10 Oct VAT: Enlightened or mentally ill
There is a fine line between those who are enlightened and the mentally ill, especially those who experience a manic episode. Both states of mind can seem indistinguishable in terms of how the enlightened and mentally ill feel at the moment. However, someone mentally ill may feel they are God, the messiah or Buddha; while those who are enlightened know they are God as is everyone, though many are sleeping through life and don’t realize who they are. That is, mental illness is manifested by a sense of being special; enlightenment is the realization that everything is unique, ever-changing and the same, the light.
Moreover, the enlightened know the past is an illusion, while for the mentally ill the past is reality. As such, we are all at times mentally ill; more or less.