Much has been written through scripture and the latest wave of spiritual interest about the light we ignite within ourselves; our enlightenment to varying degrees.
As previously noted, Brahman IS Enlightenment – all the marbles. Everything else is practice – sacred practice.
What Brahman means is knowing and operating efficiently, successfully, in the face of Totality, the three worlds, Heaven, Earth, and Hell. Heaven is alive, Earth is alive, and Hell is alive:
Heaven is a challenge to ourselves, our values, our actions to better ourselves and those around us, and those globally. Heaven is a confession of our sins and the ability to be at peace with ourselves. No holding back. Heaven is a test of our faith and our perception, our intuition, our connection to that which eclipses us, always leading us towards a seamless relationship with Divinity.
Earth is a challenge of integration, the body with innumerable capability, matched to the mind (intellect + heart) for fulfillment of every desire. We are driven toward Brahman here on earth; Heaven on Earth. Anything less brings suffering to all. Time is precious.
Hell is a challenge of humility and understanding. To know the genesis of evil and find the mechanics of it within ourselves, and grow to be strong enough to tolerate such a landscape, while working night and day to resolve it. Hell lives within each of us, and it is the challenge of Brahman to resolve it.
The challenge and Reality of Hell is little discussed in the current spiritual millieu. I am not sure why, though I suspect it doesn’t sell very well, and/or is avoided for fear of the potential authors getting lost in such a place. Shadows, and personal negative emotions are discussed quite openly, though we shrink back from the ecosystem of Hell. Oddly enough, much the same attitude is held regarding Heaven, that it is somehow unreachable, or worse, doesn’t exist.
In any case, Brahman brings the full Reality of the three worlds, each with equal detail, their interaction seen quite clearly on earth. Compassionate and loving behavior is easily attributed to heaven, though negative actions are not recognized as coming from a world equally adept at creating such things.
I don’t mention this as some sort of entreaty to follow good, simply that there is a genesis of good, and equally of evil, and we are here on earth to see and live the difference.
One obvious distinction is that good is more subtle than evil. Evil can only exist in the mind, for the heart unencumbered cannot tolerate such a presence. This leaves good all of the avenues of oneness, of love, beauty, harmony, cooperation, equality, compassion, unity, peace, and friendliness. Evil then is left with ugliness, manipulation, falseness, isolation, division, negativity, hatred, cruelty, and coarseness.
The difference is clear. More of humanity is available to us through good values and actions, than is available through the antithetical and fracturing values of evil. We are more complete following good, though if done through fear, ego, or negation, we have accomplished nothing. Evil must be respected and fully recognized in the full light of Totality, though never followed.
This is the challenge of Brahman, to live Totality, all of Totality. 🙂
“The world is as you are, live unbounded awareness” – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of Transcendental Meditation, the gateway to Brahman.