Our moveable feast of inquiry gets to add one more article, Blog-Buddies. Because there is so much to consider regarding this fascinating thread about:
- Householder Enlightenment vs. Renunciate Enlightenment
- Imperfect gurus and priests, their sex scandals
- What Enlightenment really means
- Does spiritual development become so complete that a person never makes a mistake?
Today we get a wonderful guest post from another person on our Enlightenment Life List, Blog-Buddy ADAM. My headings, links, and minor copy edits. Otherwise, all ADAM.
How can Enlightened people do bad things?
One of the things about being Enlightened is that you have a lot of free will.
If you have no STUFF, then there is less in the way of your conscious exercise of free will. It is easier to make deliberate choices, rather than merely reacting from STUFF-driven impulses.
However, when Enlightened, you are still a human. You are likely to still have typical human impulses like hunger, thirst and sexual desire.
You still have to make good human choices. You still need to make those good choices based on your best understanding at the time of what constitutes a good choice.
You will still experience strong emotions that can influence your decision-making processes.
An Enlightened person can still hold error-riddled beliefs.
Guess what else about Enlightenment?
Enlightenment doesn’t come with a special manual (in which God finally levels with you and tells you how everything REALLY works).
If an Enlightened person has been led to believe that their divinely-graced state inoculates them from error, they are in massive danger.
If they are constantly surrounded by yes-folk who celebrate the guru’s every word and deed, it’s not impossible that an Enlightened person could develop problematic beliefs about how special they are.
While I believe being Enlightened makes it easier to choose wisely, it does not make things automatic. God can’t make your choices for you.
A divinely-inspired flow-state experience is not a drug trip – you are still in full command of your faculties. You are still responsible for your actions.
An Enlightened person can still make bad choices. It would not be genuine free will otherwise.