He is NOT enlightened. He might be detached from everything but money and his own Fame, but the dude is NOT enlightened. But he is good at play-acting though.
OK. Can you define for us the criteria for genuine enlightenment or give us an example of someone who is enlightened so that we can discern between those that are and are not? Thanks.
CSP: I don't mean to target you or anything, but you seem a little naive, bless your heart. The only way to spot someone is to have a similar experience yourself. I don't have a teaching, but I did research on how to raise kundalini and applied techniques all on my own, but if you read the 'masters' of vedanta like Ramakrishna or other enlightened lives (documentation is hard to find on older masters like christ and so on, but RK is one of the newest 'avatars' you can read on)... however, before I even knew of RK (1999), 18 years ago I was sold on becoming enlightened so I did 8-12 hours of yoga per day, extreme breathing exersizes, fasting, prayer and I did that for a year never missing one day. Before then, I was easily swayed by fakes, people with major charisma and even those with lots of shakti (energy) who had powers. Yes, I have witnessed powers from Yogi's. It's not until you do the practice on your own that you know the difference. And on top of that, enlightenment isn't as rare as you think. Maybe I've been lucky to know a few of those that are and they are from India who have been monks doing yoga since the age 13. It takes major spiritual austerities to bring enlightenment and even after enlightenment, you still have the same human issues we all have. As long as one is in a body, we are still human, with an ego (a small one and you can tell this by how much love they want to give, not how many books they write). You must retain ego to function afterwards, so don't be swayed into thinking enlightened people are floating on clouds with drone voices that have no humanness left, they do and they have interesting voices, not droney voices. Read Ramakrishna, he was an 'avatar' but he was still very very human with pain occasionally.
I'm not certain how RR feels about legit religions that are not culty, but to me culty is herd thinking and if you 'do' the path, you aren't following the herd. You are on your own which is how I do my own spiritual thing. I learned my lessons in cults, been there done that. Not interested, but ET is.