Signs of a perfect Jnani 1) A Jnani is a truly knowledgeable being. 2) His realizations coincide with that of the Shastras like Adi Shankara..
Oneness and Duality is deeper than what we perceive. There is no difference in philosophy, although the teaching might seem to contradict each other.
Sadhana is the backbone of spiritual realization. Grace is the cause for Spiritual realization. But the very cause for Grace is intention and the Sadhana that follows such intention. Only when Sadhana is committed, free of desire, in the direction of the Supreme, seeking His Grace, it can never be long-lasting and hence will be fruitless. Through Satsanga, one can increase and steepen one's sadhana. Sadhana is indeed the single-most cause for any transformation of life, character and events.
Mind is the basis of our functioning. Just like taking a bath is necessary for maintaining the body in a clean and presentable form, it is required that the mind is kept in good health. Keeping the mind pure, clean and healthy is more important than bodily cleanliness. Unless the mind is rendered clean, our experiences of the world shall be full of pitfalls and sorrows. Hence one has to methodically rid the mind from impurities and the tendency of the mind to get scattered.
Many concepts such as Experience, Perception, Intuition, and Knowledge requires proper understanding. An understanding of these concepts can open several locks that hinder our understanding of the world that surrounds us. As we remove the various road-blocks through a proper deliberation on these concepts, one shall be able to break free from pre-conceived notions that blur the vision of reality that is behind all phenomena.
The mind is the mischief maker always. It is smart in making you believe that you are spiritual because it has known your blind spots and weaknesses. Our honesty and commitment to Truth has always been in question. Moreover we do not want to be left out from society. We want both Truth and the world. The mind makes you believe that this is possible and that you are getting close to Truth. If that is so, you cannot be further away from Truth.
Enlightenment as a term is interpreted by different people in different ways. Even widely accepted Enlightened masters have different definitions for the same term and most of them tend to disagree with other enlightened masters. So what is Enlightenment anyway? The answer is not straight-forward. There is a great deal of subjectivity in the question.
Our identification with people, things, emotions and thought ans circumstances has created a false self of me and mine. When our fundamental identification mechanism itself is faulty, how can we even begin the process of any improvement, if at all we desire to attain perfection in this life. When we are able to create a gap, a separation between the mind and our subjective self, all possibilities of error simply drop off. As we progress with the separation of the mind from the Self there is a progression in our Self-improvement initiative almost as a reflexive response.
Material things are not really material by nature. They somehow represent an extended part of us and in some way represent our consciousness. Material objects represent that part of us which has been frozen, which have lost the ability to change, to become fluid, to move on. Only when man learns to let go of material things and leads a life with uncluttered matter and free space around him can there be a flow of pure consciousness.
Arjuna says that I am able to control the winds with my weapons but I cannot manage the flow of my own mind. This is what the mind can do to us. It can simply blow us out and make us dolls managed by its own whims and fancies. When such a thing is happening beyond control, know that it is the chattering mind which is telling you to do so many things over which you have no control. This madness of the mind-chatter has to stop if you want to be useful to yourself and the society at large..