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Enlightenment and Translucence

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:49 pm    Post subject: Enlightenment and Translucence Reply with quote

For many years I have been using and contemplating the word ?enlightenment? without grasping its true meaning. One day, during a lecture I was attending at a Buddhist center, I asked this question: ?Is enlightenment a direction or a destination??

To my surprise, half of the Buddhist participants attending the retreat considered enlightenment a destination, a final point of arrival, a final state of realization that can be attained in the same way the historical Buddha attained enlightenment under the Boddhi tree. The other half considered it a direction, like heading East, with no fixed end point to be achieved, like an endless exploration or evolution.

Today I see enlightenment as a direction, a finger pointing to the moon as the Buddha stated in the Snake sutra. What we are calling the ?moon? is the realization and development of our full true potential, our own expression of the unlimited. Living without limitations. It could seem to be a fixed point of arrival -if we were to establish a fixed idea of what our true potential could be - but it will eventually change because once we get closer to it, our own expression of the unlimited will also have evolved.

It is important to fully understand the attribute of constant evolution ingrained in the concept of direction instead of being trapped in the idea of reaching a final destination which is based on the present ideal of our full potential, which is constantly evolving.

The concept of translucence is a new term suggested by Arjuna Ardagh who wrote the book ?The Translucent Revolution.? He proposes to use the word ?translucence? instead of ?enlightenment?. In the core of the concept of translucence is the sense of movement and constant evolution. The process is evolutionary and endless rather than aimed at a fixed point of result. The word translucent refers to the degree of embodiment of a realization, not to what has been realized. One can always become more translucent.

Translucent is defined as ?letting light pass through, but not transparent.? A transparent object, like a clean sheet of glass, is almost invisible. An opaque object, on the other hand, blocks light completely. A crystal is translucent. If the sun were to shine on it from behind, you would see the light passing through the sculpture, and it would appear to be glowing from the inside.

Translucent people

Translucent people also appear to glow from the inside. To me, translucent people are the ones that due to some event, like an experience with sacred plants or a spiritual practice, have touched a deeper nature of self and have felt a shift in their way of perceiving reality. After that event, they feel the call and clarity to move in a new direction and a sense of transcendence.

Translucents speak of life as a process without end, like an endless unfolding of discovery and delight. Translucence is more a direction than a destination. Like heading East, the process doesn?t imply a specific point of arrival. It is a way of living life with art and humor, returning continuously to here, and here, and here, always steeped in the vastness of the view and blessing each moment with a gift of creative presence.

Once they start to question and reinterpret some assumed beliefs about reality they learn to transform the models and maps that they have inherited. Instead of following a doctrine they embrace many teachers and experience all of life as a teacher. Rather than conforming to the ways that have been handed down through patriarchy, they embody a radical feminization of the spiritual life. Rather than renouncing to the world and aspiring celibacy, they are actively involved and they delight in sex more than ever. And rather building a holy or ?spiritual? personality in any external way, their most easily distinguishable quality is a sense of simpleness and humor about themselves and their lives. They are simple, honest, deep, and at the same time remarkably human and humble about their weaknesses.

These people are more interested in the present moment than any future state. Their spirituality is more grounded in direct experience than in imitation or belief. They have been affected so deeply by a moment of radical awakening that their relationship to who they are and what this life is about has been permanently transformed.

?Let yourself feel deeply the possibility of really resting in the center of your own being
without the idea that there is anything more to get, to do, or to become.?

- Arjuna Ardagh -
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you know that the Dark Brotherhood also has it's own version of enlightenment which it cleverly promotes and uses to keep people enslaved to this corrupt world we live in? I say it's better to be a seeker of Truth and than to think you know it. If you can get someone to believe they are enlightened then they will not seek for something higher, thinking they have already arrived. But this type of enlightenment is a mind program. It's not the real thing. As long as people are attached to and seduced by and addicted to the sensory physical pleasures of this world they will forever remain trapped in it and/or the astral, both worlds of illusion. Real enlightenment should be free you of all these things, all attachments, all addictions, and identities here. I know of no living person who I would consider truly enlightened here, that could be compared with Jesus Christ for example and what he has accomplished. I look at most of the so-called enlightened teachers and gurus here and I feel anger and humor at the same time looking at them from my present level. What if someone were to shoot bullets through them? Will they live? If not, they have not mastered much yet. They are not much different than you or me, besides thinking they are enlightened. Do they need food? If so, I don't think they are really enlightened. A true master is not affected by the things of this world any more than they want to be, the natural laws don't apply to them anymore. But people have been so conditioned by what sort of the mainstream thinks of enlightenment as, but really people have no clue, very few do. If that was not so it would be a more common occurrence. Someone starts to wake up and all the dark needs to do is make sure they get attached to one of many seductions to hold them back from going further, like sex, money, control over others, getting a lot of attention, or whatever. It's all centered around self-gratification. That will prevent them from getting over the ego and it's selfish nature completely. Seeking pleasure and self-gratification is not what immortality/mastery and true enlightenment is about. Most who have thought to reach enlightenment and ended up being buried in the ground (and not gone through any resurrection) in the end...I'm just saying I don't think that's the real thing. There is nothing weak about being on the Light side and at-one with God, God is infinite power without limitation, there's nothing weak about the human condition once you reach a certain level of mastery and develop your God given powers. Wanting to experience the pleasures of the world is not a bad thing, but it does indicate you are not ready for any real freedom or true enlightenment. You have to want to be free of all this more than you want to indulge in it. And most aren't ready for that, and that's fine. I just wanted to share some of my views on this. Thanks for reading.
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