Styles of Enlightenment

As readers of this blog know, I explore various ways of looking at how enlightenment or spiritual awakening is lived. Here, I don’t mean how the changes are experienced but rather the styles of embodying it. The container we experience those changes through. In the past, I’ve discussed the distinction between an emphasis on consciousness as I do or an emphasis on energetic embodiment as Rose Rosetree does. But it soon becomes clear there’s several layers to the varieties of lived enlightenment. Here is a brief list of some of the distinctions that come to mind: 1) Orientation – Householder … Continue Reading…

Sannyasa

Shankara was a well know revivalist who brought Vedanta back to the fore and reestablished a monastic tradition in India. But then the pendulum continued to swing and it came to be understood that withdrawal from the world was necessary for real spiritual progress. Renunciation became the way, partly because of the dark age. To put this in a larger context, in Vedic philosophy of dharma, our lifespan is divided into 4 sections: Study, Work and Family (Householder), Retirement, and Sannyasa. In the last, Sannyasa, we retire from the world and focus on spiritual life- around age 70-75. As an … Continue Reading…

Householder or Monk

I’ve written before about the distinction between Householders and Monks, but there’s a few ways of looking at this. Classically there is the distinction in path. The way to God or source through acting in the world or withdrawing from the world. For the last over 1,000 years, the monk’s path has been more dominant in both the west and east. This was due to the lowest part of the cycle of world consciousness. In the depths of the dark ages, it was typically necessary to withdraw from the mud of the world to make any spiritual progress. Thus, we … Continue Reading…