Enlightenment, Will It Be A Rather Common Experience In The Future?
It has been said by some that an enlightened being came/happened once every 500 years, but now they seem to be popping up all over the place.
The Buddha had to meditate like hell, he even starved himself to attain it. Monks spend many years doing some are successful some are not.
I think with science looking into these Nirvana states of mind that they will figure out a way to end suffering for the human species which will usher in a whole different way of life with higher intelligence running things.
From my understanding of Enlightenment it is a sort of rewiring of the brain where the signals go up pleasure side of the amygdala where as painful emotions and sensations go up the other side. Negative emotions and pain use up a lot of processing power and so limit true intelligence. An enlightened person has most of his brain signals going up the positive side of the amygdala and so reacts to things that cause pain differently as all suffering has ended he acts with intelligence instead of the painful emotion type reaction.
I feel with the tools we moderns now have we can examine the brain and make the adjustments in the way it processes information so that in the near future we will have a completely transformed species with much more intelligence.
I would even bet that the top governments are looking into this and researching the subject as a real possibility.
In my opinion. Certain drugs can accelerate this phenomena.
It is easy to get enlightenment—I got it from analyzing my sleep.
1) Sometimes we get sleep when we want,
sometimes we get sleep when we don’t want in such situation as listening to a public talk,
and sometimes we don’t get sleep when we want.
It means life is a play of both free-will and destiny; hence when something that happens not according to our expectation, we can easily accept it.
2) When I look at the way my breathing happens—I realize that I only witness as it happens rather than I do the breathing which continues even while I am sleeping. So is the case with other circulations and vital functions such as digestion … etc. It means there exists an immaterial builder of body that can exist with or without body.
3) If this is my make-up, so is the make-up of rest of the humanity. Upon realizing this, feeling of me-and-other-separation ceases, and self-importance is no longer an issue and one’s intention is one to include, connect and co-operate with others. The more one does this, the more harmony it generates and the more beneficial it turns to be. According to many research studies, when some people who led a self-serving life in the past begin a compassionate life they feel good and happy. That means our very make-up teaches that humans have to be loving each other in order to feel good and to be happy. Scientists have found that generosity made people happier and promising to be more generous was enough to trigger a change in our brain giving us pleasant feeling. (http://www.media.uzh.ch/en/Press-Releases/2017/Generosity.html)
Kinda like compassion for all beings. or Om Mani Padme Hum. Well if it works for you that's great. I'm thinking science might have the answer and find a very simple recipe that will work for the majority.
I think I'm all for a reconfiguration of the amygdala so that pain is interpreted differently by the brain and suffering ends. Evolution gave us the suffering of pain for survival but evolution can be improved upon it never provides best means for survival but mainly what works by a mutation process. I think this might be a giant step for homo sapiens as the turn into homo evolutis.