The Hindu religions speak to this struggle: we struggle with duality. We also live within duality: good and bad, dark and light, sun and moon, day and night, up and down, insight and outside. Enlightenment is often said to be freedom from such duality.
In modern Western culture, I often hear people speaking of enlightenment as if it happens instantaneously. One moment you are a depressed, lifeless human being and the next you are enlightened, even immortal. I believe this is an idealized notion of a process that is much more gradual and humble. I would counter that it is the very capacity to tarry with the tensions of duality that leads to ‘enlightenment.’
By Jenna Lilla
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