Kevin: Almost eight billion body-minds on earth, an equal number of view-points. In our little Garden(OfFriends.com) there are around 40 view-points, each experiencing life somewhat differently from the other. This difference delivers to us the richness of existence; imagine chili con carne with just meat, no salt, no herbs, no spices: no thank you.
Our variety of view-points is in keeping with our apparent separateness. Each one of us has to fend for her/himself. So it follows that whether talking about food or cars, relationships, or non-duality and Awareness, as we are, we are going to view matters differently.
Our lives flow in a river of approximations. Science pokes out as islands of relative facts/truth here and there…knowing the river could deepen at any moment and subsume those islands too. Nisargadatta said “All knowledge is ignorance”. I agree with his statement. Ultimately.
I believe enlightenment is not exempt from personal perspective. One person’s description of Awareness, their felt experience, is unlikely to mirror precisely, another’s. Though due to the paucity of words one may be faced with agreement. Consciousness is beyond human understanding or experience. Any experience means duality. And oneness cannot experience oneness. If we claim ‘to know’ Consciousness then by definition, we do not. Advaita, Not Two. Who would could know what?
But we want to be Home, or close to it at least and I believe this is what we are doing, however subtly you cut it. And there’s nothing wrong with this, it’s the best use of an apparent human life, that I can think of. Though here, as we are, can we truly claim to experience what it is we are seeking?
Advaita, religion generally, the goal is to bring about a better mind, to take us as close as is humanly possible to the Love, Truth, Beauty of our Source, and expose us, if only to a trace, of its fugitive and hopefully transformative benevolence.
Just one view-point.