An example of enlightenment is when you become educated about a particular course of study or a particular religion. An example of enlightenment was The Age of Enlightenment, a time in Europe during the 17th and 18th century considered an intellectual movement driven by reason.
Enlightenment broadly means wisdom or understanding enabling clarity of perception. In religious use, enlightenment is most closely associated with South and East Asian religious experience, being used to translate words such as (in Buddhism) bodhi or satori, or (in Hinduism) moksha.
Enlightenment is a process of working out your spiritual self. Everyone, who has experienced a deep relationship with God, will know that it is a searching, a yearning for the essential meaning of life. This is the Truth that enlightened beings talk about.
Nirvana is about losing vices, becoming unattached and becoming free; Enlightenment is about acquiring light/wisdom. There is no difference between them, he who gains wisdom invariably loses attachment. In the Bhagavad Gita Nirvana and Moksha are used interchangeably to mean the same.
The first truth, suffering (Pali: dukkha; Sanskrit: duhkha), is characteristic of existence in the realm of rebirth, called samsara (literally “wandering”).
The English term enlightenment is the Western translation of various Buddhist terms, most notably bodhi and vimutti. The abstract noun bodhi (/ˈboʊdi/; Sanskrit: बोधि; Pali: bodhi), means the knowledge or wisdom, or awakened intellect, of a Buddha.
In Hinduism, it is described as a divine, transcendent experience. Sometimes it is described as a sudden, transformative moment of awakening and other times it is seen as a more gradual process of being liberated from the bondage of the mind.
Roughly equivalent terms in Christianity may be illumination, kenosis, metanoia, revelation, salvation, theosis, and conversion. Perennialists and Universalists view enlightenment and mysticism as equivalent terms for religious or spiritual insight.
In Buddhism, enlightenment (called bodhi in Indian Buddhism, or satori in Zen Buddhism) is when a Buddhist finds the truth about life and stops being reborn because they have reached Nirvana. Once you get to Nirvana you are not born again into samsara (which is suffering).
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Synonyms & Near Synonyms for enlightened. civilized, educated, enhanced.
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Terms in this set (22) An eighteenth century intellectual movement whose three central concepts were the use of reason, the scientific method, and progress. Enlightenment thinkers believed they could help create better societies and better people.