Good morning Roy, good morning Joseth.
Roy, life doesn’t stop, when you think you have it all figured out. Life is not about learning or understanding. It’s about experiencing. You must go on experiencing, even in your enlightenment.
The Buddhist saying is: before enlightenment, comes chopping wood and carrying water, after enlightenment comes chopping wood and carrying water.
Your enlightenment does not excuse you from your daily experience of living. Living is why you are here. Life is what you are experiencing. Enlightenment changes how you experience life, but life does not end with enlightenment. What you have remembered in your enlightenment, gives you more choices about how you want to experience your life. It gives you some direction. Enlightenment does not put you up on a pedestal or get your image cast in stone, or martyrism for the world. It should never separate you from your environment. That is not enlightenment. If you see the Buddha walking down the street, run from him.
Enlightenment simply brings you better choices. An ability to choose that which is in harmony with your souls purpose.
All of life is the process, and enlightenment comes from every moment of consciousness. It is always appropriate.
Many who are not there yet, believe that enlightenment relieves them of their daily responsibilities. It does not. Life always needs to be expressed. Those that have locked themselves away, will experience life in seclusion, but they will experience all of life eventually. Enlightenment may be looked upon as a blessing or gift, a new found ability to make appropriate choices that work for you. It facilitates better communication between the varies levels of consciousness. One should always strive for enlightenment, but not as a means to stop communicating with the body. Enlightenment is not found, while running away from the truth, you can only experience enlightenment as you move toward the truth.
Your path gets lighter as you move toward the light. Truth brings enlightenment, not the other way around. Know the truth and you will have instant enlightenment. "Enlighten Me," …tell me the truth.
The truth sets you free. Enlightenment does not free you from the truth or the experiencing of it. When truth is revealed, it can be experienced fully, so there is a natural pull towards it. The truth always leads to enlightenment, enlightenment, always leads to life, never away from it.