The only difference between an enlightened person and an unenlightened person is the enlightened person knows they are enlightened – the unenlightened person simply does not know it yet. However, at the core, they are both the same: complete, whole and fully enlightened. This is the simple truth. The one who knows it is not ‘higher’ and the one who does not know it is not ‘lower’.
If anyone believes their enlightenment makes them superior to anyone else, then that is not enlightenment – that is ego. If anyone believes they are enlightened as if they are special and unique, as if they have ‘attained’ something, then this too is ego. Do not bow to anyone out of a notion of superiority, but do bow to everyone acknowledging the same Divinity resides within. The homeless person scrounging through the trash is just as Divine as the ‘great master’ teaching in the ashram. Never doubt this.
There is no saint, no bodhisattva, no great mystic, no guru, no holy person, no avatar, no ‘ascended master’ and no great yoga master who has attained anything more than you have this very moment. This very existence is enlightenment. We’ve made a long sojourn to be in these bodies. We are here now and this is our opportunity to wake up to that which we already are and always have been.
The Divine Light that is perceived inwardly in deep meditation at the top of the brain stem, (RAS) mentioned in the last sutra, IS the manifestation of the One, Pure Consciousness as it comes into expression in the body. Usually this is ‘seen’ with eyes closed as if it were in the center of the brain or at the inside of the forehead. This physical location is considered to be a trans-dimensional portal – the spiritual eye. The perceived ‘light’ is that which is ‘life’ and therefore is not separate from the Divine source. You are that Light. At this source we are fully in enlightenment. So, you might ask, why is it that we can have so many different experiences? And, how can some behave so ‘unenlightened’? The problem is the rest of the brain that is layered on top of this so-called primitive lower brain structure. The layers are the vast neural networks and, just like computer software, get programmed with information, obscuring the Light that is essentially illuminating it. The rest of the brain provides the content but the light we call our consciousness is what is behind the content – and this comes from deep within the brain. We diffuse and differentiate the pure being-ness of the Light as we identify ourselves with the various conditionings (rather than identifying ourselves with the Light). Just as the light from a movie projector is pure but as the film strip is passed before the projected light, we see every variety of experience from the film strip projected on the screen. Our brainstem is like the light of the projector and the rest of the brain is the film strip, coloring our experience with the content and conditioning.
“You have to ask yourself the question ‘Who am I?’ This investigation will lead in the end to the discovery of something within you which is beyond the mind. Solve that great problem and you will solve all other problems.”
– Ramana Maharshi