I was with Goenkaji about 20 years ago when somebody asked him if he was enlightened. t was after the last meditation session, just before bed and it was when students could come to the front and ask questions. Answering the question, Goenkaji just smiled and then said no. And then said something that made everyone laugh. Then said something about focusing on one's own efforts. But the way he said it was pretty amazing. Whenever you sat in front of Goenkaji, either for checking or asking a question in the hall before bed time or during a private interview, it was sitting in front of someone who turned the metta fire-hose on full. And when he said humourous things, it was never at the expense of the person asking the question. I can only imagine that the person was thoroughly sand-blasted by Goenkaji's loving kindness.
But as JC has said - you'll know a person of integrity by the way they act. Mangling the words of Forrest Gump "Ariya is what Ariya does"
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725
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