How would you know if you’d reached enlightenment?

Buddha Statue ca. 2000

Are there signs to know that you are at least, on the right path toward spiritual enlightenment?

How might your life be different if you were enlightened or getting close to enlightenment?

I came across a quote from Deepak Chopra that got me to thinking about enlightenment. Here is what he said:

“According to Vedanta, there are only two symptoms of enlightenment, just two indications that a transformation is taking place within you toward a higher consciousness.

The first symptom is that you stop worrying. Things don’t bother you anymore. You become light hearted and full of joy.

The second symptom is that you encounter more and more meaningful coincidences in your life, more and more synchronicities.

And this accelerates to the point where you actually experience the miraculous.”
~ Deepak Chopra

I love Chopra’s quote. I would add a few more signs that you may be on the path of enlightenment aside from no longer worrying, becoming a totally joyous individual and seeing an increase in serendipity and synchronicity, and living life as if each day were a miracle such as:

Are you undergoing a transformation in your life?

Are you on a path of spiritual growth?

Is it your intention to expand your awareness of the spiritual dimension and open your heart fully?

Have you begun a practice of meditation? If so, have you found that you are able to deal with stressful situations more calmly?

Are you finding that you’re anger has subsided and that your “buttons” are pushed less easily?

Do feel that you’re more tolerant of others? Can you accept people just the way they are?

Are you enjoying your work? Do you find it meaningful and fulfilling? Do you get great satisfaction from being of service to others?

Are you kind to others and to yourself? Do you feel your heart open with every act of kindness you witness?

Do you live in the present moment? Have you stopped lamenting the past and focusing on tomorrow?

Are you doing things for the right reasons; not egotistical reasons? Reasons such as wanting to be pure goodness through and through and to spread goodness in the world?

How might your experience of life change if you were enlightened?

You would bound out of bed joyous at experiencing yet another day to be of loving service to the world. You wouldn’t spend a precious minute of your life worrying or being fearful; you would know that you are always supported by the Universe.

Each day signs would appear leading you in the right direction, showing you that you were on the right path. Your joy and unconditional love would be contagious. And, where ever you went your loving presence would enlighten others just as surely as a brilliant star lights the night sky helping to safely guide each of us to our destinations.

Are you on the path to enlightenment? Where are you on this journey? Are there other signs that you would add to this list that show you’re becoming enlightened?

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Thanks to: Rivers in the Ocean for making me aware of this quote

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