---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <fleetwood_macncheese@...> wrote :
So, there has never been a model, of how an enlightened person acts, as a householder. Maharishi brought out a lot of elements regarding diet, architecture, health, and even fashion (saris and crowns, robes and cream colored suits) that although provocative, and even quietly revolutionary, will only be adopted by a tiny minority. The trick is to weave an enlightened life within our own culture, and culture in the West favors the individual, so we are back to square one. :-) This is what I don't get, the idea that some people have that you can know who is "enlightened" and who isn't. The fact that they can have this ingrained set of ideas of how enlightened people act is quite hilarious. I mean, on what are these ideas based? Where did they come from? It seems like if enlightened people were to follow the 'guidelines' of what some here seem to think enlightenment means you'd be the most boring person on the planet. Perhaps their ideas are along the lines of acting like some bookish saint, doing plenty of volunteer time at your local food kitchen and ASPCA, donating a few organs and baking pies and casseroles for the neighborhood after having built your neighbor's barn and knitted a slew of sweaters for the needy. I say most have very old fashioned and limited views on this enlightenment business. What, an enlightened person can show anger or impatience? Pish posh.