Enlightenment as detailed in Indian spirituality leads to state of moksha salvation. When an enlightened one leaves the mortal frame one gains moksha salvation forever! Moksha can never be achieved bodily. Moksha was never meant for the manifest physical body. Moksha is the state when a soul atman finally liberates from cycle of birth and death, moment human beings reached state of enlightenment. Enlightenment is the goal and moksha the end result of spiritual travel.
Enlightenment always leads to state of moksha. When human beings gained enlightenment in their lifetime, it was very much beneficial for the entire humanity. Mahavira, Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ and Prophet Mohammed gaining enlightenment meant a lot for entire mankind. With the advent of these enlightened souls mankind braced itself for spiritual indulging. Unless there were enlightened souls to show the path, mankind would remain immersed in religious activities only. Messier indulgence in spirituality was always preceded by advent of an enlightened one.
Presently mankind is materialistically oriented. Why? It is for the simple reason that none in present times was enlightened. Even Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Maharishi Ramana, the two enlightened souls of present era came long back. Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa left his mortal frame in 1886 and Maharshi Ramana in 1950. Since 1950 mankind awaits advent of an enlightened one. It is still few years more to go before mankind witnesses’ advent of not only an enlightened one but an avatar, messiah saviour of present era.
The awaited Kalki avatar would be one without precedent.
What did the Enlightenment promote
Enlightenment promotes true brotherhood world over. An enlightened one was never limited to a particular religion, faith or creed. All enlightened ones were always beyond bondages of manifest earthly life. From the very beginning they worked for welfare of entire mankind and continued doing so even after reaching state of enlightenment. For an enlightened one what mattered was soul atman existing within human body. For an enlightened soul all human beings including lower forms of life were only sons and daughters of God Almighty.
An enlightened one never distinguishes one individual from another. A true embodiment of God Almighty on mother earth, an enlightened one always imparts to mankind pearls of wisdom that lay hidden in scriptures of different religions of world. Following path taken by enlightened ones is not only noble but a great deed for mankind. All such seekers are always revered and one of them was Swami Vivekananda, the famous disciple saint of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa. It is a different matter that Swami Vivekananda did not gain enlightenment in his lifetime but would do so in the immediate next manifestation.
Human beings reaching enlightenment was the requirement of consciousness, spirit existing within all living beings including human beings. In a few years from now after advent of Kalki avatar mankind would witness human beings in hordes indulging in spirituality to reach state of enlightenment. This period in the history of mankind would be termed a golden era when attraction towards material riches would permanently take a back seat. Furthermore, spiritual people never indulged in religion, rituals and their goal of life always being gaining enlightenment.
Human beings with spiritual inclination always wanted to free self of bondages of earthly life forever. They did not want to rotate in endless cycles of birth and death again and again. Nothing in life is nobler than pursuing spirituality and difficult to reach state of enlightenment.