Hello all. I have been contemplating and searching different school of thoughts about awakening consciousness and have some thoughts about it. I am not speaking from an experience, but after contemplating and meditating these things came to my mind. Is it possible to have a sudden awakening? Yes, it is possible, but it is not as common, as some may think. Yes,Buddha did have it, but he went through a lot of self inquiry and thinking, until he finally realised the truth. As I mentioned, it can, has and will happen to some people suddenly, but I am of the opinion, that it is rare phenomenon indeed. Many Advaita teachers claim to have awakened, but how many are truly awakened? If awakening occurs only intellectually, it might not be full awakening. I believe, there must me more to it. Actually, not many of those so, experienced, have started to teach of love,mercy,compassion,helping less fortunate,etc... There was even one teacher, who claimed to been awakened, but still closed his eyes from millions of poor people, who lived nearby. Among some circles, people are edging insanity, because the promised awakening didn't happen. The point I am making is, that gradual step by step approach to awakening is more natural way for most of us anyway. This way we will have time to 'ripen' and getting ready as the truth unfolds itself to us. It's like we have multiple layer of skin on us, that need to be peeled off one by one and helping us to be ready and mature enough to that full awakening experience. Awakening is probably like growing process or maturing process, which will naturally unfold itself as we seek it. Of course the Universal Consciousness is already complete unchanged in us and we ultimately are that,but the cosmic law works it's own perfect way for each one of us. So sudden awakening happens to those,who are ready for it, for rest of us it happens in it's own course according to our ability to absorb and realise it. These were my thoughts and you may disagree with me and that's fine. The ultimate truth is kind of hidden from all of us to the extent to know it 100% But we're on our way to get it, sooner or later. John.