There’s a lot we can do to match our vibration with the higher state of consciousness most of us are ready to exist in, but when it comes down to it, we don’t need spiritual ‘techniques’ to do so. All we really need to do is recognize that everything around us, even that which we perceive to be ‘bad’, is already perfect.
To find enlightenment, reach a higher vibration, etc. we only need to realize that life is divine as it is and seek to align with that divinity. Some lifestyle changes might be required for those of us who are rooted too deeply in darkness or self-service, but no technique will make those changes for us.
When it comes down to it, we only have to be willing to accept the perfection of our existence and align with the divine qualities if we want to enlighten ourselves. Effort’s obviously required, but it’s a different kind of effort than most seekers think.
The effort we’re meant to make isn’t in following cryptic techniques that promise us full consciousness if we use them. Those days are over, and we’re becoming far too aware to fall for the tricks of spiritual ‘leaders’ who promise to show us the way without any real incentive being shown on our end.
Instead, I think we’re meant to look within and discern what does and doesn’t help our growth and development.
We don’t need to strive too hard to do this, but if we really want to raise our vibration, some striving will be required. Especially for those of us who are ready to raise our vibration but are still rooted in lower qualities, effort will need to be made if we want to get from point A to point B.
I’ve mentioned before that anger is one of my biggest weaknesses (like a lot of other seekers), and I recognize that I need to transcend this distortion if I want to live the lifestyle of an enlightened seeker. We can’t greet the higher realms if we’re rooted in qualities that only resonate with the third dimension, and at a certain point, we’ll have to be willing to give those qualities up.
Here, I’d like to examine what it’s like to live an enlightened lifestyle. As we’ll learn, little is required to find enlightenment beyond the aforementioned inner changes, and even though none of us are perfect yet, we’ll find the divine ‘perfection’ we seek if we keep the things we’ll learn in mind.
We’ll move on from this sphere for greener pastures when we’re fully enlightened, and the fact that we’re still here proves that we still have a lot to learn. Most of us have a few lower qualities to transcend before we can find enlightenment, and the intent of this article is to help those of you who are also ready to align with the divine.
We’re going to hear a lot from the Upanishads in this article, so I’ll post a quick snippet about them from Wikipedia.
“The Upanishads … are a collection of Vedic texts which contain the earliest emergence of some of the central religious concepts of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. They are also known as Vedanta (‘the end of the Veda’).
“The Upanishads are considered by Hindus to contain revealed truths (Sruti) concerning the nature of ultimate reality (brahman) and describing the character and form of human salvation (moksha).” (1)
The Upanishads contain a lot of important truths, and I’m happy to research and present material about enlightenment from these sacred texts.
First, we’re told that enlightenment requires purity of heart.
“The secret of immortality is to be found in purification of the heart, in meditation, in realization of the identification of the Self within and Brahman without. For immortality is union with God.” (2)
‘Purification of the heart’ is very important if we want to reach a state of consciousness that’s free from the negativity of the earth, and this is why it’s essential that we release our ego-driven perceptions of the reality around us and live in love as often as possible.
Love will show us the way out of this difficult and painful existence, whereas greed and various other lower, mind-centered qualities will hold us back and make it far more difficult to find any degree of enlightenment. Love is always the answer, and once we realize this, we’ll have to put our realization into play.
We’re also told that “The pure world of Brahman is attainable by those only who are neither deceitful, nor wicked, nor false.” (3)
If we’re deceitful, wicked, or false, which most of us have been at one time or another, we’ll distort our greater perception and block ourselves from everything spirit has to offer. We aren’t meant to be perfect while we’re on earth, but when we’re ready to reach the fifth dimension, we’ll have to transcend every quality that keeps us ensnared in the third.
Those qualities can’t exist in the pure love and bliss of the realms beyond – they can only exist in this limited reality we call home. Continuing to employ them will trap us in the lower realms, whereas welcoming and expressing divinity will make our journey back home much simpler.
I think it’s safe to say that most of us are ready to return home, but how ready are we? Are we ready enough to willingly transcend the qualities that hold us back – qualities we might be more comfortable holding on to? The choice is ours.
The higher realms are primarily revealed to those who embrace purity and divinity, as the Upanishads tell us.
“This Brahman, this Self, deep-hidden in all beings, is not revealed to all; but to the seers, pure in heart, concentrated in mind — to them is he revealed.” (4)
This is because the ‘seers’ who are mentally pure have done a lot of disciplined spiritual work to reach a higher state of consciousness. Like I said above, effort’s certainly required, but it isn’t the kind of effort we’ve convinced ourselves we need.
We don’t need a spiritual self-help course to find enlightenment, but we do need to adopt discipline and learn to go with the flow without breeding mental resistance. Resistance will always hold us back, whereas acceptance and allowing will increase our flow and our quality of life.
As we’re told below, spiritual knowledge alone isn’t enough to find enlightenment.
“By learning, a man cannot know him, if he desist not from evil, if he control not his senses, if he quiet not his mind, and practice not meditation.” (5)
Meditation isn’t completely necessary to find enlightenment, and some spiritual teachers are convinced it’s little more than another form of seeking. I think it’s extremely helpful, however, and if we choose to abstain from it instead of the lower qualities that hold us back, we could block ourselves from Source.
