Different types of Enlightenment

“He who seeks god finds himself, he who seeks the self finds god” -guru mooji

In Ajah Dharma it is understood that there are two types of enlightenment and it is also understood that a true Spiritual master can switch between them at will. for example the Buddha would enjoy unified existance in meditation but would return to dualistic existance to teach people…

If you are Awakened, If you understand your unity, you are a god, a deity, Ajah(God) with attributes, with a mind & body….

Also called dualistic enlightenment. For one knows that one is supreme, and are free from illusion. But still desiring to accomplish things keeps one wanting for a body, and therefore will still want to get another body, and still enjoys dualistic existence as one still has a personality. However through sacred knowledge, one is able to navigate the Bardo or the empty space were awareness goes after death, and may desire to be desireless for the sake of liberation from rebirth, ergo one attains Nirvana.

Often Awakened people will practice a discipline to maintain correct vision. as well as have faith and call upon the dualistic expression of the supreme higher self which is the Great Spirit

Examples

  • Shamans
  • Yogis
  • Bodhisattvas
  • medicine men
  • Taoists
  • Sorcerers
  • some saints
  • Sihks

If you are fully liberated, if you understand your unity & are devoid of desire,you are emptiness, you are God without attributes, you are holy nothingness, and you renounced the mind & body…

This is the state of renouncement, a state of pure bliss were the jiva(the individual) renounces all worldly action. When ones awareness is shifted from the body&mind to the spirit. While resting in the unmovable spirit, one lives in a state of unified bliss, and may even wander off at times because the lack of good and bad feelings.

Unified existence is called Samhadi and is attained through the discipline of meditation

Examples

  • Sannyasis
  • Buddhas, especially Hinayana
  • some Saints
  • Advaita Saints
  • wise hermits
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Lord Sri Dattatreya

Dattatreya

The name Dattatreya has occurred occasionally outside india, but he is still practically unknown outside India. More foolish is the fact that although still worshipped by millions of Hindus he is thought of more as a benevolent God rather than a teacher of the highest essence of Asian thought. Dattatreya was a dropout of an earlier age than the period when Vedic and Tantra merged to become one Hindu faitht. It was men like Dattatreya who helped to make this possible. Dattatreya himself was regarded as an avatar of Shiva, Brahma, and Vishnu. The Upanishads describe Dattatreya with glowing praise and enumerate his great qualities. Typical of most dropouts of the ancient world, he lived completely naked. But this was a great spiritual era when all world reunicates were mostly naked or near naked. The Sanskrit idiom used to describe this condition was digambara, or ‘Skyclad” meaning of ‘clothed in the sky’ or ‘sky as garment’, but also an idiomatic meaning that the sadhu was one with his environment. This was the world of Shiva- Shakti where the way of life in harmony with Nature was the highest ideal. Civilization and cities had already appeared, but Dattatreya knew that only artificial men could live and be produced in them.

The path of Dattatreya is the path of all paths and is the source of all other traditions. He who treads the path of Truth, regardless of what religion he belongs to, is treading the path of Dattatreya.
As an incarnation of God, Datta came down to spread the universality of true religion. Anyone can be his follower, regardless of cast, creed, status, be they student, householder, recluse or renunciate.
No matter what sect or religion the true seeker follows, eventually he comes under the guidance of Lord Dattatreya, the Eternal Spiritual Guide of all mankind.

One notable aspect of these Datta Peethas is their indefinable but inseparable relationship with worship of God as Mother, the Supreme Energy -Shakti. (Hence, Sri Swamiji’s fierce aspect as Mother Chamunda.) Parasurama (eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu), approached Lord Dattatreya and was initiated into the intricacies of how to worship the Mother (Shreevidya Upaasana), before undertaking intense penance to obtain the grace of the Divine Mother.

The Saandilya Upanishad declares very clearly that Lord Dattatreya is the Supreme Reality and is the cause of everything that is created. It states, “The Supreme Brahman performed penance which was of the nature of knowledge (jnyana), and desiring to become many, assumed the form of Dattatreya. From that form came out the three letters A, U, M; the three mystical names Bhuh, Bhuvah and Svah; the three-lined Gayatri; the three Vedas Rig, Yajur and Sama; the three Gods Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara; the three castes Brahmana, Kshatriya and Vysya; and the three fires Gaarhapatya, Ashavaneeya and Dakshina.”

“The lord is endowed with all wealth. He is all pervading and resides in the hearts of all beings. He is the great Maayavi, sporting with His own Maaya. He is Brahma. His Vishnu, He is Rudra. He is Indra and He is also all the gods of heaven and all other beings. He is East, He is West, He is North, He is South, He is below and He is above. He is everything. This is the glory of the form of Dattatreya.”

Lord Dattatreya came as the Supreme Philosopher (Avadhuta) so that the true meaning and purpose of Sacrifice (Tyaaga) may be revealed to mankind. Atri, His father, symbolizes penance (tapas) as described in the scriptures, and Anasooya represents freedom from jealousy. When penance and non-jealous nature unite in a single person, the highest truth emerges as Lord Dattatreya. As ultimate self-sacrifice, the Supreme God gave Himself as Datta to Atri and Anasooya. Hence, “Datta” means not only “that which is given”, but also as the ideal of “giving” without desire for reward, i.e. selfless giving. The whole life of Dattatreya shows us that this “giving” selflessly is the true renunciation/sacrifice. The significance of this sacrifice is stated in the Dattatreya Upanishad where the Lord says, “Not by action, not by progeny, nor even by self, but by renunciation (tyaaga) alone is immortality attained. “Real renunciation is the giving up of “I” and mine, not the mere abandoning of duties. Living a selfless life require giving up one’s ego. That is what Lord Dattatreya describes as true sacrifice.

As a Yoga-Avatar, Lord Dattatreya teaches us to perform all our duties skillfully and diligently. Yoga does not require outside aids, nor does it demand great physical effort. All we have to do is change our outlook and transform our attitude to life. This “change” consist of giving up the idea or feeling of “doership”, “enjoyership” and the resultant anxiety (and attachment ) for the fruits of our actions. By performing all our duties with this changed outlook, our mind will be freed from agitation and attain the restful state called “equanimity”, or the state where there is no “mind”. This is the state of Bliss that every soul ultimately aspires to. This is the state of Datta – the ultimate Gift of God.

BLESSINGS

Om Namah Shivaya