Wise words. I really don't care for these sorts of questions - what is your meaning of Awakening, what was your enlightenment experience, etc...these tend to be the most common questions on internet forums, but it does not allow to me speak on what I would like to say. I much prefer in-person satsang with people (I am not sure how well personal email works yet...still experimenting...over the phone might be better). I prefer just speaking with people who wish to wake up...we work from their experience and I point at the Self and mental blocks.
All this argument about is it gradual, is it permanent, etc...is pointless. I was asked to define my terms and so I did...if people disagree, fine, but I do not wish to argue about it. Unless one sees it for oneself, there is no way to convince that one...and if you did succeed in convincing that one, you did that one a disservice because he or she simply believes you - it is not that one's direct experience.
I know this all too well. But that is why it is done...to perhaps change the stigma and reaction we have about such a statement by first making it visible.Sighclone wrote:It is very hard for egoic people to hear modesty and unconditional love in a person who announces that he/she is enlightened.