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“The Journey Towards Enlightenment”

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Amit Mehta ASRC 100.1- "Black Male Writers" Professor Blacksher Final Essay 05/03/06 "The Journey Towards Enlightenment" Humanity has relentlessly striven to attain true happiness. Many search the material world for the happiness they seek, however some come to understand that the answers lie simply within their own consciousness. One's life can therefore be characterized as a journey towards attaining complete self- awareness. This natural journey involves the attainment of various stages of consciousness, culminating with one's metamorphoses into a human being who recognizes one's dharma and acts in a manner which further develops the collective consciousness. Dharma represents one's inner duty and one's manner of conduct. By recognizing one's dharma and following it, one can overcome any obstacle. "My responsibility as a black writer does not differ from my responsibility as a human being: to live with reverence toward and responsibility for my soul." 1This recognition of one's dharma marks the first step towards achieving spiritual independence and accepting one's responsibility to one's self and human society. The realization of one's own potential in life marks an important step towards a higher state of consciousness.2 Those who have not recognized their dharma have not yet stepped upon the path towards a higher consciousness. ...read more.


"I was born in the slum, but the slum was not born in me." 13 Once one has achieved this realization of dharma, one becomes increasingly capable of greater cooperation within society. Yet, the gradual struggle to free one self from the divisive ideas which disrupt the peacefulness of the mind must take a natural course. "Creating a color-blind society on a foundation saturated with the venom of racism requires something more than simply proclaiming that the age of brotherhood as arrived."14 Unfortunately, among certain groups, particularly within minority communities, this movement towards greater understanding has been rushed; inadvertently hindering the complete enlightenment process. "That which might have emerged normally, if given time, had been forcibly and prematurely exposed to the light. It now seemed as if the Caesarian operation was going to prove fatal both to the parent and to the child." 15 Through this complete acceptance of one's duty in life, one enters the final, post-reflective, stage in the journey towards self- realization. With the acceptance of one's own purpose in life, there develops an expanding solidarity within society.16 Thus, with increasing solidarity comes the strength to further develop not only one's individual consciousness, but that of society as well. ...read more.


2. One must keep a broad perspective on society's evil and work top make a difference. - Personal story of transformation. Conclusion Summary of all points made in paper. 1 Julius Lester, "Falling Pieces of the Broken Sky," Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America-An Anthology, ed. Herb Boyd and Robert L. Allen (New York: Ballantine Books, 1995) 520. 2 Yette, "The Choice: The Issue of Black Survival in America," Brotherman, 767. 3 Wright, "Black Boy," in Brotherman, 65. 4 Hudson, "Black Worker in the Deep South," Brotherman, 481 5 Greenlee, " The Spook who Sat by The Door," Brotherman, 486 6 Watkins, "On the Real Side," Brotherman, 528 7 Chidvilasananda, Swami, "Are You Building a Bridge to the Inner Country," Darshan, 145, April 199, 41. 8 Perry, "No Other Tale to Tell," Brotherman, 231 9 Washington, "Up From Slavery," Brotherman, 27 10 Grier & Cobbs, "Black Rage," Brotherman, 782 11 Forman, "The Making of Black Revolutionaries," Brotherman, 755 12 Malcolm X, "Speech to African Summitt Conference," Brotherman, 745 13 Jackson, "Keep Hope Alive," Brotherman, 799 14 Cose, "The Rage of a Privelaged Class," Brotherman, 505 15 Thurman, "Infants of the Spring," Brotherman, 515 16 Yette, 767 17Jackson, 792 18 King, "Where Do We Go From Here," Brotherman, 742 19 Jackson, 793 20 Marable, "Toward Black American Empowerment," Brotherman, 808 ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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