Some quotes about what enlightenment is


Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. – Zen Proverb So, which will you trust? Will you put your trust in all of your ideas and what you think you know or in that which has been running your life all along, which has always been enlightened – so enlightened that it blinks your eyes when they need to blink? – Nirmala

This is what enlightenment is all about - a deep understanding that there is no problem. Then, with no problem to solve, what will you do? Immediately you start living. You will eat, you will sleep, you will love, you will work, you will have a chit-chat, you will sing, you will dance - what else is there to do? - Osho

The greatest gift is to give people your enlightenment, to share it. It has to be the greatest. - Buddha

Enlightenment is not imagining figures of light but making the darkness conscious. – Carl Jung

If I say, if I talk about, 'I want to be enlightened…' it implies a future. And there isn't any. – Byron Katie

In tribulation immediately draw near to God with confidence, and you will receive strength, enlightenment, and instruction. – St John of the Cross

To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him. - Buddha

Who cares if you're enlightened forever? Can you just get it in this moment, now? - Byron Katie

Man is free at the moment he wishes to be. – Voltaire

Many of us grow up being paranoid, hypochondriacs, manic depressive, psychotics to some degree; neurosis being the "common ailment." But actually from the deep perspective of an enlightened master, it all looks like psychosis. Freud created the myth that neuroses are somewhat normal for people, but in fact everyday adaptation to a loveless life is the most psychotic form of human endeavour. – David Spero

Knowing others is wisdom; Knowing the self is enlightenment; Mastering others requires force; Mastering the self needs strength - Lao Tzu

Enlightenment is finding that there is nothing to find. Enlightenment is to come to know that there is nowhere to go. – Osho

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