The word ‘Enlightenment’ used to attract me a lot earlier, until I understood that it is not an ‘event’, but simply a series of ‘aha’ moments. With each such ‘aha’ moment, dimaag ki batti jalti hai. And gradually your light increases and makes you ‘light’ – as opposed to heavy and dark.
This morning I read another interesting perspective on this subject by Immanuel Kant, a philosopher from the 18th century.
He says (and I agree) that enlightenment is nothing but man’s emergence from self-imposed immaturity. It is a growing up.
Immaturity is nothing but an inability to use one’s own understanding without guidance from other (hence the need of a guru).
Immaturity is self-imposed when you have the understanding but lack in resolve and courage to use it, without guidance from another. (Hence, the need of a coach.)
Majority of people remain in lifelong immaturity because of laziness and cowardice. Only a few manage to cultivate their minds and free themselves from the shackles of all pervading immaturity. And these few invite each person to think for themselves and appreciate their self-worth. However, it helps to remember that the large mass of ‘unthinking’ public can only attain enlightenment slowly.
Nothing is required for attaining enlightenment except freedom – the freedom to use reason in all matters.
“Dare to Know and Have courage to use your own understanding!”–that is the motto of enlightenment.
This age is the age of enlightenment.