A list of the most known enlightened people.
“Enlightenment” is equaled here with the term “awakening” or “realization”. I am aware that there is a difference between an “enlightened” and an “awakened” person.
Although claiming to be enlightened people can be an act of ego or attachment, I believe it can also come from that natural desire to awaken those other parts of the universe that are still asleep and unaware of their true selves.
Below a list of the most important and influential thinkers of the Counter-Enlightenment with their quotes. Controversial thinker from Madame Blavatsky, the Mother of Modern Spirituality to the popular guru Osho.
Madame Blavatsky, born Helena Petrovna Hahn, 1831-1891 Ukraine
We see that every external motion, act, gesture, whether voluntary or mechanical, organic or mental, is produced and preceded by internal feeling or emotion, will or volition, and thought or mind.
The whole order of nature evinces a progressive march towards a higher life.
Rudolf Joseph Lorenz Steiner, 1861–1925 Austria
Each individual is a species unto him/herself.
Love starts when we push aside our ego and make room for someone else.
Georges Ivanovič Gurdjieff, 1866/77-1949 Armenia
Without self knowledge, without understanding the working and functions of his machine, man cannot be free, he cannot govern himself and he will always remain a slave.”
Ramana Maharshi, 1879-1950 India
Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.
Maharishi’s 9 rules of life (the authenticity of this quote has been questioned):
1-analyze; 2-Don’t complain; 3-Don’t compare yourself to others; 4-Don’t expect things to be done for you; 5-Don’t expect perfection in the relative; 6-Look to the knowledge aspect daily; 7-Own the movement; 8-Problems are all in your head; 9-Hold yourself together.
René Guénon, 1886–1951 French
Profane sciences of which the modern world is so proud are really and truly only the degenerate ‘residues’ of the ancient traditional sciences.
The “end of a world” never is and never can be anything but the end of an illusion.
Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 – 1986) India
If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem.
Osho, 1931 –1990 India
If you love a flower, don’t pick it up. Because if you pick it up it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be.