(Deeksha) - Section A – Article #5
What Is Enlightenment -
by Kiara Windrider
is enlightenment? Bhagavan defines it differently in different
contexts. For a neurologist it is the shutting down of certain parts
of the parietal lobe. For a biologist it is a heightening of the
senses. For a psychologist, it is the loss of the ego. For the philosopher
it is becoming a witness to life. For someone on a spiritual path,
it is about opening your heart to life, and developing the capacity
When asked to define love, Bhagavan says that he can only tell you what
love is not. It is not about neurotically possessing another person.
It is not based in neediness or attachment or fear of loss. It is not
a justification to control somebody’s life. What most people call
love is not love, he emphasizes. To experience love you require a mutation
in your physical brain. Only then can you experience the love of a Buddha
or a Christ. No amount of spiritual or psychological effort can take
Enlightenment is to be free from the sense of separate existence, he
emphasizes. The sense of a fixed identity disappears. Once you become
enlightened, what exists is only the other. You experience oneness with
all creation, and eventually oneness with God. You experience the gift
of being human. You experience what it means to give and receive love.
In the realization of this oneness, there is joy. As long as the self
exists, it can experience pleasure, but not joy. When things are going
your way, you experience pleasure; when things are not, you experience
pain. But this is very different from the causeless joy of pure being
where you are no longer separate from any aspect of creation or creator,
no matter what the circumstances of life.
Bhagavan says that the next best thing to enlightenment is knowing that
you are not enlightened. This is not a frivolous statement. “Don’t
pretend to be enlightened if you are not”, he affirms. Many of
us on a spiritual path have built up a spiritual persona around ourselves
that is as difficult to break through as any of the darker expressions
of the mind, and perhaps more so.
The main obstacle to enlightenment is not in the particular quality of
the self-identity that we create, whether it is coarse or refined, material
or spiritual, but in our degree of attachment to that identity. We assume
that our journey towards enlightenment is a linear progression, and that
we can become better and better people until someday we cross the finish
line and we’re there.
It is perhaps easier for a simple person to get enlightened whose head
is empty of concepts than someone who has walked for years on a spiritual
path and has all kinds of concepts and expectations about what enlightenment
is or should be, or what she is or should be. Ironically, the more attached
we become to a spiritual persona, the more we develop a spiritual ego,
and the further we get from the enlightened state. The mind delights
in creating an ‘as if’ image of the enlightened self. Now
it can continue its game of comparison and judgment, except on a more
Being good does not threaten its survival, as long as we are simultaneously
disowning the bad; being spiritual is fine as long as we continue judging
ourselves or others for not matching up to our neurotic expectations.
We take the dim radiance of our divinity that still manages to shine
through the thick layers of the mind, and enshrine it with religiosity,
stifle it with morality, distort it with self-righteousness, and destroy
it with spiritual egoism.
I am not implying that it isn’t desirable to strive towards morality,
goodness, and love. There is a reason that religions exist, and many
people have been enabled by being on the spiritual or psychological path
to refine or even transform their ego. As a spiritual teacher and psychotherapist,
I have seen the power of meditation, and of techniques such as holotropic
breathwork, psychosynthesis, regression therapies, and bodywork, to begin
to heal the traumas of the past and polish the rough edges of our personality.
If refining and clearing the mind is our quest, then by all means we
must continue doing everything that we can in this direction. However,
if enlightenment is our quest, we cannot get there by trying to develop
enlightened qualities. We need to come to an understanding of the very
nature of the mind.
In the courses offered at Oneness University , the first few days are
about becoming aware of the prison of our mind. It isn’t about
trying to change any of it, because you cannot. You are simply witnessing
the reality of your mind as it is, the emotional charge, the habit patterns,
the assumptions, the traumas, the conditioning, and the masks that we
build up in order to survive. As you witness, you begin to strip down
the social and spiritual personas, and you begin to understand the nature
of mind. You become aware that enlightenment is simply about ‘de-clutching’ from
We need to be clear that enlightenment does not mean changing the contents
of the mind or getting rid of the mind. To become de-clutched from the
mind means that you recognize the mind for what it is, which then no
longer has power to make your decisions for you. It is not about becoming
mindless, but rather about becoming what the Buddhists call ‘mindful’,
being present with reality as it is.
