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Discussion in 'Interfaith Discussion' started by Salty Booger, May 9, 2021.

  1. Salty Booger

    Salty Booger Royal Crown Cola (RC)

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    What does it mean in spiritual terms to "Awaken"?

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  2. The Hammer

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    Wouldn't we first have to define Asleep?
     
  3. Jimmy

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    Can’t help ya.
    Wish I could but my awakening is personal.
     
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    Blind and now I see?
     
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  5. Unveiled Artist

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    Cleansing skeletons from our closets and finding a better fitting wardrobe, perhaps.
     
  6. Jimmy

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    My skeletons love the closet
     
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  7. Jimmy

    Jimmy Well-Known Member

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    Better fitting to whom? The masses?
    Joe next door?
     
  8. Conscious thoughts

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    I could answer Oneness with God, But what does that mean :)
    Awakening is a personal part of the "spiritual Journey" so to answer this question with what Awakening is to me, would maybe not resonate with others :)

    Just rememeber, there is no path to awakening, You are already there, but to realize what "already there" means is the awakening it self to me :)

    If you try to become enlighten/awaken you will remain in sleep. only when you let go of trying can it happen (in my understanding)
     
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  9. George-ananda

    George-ananda Advaita Vedanta, Theosophy, Spiritualism
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    We are naturally locked into the state of believing only the physical body and physical world is real and that we are the body. We are stuck in that dream.

    To awaken is to realize we are eternal consciousness beyond the physical. The physical is just a play/drama of consciousness.

    While asleep, we believe the dream to be real. When we 'awake'. we realize it was just a dream and not the ultimate reality.
     
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    Geoff-Allen Resident megalomaniac

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    Here's a video all about the myths of awakening.



    Enjoy!
     
  11. Jimmy

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    Gods far out
    I’m far out
    But when I stub my toe it’s real
     
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  12. The Hammer

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    Sounds more like awakening to me.
     
  13. Brickjectivity

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    Its an analogy to waking up from sleep. Instead of putting forth no exertion and no thought, you exert and think. Instead of being minimally aware or unaware, you strive to listen, plan and act. Instead of doing nothing you do something. Instead of sliding down, you inch upward or around or to the side. When you are called you answer.
     
  14. lewisnotmiller

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    To reach some form of realisation I would suppose.
    I don't like the term too much, but it does seem to convey the sense some people feel when they finally find 'The Truth'.
     
  15. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    Perhaps to realise what some have realised all along.
     
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    Hermit Philosopher Selflessly here for you

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    Having strong Eureka-like experience(s) that remain(s) with you and change(s) your whole view on existence and your place in it.

    Leading to a shift in perspective, with new values, priorities/choices, actions/reactions and general way of life.

    Resulting in an increased sense of harmony within self and within those whom you encounter.


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  17. SalixIncendium

    SalixIncendium Advaita Vedantin
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    To realize what one is in one's true nature.
     
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  18. SalixIncendium

    SalixIncendium Advaita Vedantin
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    Yes.
     
  19. SalixIncendium

    SalixIncendium Advaita Vedantin
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    Although I agree with your post for the most part, I'm not sure "naturally" is the word I'd use. Unless one considers ignorance of one's nature to be natural. ;)
     
  20. SalixIncendium

    SalixIncendium Advaita Vedantin
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    Sounds to me like you're describing a spontaneous mystical experience.

    While this is a very abrupt means to awaken, I'm not sure this is the only way to do so. I think for some it may be gradual...for many over several lifetimes.
     
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