more like explaining how different enlightenment factors reinforce eachother,
I am curious about your question. What do you mean by this? Can you elaborate. What are the "different enlightenment factors" for example that you are thinking of.
Perhaps i should say what i think enlightenment is in the first place. Maybe we have quite a different understanding of it.
In the books i have read the writers say the word, awakening
, is more reflective of the actual state of enlightenment or even a better translation. From their descriptions of it, i have taken it to mean that a) you have become a very psychologically mature person so you are no longer selfish, concerned with petty things, have great reserves of inner strength and resources so that you will not be dependent on the opinions, or advice or love of others but also so that you won't be proud, arrogant or carry about any other negative baggage that could upset people or yourself. b) BEcause you are mature, you will see things clearly. YOu won't be projecting your own distorted interpretations and views and biases onto things you see. c) You won't be one of those poeple who is always busy pointing the finger at others and forgetting to focus on your own faults. c) you will be compassionate towards all others whatever their level of personal development so you will never be disdainful of them or harsh to them. d) Furthermore, according to the buddha, being enlightened or awakened would mean that you have experienced the meditative state where you have seen that all the world is interconnected and that is the important thing, as opposed to your individual independent self. You would have a deep and profound understanding of the world as this interconnected thing. I understand that this insight in particular will underpin and strengthen your behaviour in all the preceding ways that i have mentioned because if you have seen that all of us are one and not many, then you will understand the importance of being compassionate to all much more.
I myself am still skeptical about this last thing. I mean i doubt that it is really so. But who knows one day i might experience this understanding of the world and change my view of what the self is. Without this great insight, i still feel that all of the prior ways of being ie mature and selfless and compassionate are very good ways to be and are worth aspiring to for their own sake.