If you are seeking enlightenment, it is important to understand that there is a huge difference between the new age spiritual teachers that are popular today and the enlightened beings who have actually attained full enlightenment.
In the past, the majority of enlightened beings came from the East, places like India, China, Korea and Japan. Historically, teachings on spiritual enlightenment probably started out in India. From there it branched into Hinduism, Buddhism and then traveled further east turning from Buddhism, to Zen.
In the last hundred years, some of these enlightened teachers from the East started to visit the western countries and at the same time, westerners began to visit the eastern countries seeking enlightenment. And because of this, you could now probably find fully enlightened beings in many western countries.
But from here a lot of the teachings from enlightened beings started to be taught by spiritual teachers who did not attain enlightenment. They heard the teachings or read the teachings without fully realizing their meaning. And as the teachings get passed around like knowledge, the teachings themselves become watered down, distorted and changed into something that can be marketed. And because of this, the truth of those teachings gets lost.
And thus we now have spiritual teachers in the west that are selling teachings that tend to lead you away from enlightenment, not closer to it. They offer teachings that end up strengthening the ego instead of transcending it.
Now as a whole, these spiritual teachers may have a positive effect on western countries. They give people inspiration, make people feel good.
But for those that are seeking enlightenment but are still predominantly identified with their intellectual and emotional mind, their teachings are misleading. And it can be difficult for them to see the difference between enlightened beings who are not well known and the charismatic spiritual teachers who are now in the spotlight.
Enlightenment means you no longer feel any separation between yourself and God - consciousness - the infinite, whatever you like to call it. In full realization, an enlightened being no longer tries to act a certain way as they experience everything as bliss. Naturally they may be loving and peaceful, but that may or may not be their outward expression.
Spiritual teachers often create a fade of enlightenment. And so it is easy to get caught up in all of the new age teachers simply because they have nice photos, nice white teeth, nice beards, tans and long flowing hair. And because of their facades they have professionally created, people believe they are enlightened and flock to them for their teachings.
So what is wrong with the spiritual teachers? The problem lies in they are not enlightened beings, they are not in union with the divine energy and therefore they teach from the intellectual mind/ego. Many have had little or no enlightened experience at all.
The intellectual mind deals in duality. Right and wrong, good and bad and therefore is always in conflict. So ultimately, learning and practicing the teachings of spiritual teachers who still only experience the intellectual dual perspective can result in you experiencing more conflict, more stress, and more untruth. It moves you further and further away from the essence of peace that you are. Often their teachings are about building the ego up, not breaking the ego down to realize the essence of what you are.
People see the facades of the spiritual teachers and try to emulate them. They see how perfect a spiritual teacher presents themselves and automatically try and create this false spiritual personality on top of what they are actually experiencing themselves to be. So they are adding more and more false layers on top of what is already here, moving them further and further away from enlightenment, further away from the unconditional peace and love that they are at their essence.
The path to enlightenment is moving the opposite way, it is becoming honestly aware and accepting of how you truly are in this moment, and in this allowing, you move through all of the layers of the identification of me until you realize the source of what you are.
And the source of you is nondual. It is love without an opposite to that love. It is peace without an opposite to that peace. If you are an enlightened being you experience the very nature of everything as unconditional love and peace. It is complete freedom from dualistic perception; freedom from the conflicted intellectual mind.
How does an enlightened being free you from your intellectual mind and ego? Certainly through teachings, teaching certain practices like meditation.
But the main way a fully enlightened being teaches enlightenment is through simply being an enlightened being. Just by being, they naturally radiate the energy vibration that awakens you to enlightenment. And by sitting with them, this energy is naturally transmitted to you. Their enlightened energy vibration awakens you at the core. Enlightenment begins to be awakened in you before the mind can even comprehend it. And this makes sitting with an enlightened being the easiest path to enlightenment. And this is something a spiritual teacher cannot do.
So you see, just by sitting in the presence of an enlightened being without them even speaking, you are bathed in this enlightened energy vibration and begin to realize enlightened experience. You could begin to automatically awaken to truth, consciousness and bliss without even having to learn a lot of teachings. More truthfully, you begin to unlearn. You begin to discard all of the useless knowledge that you have been carrying around because you begin to experience the truth within you, not in some teaching.
Now although there is no substitute to a fully enlightened being, you can also experience this enlightened energy vibration through sound. Breakthroughs in sound technology mean this energy vibration transmitted by enlightened beings has now been recorded and turned into sound. You can hear free samples of this enlightened vibration turned into meditation music by visiting The Spiritual Awakening CD link below.
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