Age of Enlightenment

Emma's picture

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This is my first blog post, I am not really sure how to start but I was just wondering what your opinions are on an age that you can be Awakened or whatever name you wish to call it. I am in my early teens and would say I have experienced some form of awakening, I was labelled "ill" for 2 weeks as my view of reality was different to the norm. What are your opinions?

I don't know if I will get any comments or how this site works so we'll see, just wanted to know your thoughts on age within enlightenment.

Tania's picture

Hey Emma, welcome aboard.

Hey Emma, welcome aboard. You got to the right place, believe me.

In the beginning I thought you meant by "Age of enlightenment" to "Era of enlightenment", nickname that is sometimes attributed to our time.

But actually I understand that you refer to the age of a person and the phenomenon of enlightenment. Many sages said that the younger a person is, the easier is will be for him to realize his/her self, to get enlightened. That is because actually enlightenment means to get free of our mind's accumulated conditioning, from its accumulated habits and programming - and that accumulated conditioning grows bigger and bigger with age.

Can you elaborate on that view of reality you had that caused your labeling as ill?

Tania | Mon, 07/15/2013 - 06:30
Emma's picture

Hello, sorry I have only

Hello, sorry I have only just replied I assumed I would get no replies so never looked.
My reality was that there didn't seem to be a reality. Everything just was. ''I'' didn't exist, I was merely an observer, watching the world. I found it difficult to maintain conversations, as my thoughts were in the immediate present. It was a special time, but society isn't understanding of people who are different, it cannot understand what it means to be enlightened. I understand it is a very rare experience for someone of such a young age (I was only 14 years old at the time.)
Medically,I was labelled extremely ill. But I know that what I experienced was the utter truth, and nothing but.
Thank you for your response.

Emma | Sun, 12/15/2013 - 18:55
Asanga's picture

Our journey has been on for millenia

Dear fellow traveller Emma,

So many wise souls in young bodies have been called 'ill', 'strange', 'weird', 'odd', etc...

You say you've 'experienced' some form of 'awakening'. It has made you look at life differently from most others of your body's age...

It is disconcerting to people when they are confronted with someone who views things differently from what the world considers conventional.

You will need to be strong when you face the onslaught of the world - full of people who believe that they know what is right for you.

There is no age for becoming enlightened - the world's scriptures are filled with instances of youthful awakened souls. You might know of Joan of Arc, Bernadette of Lourdes and others.

An Indian Saint Gyaneshwar, rote a commentary on the Bhagavad Gita at the age of sixteen - and this commentary, 'Gyaneshwari', is even today hailed as the work of an awakened soul.

In India, you can find a number of young spiritual teachers conducting satsang. The Tibetan holy monk Karmapa is another example, as is the lineage of the Dalai Lama.

We have been walking this spiritual path for a long, long time - and the journey progresses across many, many incarnations. The knowledge of the self is the one thing we all carry across lifetimes.

As the soul matures, it experiences awakening experiences, even in a youthful physical body.

Stay with your realisations, and use these to expand your love and compassion for those who cannot understand you. But, remain respectful and non-confrontational.

There is a long journey of life in this body awaiting you. Make it an adventure.

Be well.



I am, yet I am not...

Asanga | Mon, 07/15/2013 - 17:58
Emma's picture

Dear Asanga, Thank you for

Dear Asanga,
Thank you for your response. At times I felt frustrated as no one understood the process I was going through, except my father. It was a very interesting time. As so few people have experienced it, it is hard to put into words. But it was a special time that I will remember for the rest of my life, and be unafraid of if it occurs again.

Emma | Sun, 12/15/2013 - 19:24