Enlightenment

  • “You are born so that you may be Born.”

 

  • “There is no realized ‘man’. Because when one realizes, the man is no longer there. One who knows Brahm becomes Brahm. He doesn’t remain a man anymore. That is why the goal to attain realization is an impossible one because the one who makes the goal, dies.”

 

  • “There is nothing to be attained here except to get rid of all that you have already attained.”

 

  • “God and Enlightenment are fancy names given to just being Oneself.”

 

  • “No Buddha ever attains enlightenment. Enlightenment attains Buddha.”

 

  • “Realisation, or enlightenment, is not an end. It is a continuous beginning.”

 

  • “The self perpetuates itself by trying to become an enlightened self.
    Only the ego takes interest in enlightenment.
    Enlightenment is ego.”

 

  • “Do not come to get illuminated.
    Come to get rid of darkness.
    You cannot be given anything.
    You are required to lose a lot.
    Come to give up.”

 

  • “The image of the so-called enlightened one makes one scared of enlightenment.”

 

  • “Enlightenment is not one event, it is a continuity in one empty Joy.”

 

  • “Enlightenment is to feel free of the obligation to be enlightened.”

 

  • “Enlightenment is not a special feeling; it is the dissolution of the one who feels.”

 

  • “Enlightenment is the mother of all myths.”

 

  • “Forget enlightenment.
    Be human first.”

 

  • “Enlightenment is to be shamelessly unenlightened.”

 

  • “Nothing hinders enlightenment as much as the search for enlightenment.”

 

  • “If you can be loving towards a plant, if you can listen to what the tree is saying, if you can be friends with the passing cloud – that itself is enlightenment.”

 

  • “Enlightenment is the most fundamental myth.”

 

  • “You are already enlightened. Enlightenment is ordinariness. Just accept your enlightenment. You don’t have to be enlightened. Just as you need to accept all the small and little things in life, similarly, you have to accept another little thing, called enlightenment. It is the littlest thing. It is the most ordinary thing.”

 

  • “Reaching enlightenment is like reaching another state, whenever you reach to a state you are just reached exactly that-“a state”. And a state which is reached will also be a state that is surpassed. A state which comes will also be a state which goes. So if enlightenment is something to be attained, then enlightenment could be sooner or later dropped as well. You would surpass enlightenment and search for a bigger enlightenment; like smaller burger, bigger burger.”

 

  • “Whatsoever is harmoniously present in your life will be almost absent, you would not be thinking about it. And whatsoever need not be present in your life will be continuously sending reminders of its presence through thoughts, through responsibilities, through phone calls, it will be making itself felt, drop it. Instead of trying to attain enlightenment, stay wherever you are and drop your unnecessary baggage. May be that is enlightenment.”

 

  • “Enlightenment is the most fundamental myth.”

 

  • “Nobody ever got liberated. Enlightenment is the most fundamental myth. You are born enlightened, and then you are made to forget that, you are made to believe that you need enlightenment.”

 

  • “Looking for enlightenment outside of you is a part of your bondage, it cannot lead you to freedom. Your freedom is in your mind, your bondage too is in your mind. If bondage is in your mind, if your mind is the bondage then that is where the bondage will be removed, go there. You will not find freedom outside somewhere. If bondage is in the mind freedom too is in the mind, go there.”

 

  • “Enlightenment means a total freedom from yourself. You will be no more. So how can you predict how you will be after enlightenment. You will be no more. All you will know is, “I am no more.””

 

  • “Enlightenment is not one event, one thing, one experience. It is a series of Enlightenments that you are continuously going through. It is continuously beginning and never coming to an end. That is why it’s foolish to say that one is enlightened. One is in process of enlightening and every subsequent enlightenment is more fulfilling than the previous one. The previous one was perfect and this one is better than perfect. That’s the magic.”

 

  • “Enlightenment is not one event, it is a continuity in one empty Joy.”

 

  • “Enlightenment is ‘mind trying to get rid of suffering.’”

 

  • “Enlightenment is not something that you attach to a person, ‘Oh, he is enlightened.’ No. Enlightenment is Truth, the very essence of all. Surrender to the Truth, you are enlightened.”

 

  • “When you know, that is enlightenment. When you refuse to know it is darkness. You can choose to remain enlightened or you can again wallow in the darkness.”

 

  • “If you are claiming that you are enlightened, then the one who was in bondage is still present.”

 

  • “If you are claiming that you are enlightened, then the one who was in bondage is still present.”

 

  • “The fact is, enlightenment is your nature. As you are sitting here, not busy with this and that, you are already enlightened.”

 

  • “A desire for enlightenment never leads to enlightenment. Never! All that you get out of any kind of desire is— a thickening of a desire— more desire.”

 

  • “The moment the search for enlightenment is dropped, that is enlightenment. The moment the search for another world is dropped, that is enlightenment. The moment the search for a heavenly future is dropped, that is enlightenment. The dropping of the search is enlightenment. The dropping of ambition is enlightenment.”

 

  • “It is a grave misconception that we want God, or enlightenment, or some divine knowledge. We do not want anything. All that we want is freedom from our burdens. How can you want God? Is God an entity, a person, a thing, a thought, an object? How can you want God? Do you have any definite idea of God? Where will you get God? God cannot be an object of desire. You are not really wanting God, you are just wanting liberation from the self-inflicted wounds. From the self-built prisons. Nothing new is needed. It is only the gathered mass that is crying out for redemption. Let the old go. That’s all that is needed. Because with the old, whatever you are searching for, the searcher remains the old one. When the old goes the search also vanishes. Because the searcher is, gone. The searcher was so old, he went away with the old.”

 

  • “Come down from your enlightened heights. Do not keep sitting at the top of the mountains. The top of the mountain is a place of pride. You can sit there, and keep cursing the entire world. You can keep cursing from there, that you know, sitting here, I am inviting everybody. But nobody is taking my invitation. If you really want to invite them, go where they are. If you really want to help someone, kindly take care, and be sensitive, to understand his or her mind. Act, as per his needs, not your preferences. The mother does not give to the baby, what tastes good to her. She gives to the baby, what the baby needs.”

 

  • “Don’t ask for your personal freedom. Help others around you, be free. You will never be personally liberated, never. It’s impossible. Individual enlightenment is a myth. Either all get it together or nobody gets it. We all are in the same boat. Either we all cross or we all sink together.”

 

  • “Enlightenment or realization is a disappearance, not gratification.”

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These quotes have come from talks and writings of Shri Prashant

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