You might have heard the story of Buddha. It is said that he became enlightened when he was meditating under a tree called ‘Bodhi’.
However, it is not true. It cannot be true. Self realization is not attained overnight. It is a gradual process of purification. Siddhartha Gautam became enlightened after years of his spiritual quest. Everyone tells where he went externally or physically, but no one tells where he went internally, in the space of his own ‘self’. Self realization is an internal journey. It is not a journey from his Palace to various parts of Nepal and India.
In fact, a self-realized person can never tell when exactly he was enlightened because this process is so slow. And when someone attains self realization, he does not want to know whether he is self realized or not. He does not have this question. This is a question of mind. A self realized person has crossed the level of mind and attained the space of ‘awareness’ so such questions are obviously not there. It is your question, you want to know whether someone is enlightened or not.
You must have heard the enlightenment stories of some self-realized beings. Such stories are found all over the internet. Someone was sitting somewhere and something bizarre happened, so on and so forth.
But those stories they tell are just ‘experiences’. Yes they are remarkable experiences, but they became enlightened not because of those particular events. That was just an event among many other experiential events. They just took one event and told about it. Well, you all want to read about such stories, so what can they do? It is very funny and true.
Note: In the articles in this blog, ‘he’ refers to both male and female.