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Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author

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Enlightenment Is Not Just One State- Must Read

The idea that enlightenment is a single state is widely held. Many people also think that once it is obtained, one remains there permanently. The information that follows is not exhaustive. It is merely a reflection of my own ideas. In my view, attaining enlightenment entails the gradual and progressive establishment of various states of awareness rather than just one single state.

I have not yet arrived at the road’s end. But I can confidently tell that after years of spiritual searching, enlightenment comes in a series of stages of self- realisations and self-discoveries.

An initial awakening usually differs from a later stabilisation of that stage that results from practise or experiences. The early awakenings involve learning about the workings of consciousness for the first time, and the stabilisation involves incorporating what is learned into one’s experience of life. An prior finding may occasionally be completely overruled or modified by a new one. It can be claimed that Presence is connected to almost all phases of enlightenment. The enlightened Presence, however, manifests in varying degrees of clarity and intensity. The amount and depth of lucidity as well as realisations and discoveries directly influence the intensity.

Additionally, as one advances, it also becomes more apparent how one is connected to the cosmos and existence as a whole.

The progression and stage-based nature of enlightenment are succinctly illustrated below:

One may initially sense the all-pervading Presence when they first start meditating. The majority of the time, this Presence is felt when thoughts are temporarily put on hold. Our genuine selves are embodied in this Presence that resides in the Eternal Present Moment.

But such an encounter can only be categorised as a realisation of the true self, which is no-self. This is due to the fact that the Presence seems to have vanished after the meditation. It is impossible to comprehend presence and make the connection between it and our daily lives. As a result, it will be challenging to regain the Presence. And it takes several realisations in various phases and sequences to fully comprehend how Presence relates to our phenomenal reality. One may say that the phases and level of realisation determine how long Presence will last.

Additionally, in the beginning stages, we can mistook another state for the unadulterated existence. For instance, we can mistake the phrase “I AM” for absolute presence. This is as a result of the mirrored image of Pure Presence that the thinking mind has produced. “I AM” is this reflection of the absolute.

Usually, the person needs progress into additional profound understandings in order to get over the “I AM” stage. Realizing that one’s personality is not the one who takes action is one of these understandings. Before the person realises the illusion of subject-object distinction, this stage may last for a time. At this point, you must recognise the hypnotic feeling that you are being watched as well as being watched. Here is where one starts to recognise how illusionary our phenomenal universe is.

As I am unable to comment on the stages that are ahead of me, Nevertheless, it is clear from the explanation above that enlightenment is not at all simple.

For the judgement you so urgently need. I appreciate you reading.

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