What Is Enlightenment?

I was trying to explain what enlightenment means to my husband the other night. I liked this explanation.

“If there’s a Kripalu Yoga definition of enlightenment, it’s the ability to live in deep connection with self, life, and others. This is not to downplay the existence of exalted states. It is to suggest that a mature spiritual awakening is not so much gaining a glimpse of heaven as it is bringing heaven to earth and ultimately leaving behind such distinctions altogether. Each moment arises afresh. Do we react with fear and defensiveness, or respond with openness, curiosity and gratitude? More than a search for the holy grail of enlightenment, Kripalu Yoga seeks to marry the absolute and the relative in a deeply integrated life.”

From here.


Currently watching Enlighten Up! on Netflix. Need to find a copy of Ashtanga New York soon. Update – Ashtanga, NY is actually on Netflix streaming too 🙂

3 Replies to “What Is Enlightenment?”

  1. It’s that time of the year that words of enlightenment goes down very well as we search for ways to better our selves and our lives in the year ahead. And so I feel that every word taken from the article on enlightenment is very useful in helping us bridge the gap of the year going by to the one that is about to sweep in next week bringing in 2012.

    These lines below resounded with me most-

    This process of embodying spirit is reflected not only in what happens on the yoga mat or meditation cushion. In many ways, a better measure is the presence in your life of qualities like peace, joy, love, creativity, wisdom, humility, generosity, fearlessness, compassion, and courage. Spirit has a unique quality

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