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. Here is a brief list of some of the distinctions that come to mind: 1) Orientation – Householder or Renunciate 2) Emphasis – Consciousness and Energy 3) Path – Intellect, Heart, and Body 4) Dominant Sense – sight, hearing, touch 5) Lifestyle and Philosophy – how we apply the above 6) Stage & Cycle – our current … 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…