Most of us feel identified with the mind, but we are not the mind. The
mind can be a very useful tool, however. Enlightenment isn’t about
escaping from the mind, as many people believe, but simply ‘de-clutching’ from
it. After enlightenment, you find that you are no longer controlled by
the mind, and can de-clutch from it when it is not needed. When the mind
is needed, however, consciousness comes through and uses the mind with
a sharpness, clarity, and versatility not possible before.
To be de-clutched from the mind is to lose the sense of ‘self’ as
a fixed, separate, continuous entity which we refer to as ‘I’.
Enlightenment is the realization that there is no self to get enlightened.
We cannot change the nature of the mind. The mind is simply the mind,
but after enlightenment, our relationship with the mind changes. We no
longer become enslaved by the content and conditioning of the mind. Thoughts
may still come and go, emotions may still come and go, but we recognize
that they are not ‘our’ thoughts or emotions any more. In
this recognition we experience freedom.
Bhagavan teaches that there is no such thing as a personal mind. Yes,
we have individual thoughts, but they are simply emanations from what
he calls the Ancient Mind, a collective ‘thoughtsphere’ of
humanity that has existed from the beginnings of our current civilization,
perhaps 11 or 12 thousand years ago. All our fears, inadequacies, turmoil
and pain, all our lusts, addictions, insecurities and greed, all our
hatred, rage, jealousies and judgments, belong to this thoughtsphere.
Additionally, many of our impulses for kindness, beauty, pleasure, happiness
and courage also exist within this thoughtsphere.
Our brain can be visualized as a radio receiving station that picks up
these frequencies at random, depending on our state of mind or health,
physical environment, or various astrological factors. Our own individual
traumas or conditioning from the past also contribute to the band of
frequencies that we select.
However, our thoughts are not our own thoughts. Because our brain is
programmed for separation, we receive these thoughts, feelings, impressions,
and emotions as if they were our own, thereby separating us even more
effectively from the rest of humanity, which we perceive to be better
than, less than, or somehow different from us.
We watch a movie on the screen and very quickly get lost in the illusion
that it is real. However, if we slow it down so that we can see it frame
by frame, we realize that it is only a movie. In exactly the same manner,
we are conditioned by the self to perceive our own life as a living movie.
Enlightenment creates a fine-tuning of the senses where we realize that
the sense of a fixed continuous self is an illusion generated by the
neurological circuitry of our brain. There is a continual dance of personalities,
but no fixed or continuous self that somehow remains the same from birth
to death. Consciousness flows through your body moment by moment, but
it is the same consciousness that flows through all creation.
When there is no self, there is no craving or attachment. Cravings and
attachments are based on a sense of separate existence, or self-importance,
where you continually desire things you do not have, or have what you
do not desire. When there is no separate self, attachments and cravings
cease. When cravings and attachments cease, there is no suffering. We
are not talking about physical or psychological suffering here, but existential
suffering. Existential suffering is the incessant desire to be experiencing
something other than what is. It is not our pain that causes us suffering,
but our resistance to that pain. It is our attempts to escape from suffering
that cause us suffering!
Enlightenment means to experience the reality of each moment as it comes
your way, without needing to resist it or change it in any way. Once
you are willing to fully experience what is there, you are no longer
separate from reality. You experience the truth of each moment directly
as it is. You become freed from the interference and conditioning imposed
by the mind. You experience the causeless joy of being!
You still have mental pathways of old habits, memory and personality,
but you are no longer a solid thing. The self becomes porous, and the
winds of eternity become capable of blowing through freshly in every
moment. You are no longer a fixed ‘person’ but a dance of ‘personalities’ blowing
in and out of awareness. You are not even a witness separate from yourself,
watching things blowing in the wind. You are the wind.
