it either. Enlightenment is not getting something you can keep; it's losing everything you know.
Enlightenment is not gaining something new; it's finding out what you already were. Enlightened people see clearly that there is no one outside themselves who could condemn them or save them. They realize that nothing they do will ever be good or bad, but that their own attitude determines their experience. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Enlightenment is not becoming anything special; it's realizing who you always were. The enlightened are not different from anyone else. They eat, sleep, make love, laugh, cry, worry, and pray like everyone else. What sets them apart is that they see things as they really are - not just generally, but specifically - and respond accordingly.
Enlightenment is not a place you go to; it's a state you're in. The enlightened are not living their lives in some imaginary world but rather within the complex tapestry of existence.
However, enlightenment is a journey, not a destination. And self-realization is the starting point or entrance to this journey. The final worth of enlightenment is determined by the person. Obtaining enlightenment and then doing nothing with it will not go you very far.
The only way to find out if this path is for you is to walk it. As you learn more about yourself, your experience on the path will help you decide what next to do. So start walking today!
Moments of Enlightenment weaves together the experiences of ancient and modern spiritual teachers who not only attained enlightenment for themselves, but also sought to help others reach it through their teaching. The book explores how these various teachers' approaches differ in many ways, including method and gender. But all of them share a common experience of awakening from the dream of separateness that defines most people's lives.
Each chapter focuses on one particular teacher, giving an overview of their life and work before exploring what it is they have to say about enlightenment. The authors do an excellent job of showing how different yet connected these individuals were, and how much they contributed to the development of modern-day Buddhism. Readers will also appreciate how each one approached enlightenment, with some focusing on meditation techniques while others emphasized philosophical reflection. Finally, they will learn about the differences between monastic and lay practitioners which are important to understand if you want to follow a Buddhist path.
This is a great introduction to ancient Buddhist teachings for anyone who wants to know more about this elusive state known as enlightenment. It provides detailed accounts of several real-life examples of Buddhists who lived during different periods of history, allowing readers to see how these ideas have been applied in practice today. Moreover, the book's format makes it easy to read and understand, even for those who are not familiar with Buddhist philosophy.