We often think that self-realization is a rare incidence. We are used to believing that self-realized beings like Krishna, Buddha, Jesus-Christ, and Prophet Muhammad are born only once in a few centuries. But this is completely untrue.
In fact, there were, and there are many self-realized people still living on this planet. It is just that you don’t recognize them. All of you have met self-realized people at some points of your life. Some may be still around you, within your family and friend circle, not far.
So why can’t you recognize them?
It is a good question. But ask yourself first — you know the answer. Only a self-realized person can recognize another self-realized person. It is simple, isn’t it? For example, lets say someone is a very successful researcher in the field of chemistry. But people who do not know much about chemistry cannot understand his expertise. Only his peers or researchers who are doing similar research in the field can recognize his knowledge correctly. So it is the universal rule. You can only recognize a person whose consciousness is in a similar or lower state than yours.
What are the signs of self-realized people?
Self-realized people, most of the time, isolate themselves from people because they feel complete without the need of the external world. While most of the people in the world are suffering and busy with daily life, self-realized beings stay away from the external world. They are so much blissed out inside that they find it mundane to take part in the external world. They can also take part in the worldly affairs if required but they remain clean, untouched inside.
In general, self-realized people are happy and peaceful. Their heart is filled with love and compassion. Their eyes look watery because they are always filled with joy. Most of the time, they do nothing. They just sit and watch as things happen. But when they do some physical activities, they do everything consciously. They raise their hands consciously. They walk consciously. Even the blinking of their eyes, they do it consciously. To them, not a single moment goes unconsciously. They are ‘aware’ of their surrounding all the time.
Is enlightenment predetermined?
It is not. Human beings are given the choice. You have two choices. You may choose to detach yourself from the material life and get enlightened. Or you may enjoy the luxury of material life and get entangled. Enlightenment or entanglement, it is your choice.
Every human being has equal opportunity for self-realization. A boy born in Africa, the world’s richest person, or a great scientist, all have equal opportunity for self-realization. They appear different in the level of mind. In the level of life, in the level of consciousness, they all are equal.
Enlightenment is all about understanding your true nature. Your true nature is beyond your body and mind. Your body is just an accumulation of food that you eat. And your mind is just an instrument that you can use for your survival. There is a different proprietor who owns your body and mind. The purpose of life is to find that proprietor. That proprietor is no one else, it is ‘you’ and you alone. It is the awareness of being ‘you’.