Q. How does enlightened consciousness differ from ordinary consciousness?

A. Let us suppose that you watch a horror movie with a five-year-old child in a movie theatre. The child can be scared enough to try to hide or even burst out crying, whereas you enjoy it. Why does such a thing happen? Does the movie make itself look more horrible to the child than to you?

The difference is that you can see and hear beyond what you see and hear, that is, you know it is not real but merely pictures on a white screen, but the child does not. In the same way, the enlightened can see and hear reality beyond what reaches their eyes and ears. This is why the enlightened are said to see and hear what ordinary people cannot.

©Boo Ahm

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