Special Revelation is the message of a divine entity, such as God, being revealed directly to one person.
[u]Example of Special Revelation:[/u]
[li]Moses receiving the 10 Commandments.[/li]
[li]Saul, a Jew intending to persecute Christians, receiving a vision from Jesus asking "Why do you persecute me?". Then he becomes a Christian.[/li]
[li]Muhammad having the Quran revealed to him over the course of 23 years.[/li]
General Revelation is God making himself known through ordinary, common human experiences, and available to all.
[u]Examples of General Revelation:[/u]
[li]Observing a property of God through nature, as it is available to all.[/li]
Enlightenment is the sudden realisation of a greater or divine truth.
It differs from revelation as it is self discovered, rather than, like in the case of revelation, revealed by a divine entity.
[u]Examples of Enlightenment:[/u]
[li]Nirvana in Buddhism is enlightenment which is achieved from following [b]Magga[/b] (the noble eightfold path - a way to not cause or experience sufferring), and leads to a break from [b]Samsara[/b] (the endless, birth, death and rebirth cycle).[/li]
[li]Moksha is the englightnement in Hinduism which is achieved when a person realises that [b]maya[/b] (the belief that we are seperate from the Supreme being called Brahman), is an illusion. In doing so they break free from [b]Samsara[/b] and become one with Brahman.[/li]
[b]All the above include something that is the supreme, final, and fundamental power in all reality: Ultimate Reality[/b]
Some in the form of God, other in the realisation that their existence is just a fragment of a greater one.