90 Enlightenment Quotes For Spiritual Awakening

I have rounded up the best collection of enlightenment quotes, sayings, and proverbs, to inspire you to see deep within your heart and soul for self-awareness and spiritual awakening.

Being enlightened is a state of awakened understanding. A state where you know your true self and accept yourself completely. You are aware of your thoughts and also reality.

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The state of enlightenment is important in Hindu, Buddhist, and yogic philosophy. According to the teachings of yoga, enlightenment is the goal of all meditation and yogic practices — physical, mental, or spiritual.

These positive enlightenment quotes are written by wise spiritual leaders, authors, and gurus to help you seek true enlightenment of your consciousness.

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Best Quotes About Enlightenment

  1. “Being is enlightenment.” – Osho

  2. “Enlightenment is always preceded by confusion.” – Milton H. Erickson

  3. “Enlightenment is when a wave realizes it is the ocean.” – Thich Nhat Hanh                                                                               
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    spiritual enlightenment quotes

  4. “The greatest illusion in this world is the illusion of separation.” – Anonymous

  5. “We are within nature, just as nature is within us. We are it and it is us.” – Lama Surya Das

  6. “Enlightenment is the complete awareness of life without mental modifications.” – Frederick Lenz

  7. “If we dispense with finite enlightenment, we cannot conceive of true enlightenment.” – Timothy Richard

  8. “The real meaning of enlightenment is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all darkness.” – Nikos Kazantzakis

  9. “Enlightenment is the journey from the head back to the heart, from words back to silence.” – Jack Brocas                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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    enlighten quotes

  10. “Enlightenment, joy, and peace can never be given to you by another. The well is inside you.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

  11. “I will gain more understanding when I realize… there is no light more brilliant than the light I am.” – Iyanla Vanzant

  12. “Enlightenment or awakening is not the creation of a new state of affairs but the recognition of what already is.” – Alan Watts

  13. “But understand that the true basis for awakening to the state of enlightenment is found within ourselves.” – The Dzogchen Primer

  14. “Enlightenment is not a change into something better or more, but a simple recognition of who we truly already are.” – Anonymous

  15. “In essence, enlightenment is a way of seeing—that is, of experiencing and relating—to which we had previously been unaccustomed.” – Robert Wolfe

  16. “What is enlightenment? It is complete and total non-attachment to one’s own thoughts. And in the absence of attachments to one’s own thoughts, all that is present is love.” – Teal Scott

  17. “Enlightenment is found within the mind, not outside it in various worldly phenomena. It is found in wisdom, not ignorance, in virtue and purity, not evil and pollution.” – William Bodri

  18. “Below all mental symbols, noise, and manipulations, there lies only one thing: Awareness. And the Awareness that looks out your eyes, is the same Awareness that looks out your neighbors.” – Wayne Wir’s

  19. “Enlightenment is not the byproduct of avoiding the darkness in favor of the light. It is the byproduct of taking the light of consciousness and diving deep into the darkness with it. To make the darkness conscious is to turn the shadow into light.” – Teal Scott

Enlightenment Quotes To Awaken Your Spiritual Journey

  1. “Your imagination is the vehicle to enlightenment.” – Gary Hopkins

  2. “Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.” – Lao Tzu
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    enlightenment quotes

  3. “There is no path to happiness. Happiness is the path.” – Buddha                                                                                                       
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    quotes about enlightenment

  4. “Enlightenment is found when I am present to my experience and to God.” – Unknown

  5. “The attainment of enlightenment from ego’s point of view is extreme death.” – Chogyam Trungpa

  6. “If I could define enlightenment briefly, I would say it is the quiet acceptance of what is.” – Wayne Dyer

  7. “I went in being me, but not knowing it. I came out being me, and knowing it. It was this that changed my life.” – Anonymous

  8. “Without doing any harmful act, Abundantly perform beneficial acts. Completely tame your mind.” – Matthieu Ricard

  9. “To study the way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things.” – Dogen

  10. “So the single most vital step on your journey toward enlightenment is this: learn to disidentify from your mind.” – Eckhart Tolle

  11. “Enlightenment is not the experience of the void. There is no void, only the fullness of awareness appearing as a void.” – James Swartz

