As there are many definitions of enlightenment, I will give mine, and also definitions from other masters that I think you will find helpful
For me enlightenment, or living an enlightening life, is where there is constant joy,bliss and ecstasy flowing through the body. Where it does not matter what happens to you, you are able to remain in this state or return to it in a few seconds to a few minutes.
In this state there is high energy, creativity and flowing love for all.
This way of being is present whether you are working, speaking in public, being jailed, physically hurt, had your car stolen, having problems in relationship or struggling with financial issues.
The background flavor of life is joy for no reason.
When a person comes with a problem the heart opens, and love and joy flows out.
Every event in life creates a new quality of appreciation, gratitude and love.
This is not to say that an enlightened person does not make mistakes, many do make lots of mistakes, from getting speeding tickets, to getting sick, to admitting an error in advise.
The beautiful thing is that I know several hundred people who live in this way. This state is not inaccessible at all. It can be reached very rapidly. I have seen many people have constant experiences in 3-6 months of intense focus
Enlightenment is the ultimate human state, and it is not the final state. Within the realm of enlightenment there are so many different expressions and experiences. Paramahamsa Nithyananda says that when two enlightened masters get together, if they agree then one of them is not enlightened! What he is saying is that there is so many pathways, experiences and views of the world that each person is uniquely expressing what worked for them.
Some people say that as we are already enlightened there is nothing to do.
This is true, and if you fully embrace this wording then you can well be living an enlightened life. My recommendation is to take up living an enlightened life as a top priority goal the same way as you would take up any project, and apply yourself to it with maximum intensity. Then tremendous change will happen very rapidly.
In Buddhism enlightenment means one has attained Buddhahood, which is perfection of human potential. A person is then radiating infinate compassion wisdom and skill.
In Hinduism enlightenment is defined as meaning living in a state beyond suffering. There are many different paths to this goal in both Hinduism and Buddhism, involving remarkably different methods.
“One thing: you have to walk, and create the way by your walking; you will not find a ready-made path. It is not so cheap, to reach to the ultimate realization of truth. You will have to create the path by walking yourself; the path is not ready-made, lying there and waiting for you. It is just like the sky: the birds fly, but they don’t leave any footprints. You cannot follow them; there are no footprints left behind.”
This next quote is from a teaching method that has millions of practitioners, and produced many enlightened masters:
In this quote Nithyananda speaks of surrender as being one with all, no resistance to the flow of life, including the flow of creativity
“Surrender is the ultimate technique to merge with existence.”
― Paramahamsa Nithyananda
This quote my Ken Kesey has a truth to it, and from my experience we really have to distance ourselves from the world in order to see the habits and traps of the mind that keep us from experiencing this awesome state called enlightenment.
“It isn’t by getting out of the world that we become enlightened, but by getting into the world…by getting so tuned in that we can ride the waves of our existence and never get tossed because we become the waves.”
― Ken Kesey, Kesey’s Garage Sale
“The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which he has attained liberation from the self.”
― Albert Einstein
Now that enlightenment has been defined for you, my intention is that you now go out and find out what it is for you, so you can write me back at let me know what your experiences are.
With the defining of spiritual enlightenment comes the urge to follow through and live in that state at all times.