When a person is untrained, unawakened, they are not aware of their own indwelling enlightenment and the fountain of love that arises within them, thus they seek love everywhere else but within themselves and the experience of the world is often dark and cruel and to that extent that we find enlightenment first within ourselves do we have it’s constant darshan, its constant connection, its constant contact, but until we do so, we’re unconscious of our own enlightenment, it is present but only unconsciously.
It’s an interesting idea that enlightenment is not something that is gained, but realized. The word realization is the discovery of something already present. There wasn’t a point where it did not exist and then you found it.
It already existed, it always existed, you realized it.