What was the Sacred Enlightened
Download from The Buddha?
Before we dive into HOW Buddha actually became Enlightened, it's
important to understand what the word "Buddha" actually means.
Siddhartha Gautama was Buddha's real name from birth. He was a
very wealthy prince who had everything a man could imagine in
life. Yet, he was not happy, so he left his wife, child and gave
up his entire kingdom to discover how to be free from suffering.
Siddhartha wanted to know what was beyond death, and how to find
the greatest truth of life and living.
The world Buddha
was a name given to Siddhartha by his disciples which means "awakened being".
One who is no longer sleeping through life, aware of who they are,
living each moment in the moment, conscious of where they are
directing their mind in every new moment, staying constantly open
and receptive to life, and deeply present to the entire Universe.
This divine awakened
state of consciousness is not supernatural. It is your pure and
all natural state. You were born as a conscious being who is
already awake, aware and present to this moment. All
children are born Buddhas. They simply forget their enlightened
nature as parents, siblings, and society's unawakened beings
imprint their conditioning on each child
enlightenment was not completely rare. There have been many
thousand beings in history books who were able to peel back the veil
of illusion and suffering and become free from samsara.
Siddhartha reached his
enlightenment through a constant
state of self-inquiry and deep meditation. He renounced his attachment to the world,
to his possessions and
all of his blood based relationships. He wandered the forest
and hung out with a group of Sadhus who were also seeking the same
It happened one
night, deep in
his aloneness he found something inside him (like a spark of
infinite light) which made him realize he was not this body, mind,
emotions or thoughts. In one instant everything changed for him.
He dropped his ego/identity in this world and
Siddhartha experienced the truth of his spiritual essence. The light of
pure awareness, that is deeply
aware of all that is, and the truth of what we all are.
his self-realized enlightened state he was aware of what was
awake inside him, and that this awakened state has nothing to do
with the passing thoughts/desires of the mind. By integrating this
understanding he became a Buddha!
The enlightenment of
Buddha is a piercing through the mind. Through many many hours of
sitting with the mind in silence, his mind finally dropped. The
mind came to a complete stop and he become completely aware of his
senses, feelings, thoughts, and every subtle experience that was
moving through him. This was what happened in Buddha's Enlightenment.
to Remove the Mind and Experience Buddha's Enlightenment
can only write this information here with some authority and
confidence because I was blessed to have a glimpse of
when I was 25 years old that changed my entire life.
Although it only lasted a few months, the glimpse was enough to
realize that anything is possible, and nothing in this Universe is
the way we believe it is.
If the Siddhartha
was alive in the 21st century, I believe this is how he would
explain his enlightenment. He would
first explain to you that when the mind is silent there is only peace
inside. There is also more awareness of life, more aliveness, and
the feeling of a deep loving awareness in all that we do.
Accepting this truth, you can come to understand that you are not
your mind, and you already are a living breathing Buddha.
As long as your are
following your mind around you will remain asleep. The mind will
try and trick you into believing all sorts of crazy things. The
mind will cover you with labels, limiting your divine expression
and everyone around you. It will say you are smart, stupid, great,
pathetic, happy, sad, grounded and then make you go crazy. It will
make up all kinds of fascinating wonderful and horrific stories
about yourself. This keeps you spiritually asleep (addicted
to the mind).
You may have been
asleep for sooooo many lifetimes that you are strongly conditioned
to believe that you are not a Buddha. You may believe you cannot
become spiritually awake because of some horrific past, or some
challenging story you have about you. The veil of societal
conditioning is thick in the mind.
There have been many
layers of ideas and beliefs cast over you throughout your life.
These ideas are blocking your pure awareness from being known.
It's kind of like how you can block out the magnificent full moon
by holding one little finger in front of it.
Imagine that your
mind is like your thumb that is raised up to the night sky, and is
blocking out the entire glorious full moon. The moon is there, yet
you cannot see it anymore, just a halo of it.
The mind works in
this way. It's blocking you from seeing, realizing and feeling the
infinite Source of light that is blazing within your innermost
being. To remove the mind is to come back to the present moment,
and naturally we realize our Buddha nature. Every human being is
potentially an awakened "Buddha", yet their mind is still seeking
enlightenment in something "out there" instead of realizing the
light of Buddha Consciousness is already on inside you!
On your journey
towards enlightenment, you must be infinitely patient with
yourself and with this process of
quieting the mind. There must truly be a feeling like you have
an infinite amount of time to find, discover and explore this
enlightenment within you. You must know that through infinite
patience it can and will be done. You must learn to step back from
time, from achieving anything, and just watch the mind.
The mind is very
stubborn, cunning, clever and tricky. There are 1,000,001
distractions that will pull you into your mind and away from this
brilliant light of awareness inside. You might catch a small short
glimpse of your inner light in meditation, then the mind will take
over again and again. This swinging pendulum from awareness to
unawareness will occur many many times on the journey to full
The secret to
success is keeping your childlike curiosity alive and resilient.
You must also keep your body strong, healthy, clean and exercised.
Lastly, there must be an awareness of WHO or WHAT is this master
behind the vehicle. Who is driving the body to do what it does,
and the mind to think what it thinks.
My best advice is to
get super curious about these things and relax as much as possible
into the stillness beneath the mind. There you will find the great
Buddha's enlightenment, which is the exact same quality and
recognition that your enlightenment will have as well.
a Buddha. There is nobody higher than you, and nobody lower than
you. You don't have to worship anybody and you don't have to
accept anybody's worship. This whole existence is equally divine."