The Principles Explained (continued)
This is not quite as simple as merely "telling the truth," although that is obviously important. We must be honest in our dealings with other people. We must also live in an internally truthful or honest fashion-facing ourselves without flinching, no matter how uncomfortable we are with what we see. We must gradually learn how to break down our defense mechanisms, our blinders. We must see and honestly admit our shortcomings before we can truly work on them. In working with the Teacher, our blinders are constantly being lifted, and we are repeatedly forced in to the difficult task of having to look at our selves. Through this process, we are able to live with a sense of righteousness in our relationships with our selves and others.
The Teacher says that following the first nine principles leads to the tenth, Enlightenment. He does not, however, say exactly what enlightenment is, and He discourages us from focusing on its attainment. Instead, He counsels us to follow the first nine principles and struggle with the seven challenges (discussed in the next section). We should not expend our energies trying to understand the concept of enlightenment. It is much more important for us to do the work itself with constant effort to be and act as good, caring and loving people. The aim here is not to reach an unconscious state of bliss, but rather a conscious recognition of our responsibilities, a constant state of extreme awareness.
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