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What exactly does it mean to reach enlightenment?

What is it that one is aware of at that moment?

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  1. Its a sudden realization of truth or understanding about pretty much anything.
    It is kind of like saying, ohhhhhhhh now I get it.

  2. To understand you would have to be aware of that yourself which means you would also be enlightened- you can see the difficulty in getting an answer to that question.
    But a conceptual answer to that might be that you come to see the nature of awareness and it’s indivisibility with an all pervading universal awareness.
    Awesome hey. But that’s just an idea. It’s the matter of finding out ourselves. That would be enlightenment (i think).

  3. I think it means being at peace with yourself like accepting things the way they are and being very wise enough to give advice or to do the right thing at any moment. :\

  4. Knowing the truth.
    Not about everything only about what your purpose is and who you are.
    Jesus is the truth, he is a person, a living testimony to truth and he showed that truth is we are all children of God and no longer have to be bound to sin but can have freedom peace and joy, if we open our hearts(not minds) to him, we become enlightened only when we have the light in us.
    Philosophies can come and go and can have certain truths, but your still not enlightened if you connect your being with the universe instead of the creator of it,i see this a lot, the Godhead is the source of all and only through him can any truth be found.

  5. Enlightenment is realizing all the foolish things one is doing in life are really foolish. Ultimately everything ends by the realization nothing worthwhile happened . If you can meditate on the day one day after your death, then you find everything you had valued by that time had NO MEANING AT ALL. If you can have this vision in your day to day life, too, you will realize enlightenment. No not that easy. You have to realize this in meditation, not by only understanding through talking with someone. You cannot see enlightenment by seen in relation to what you value like eat, sleep, dance, sex, getting rich etc. as having values. Enlightenment should be seen only in relation to everything, not through your personal attachments. Words like these can only guide a person for enlightenment. The real enlightenment is an experience – Experience of who you really are in the universe and what really is the universe, which cannot be seen properly in relation to what you value now. In such experiences someday day you may realize in meditation there is nothing to call universe and THERE IS NOTHING TO CALL YOU TOO. When you realize this IN MEDITATION IT IS A JOY, but when when it is understanding only that you get by talking or reading about it in your daily life, it may make you confused or unhappy, because you look at enlightement through your personal attachments . What you value with personal attachments are truth in Agreed Truth only . What you realize as enlightenment is truth in Absolute Truth; it is a joy with no limitations.
    In short, enlightement is the REALIZATION [IN MEDITATION] THAT NOTHING IN YOUR BODY OR NOTHING AS YOUR THOUGHTS ARE REALLY ‘YOURS’ BECAUSE THERE REALLY IS NOTHING TO CALL ‘YOU’ OR ‘I’ OR ‘ME’ OR ‘MINE’; STILL, THE EXISTENCE ALONE IS FELT AS ELLIGHTENMENT.

  6. To see what is as it is…without interferance or coloration by the mind.
    Which of course includes knowing who/what you really are…our normal conception of self is a false self. What many people see as themselves is not their true selves.
    ~ Eric Putkonen

  7. There is no explanation on a mundane level that would give you the correct view. Enlightenment has to be experienced. You would go beyond ego, beyond all of your emotions, obstructions, concepts and ideas that you think are important now. Certain people have become enlightened and some people on earth now are enlightened and they can testify to what it is – that’s how we know. You would have to reach a high level of purity and wisdom to see the world that way. It takes hundreds of lifetimes. When it does happen, it is quick and profound and there is no turning back because the truth is revealed.

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