What does spiritual awakening means? ?

What does it mean? How does it happen? What’s spiritual enlightenment means? How does it happen? What’s the benefits of it? How do you know it’s happening to you?

7 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    It means SHUT UP. You immature PUNK.

  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    Nothing "does means."  Fire your English tutor.

  • Yoda
    Lv 6
    1 year ago

    I will begin by answering this in a way that frames the reference points in line with ancient culture.

    Holy Spirit is from Latin Spiritus Santus, a translation of the Greek Agio Pneuma "sacrificing breath". Agio comes from the Greek word Αγιος (Agios) "sacrificing, offering" from ἄγος (agos) "to give way, yield, hand over".

    In ancient culture, the first breath of a baby and the dying breath of a person was imagined to be the entrance of a ghost and the exit of a ghost. In other words, the ancients see the body as something inhabited by a ghostly spirit, and breathing is what the spirit causes. When the spirit leaves, the breath stops. This is why all ancient words for Spirit (Pneuma, Ruah, Prana etc) all mean breath.

    Ancient cultures also believed that thinking itself was powered by breathing. Hindus have PranaYama (breath sacrifice) which is a form of breath control (holding breath for periods at both the top of ones breath and at the bottom of ones' breath). This actually does reduce the heart rate and quietens the mind---we know now that this is because less oxygen = drop in metabolism. As brain cells also use oxygen, if you restrict oxygen, thinking (and also neurotic thinking) are reduced.

    In English we still use words to indicate that angry thoughts are caused by bad breath e.g., you hot head; the man was full of hot air; what a complete wind bag; what an air head; she's always blowing hot and cold etc.

    Ancients believed that aggressive angry or bellicose behaviour was caused by the spirit in the brain being hot. The Christian word for spirit acting within the mind (in Greek) is Psyche. The English translation of Psyche is: "to blow". 

    The term in Hebrew for Holy Spirit is: Kadash Ruah which translates to mean "withheld breath or kept-back breath". This is interesting because the Sanskrit term PranaYama means breath sacrifice. This seems a neat coincidence; however, one must appreciate that both religions were contemporary to one another, and the Greeks got all their cultural learning from invasions of India (including maths, philosophy and astrology). Greek and Jewish culture mixed heavily during the Seleucid empire days (the aftermath of Alexander the Great's empire). It is therefore likely that the whole of Asia minor and the middle east in general shared the same belief about what made humans alive.

    The idea of sacrifice being important in relationships and in enlightenment also is shared amongst religions. Many religions including Judaism offer physical sacrifice of crops etc to angels, to G*d and these rituals were considered vital for an individuals relationship to the divine.

    With regard to Eastern enlightenment, the notion of desire being the main driver behind suffering has long-established roots in most eastern religions. The desire to want "vanity" (from the Latin Vanus meaning "wanting") is considered the cause of frustration. The sense of enlightenment is the ending of time, so rather than wanting to achieve this tomorrow, enlightenment is seen as a sudden revolution in the way of thinking, rather than an evolution of ones behaviour or thought.

    In other words, the end of seeking to be something is the beginning of enlightenment. It is interesting that Jesus' saying in the Thomas  Gospel goes something like: "[Jesus said,] "Let the one seek[ing] not stop [seeking until] he finds. And when he find[s he will be disturbed/astonished, and after being disturbed/astonished he will reign, an[d reigning] he will [rest.]”.

    This shows that enlightenment involved being disturbed to the point of astonishment. The word astonish literally means "to strike/cut out" from the Greek prefix ek- (out) + the root θείνω (trans. theino), "to cut down, to strike".

    Similarly, the Buddha talked about Nirvana. This Sanskrit word translates into English as: "to Blow out".

    As ancients thought of desire arising out of the hot blowing of the spirit in the mind, it's easy to see how enlightenment could be thought of as that movement of hot air ceasing.

    Suffering was seen as internal spiritual disturbance; further, the externalisation of the mind onto one's work was seen as the end of the selfishness. Sacrifice is the vehicle for that transference. The giving of ones time and ones possessions such that ones own self concerns are no longer dwelled upon. In Hinduism, Karma Yoga is union of the mind to handiwork (ask Karma is from Kara "hand" + suffix -ma "action of"). 

    Other words associated with enlightenment: Moksha (Sanskrit for "loosen free") which relates to becoming freed from Maya (measurement) i.e., a detachment from the matrix, where the matrix represents the cultural desire network that all humans get self-centred goals and ambitions from.

  • 1 year ago

    It is simultaneously happening in each and everyone of us.

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  • 1 year ago

    It depends on who you ask:

    For a Christian or Muslim, it is to hallucinate and dream things up.

    For a modern person, it is to be aware and engaged with, in a deep and meaningful way - of life, the universe and everything; to oneself and our environment.

  • 1 year ago

    IT HAPPENS WHEN SOMEONE FINDS GOD THROUGH PRAYING...YEs I DO KNOW...GOD SAVED ME long ago. Benefits are eternal life and a great relationship with GOD HIMSELF...U KNOW WHEN GOD GIVES U HIS HOLY SPIRIT IN your heart.

  • Pyrus
    Lv 6
    1 year ago

    Basically, it is the point where you start having faith in God, the point where you realize that despite how powerful logic and reasoning can be, there are a myriad of things that we simply cannot and will never truly be able to explain in the known universe that we live in. It is the choice to believe in what lies beyond the limits brought by definitive proof about literally everything around us, and actually considering the possibility of everything. In other words, being completely open-minded.

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