In the conversation about nonduality it is useful to define a “person” and a “human being” differently, as the differences prove illustrative.
A human being can be defined as a composite of the biological entity and conscousness.
Consciousness, keep in mind, is not a product of the biological entity, as is commonly understood, but is singular and all pervading.
A person can be defined as the interplay between consciousness and the biological entity, specifically the brain and senses, creating a mind, which believes itself to be separate, autonomous and individual.
Awakening is the process where the mind is transcended. In enlightenment there is still a human being, but there is no longer a person present.
Instead there are sensations and thoughts appearing in awareness. But no central “person” idea. No individual “having” experiences.
This is the greatest freedom. This is Sat, Chit, Ananda – a Sanskrit term meaning “Being, consciousness, bliss”.
This is the true flowering of the human being. Previous to this it is really a “human doing”.
In this light the vast milieu of human experience is seen as a creative blooming of infinite potential.
Sometimes there is first the intellectual idea that we are not a separate entity, followed by the experiential realisation or Self Realisation of the reality.
Or, this may happen at all at once.
Regardless, what remains is a human being. But not a person. Thoughts and sensations still appear. But they appear to no-one.
And from this flows love. Love is the natural state which is blocked, to lesser and greater degrees (far less so in a “loving” person) by the imaginary entity we call a person.