  12. “Nirvana or lasting enlightenment or true spiritual growth can be achieved only through persistent exercise of real love.” – M. Scott Peck

  13. “The angel looked at the young man and said you are already rewarded with enlightenment, because of your open, joyful, honest, and simple spirit.” – Pejman Aghasi

  14. “Before enlightenment, a mountain is a mountain. During the enlightenment, a mountain is not a mountain. After enlightenment, a mountain is a mountain again.” – Jed McKenna

  15. “The ego tries to convince us that we must do things to achieve enlightenment. The spirit knows that enlightenment is not a matter of doing, but a magnificent consequence of being.” – Dean Jackson

Deep Enlighten Quotes About Life

  1. “You are the universe, expressing itself as a human for a little while.” – Eckhart Tolle

  2. “Discomfort is always a necessary part of the process of enlightenment.” – Pearl Cleage

  3. “Enlightenment must come little by little otherwise it would overwhelm.” – Idries Shah

  4. “Enlightenment is not a goal to be attained, it is a state of being to be regained.” – Unknown

  5. “Waiting for enlightenment will not bring about enlightenment.” – Khandro, Khandro Rinpoche

  6. “To achieve enlightenment, one has to accept disgrace and misfortune willingly.” – Lewis Schipper

  7. “The attainment of enlightenment is therefore the real meaning of human life.” – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

  8. “It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.” – Eckhart Tolle

  9. “When we wake up from our confused state of mind, that is enlightenment.” – Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

  10. “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” – Carl Jung

  11. “Ignorance has always been the weapon of tyrants; enlightenment the salvation of the free.” – Bill Richardson

  12. “The ultimate goal is to know oneself fully as well as one’s place in the world. This is the Ultimate Enlightenment.” – Jason Chin

  13. “What you focus on you become. So always focus on that which is highest, brightest, happiest and most noble of all things, enlightenment.” – Frederick Lenz

  14. “We need enlightenment, not just individually but collectively, to save the planet. We need to awaken ourselves. We need to practice mindfulness if we want to have a future, if we want to save ourselves and the planet.” – Thích Nhạc Hạnh

  15. “Enlightenment is life and of itself. Enlightenment is the knowledge of the origin and of truth, whereby truth is self-existing and unchanging. Enlightenment is the universe that exists as it is; Enlightenment is the act of knowing this universe.” – Woo Myung

Insightful Words Of Enlightenment

  1. “I didn’t change, I just woke up.” – Unknown                                                                                                                           
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  2. “There are many paths to enlightenment.” – Anonymous

  3. “Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-incurred immaturity.” – Immanuel Kant                                             
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    enlightened quotes

  4. “In the broadest context, the goal is to seek enlightenment – however you define it.” – Steve Jobs

  5. Attachment is the main thing that is blocking your path towards enlightenment.” – Garchen Rinpoche

  6. “The only difference between saints and sages is the degree or depth of their awakening.” – William Bodri

  7. “On the pathway that leads to enlightenment, only your heart can tell you what is right.” – Frederick Lenz

  8. “This Universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you already are.” – Rumi
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    quotes on enlightenment

  9. “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” – Carl Jung

  10. “The word enlightenment conjures up the idea of some superhuman accomplishment, and the ego likes to keep it that way, but it is simply your natural state of felt oneness with Being.” – Eckhart Tolle

  11. “More compassion for all living beings — universal compassion — and we develop this compassion only by relying upon all living beings as the objects of our compassion.” – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

  12. “Always keep your mind as bright as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment.” –  Morihei Ueshiba

  13. “Enlightenment is not an attainment or an achievement. It is a homecoming. Your senses give you the impression that you are experiencing the outside, but you have never experienced the outside. When you realize that all that you experience is within, that absolute homecoming is enlightenment.” – Sadhguru

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The Enlightenment, also known as the Age of Reason, was an intellectual and cultural movement in the eighteenth century that emphasized reason over superstition and science over blind faith.

The term “enlightenment” was popularised in the Western world through the 19th-century translations of German-born philologist Max Müller.

For Enlightenment thinkers themselves, however, the Enlightenment is not a historical period, but a process of social, psychological, or spiritual development, unbound to time or place.

These deep soul-searching quotes will help you to discover who you are and find your true purpose in life.

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