Here is a question that comes in very often. How do I know if I, or someone is enlightened (self realized; God-realized; self-actualized) How can I tell and how can I be sure? What if someone told me they were enlightened, how would I know if that is true? Maybe they just think or “believe” they are ‘enlightened” but they are actually not? How do I know for sure if I, myself am enlightened?
Answer: For yourself it is simple, if you have any question about your self-realization then you are not. When you lose the ego and mind fully then the “veil” lifts and you know and experience your oneness with Source, you are fully enlightened. Those who are, simply know, without any doubt. The experience is pure, true and without comparison. The experience of full self/God-realization can happen all at once, as in a quantum leap from 0-1000. The experience can also occur over a series of “steps” as you shed more and more of your mind/ego. The “veil” may be lifted in an instant or slowly over time. The “final” breakthrough is infinitely clear.
The bliss and human joy is beyond comprehension, words or description. Here are some of the things experienced by those who are enlightened:
- In most respects everything is still the same as you still have a body, karma, a mind (which is needed to operate a body) and a personality . The difference is YOU (the Self) is separated from all of that. You are witnessing (looking at) the body and mind experience “life”. YOU are witnessing the mind (personality) go through emotions and karma. You are in a complete state of “bliss” which is separate from what the body and mind are experiencing.
- YOU can see everything as it really is. You “see” people and things not as the “eyes” see them but rather “light” and energy all connected and all one.
- YOU see past, present and future simultaneously, thus you see the “whole” and so you see the light, love and perfection in everything.
- YOU have a total sense of “being” not “doing” While your karma, mind and body might be still “doing” or achieving, YOU are without desire.
YOU are not your body or mind. YOU sense yourself as non-physical. YOU look at and see your mind/body. The body can experience pain but YOU cannot. The mind can experience “emotional pain” but YOU cannot and do not.
There is much more. I will give more information about how you can tell if someone else is “enlightened”
I can assure you, this is a state, once attained, surpasses in every respect, all other desires, wishes and wants.
This is the Ultimate. This is everything that can be attained in not only this life, but eternally.