From my perspective, living in love is the absolute best thing we can do. It definitely requires mental discipline and the ability to feel and express the heart over the mind, but when we reach a positive, free-flowing state of mind/heart, we’ll find that it was more than worth it.
I definitely recommend meditation, but we can still find Source if we don’t meditate by living the pure lifestyle that brings us closer to Him/Her.
We’re then told about the importance of truth.
“Those alone attain the world of Brahman who are steadfast in continence, meditation, and truthfulness.” (6)
Notice that this book says ‘those alone’ and nobody else. If we learn about spirit but aren’t pure or truthful, we’ll only raise our vibration to a certain level. We’ll only find a small degree of enlightenment, and if we’re comfortable expressing the lower qualities that keep us shackled to this realm, then this realm is where we’ll stay.
The higher realms aren’t judgmental, and we obviously don’t have to change ourselves or our lifestyle at all. Nobody’s screaming at us to change, but if we want to raise our vibration to match a state of consciousness we haven’t existed in for millennia, we’re going to have to change the manner in which we behave.
Mental, physical, and spiritual purity are required to reach the fifth dimension. If we aren’t willing to orient to the divine qualities and be positive, loving forces for everyone around us to benefit from, we’ll only go so far.
According to the Upanishads, freeing ourselves from pain and pleasure (and thus, duality) is among the best ways to raise our vibration.
“The ancient, effulgent being, in-dwelling Spirit, subtle, deep-hidden in the lotus of the heart, is hard to know. But the wise man, following the path of meditation, knows himself and is freed alike from pleasure and from pain. … When a man is free from desire, his mind and senses purified, he beholds the glory of the Self and is without sorrow.” (7)
I think the idea that we have to be free from the desire for pleasure is very interesting, and I’m still wrapping my head around it. I’m obviously as spiritually imperfect as the rest of you, and there’s a lot I still don’t know.
I’ve been convinced that joy, happiness, and everything else that could be seen as ‘higher’ are developmentally helpful, but it turns out that they comprise the other side of the dualistic pole. Real, pure spiritual joy and bliss come after we transcend the desire to feel them, and only when we’re free from every form of desire can we feel real bliss.
Anything else will be an illusory mask of the real joy and bliss we want to feel. It makes sense that seeking happiness in any form other than through balance and purity is a distortion, and it makes me think about the people who indulge in materiality so they can be ‘happy’.
As we’re told below, letting the mind rest is one of the keys to perceiving the sacred self.
“When [your intellect] can rest, steady and undistracted, in contemplation of the Atman, then you will reach union with the Atman.” (8)
I’m learning that the mind and ego will do everything they can to stop us from developing our heart-centered flow, and letting them rest is definitely one of the best things we can do.
I couldn’t write nearly as much as I do if I was rooted in the mind when I wrote, and I notice that my writing flow is only strong when I let the mind be and express whatever flows through me. I’m not the owner of these words – they’re coming from somewhere deep within.
Similarly, we can all access and benefit from the divine flow of Source energy if we open our minds, close our egos, and live in love as much as we can. This flow feels great to say the least, and I’ve basically dedicated my life to using it to raise awareness about our spiritual nature and the distortions that plague our society.
According to Sri Krishna, who speaks for Source in this quote, unconditional love is the best route to enlightenment.
“To love is to know me, My innermost nature, The truth that I am: Through this knowledge he enters At once to my Being.” (9)
Isn’t it amazing that loving is all we really need to do? I’ve been talking a lot about aligning with the divine qualities, but if we live purely in love, that alignment will naturally follow suit. If we live in love, which is so simple that it becomes complicated for a lot of people, we’ll naturally make every important lifestyle change because we’ll want to make them.
Everything we do will become lighter and more enjoyable. We’ll take far more enjoyment from this existence than we ever did before, and our generosity will naturally and effortlessly make other people’s lives better.
We’ll want to help people who could really use our help, and we might even put ourselves in a position to help them, which’ll increase our sense of satisfaction and wellbeing. All it takes is the decision to constantly live in love, and if we make this decision (and act on it) everything else will follow suit.
Dattatreya tells us about some of the qualities of the enlightened ‘sage’.
“He whose intellect is not agitated by desires, and whose sense organs are controlled; he who is gentle, pure, without possessions, not covetous, not greedy for food, serene, and steadfast; he who has taken refuge in the Self — he alone is a sage. …
“The sage is vigilant, profound, and steady, and has conquered the mind and the senses. He is humble and gives honour to all. He is well mannered, friendly, compassionate, and farsighted.” (10)
Especially in this day and age, there’s a lot out there that could easily distract us from our goal of subduing the mind and living in the heart, and it’s essential that we see beyond our purposely distorted society if we want to live like a ‘sage’ and increase our reception of the divine.
Our society encourages a lifestyle that keeps us rooted in the mind, and materiality/consumerism are encouraged far more than spiritual purity. This makes our effort to change ourselves and the planet much more important, and presently, far too many people are too held up by the ego to see what really matters in life.
