Seeking Enlightenment


Ethereal One…

Celestial Awakening

Bringing a New Hope


Offering Prayers

Blessings, Condolence, and Love

A Global Chancel


We are All Equal

Many Enlightened Devotees

Humbly Seeking Hope


‘O Teach us Master

Your Words Etched in Willing Minds

To Share with Others


And Never Again

Shall We Surrender Knowledge

Betterment For All



Are We Enlightened Yet? – The Eternal Quest for Enlightenment

One of the “age-old” questions that seems to circulate continuously is that of reaching enlightenment or something close to it.  To the seekers of heightened spiritual awakeness, there is a means to the end; a journey with a destination.  Yet, to those who aren’t on a given path, merely presenting the question leads to confusion across a broad spectrum.  Although there is no guarantee that anyone searching for enlightenment will find it, it is most certain that unless one takes the first steps, the results of the journey can never be catalogued.

Most people cannot describe what enlightenment means to them or anyone else.  In fact, most people who have reached enlightenment cannot describe the route they took to get there either.  This makes sense since no two experiences are the same.  When we allow ourselves to be spiritually awakened, we still retain our personalities, our preferences, and even some of our opinions.  Each person who undertakes their personal journey will be forced to come to terms with the facts about themselves, their lives, their impending death, and how reality threads them together.

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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

3 thoughts on “Seeking Enlightenment

  • June 5, 2017 at 3:39 PM

    I really like this article, Ralph. Your haiku are excellent and your message on the Eternal Quest is in itself enlightening. I believe enlightenment is different for each person, for it is their personal journey. I have reached enlightenment on my spiritual quest and on true love. Does that mean I am a totally enlightened person? I don’t think so, for there are world issues that still plague me. I know how the world can obtain peace, yet how do I spread that message of love and peace just through my writing? I have written on how to be a lantern carrier, to light other lanterns and spread the light of love and peace, but has it reached enough people? And if so, have any of them lit a lantern? I don’t know. There is more I can do and want to find out how to help others find enlightenment on the world issues. Sorry to ramble, but your message has a lot of thoughts to ponder on. Great work, Ralph.

  • June 5, 2017 at 7:31 PM

    Nicely said Ralph, as it is an enigma to many. I believe enlightenment is not a destination but a way of life, a state of being open and kind to life in all aspects. It takes many years to gain a broad perspective and see oneself and life as it is. That acceptance is the first step to a spiritual opening, I believe. Great work my friend.

  • August 4, 2017 at 9:04 AM


    These are beautiful, lifting words. “Humbly seeking hope”…so lovely. Thank you for sharing this peaceful and soothing poem with us. It is a blessing.


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