An (attempt at an) Explanation of Enlightenment And Ego
Enlightenment (AKA Self-realization, Shiva-consciousness, nirvana, or awakening) basically means discarding delusions and discovering your original nature (sometimes called higher-self) and being effortlessly and permanently established in that. The dropping away of identification with ego - in other words, clearly seeing that you are not any story/personality - is an automatic result of this realization. One who is awakened to their true nature no longer views life situations personally or with bias. They are able to see from the pure neutrality, which we all are in essence.
The fruits of this state can be described as immutable peace and joy that springs out of itself as opposed to ephemeral happiness that feels like it occurs because of an event or a thing. Even in the midst of apparent turmoil, the Self-realized being enjoys a calm bliss. Whatever actions are meant to rise from them happen effortlessly. Their purpose is fulfilled naturally, without any mental interference, and their peace remains unbroken. What people call life is experienced by such beings as 100% harmonious and spontaneous. They can use thinking as they choose to, but mind is their servant not their dictator.
The enlightened one, or an Avadhut, is established in a joy that cannot be moved. This is the true kingdom of heaven.
Luke 17:20-21 “Now when [Lord Christ] was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said,
Conversely, ego refers to the mind-identified self. When the one described above - which could be anybody - has not met the depths of their Being and mistakes themselves to be their conditioned mindset, with all its constricting neuroses and allegiances to concepts, that is the limited state of the True Self living as a little-me; ego.