Who’s More Enlightened, Meditating Monks or Progressive Industrialists?

A dialogue about the true nature of elite humans

Vic Shayne
ILLUMINATION-Curated

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Written by author Vic Shayne and philosopher Benjamin Cain

AI-generated image by Jorge Franganillo from Pixabay

Below is a dialogue that occurred over email about different conceptions of enlightenment. The dialoguers are author Vic Shayne, who discusses spiritual enlightenment by way of his personal experience, and Benjamin Cain, a philosopher who critiques the conception of enlightenment from a modern humanistic standpoint.

Vic Shayne:

To believe something means that I do not know it to be true yet accept it as true anyway. While I write and speak about enlightenment, I do not do so with the posture that I believe it to be a real phenomenon, nor do I see it in the same way that has been presented by so many spiritual followers and teachers, including those of the more traditional lines such as Hinduism and Buddhism.

Recently Deepak Chopra delineated some points about enlightenment that are quite typical and believed to be accurate by many people. He wrote:

“To be enlightened means that you possess the following qualities:
· Inner peace
· Silent mind
· Detachment from pain and suffering
· Complete self-awareness
· Bliss…

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Vic Shayne
ILLUMINATION-Curated

NY Times bestselling author writing about reality beyond thought, consciousness, and the self to uncover what is fundamental. https://shorturl.at/mrAS6