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Even [a mystical] experience is useless without the correct interpretation. Suppose your sense of being a separate individual falls away for a moment or ten minutes or even an hour, and then suddenly that apparent duality seems to come back again. Does that mean the one true Self gets displaced? Of course not! Then why should enlightenment require an experience? Enlightenment doesn't depend upon experiences; it depends upon my shedding my error and ignorance—that is what it depends upon, and nothing else.
                                                                                                         Swami Dayananda in conversation about Advaita Vedanta
                                              with Andrew Cohen in What is Enlightenment? Magazine; Issue 14, Fall/Winter 1998, at wie.org