We must abandon the idea that enlightenment is something extraordinary. It is erroneous to think, “I have these limitations, so I’m not enlightened. When I’m enlightened, I will see through appearances with these very eyes; I will see the inner reality and glowing nature of all things. I will be utterly different.” That is the Hollywood/Bollywood version of enlightenment.
It is not at all like that. When every action we undertake is inspired, motivated, and guided by compassion, kindness, rejoicing in the happiness of others, and equanimity, that is enlightenment.
Nothing is more ordinary, more natural. What is truly extraordinary is our attachment to ignorance and suffering. —TN