Mind And Body Health
Definition of Enlightenment

(From the interview of Tejguru SirShree Tejparkhiji of TGF (Tej Gyan Foundation)



Enlightenment is the attainment of liberation from ego, mechanical leaving, all forms of bondage, preconceived notions and all vices of the mind (fear, anger, hatred, greed, attachment, envy, etc.) What remains after attainment of enlightenment is unbroken bliss – bliss which is indescribable, which constantly asserts its eternal presence and pervades every aspect of life. Enlightenment is the key to a successful and fulfilled life, the royal path to transcendence. The state of enlightenment resides within all of us.

When the Truth is understood not only intellectually but also at the experimental level….when all your questions and doubts dissolve, that is the state of enlightenment! It entails the journey from the limited confines of the mind (the head) to the unlimited realms of the Self (the heart).

When the knowing Principle (Self) within us gets associated with worldly objects, it gives rise to maya (delusion). When it returns to its original nature (Supreme Universal Being), enlightenment is attained. To be able to grasp this, we need to first understand the true meaning of the term ‘Knowing Principle’. Everyone is specialized in a particular field of knowledge. If one has the knowledge of medicine, then the body is known as doctor. With the knowledge of engineering, the body is known as engineer. If we consider this carefully, we realize that the body is not an engineer or doctor; rather it is the Knowing Principle that has identified itself with engineering and medical knowledge. The knowledge plays a particular role. This means the knowledge is present in various forms within every human body.

Knowledge resides in the human intellect. When the intellect completely surrenders at the feet of the Lord (the Self) in the heart, the body then begins to serve as an instrument for God to function. The body in which this state is achieved is said to have become the Supreme Being. The Supreme Knowledge (tej-gyan) that has emerged within begins to function through the body. When the knowledge plays an ‘altogether different’ role, beyond the various worldly roles and reassociates with the self, then alone does the Self reveal itself.

You may refers to this Creative Principle as Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Self, Supreme Knowledge, Tejgyan, Father, truth...All these names point to the same reality.

Enlightenment is not attained after the death of the body, but in this very lifetime. We need to understand as to how this is possible. Attainment of enlightenment implies stabilization in our original state of pure being; where the Experiencer experiences the Experiencer in and through every experience. There is a preliminary state before any game begins. Even while practicing yogic, exercises, there is an initial state before the body gets into any yogic posture. Science opines that it is further progress that will lead to ultimate liberation. This is inferred because science dwells on the limited framework of logic and reason. Contrary to this, the truth is that you ought to regress (go back) and stabilize in your original state.

The state of enlightenment is experienced only upon returning to the original state of Being, the state before the grand game of creation began. Being stabilize in the state of enlightenment, actions arise out of decisions taken while dwelling in that original state. What does each decision of ours indicate? Are our decisions made with the complete understanding of who we essentially are? Are our actions an expression of who we truly are? We offer prayers; however our actions aligned with our prayers? Our decisions clearly indicate whether we do what we say.

For instance one may say, “I want to live a good healthy life”; but his actions (overeating and consequent obesity, for instance) could indicate that he wants to die. He will be puzzled if he is told that he does not value his life. He will not believe it. If we carefully reflect and understand this aspect in depth, we realize that every decision of ours reflects whether the decision is arising out of the false identification with our body or out of the clear understanding of our true identity (the Universal Self, our original nature). Enlightenment is the self stabilization in our original state of Being, an unshaken understanding of our true identity from where all decision arise.

What are the prerequisites a seeker of enlightenment must possess to be successful?

Either steadfast faith or the ability to rigorously enquire are a must. Either devotion or wisdom. A true guru will ensure you get both. A seeker studying with a true guru will attain devotion to be ready for enlightenment. A devotee under the guidance of a true guru will attain wisdom to be ready for enlightenment.

The six requisites are thirst (love for the Truth); listening skills (the ability to listen without prejudice or bias), the ability to contemplate; being free of deceit towards himself and the guru; faith and obedience - steadfastly adhering to instruction from the guru. 

Courtesy:   Life Positive, October 2008