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How Do I Know if I am Enlightened? – Sadhguru

How Do I Know if I am Enlightened? – Sadhguru


So if enlightenment happens, how do we know it has happened? Suppose, we are hallucinating to be enlightened. If such a thing happens, it will be clearer than daylight. It’s not something that you can miss. It is not that kind of an event that you could miss it. You will not miss it. But when I say this, there is a problem attached to this because these days it is going on in many places. For a certain fee, within a weekend’s time, you can get enlightened, you will be declared enlightened by somebody. Really, it’s happening everywhere. If you just pay a certain amount of money, one weekend you can get enlightened I remember in the 60s, in the 1960s, in California, people set up certain businesses, enlightenment services. The advertisement I remember very well, if you go to India, it will take 12 years of hardship Okay, fifty dollars, thirty minutes, you can get enlightened. They were just using psychedelic machines You put up certain visuals and certain sounds, it’ll just blow your mind apart. Because of the sounds and the visuals, when you come out, you come in a daze. You feel like you have really gotten somewhere. This used to be the advertisement. Fifty dollars, thirty minutes. If you go to India, twelve years of hardship. Here is California, quick, new technology. This 1960 machines, this old technology has now infiltrated into India Some people have installed these machines, and they are claiming within a weekend, they can enlighten you. You cannot hallucinate about it. If you’re sincere, you would know that it is not so but if it’s a part of the race that you want to get enlightened before somebody, of course you can declare I’m enlightened. It is just that, these kind of deceptions are not new on the planet. They have been happening for a long time but now modern technology has come to aid them better, to give them an expanded sense of many things Much experimentation was done during the 60s and 70s about these things. One is with these psychedelic machines, another is with psychedelic drugs. You take an LSD and people claim they’re enlightened because they had an expanded sense, just for a while and then they came back. If they overdid it, then they lost everything, they cracked up in so many ways or even died. Many many people mentally cracked up because of excessive use of psychedelic drugs. But for those few moments, they really felt enlightened or at least they thought so. This is not something that you do. This is not something that you can do. It is just that if you cultivate the system your body, mind, emotion and energy to its peak possibility, then an absolutely wonderful flower blossoms within you. Not something that you did You just waited with the right kind of conditions and it happened. There’s a very beautiful story in the yogic lore. On a certain day, four men were walking in the forest. These four men were walking in the forest One is gnana yogi, another is a bhakti yogi another is a karma yogi and the last one is a kriya yogi. These four people can never stay together. They cannot be together because a gnana yogi means yoga of intelligence He’s a man of intellect, great intellect He has complete disdain for everybody. He thinks everybody is a fool. Especially these bhakti yogis who are doing Ram Ram or whatever, in his mind they look like utter idiots. He can’t stand them. Isn’t it? Could that man stand bhakti yogis? No, he wouldn’t stand. He just can’t tolerate them. Bhakti yogis, people of devotion. They have pity for everybody Because when God himself is here, you’re doing all this mental circus and physical circus, It’s just stupid, isn’t it? just hold God’s hand and walk into heaven. So bhakti yogis have pity for everybody, for all the foolishness that they’re doing. Karma Yogis think all these other people are just lazy people Because if you want something to happen you have to do it. Because they are lazy and unwilling to do what they need to do, they have invented all these other yoga’s Because in the world if anything has to happen, you must do it right? action. These are yoga of action, karma. Kriya yogis have utter disdain for everybody because after all, the whole existence is energy. Unless you transform the energy, how will anything change? Where is a possibility? So these four people can never be together, but today they were walking together. Suddenly a thunderstorm broke loose, rainstorm, rain started lashing from every side, they started running looking for shelter. The Bhakti Yogi said there is an ancient temple in this direction. Let’s go there for shelter. He always knows the geography of temples. He won’t miss a single temple. So they all trusted him and ran in the direction Then they found an ancient temple where the walls had collapsed long ago, just a few columns and a roof was there and in the center, there was a deity, God’s image. They ran into this place not because they were seeking God, not in any kind of love for God, just to escape the rain, they ran in. And then they stood there for a while. Then they found the rain started lashing from every direction. Wherever they stood or sat, the rain was getting at them. So the only place where they could sit was around the deity. So all four of them just hugged the deity and sat, not because they have fallen in love with God, simply to escape the rain. Suddenly God appeared. In all there four minds, the same question – why now? We did so much yoga We did so much pooja, worship and so many things, you didn’t come then. Now when we are just escaping the rain, why now? And God said, at last you four idiots got together. Without these four things getting together within you, your head, your heart, your hands and your energy unless it all falls into place, unless all of it reaches its peak, it will not happen. And if it happens, is there any chance that I may not notice it? There is no such thing, even if you are blind you know the sun has come up, isn’t it? Yes? Even if you’re blind, you still know the sun has come up because nobody can miss it. It is not a small event that anybody can miss. You may not know whether you’re born or not born, but if you get enlightened, you will know. It’s much bigger than that. Birth will happen many times, this will happen only once. you

38 thoughts on “How Do I Know if I am Enlightened? – Sadhguru

  1. The opening of my mind was about ten years ago. I Believe it called to me and has kept me close every since. Now that I've began this journey life has never meant this much to me. I am eternally grateful for the insight I've gained. No it hasn't solved all of life's problem s but there part of the experience of don't see things the way I once did. This is the path seek your own way there the destination is the same you'll know without a doubt once your there

  2. If you're blind you still can't miss the sunrise? I thought there was a whole sleeping disorder associated with not knowing the time when blind.

  3. That´s also what i learned from Jiddu Krishnamurti..the greatest and most fundamental truths cannot be told or explained with words, or thought with single ideas.. or felt with particular emotions..they can only be expressed on a holistic level by everything that we constitute as a conscious and immortal being or entity of pure energy…even the word "enlightenment" is a contradiction in itself..there IS no single word for such a complex and holistic state of being..

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