23 Dec Enlightenment is Overrated
Enlightenment is overrated except by those who are enlightened.
That’s the essence of enlightenment: non-judgmental, acceptance, humility and joy.
The enlightened are non-judgmental. To them, the world is flat, not vertical, as they don’t rate their enlightened state as higher than other states of mind.
They accept each state of mind as it is what it is whatever it is, to be appreciated as it can be appreciated.
They are humble and as such they don’t confirm the status bequeathed them by others who desire to be enlightened as they view everyone as enlightened, some more some less. Asked if they are enlightened, the enlightened would respond: I am who I am. That is, categories, descriptions and identities deny the uniqueness of everything; the enlightened know that everything is unique; hence, self-descriptions are not an enlightened view.
The enlightened don’t overrate enlightenment as they know the joy that springs from wisdom and compassion can never be overrated.