It's called enlightenment, and it's attainable. The best part is that enlightenment is everlasting. It's not going away. It will just wait for us to discover it—or, if we have strayed for a while, rediscover it.
The world has always had philosophers and spiritual leaders who have known more about the human spirit than most people. They have known that something other than matter exists, that consciousness is independent of the body, and that this separate entity can be enhanced or diminished by our actions. This knowledge has been passed on from generation to generation through word of mouth and in written documents.
Enlightenment is the state or condition of being enlightened or aware. Someone who is enlightened knows right from wrong, sees the truth behind appearances, and lives according to his/her understanding of what is truly important in life.
In Buddhism, enlightenment occurs when you reach the highest level of understanding and acceptance of yourself and your place in the universe. You realize that everything is empty of self-existence, that there are no fixed boundaries between one thing and another, and that all phenomena (things that exist) are related. As you learn how to live with this new awareness, you continue developing as a person.
In Hinduism, enlightenment happens when the mind is fully focused on God. The more you think about Him, the more He fills your mind.
Is it possible to lose enlightenment? First and foremost, there is no "you" to "have" enlightenment. "You" are merely a consciousness object that has been misidentified as a subject. Because that "you" isn't real, it can't ever become enlightened. Only objects (such as bodies) can be enlightened.
Secondly, enlightenment is not a state that can be lost. It is a permanent identification that can only be gained. When someone say they "lost their enlightenment", what they mean is that they forgot who they were identity with. They became dis-identified themselves. This can happen to anyone at any time - even while reading these words. The moment you forget who you are, you have lost your enlightenment.
Enlightenment is the natural state of everyone and everything. It is our original nature. It is our true self. It is perfect and complete without any defects. There is nothing to gain or lose because we already are enlightened. We are all already enlightened beings. It's just a matter of our perspective. Some people simply choose to stay identified with their ego instead. That's their problem, not ours. We can't help them, so we don't try.
The only thing that can interfere with our ability to remember who we are is our ego. Its strength comes from our belief in itself. The more we believe in our limited senses experience, the stronger our ego becomes.
You'll eventually get interested in spirituality and discover the objective of enlightenment. From then, around 50 lives are required. Once enlightened, the next main objective is to transcend humanity, or at least our understanding of what it is to be a person. The path to immortality requires becoming a Buddha, which can only be achieved after many more lifetimes.
The enlightenment experience may not last forever, but once you attain it, you can continue your quest for awakening and complete liberation from all dukkha, ever expanding your wisdom and compassion until you reach ultimate freedom from saṃsāra.
In Buddhism, enlightenment is referred to as "Bodhi," which means "Awakened." Anyone who has attained enlightenment is called a "Buddha." A Buddha's teachings are referred to as "Tibbāna" which means "the end of suffering."
It takes about 50 human lives to achieve enlightenment. After that, one must continue to practice and teach others so that they too can reach enlightenment. Only then will there be no more rebirth or death.
According to Buddhist teaching, everyone goes through life experiences called "births" and "deaths." These are simply terms used to describe the passing of physical and mental qualities - memories, skills, tendencies - from one organism to another.
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 on it. As you learn more about yourself, your journey will lead you toward greater understanding and awareness. This is the aim of every step you take along the path.
When you reach the end of the path, you will have realized enlightenment/Buddha nature/God consciousness. Only you can decide what role, if any, religion plays in your life after you have enlightened yourself.
Some people may choose to stay on the path and continue their journey toward awakening. Others may choose to return to ordinary life but still be aware of their Buddha nature. Still others may reject their identity as a spiritual being and live as normal humans do. There are many possibilities when it comes to the ending of the path.
But whatever choice you make, remember that the path leads to freedom.
Everyone has the potential to achieve enlightenment. You will still need to live a human life after attaining enlightenment, but from a different perspective. You will also need to spend some time to be motionless in order to experience the boundless awareness that you are. Only then can you truly say that you have achieved enlightenment.
So, it is possible for everyone to reach enlightenment? Yes, it is possible for everyone to reach nirvana. Or, in other words, it is possible for everyone to remove their obscurations and awaken to their true nature.
However, not everyone will want to or be able to do so. Some people may even try to prevent others from reaching enlightenment. This is why some teachers say that enlightenment is available only to a few. It depends on your actions what outcome you will experience.
If you look at the history of Buddhism, you will see that most teachers were either enlightened or they weren't. There were a few who said that enlightenment was available but then went too far in their understanding and caused themselves and many others pain by teaching them incorrect ways to attain enlightenment. These teachers did not achieve enlightenment and instead sacrificed it all for their own desires.
Today, there are still many teachers who say that enlightenment is available but only a few will actually go for it.
Your mind is utterly shattered if you attain the last degree of enlightenment. No, there are three more phases once you attain the stage of enlightenment. These are called "bodhisattvas", which means "one who practices benevolence". You must practice compassion in order to help others reach liberation.
The first bodhisattva phase is called "aryadeva". In this phase, you begin to carry out acts of kindness for the purpose of helping others find freedom from suffering.
The next phase is called "mahasattva". In this phase, your motivation shifts from seeking personal liberation to helping all beings achieve their own awakening.
The final phase is called "paramitasattva". In this phase, your actions become so pure that they can only lead to further awakening. Thus, you choose to dedicate your life to teaching others about the truth.
All through human existence, we are given opportunities to learn and grow. When you finally realize the nature of reality, it is impossible to return to ignorance. Once you reach full enlightenment, there are three more steps you can take toward greater compassion. The more enlightened you are, the more willing you are to sacrifice yourself for others. That is why enlightenment is said to be a permanent state.