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What is Enlightenment?

Enlightenment or Illumination shall describe the ultimate state of mystical attainment regardless of faith. It is a final state free from ignorance, desire and suffering. It is a liberation of the perceived shackles of physical being that will unavoidable cause suffering and decay.

Enlightenment or any states approaching enlightenment can be brought about by enhancing awareness and consciousness. Depending on one’s tradition or faith there are multiple paths for this process and a multitude of names for enlightenment.

It requires a radical shift in one’s mental and energetic disposition. It is not externally bestowed but requires full responsibility and dedication to this final goal. “ It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves” said Carl Jung.

Since enlightenment is outside common perception, language can only offer hints and pointers, it eventually will have to experienced individually.

Rather than describing enlightenment analytically, here are some quotes  illucidation its notions further:

“Enlightenment is not imagining figures of light but making the darkness conscious.” – Carl Jung

“Knowing others is wisdom; Knowing the self is enlightenment; Mastering others requires force; Mastering the self needs strength.” – Lao Tzu

“There are many paths to enlightenment. Be sure to take one with a heart.” – Lao Tzu

“There is no enlightenment outside of daily life.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“The real meaning of enlightenment is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all darkness.” – Nikos Kazantzakis

“Enlightenment is not imagining figures of light but making the darkness conscious.” – Carl Gustav Jung

“The meaning of our self is not to be found in its separateness from God and others, but in the ceaseless realization of yoga, of union; not on the side of the canvas where it is blank, but on the side where the picture is being painted.”  – Rabindranath Tagore


Enlightenment is not imagining figures of light but making the darkness conscious.  

Carl Gustav Jung

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