What does it mean to be enlightened?
Papaji: Enlightenment is to stay as you are.
Stay as you are without such labels as “I am enlightened”,
“I am a free man”, “I am a sage”, “I am a monk”,
or “I am a saint”. Simply, don’t give yourself any label.
When you get rid of all labels, that which remains
is called “freedom” or “enlightenment”.
When you give yourself a label you become “someone”.
When you have removed all “becomings” and return
to conscious being, this is enlightenment.
But the word “enlightenment” is also just a concept.
In being there is no darkness at all.
Only when there is darkness do you need a candle.
But here, in being, there is no darkness, so there is
no need for any candle to bring forth any light.
Only when you become “someone” do you need a light.
Until now, you have concealed yourself by wanting so many things.
When you label yourself by saying, “I am so and so”,
you conceal this beauty, love and peace.
So, remove this “I am so and so”,
reject the concept that “I am a donkey.”
You are a lion and have always been a lion.
From the book: LION’S ROAR