brian: how do i achieve enlightenment? phoenix: well, what is enlightenment? brian: umm, i don't know. phoenix: well how to you expect to get there if you don't know where it is, if you don't have a map? brian: umm, i have no idea. but my HUNCH is that i can get there. phoenix: that is my hunch as well. enlightenment, in my humble opinion, is having all of the following three properties: omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence. brian: how many people have reached enlightenment? can i seek out their teachings? phoenix: i only know one being who has reached this. but in fact, there could be three. or perhaps 666. maybe 12. how about 5? maybe infinitely many! if you have two beings all with exactly the same properties, completely in every way, both absolutely perfect, then are they really different beings? brian, what i want to tell you is that there is no map except as the first enlightened being reveals it to us. it teaches us in absolutely every experience you have. only you aren't learning from them. i'm not enlightened, but i am more so than you. brian: thank you, kind teacher.