Enlightenment Quotes

How to become enlightened ?

It is impossible for the mental life of man to unfold naturally and normally toward a state of enlightenment unless the physical environment be simplified in every possible way. – Manly P. Hall

Do not cling to anything, to any idea; because clinging is the bondage, even to the idea of enlightenment. – Osho

Nirvana or lasting enlightenment or true spiritual growth can be achieved only through persistent exercise of real love. – M. Scott Peck

The wise man does not seek enlightenment, he waits for it. So while I was waiting, it occurred to me that seeking perplexity might be more fun. … After all, enlightenment begins where perplexity ends. – Terry Pratchett

History’s lessons are no more enlightening than the wisdom of those who interpret them. – David Schoenbrun

Touched by beauty we enter the forefields of enlightenment. Flying higher and higher one may discover that there is nothing else but beauty. Isn’t it a pity that we’re not yet ready to keep it in permanent view! – Hans Taeger

Just as elephants don’t travel on rabbit paths,
great enlightenment isn’t a matter of details. – Yung-Chia

Enlightenment – the awakening of insight that happens in yourself and is independent of others – makes it possible to create an everlasting world of beauty and harmony, the home of nirvana.

One thing I want to emphasize: nobody can reach a real experience, enlightenment and liberation by any kind of intense struggle. [Paul] Tillich was right: we don’t find it; it finds us.

Glimpses of enlightenment, of experiencing reality, are not connected to any religion or ideology, not to any time or place. They can happen anywhere – always here and now.

Becoming aware, awakening, enlightenment, is possible right here and now, for everyone. From moment to moment, and yet only here and now, never sometimes, somewhere. Reality, God, is present here and now. The kingdom of heaven, blessedness, moksha, nirvana waits here and now. Outwardly nothing may happen, and yet a purely inner process can open up a new world, a new life, a new reality. – New? – Yes, really new, and yet as all those who have ever experienced it assert, at that moment we know that we have always been at home in that world, although we only now become aware of it.

– Yrjö Kallinen, Finnish politician, pacifist

Before enlightenment,
Chop wood
Carry water.
After enlightenment, Chop wood
Carry water. – Zen saying

The spiritual life finds its most potent expression in the man who lives the ordinary life of men in the strength of the Yoga…. – Aurobindo

The search for enlightenment isn’t as important as learning to appreciate the present. – Ram Dass

The way that will relieve your woes on the physical plane will also take you to the highest spiritual realizations. – Thaddeus Golas, The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment

A zen master answered the question: What is enlightenment: Your everyday thoughts. When someone asked: What is Tao? he got the answer: Daily life is Tao. – Yrjö Kallinen

Enlightenment must come little by little, otherwise it would overwhelm… -Idries Shah

There is no enlightenment outside of daily life. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Everyday life is the path. – Zen Master Nan-sen

Before enlightenment, mountains are mountains and rivers are rivers.
With enlightenment, mountains are no longer mountains and rivers are no longer rivers.
After enlightenment, mountains are again mountains and rivers are again rivers. – Zen saying

The attainment of enlightenment from ego’s point of view is extreme death. – Chögyam Trungpa

Do not think you will necessarily be aware of your own enlightenment. – Dogen

Words that enlighten are more precious than jewels. – Hazrat Inayat Khan

When it’s cold, water freezes into ice; when it’s warm, ice melts into water. Similarly, when you are confused, essence freezes into mind; when you are enlightened, mind melts into essence. – Muso Kokushi

There are many paths to enlightenment. Be sure to take one with a heart. – Lao Tzu

There is great enlightenment where there has been great wonder. – Muso Kokushi

You cannot enlighten the unconscious. – Robert Mellott

Nothing is more honorable than enlightenment,
nothing is more beautiful than virtue. – Mingjiao

Whether a Buddha comes into the world or not, the nature of things is still the nature of things. The Buddha is someone who realizes what is true, what actually exists. If we want to become enlightened, we simply have to acknowledge or recognize what is. – Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Even to be attached to the idea of enlightenment is to go astray. – Sen Ming, quoted by Ram Dass

Enlightenment: The stunning realization that you are eternal, and are no longer alive. – Shawn Nevins

He is enlightened, liberated, who sees all things as One – Unseparated. – Angelus Silesius

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