It is said that an enlightened person can identify another enlightened person easily, is this true?
Yes, I think so. Even with one simple question, it can be identified.
“What are you going to do when you become complete?”
This was the question my meditation teacher asked students when I first started meditation.
The teacher had a warm smile on his face, and to me, it seemed as if he was simply asking out of affection as if asking little kids what they would like to be when they grow up.
To an adult, whatever big dreams the child may have, it would not matter – he would only wish for the child to grow to be a happy, healthy person. I feel our meditation teacher would have been the same. His only wish would have been for us to reach human completion and live happy lives.
The meditation I practice is finding the true self by eliminating the false self that only exists in your conception. It is to eliminate the karma, habits, and body that have formed the false self from your mind.
At first, I had imagined myself living without any stress or worries after eliminating my karma, habits, and body, and no longer experiencing hardships in any aspects of life. So my initial answer to the teacher’s question was: ‘When I become complete, I would live a happy life, lacking for nothing.’
However, as I watched people quitting meditation and going back to burying themselves in their busy daily routines as soon as they felt their lives were going better, I felt that we are missing something here.
All creations come from and return to the infinite Universe emptiness, so everything is the Universe itself as long as there’s no concept of the self.
If the conceptual false self is completely eliminated, the true self is revealed from within, which is the immortal Universe. Once the person confirms this Truth with his heart, he will naturally live a life of the Universe.
The question from the teacher about what we would do when we become complete was in fact a question that would tell the Truth about whether the student has completely recovered his original self as the universe, or failed.
There is a fictional story of a wolf boy named Mowgli.
The boy was raised by a pack of wolves. He walked on all fours, howled like a wolf, roamed the mountains naked looking for prey and ate the raw meat he caught. His behavior was just like that of the wolves. Although he realized that he was different from the wolf at some point, he continued to live a wild life.
If we live our lives without knowing who we are, and why we live, there would be nothing at the end of our lives other than dying and disappearing in vain.
Through meditation, one will enlighten to the extent that his conceptual self has disappeared. Then, he will exclaim, “Aha, the Universe is me and there’s no such thing as death!”.
However, despite the enlightenment, if he continues to lead a self-centered life, a life which is still centered around his body, it would show that he is still yet to discard the karma, habits, and body completely.
When other humans look at the boy who lives like a wolf, it is certainly a very strange way to live.
Likewise, from the perspective of the Universe, it would be such a shame that the existence that is originally meant to be complete lives an incomplete life, suffering unnecessarily and has death as fate. All of it for the cost that his consciousness is still trapped in the body, unable to awaken.
I now know what a person does when he becomes complete, having watched my teacher. He has been dedicating his life to helping people awaken their true selves and achieve human completion.
When a person achieves completion, it is ultimate fulfillment so there is nothing else to do other than helping others achieve the same.
For anyone who has reached completion a little earlier than others, contributing to this critical era where human completion is achieved would be the natural way to live.