Here are some recent comments and answers from a posting on this site . . .
Hi Doug, Barry Long and Eckhart Tolle are very good, acceptable teachers from what I can see. What do you think about those teacher's who practice "crazy wisdom", like Adi Da or Osho? They were/are dangerous characters, by many people's definition. And what about the Illuminati (translation: the enlightened) who apparently control the world and are the cause of the wars on earth (if you believe the theorists). Are they enlightened? What is enlightenment?
28 May 2008 02:55
Doug McMillan said...
Hello Anonymous, why not make contact and we can chat, I'll even consider all your interesting questions! I do answer the question 'what is enlightenment?' on this very blog site, go find it, it's all here my Anonymous friend. Hey, why don't you do me a favour and give me your answer to that very question, tell me what you consider enlightenment to be.
28 May 2008 03:40
It's me, anonymous, aka: IAmOnFire.I think Enlightenment is something to be avoided, among other things. To quote Adi Da, "I am not a 'utopian religionist'. I am not a 'role model' for the human mummery of mortal souls. I am not an ideal human 'I'".Enlightenment appears to me to be dangerous, deadly, & death-defying. It's captured my interest and distraction forever, it seems.:-)
29 May 2008 02:52
Doug McMillan said...
So, You are on fire? What every moment? Hmmm . . .
What is more dangerous, living as a conditioned personality or as an unconditioned being? The conditioned personality hides behind all manner of ignorance, whereas the individual who removes all their false conditioning returns to the natural state of being, which is of course free of all conditioning. To be free of all conditioning is to be free of all problematic thinking and living. It is a liberated state, liberated from what? Liberated from a personality that hides behind its 'MASKS' of pretence!
If you have an 'opinion' about enlightenment, then it isn't enlightenment that you have an opinion about. Enlightenment is simply what remains when you are no longer controlled by all your attitudes, beliefs and opinions. In other words when you are 'FREE' of all your conditioning, which is simply the past that you have gathered over time and now call 'yourself.' What would you be without all your conditioning, without your beliefs and opinions? You would be 'enlightened' my friend.
Until such time as you remove all your conditioning you will be left with all your attitudes, beliefs and opinions and they are what is responsible for all the conflict in the world . . . but you already know this . .
Death-defying? Everything dies, you know that, you have never met a 200 year old have you, and you never will!? Are you speaking of immortality perhaps? There is no physical immortality. What is immortal is simply the being I am when I remove all that I am not. This the enlightened have done and the unenlightened have not done, therefore the unenlightened live in total ignorance of what real or true enlightenment is, but of course they still have their opinion . . ;-)
29 May 2008 03:51