LET US CLEANSE SPIRITUAL DISCOURSE OF MEANINGLESS TERMS AND SEEK ONLY SELF-REALIZATION
Let us be clear about several things. The terms “enlighteNment” and “awakening” are useless. They convey too many different ideas to too many different people.
Let us settle on the term “Self-Realization” as perhaps the only one that MAY HAVE an operational/experiential definition, and we can define it in several ways.
But I want to make it absolutely clear that Self-Realization” does not mean one has improved one’s mind or soul in any way. One has not progressed and necessarily become more purified than before, although that may be the route some take.
One does not become something superior or better than one was before. There is no progress towards a higher state.
The mind is not eliminated, but it does become a tool of the Self.
What happens is that FOR WHATEVER REASON: grace, meditation, sadhana, God or guru, you, as an individual, suddenly know who you are as Consciousness or awareness or Witness, and realize you are not just the body, but that your body is in you.
You are sentience itself, you are life and the Life Force (Shakti) itself. Your essential nature is bliss, energy, and love, not the body, mind, or emotions.
You always were this Self, but because of misconceptions, confusions, focus on body, mind and emotions, you never saw your own Self clearly.
You are that Life Force. You are the knowing of that Life Force. You are the principle of sentience, of being aware of both body and Consciousness. You are the energetic spark which explodes into your awareness like an H-bomb revealing that your little body/mind unit is nothing but the infinite energy and knowingness of the infinite flowing through you. You and God are one. That is the feeling of that experience. God and I are one. He sits in and around me, and I willingly serve as his servant.