Saturday, January 24, 2009

What Is Enlightenment?

Enlightenment broadly means wisdom or understanding enabling clarity of perception. However, the English word covers two concepts which can be quite distinct: religious or spiritual enlightenment and secular or intellectual enlightenment. This can cause confusion, since those who claim intellectual enlightenment often reject spiritual concepts altogether.

In religious use, enlightenment is most closely associated with South and East Asian religious experience, being used to translate words such as (in Buddhism) bodhi or satori, or (in Hinduism) moksha. The concept does also have parallels in the Abrahamic religions (in the Kabbalah tradition in Judaism, in Christian mysticism, and in the Sufi tradition of Islam).

For a further explanation watch this short video explanation:

Now that you have seen two perspectives, I want to know what you think enlightenment is?

What traits would a person have if they were enlightened?

I want to know your thoughts, so post them below in the comments.

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