Friday, 19 June 2015

ENLIGHTENMENT

Imagine, you are standing on the platform at the station, waiting. You know where you want to go and moreover you believe to know exactly which train will take you there because you have heard so from others, who have already been there, and read about it in books. Hence you are watching out for one particular train, not knowing however when it will arrive exactly. You are just standing there, gazing into the distance from whence you are expecting it to come and upon the platform you are believing to be the right one. Meanwhile you are blind for all the other trains coming and going and deaf to the loud-speaker announcements, which are advertising the incoming trains, the platforms of their departure and their destinations. Only occasionally you are registering other individuals boarding other trains, which is rendering you briefly afraid that maybe they will get there before you because maybe their trains are the right ones after all? And while you are staring fixedly into the direction you are believing your own train to come from, you are actually missing your desired train, because the loud-speaker announcement has informed that it went from a different platform...
In the case of personal enlightenment it is often happening just in the same way. There are many striving to achieve it, beset by the belief of knowing exactly how to get there. They are doing anything in their power to do the required things thereto and regret any action which they are believing to be in discord with their aim. So a great part of their lives they are seeing as a useless waste of time. Because they feel, that they do not have enough free time to meditate enough and to attend spiritual workshops and seminars as often as they would wish to.
Enlightenment is a state of the mind, which is lying beyond the conditionings the Ego is setting upon it by expecting it to happen in a certain fashion or at a particular time. Therefore it can only come from an unexpected direction and it can only happen in an unexpected way and moment. Because all expectations and set ideas are made by the Ego and thus conditioning yourself and life happening to you. So by the very act of expecting something in particular to happen in a certain fashion, you are preventing it from occurring. And even if it did take place, you would not be able to notice it. It is enough to long for it and to spend your time perfecting your capacity to love and to understand yourself and life better and better. Until one day your understanding is made so clear by love that you will suddenly no longer be blinded by your Ego and instead be able to recognize it from a detached position.

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