Many people are seeking enlightenment.
Enlightenment is the realization that your concept of self is an illusion of the mind, and that your true Self is the whole of existence.
In all of our seeking we are only seeking ourselves.
We look for the truth of who we are everywhere but within our own being.
The Upanishads say “Know your Self and you know the Self of the Universe.”
Ramana Maharshi says, “All you need to do to realize the Self is be still. Withdraw your attention from the objects of the senses, and be what you are.”
The answers come in silence, not in the form of thoughts or words, but in a form of intuitive and heart-felt knowing.
The personal self seeks its eternal nature, which is ultimately the realization that the personal self is an illusion.
It is like a moth dancing around the light of a fire, knowing that the thing that attracts it most will also lead to its own destruction.
Or as Chogyam Trungpa says, “enlightenment is the ego’s biggest disappointment.”
When enlightenment comes, who is it that has been enlightened?
Is there a person that becomes enlightened?
Or is enlightenment when Spirit awakens to itself?
The ego self can never fully disappear as long as the body is alive.
But it can be transcended when it’s nature is understood.
Then it is no longer a burden, but a faithful servant of the spirit.
These words make little sense to the conceptual mind, but they resonate with something deep in the heart.
Words are limited, and can never define the limitless.
To know the infinite source one must experience it within.
So, in the words of Rumi,
“When will you begin that long journey into yourself?”