disjointed wrote:Say you had entry level liberation (arhantship),
how do you think that would change how you act?
how would you see the world if you didn't need or want anything in it any longer?
what things would you do more of?
what things less?
I think if I had that kind of attainment I would make the intention to benefit beings and sit in meditation until I died so I could take on a more suitable kind of body. I'm not actually sure arhantship secures your ability to take on a light body or produce emanations though.
I can't even imagine what it would be like to be a Buddha right now so I didn't ask about that. :0
Arahantship is not merely 'entry level liberation', it is the total and complete liberation from, the termination/elimination of all afflictions (passion, aggression and delusion) that causes further suffering and rebirth. Even in the Mahayana path, the Bodhisattva only gains this level of liberation or freedom from afflictions at the 8th Bhumi level. It is by no means an easy feat.
I have not known or met of anyone that I am convinced are arahants today (despite many claimants and rumours) by the Buddha's standards. Which means to say it is a pretty high level of attainment, and I cannot find any practitioners that have developed their practice to such an advanced stage today.
Perhaps by entry level you're referring to the lower levels of attainment like stream entry?
I do not believe that Arhants will be able to produce light body/emanations/and so on unless they also choose to take a particular path of development that leads to those attainments apart from the liberation they have already attained.
The arhant experiences the world in such a manner: http://majjhimanikaya.wordpress.com/2009/09/09/112/
1) unattracted (and without desire or delight) in the seen/sensed/cognized, 2) unrepelled, 3) independent, 4) completely free of any clinging, 5) completely free of the tendency towards I/mine-making
An arahant is incapable of these:AN 9.7 Sutavaa Sutta [Excerpt]
translated from the Pali by Ven Bhikkhu Bodhi
"In the past, Sutavaa, and also now, I declare that a monk who is an arahant --
one with the taints destroyed, who has lived the holy life, done his task, laid
down the burden, attained his own goal, destroyed the fetters of becoming and
become liberated by final knowledge -- is incapable of transgression in regard
to nine things:
 "he is incapable of destroying life,
 "abhabbo khii.naasavo bhikkhu sa~ncicca paa.na.m jiivitaa voropetu.m,
 "he is incapable of committing theft,
 "abhabbo khii.naasavo bhikkhu adinna.m theyyasa"nkhaata.m aadaatu.m,
 "he is incapable of engaging in the sexual act,
 "abhabbo khii.naasavo bhikkhu methuna.m dhamma.m pa.tisevitu.m,
 "he is incapable of telling a deliberate lie,
 "abhabbo khii.naasavo bhikkhu sampajaanamusaa bhaasitu.m,
 "he is incapable of making use of stored up enjoyments as he did in the past
when he was a householder,
 "abhabbo khii.naasavo bhikkhu sannidhikaaraka.m kaame paribhu~njitu.m
seyyathaapi pubbe agaariyabhuuto,
 "he is incapable of taking a wrong course of action on account of desire,
 "abhabbo khii.naasavo bhikkhu chandaagati.m gantu.m,
 "he is incapable of taking a wrong course of action on account of hatred,
 "abhabbo khii.naasavo bhikkhu dosaagati.m gantu.m,
 "he is incapable of taking a wrong course of action on account of delusion,
 "abhabbo khii.naasavo bhikkhu mohaagati.m gantu.m,
 "he is incapable of taking a wrong course of action on account of fear.
 "abhabbo khii.naasavo bhikkhu bhayaagati.m gantu.m.
"In the past, Sutavaa, and also now I declare that a monk who is an arahant is
incapable of transgression in regard to these nine things."