Lets play the game, true or false!
An enlightened being knows everything. True or False.
False. I used to believe that enlightenment made one ALL Knowing. While enlightenment is a portal into the truth of who we are, it does not automatically make someone all knowing. And while there may be a few great masters out there who can look at us and see into our very nature, it is not the norm for the rest of us. And while a few may see beyond this dimension, if they want to learn a new skill, they still have to go through the process of learning.
Enlightenment is so far out there, I could never achieve it in my lifetime. True or False.
False. While it may have been the truth thousands of years ago, it is not true today. There are many people waking up to the truth of their being. Enlightenment is our natural state and for many of us, our own knowledge of it comes from the great yogic masters who spent years meditating in a cave. (Do you know today you can rent a cave in India?).
But today is a time of great awakening and there is a reach for a critical mass where the influence of this awakening is affecting more and more people. The knowledge of enlightenment and acknowledging the place inside that yearns for the truth is helpful. There are many that believe that the greatest service we can offer humanity is to wake up to the Truth of our Being, so we can lift up the collective consciousness.
When one reaches enlightenment there are no more problems. True or False
True in the sense that they are not seen as problems by the mind. False in the sense that there are still events that come into play in one’s life that one may have to deal with. I used to believe that if one had a health problem after enlightenment, one could automatically heal it. There are those that have moved through their healing process quickly. While there are some Masters, such as Ramakrishna and Ramana Maharshi who just recognized they were not their body and did not feel a need to have to change the illness to the body.
Enlightenment is a one time Event., Poof! I am Enlightened! True or False
False! This one was a great surprise for me and the most recent of my Enlightenment myths de-bunked by three different teachers. Swami Dayananda says that the Buddha’s story of enlightenment is one that has helped to keep this myth alive. Adyashanti in his book, Way of Liberation says that, “The enlightenment I speak of is not simply a realization, not simply the discovery one one’s true nature. This is just the beginning, the point of entry into an inner revolution. Realization does not guarantee this revolution, it simply makes it possible.”
I highly recommend this book, it is what I am studying at the moment. Here is a link for a free pdf.
Blessings, Solana Tara