Quotes for
the Journey:

Enlightenment



There is no enlightenment
outside of daily life.

Thich Nhat Hanh

   

It's in the entrails of the earth, not on its surface, that you can find diamonds and gold.  It's in going into the darkness that we find enlightenment.       -Robert Scaer

   
To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring
peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind.  If a
person can control his or her mind, he or she can find the way to
Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him or her.        -The Buddha
   
You never know where enlightenment may come from.  Be always open, on the look-out and ready for it.  Usually it is a click, something which falls into place after a long time of gestation.  The most unexpected event or person can trigger it off.        -Robert Muller
   

If we demand enlightenment, it hides. . . . All that we can do is make ourselves enlightenment-prone.  We learn to treasure the possibility of awakening in all moments and circumstances.  We learn to simplify and cultivate the receptivity of heart that can be touched by profound understanding.  We learn to listen deeply and discover stillness amid the movement in our world.        -Christina Feldman

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

Enlightenment means taking full responsibility for your life.        -William Blake

Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.       -Thomas Jefferson
   

Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water.  The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken.  Although its light is wide and great, The moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide.  The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.       -Dogen

    

If I could define enlightenment briefly I would say it is ''the quiet acceptance of what is.''       -Wayne Dyer

   
If one wishes to be sure of the road one treads on, one must close one's eyes and walk in the dark.       -Saint John of the Cross
   
Everybody wants to get enlightened but nobody wants to change.  This is the simple, daunting truth that has been staring back at me from the eyes of countless seekers over the years.  "I really want to get enlightened," they insist.  "But are YOU ready to CHANGE now?" I ask.  "What?" is the inevitable response—surprised and even slightly stunned.  And I repeat, "Are YOU ready to CHANGE now?"  What follows is always a strange and surreal moment of ambiguity, confusion, and backpedaling.  "But I thought you wanted to get enlightened... "       -Andrew Cohen
   

   

To the illumined man or woman, a clod of dirt, a stone, and gold are the same.       -from the Bhagavad Gita

  

Enlightenment is not about becoming divine.  Instead it's about becoming more fully human. . . It is the end of ignorance.       -Lama Surya Das

   

Words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels.       -Hazrat Inayat Khan

   
   

You may have expected that enlightenment would come Zap! instantaneous and permanent.  This is unlikely. After the first "ah-ha" experience, it can be thought of as the thinning of a layer of clouds.       -Ram Dass

   

Even to be attached to the idea of enlightenment is to go astray.        -Sen Sen Ming

   

Nirvana or lasting enlightenment or true spiritual growth can be achieved only through persistent exercise of real love.       -M. Scott Peck

   
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy is when adults are afraid of the light.      -Plato
   

To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand.       -Jose Ortega y Gasset

    

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

    

Enlightenment must come little by little, otherwise it would overwhelm.       -Idries Shah

   

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One of the core meanings of enlightenment is liberation from false and spurious value attachments that blind you to your true essence.  When and if I learn that I am ultimately my mind and my manner of using it; when and if I understand that ego is only the internal experience of consciousness, the ultimate center of awareness, I am free.      -Nathaniel Branden, Self-Esteem Every Day
  
Enlightenment is one’s leaving one's self-caused immaturity.  Immaturity is the incapacity to use one's intelligence without the guidance of another. Such immaturity is self-caused if it is not caused by lack of intelligence, but by lack of determination and courage to use one's intelligence without being guided by another. Sapere Aude! Have the courage to use your own intelligence! is therefore the motto of the enlightenment.     -Immanuel Kant
  
Enlightenment does not consist of pretending to be where we are not; enlightenment means being in touch with where we are and being willing to learn what God would have us learn from it.  Sometimes the purpose of a day is to merely feel our sadness, knowing that as we do we allow whole layers of grief, like old skin cells, to drop off us.     -Marianne Williamson
  
I was sitting in a train when it happened, crossing the Punjab to Pathankot and reading a book on Buddhism.  And sitting there in that crowded train, with all its heat and smell, suddenly it was utterly self-evident that I did not exist in the way I thought I did.  And this realization brought with the experience which I can only describe as a kernel of popcorn popping.  It was as though the inside came out on the outside and I looked with wonder and joy at everything.  And the sense then was of unutterable relief, of "I don't need to do anything with the self, I don't need to improve it or make it good or sacrifice it or crucify it--I don't need to do anything because it isn't even there. . . ."  There was an immense feeling of release, and with that release came at once, immediately, a feeling that it was release into action.     -Joanna Macy
  
Those who think that any action can lead to their "enlightenment" are turning their backs on the truth:  they are thinking that there is a "he" or a "she" there to be "enlightened," whereas "enlightenment" is a name for the state wherein there is no separate individual at all, and which is that of all sentient beings, a name for what they are, but which cannot be recognized by anyone who believes him or herself to be an autonomous individual.     -Wei Wu Wei (Terence Gray)
  

  
Liberation and enlightenment do not exist outside of your own self.  We need only open our eyes to see that we ourselves are the very essence of liberation and enlightenment.  All dharmas, all beings, contain the nature of full enlightenment within themselves.  Don't look for it outside yourself.  If you shine the light of awareness on your own self, you will realize enlightenment immediately.     -Thich Nhat Hanh
  
In this world, aspirants may find enlightenment by two different paths.  For the contemplative is the path of knowledge; for the active is the path of selfless action.     -The Bhagavad Gita
  
Going back to the origin is called peace; it means reversion to destiny.  Reversion to destiny is called eternity.  They who know eternity are called enlightened.     -Lao Tzu
  
Do not think you will necessarily be aware of your own enlightenment.     -Dogen
  
Enlightened space, the place of unconditional love, cannot be achieved until and unless one is willing to be comfortable with paradox and confusion.     -Ralph Walker
  
One does not become enlightened by imagining fingers of light, but by making the darkness conscious.     -Carl Jung
  
The attainment of enlightenment from ego's point of view is extreme death, the death of self, the death of me and mine, the death of the watcher.  It is the ultimate and final disappointment.     -Chogyam Trungpa
  

   

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