There have been in the past definitional disputes about enlightenment on the SN blog. Maybe quarreling about definitions is a mug’s game. Karl Popper used to say so, and argued that there are no essential meanings to words, they are conveniences between people, and they have simply to be agreed before, and not within any debate.
However many seekers are concerned, and even obsessed by such a definition. We noticed that Jeddah Mali, a modern female spiritual teacher has adopted a Popperian favourite technique by using, knowingly or not, the via negativa. That is by saying what enlightenment is NOT.
“Enlightenment is not about feeling happy all the time.
Enlightenment is not about solving all your problems at once.
Nor is enlightenment about living up to some spiritual ideal.
Enlightenment is simply a state of being.
It is the continuous state of knowing—beyond all niggling doubt—that you are the source energy of life itself.”
Perhaps Jeddah spoils it by finishing by saying what she does consider it to be. It might have been better to itemise an even longer list of what it is not! Over to you, SN punters.