I haven’t written much on Mudita Journal about the concept of enlightenment, but it’s been in the background for me for several years, ever since I discovered the teachings of Adyashanti (and Eckhart Tolle, before him).
Perhaps I should write a post about it, sometime, for the benefit of those who are unfamiliar, who see it as a “mystical” concept, or who are skeptical that it has any value. Meantime, I know a few of my readers are acquainted with Adyashanti — or “Adya,” as students often call him — and his teachings.
In any case, a friend said the following to me today during a chat conversation, and it struck me as worth repeating:
nobody can choose to be enlightened
but spirituality is not so black and white
enlightenment is a gradient
even adya says the once and for all sudden enlightenment is extremely rare
it’s a gradual process of openings
that, i’m committed to
curiosity about my experience and how it unfolds
and all the great things that come about as a result: adventure, discovery, love, peace, etc
thats both a spiritual life, and a worldly life
Very well said — and something I agree with entirely.