You may still have likes and dislikes, emotions may still come up, but
there is no charge left, and as soon as they come up they will likewise
go away, just like an infant throwing a tantrum one moment, and staring
in wonderment at a little tiny caterpillar the next. There may still
be emotional habit patterns imprinted in the body, but these too subside
Another realization that comes after enlightenment is that your body
is not your body. Most of the functions of the body are involuntary,
but you realize that even the functions that you think were voluntary
are not really yours to control. During an enlightenment experience,
many people report that their body goes through all sorts of involuntary
postures and movements, tears and laughter, completely independent of
personal will. It may also become totally immobile, and you realize that
there is nothing you can do to make it move, unless it chooses to.
Your relationship with your body changes. You no longer identify with
it as yours; rather it simply becomes a beautiful vehicle for consciousness
to use. You understand how privileged you are to have this lovely, living
body as a means to express the Divine in the world. Each taste, each
smell, each sound, each vision, each touch is exquisite, and is as if
you are experiencing it for the first time. Each thought, likewise, comes
with its own living freshness directly from the consciousness of each
moment, an experience that the Zen Buddhists refer to as ‘beginner’s
Enlightenment begins with the ability to witness all these things. As
you move into deeper states of unity and God-realization, you discover
that you have become one with all creation, and that indeed the sense
of your own body embraces all of creation. Eventually you discover that
you have become one with the Creator as well as creation. You realize,
in the words of Jesus two thousand years ago, that “I and the Father
In a nutshell, Bhagavan teaches that:
is only one Mind – the Ancient Mind. It is conditioned by separation
mind is not your mind , but an extension of this Ancient Mind.
your thoughts are not your own thoughts, but downloaded from the ‘thoughtsphere’ associated
with this Ancient Mind.
- The sense
of a separate self is generated by the neurobiological structure
of the human brain.
- This ‘self’,
in experiencing itself as separate, generates cravings, aversions,
comparisons and judgments, which are the core of suffering.
the self disappears, suffering ends. When cravings drop away, including
the craving for enlightenment, you are enlightened.
the ‘deeksha’ is given, a neurobiological process begins,
which leads to the dissolution of the sense of a separate, or fixed,
the fixed self disappears, you experience yourself as simply a dance
of personalities continually arising and passing away.
body is not your body . When the self disappears, your sense of ownership
of the body disappears, and you experience it as a vehicle for the
divine dance of consciousness. Eventually, all creation becomes your
- The mind,
based in duality, cannot be enlightened.
- The self,
which is an illusion, cannot be enlightened. The self is only a concept.
is the realization that there is no self to become enlightened!
(Excerpted from Kiara's book, "Fire from Heaven: Dawn
of a Golden Age")
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Everything that you choose to recognize as yourself
becomes a gift that is a doorway to liberation. This does not mean that
you need to work on yourself for the next 10 years when things are finally
clear enough in your life and consciousness . . . then you decide to
choose oneness and seeing everything as yourself. NO. Choose this now.
It is available to you as long as your belief systems take a vacation.
There is no future. There is only right now and allowing yourself to
be one with what you are experiencing and feeling is at first mechanical
and then after faith sets in, it is easy. It is actualization and not
realization that works. Oneness is not an experience as much as a knowing
that this is all my body. Getting caught inside of looking for the oneness
experience is the trap of the mind to not opening to oneness.
Trying to choose anything from the mind and from
your comparison mode is a form of suffering. Choice only exists the moment
it needs to be made. All analysis causes one to touch their own pain
body and contract into illusion.
Affirmations work. Is that true? Trying to change
things by forcing them to be something they are not is called manipulations.
Has it ever worked? . . . or has it just moved around the suffering
to another part of your life. Exchanging one suffering for another.Love
is the answer to everything.Let darkness consume you. If you defend
yourself against it, you immediately become a victim. Victim consciousness
is a state of duality. Stop defending yourself against anything. All
protection . . . All psychic protection . . . All protection is declaring
that you are a victim. It is a lie.
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