How do you become enlightened?
What do you come to understand?
What are attributes of an enlightened person? How does the person change?
Doesn't "enlightened" simply mean the person has learned something they didn't know before?
In that case you become enlightened by declaring yourself so. You come to "understand" whatever you think you do, even if false-to-fact. And the attributes of an enlightened person are whatever that person decides it is.
100% subjective, in other words - the "enlightened one" makes all the calls, all the definitions and does whatever they like to become enlightened. How could it be otherwise?
I'd like to add that every example we have of an enlightened person throughout history is defined such by what they ultimately gave to humanity. Claiming it is not the same as being it.
Good point...but was Mother Theresa "enlightened"? Her personal diaries would seem to indicate not, at least in her opinion. Are monks, staying in their residence, "enlightened"? They give virtually nothing to humanity. Were the inquisitors, "cleansing mankind of heresy" for God and man? The religious leaders that imprisoned Galileo, doing the same? Was MLK "spiritually enlightened", or just a great man?
I was thinking along the lines of Buddha and Jesus.
I've never claimed to be enlightened but someone once said we all travel different paths and while on that path it's all we can see but when we reach the summit is when we see all paths. They all lead to the same destination. So, that change would be acceptance and peace. Think about all the discussions and disagreements we have about enlightenment. But, in the end, they are pointless because we are all traveling to the same destination.
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