Spiritual Teachings on Enlightenment

Spiritual teachings in general speak to the nature of Eternal Truth. Spiritual teachings on enlightenment, as moksha, speak to the Eternal Truth as realized through the innermost Self. There are two important motifs found within enlightenment teachings: Spiritual Life and Mindfulness.

Spiritual Life emerges as we make contact with the Inner Self. We develop a living and meaningful relationship to the Inner Self through participation in Spiritual Life. Working with Spiritual Life encourages a relation to the eternal truth. Spiritual teachings encourage Spiritual Life, as relationship with inner sense and archetypal forms.

Archetypes are found within all spiritual teachings. They appear in sacred texts, myths, parables, and arts. Archetypes emerge spontaneously within dreams, imagination, meditation and visions as well. Working with the spiritual nature of the archetypes encourages the spiritual seeker to clarify and realize the real nature of the archetypal form. To the dedicated spiritual aspirant, the forms may present the eternal truth of the Self, often coincident with the inner sense of light, love, and joy (ananda). One might say that the various archetypal forms present subtle facets or aspects of the Eternal. These facets in turn guide us beyond varied aspects toward an experiential center, as emergent awareness– as love, joy, light.

Spiritual teachings  also encourage mindfulness. Mindfulness is the quality or state of being conscious or aware. Mindfulness offers direct sense and awareness of the eternal truth of the Self. Mindfulness is developed through various practices, such as: contemplation of the nature of the deity, Self-inquiry, or awareness of the eternal light and love in the heart.

Read more: Self-realization in Vedanta