Tuesday, April 18, 2006

More thoughts on Enlightenment?

While that book is not available there, it has many other books listed for inspection.

Richard Maurice Bucke(pdf) and Cosmic Consciousness was one of the first books that I read about almost 35 years ago. It was long ago assimilated, so I could not tell you much, other then I question now the role might be presented to our awareness, for those developing and being responsive to intuitive moments. Or what, a enlightened individual might be, after having met moments that may correlate to what enlightenment might be, "more then once," for the initiated?

As I said I am not a very good meditator, although I do look quietly and focused in my intentions as to what such quiet moments could produce, after working to understand.

In the Third Person?

It was in the early spring at the beginning of his thirty-sixth year. He and two friends had spent the evening reading Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Browning, and especially Whitman. They parted at midnight, and he had a long drive in a hansom. ...His mind, deeply under the influence of the ideas, images, and emotions called up by reading and talk of the evening, was calm and peaceful. He was in a state of quiet, almost passive enjoyment. All at once, without warning of any kind, he found himself wrapped around as it were by a flame-coloured cloud...he knew that the light was within himself. Directly afterwards came upon him a sense of exaltation, of immense joyousness accompanied or immediately followed by an intellectual illumination quite impossible to describe... he saw and knew that the cosmos is not dead matter but a living Presence, that the soul of man is immortal, that the universe is so ordered that without any peradventure all things work together for the good of each and all, that the foundation principle of the world is what we call love and that the happiness of every one in the long run is absolutely certain.

I'm thinking out loud. :)

Does such an elevation really make the individual any different remembering and being respectful, of the life they are currently living/others?

I personally don't think these constructs change in which we had to learn to use in how we assess/work life. Means, that the job is ever more difficult and the responsibility to living life ever more complicated/greater. We are now supposed to be more aware?

We now understand possibly what the emotive development means in how we produce memory and the attitude development granted to reacting in life ( what can be changed in the future). Yet, we are still involved in purifying these emotions, still the uneducated ruler(ego) exists, by the unleashed potentials of a mind who still sleeps, while it should be awake?

Yet, the mind has been synchronized, with the development of the lower centers and the" heart," the place where such development begins? How do all such probabilities come to mind?

Might we now become aware of the responsibility we have for truth to ourselves/others and the illusions we might have perpetuated? The fog and qualities of working towards a "open heart and clear mind" that may be met because of the issues we developed/developing, along in life.

Of course there could be many interpretations caused by my ambiguity of words choosen here, yet, is enlightenment really ever that far away for each of us to experience?

That such potentials could exist if we had thought these things not sacrosanct to mysticism alone, but is really part of developing and working responsibly, in our quest to understand life/science?

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