Of course, what matters to us is our decision, but it’s unfortunate that so many people have been purposely led so far astray by practically invisible interests who don’t want us to know that they’ve manipulated us for centuries.
Sri Krishna tells us about the relevance of moderation to the path of enlightenment.
“Yoga is not for the man who overeats, or for him who fasts excessively, or for the keeper of excessive vigils. Let a man be moderate in his eating and his recreation, moderately active, moderate in sleep and in wakefulness.” (11)
Notice that Sri Krishna encourages us to transcend duality by claiming yoga isn’t for someone who overeats or fasts excessively. I’m just staring to learn about the importance of moderation, and it’s one of the most difficult lessons I’m working on putting into play.
In everything we do, I think we’re meant to have Source on our minds instead of materiality. If you sit down to eat a big dinner tonight, ask yourself if you aren’t perhaps indulging. Ask yourself if you aren’t perhaps eating too much or falling into gluttony. You can ask the same question for anything else you do or consume, and I think it’s important that we do.
Most spiritual teachers probably wouldn’t agree with what I’m about to say, but I think spiritual practices can also be taken too far. We could burn ourselves out if we meditate too much, for instance, and if we cling to any one ideal or practice, we won’t employ the balance that helps us thrive.
Sri Krishna then tells us about the enlightened seeker’s fearlessness and purity of heart.
“A man who is born with tendencies toward the Divine, is fearless and pure in heart. He perseveres in that path to union with Brahman which the scriptures and his teacher have taught him. He is charitable. He can control his passions. He studies the scriptures regularly, and obeys their directions. He practises spiritual disciplines. He is straightforward, truthful, and of an even temper.” (12)
By encouraging us to obey the scripture’s directions, I don’t think Sri Krishna intends to say we should blindly follow them. The scriptures he’s referring to likely contain detailed guidance about our alignment with the divine and our attainment of enlightenment, and I tend to benefit from reading the genuine, spiritually inspired material out there.
I think the greatest scriptures we can find are within, and we don’t need to directly obey a book or set of books that exist outside of us to find enlightenment. We might as well utilize things that are genuinely helpful to our growth, however, and instead of blindly following the words of any scripture, we can act on the guidance they provide.
Pure material can be very helpful, but the greatest voice to follow is the intuitive voice that lives within. That voice will help us far more than any book or spiritual teacher, but this doesn’t discount the value of the books or the teachers who are helping us find enlightenment.
In our final quote, Sri Krishna tells us about the enlightened seeker’s tranquil nature.
“He harms no one. He renounces the things of the world. He has a tranquil mind and an unmalicious tongue. He is compassionate toward all. He is not greedy. He is gentle and modest. He abstains from useless activity. He has faith in the strength of his higher nature.” (13)
I don’t know about any of you, but I still have some work to do before I can fully adopt these qualities and live in the divine. How many of you out there have achieved a fully tranquil mind and a fully ‘unmalicious’ tongue? I haven’t yet, but I recognize that it’s important if I/we want to move on from the lower dimensions.
Balance is always important, and if we’re in a loving, balanced space, we’ll lose the desire for maliciousness or malevolence of any kind. Greed will be replaced with the desire to serve others in any way we can, and the gentleness and modesty outlined by Sri Krishna will become part of our personality.
We’ll become much kinder and gentler, and the people around us will probably notice our change. Those of you out there who have problems with anger might benefit from employing some balance and self-discipline, and personally, I have a ways to go before I’m ‘there’.
I might pick this discussion back up in a future article, but for now, I’m happy with what was covered. Plenty more has been said about this subject, and if I wanted to, I could probably write a ten page report on it all. I’ll conclude our discussion for now, though, with appreciation for the guidance we received here.
I’m excited to start being the example by refraining from mortal desire and orienting to the divine, and even though most seekers have a long road ahead of them, they’ll be glad they made the effort in the end. I’m ready to live for spirit, and hopefully, this article has helped some of you who are also ready.
We have to be the examples if we want to change the manner in which this planet functions, but we aren’t alone by any means. We’ve been given plenty of guidance, and as we continue to awaken, we’ll guide others who’ll have just discovered the path and everything it offers.
Wes Annac – An incomplete, imperfect seeker who’s interested in rediscovering divine perfection.
- Wikipedia: “Upanishads”, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upanishads
- Swami Prabhavananda and Frederick Manchester, trans., The Upanishads. Breath of the Eternal. New York and Scarborough: New American Library, 1957; c1948, 13.
- Ibid., 36.
- Ibid., 20.
- Ibid., 19.
- Ibid., 36.
- Ibid., 17-8.
- Ibid., 41.
- Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood, trans., Bhagavad-Gita. The Song of God. New York and Scarborough: New American Library, 1972; c1944, 128.
- Swami Chetanananda, Avadhuta Gita. The Song of the Ever-Free. Calcutta: Advaita Ashram, 1988, 125.
- Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood, trans., Bhagavad-Gita. The Song of God. New York and Scarborough: New American Library, 1972; c1944, 65.
- Ibid., 114.
- Loc. cit.
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