Saturday, August 22, 2020

Nirvana is not necessarily the blissful state...


Nirvana is not necessarily the blissful state that is commonly thought to be the case. It can be but the more accurate description is that it is a state of mind where "the passion of aversion and craving are done away with". Nirvana literally means "extinguishing the passions of the mind" and unhealthy ego. When one achieves this state of equanimity, one is more apt to experience the "peace that passeth all understanding" as the biblical scripture states. We can accept all situations with equanimity. In Unity we teach that heaven is a state of mind, like hell can be. This heavenly state of mind is the state of nirvana, IMHO. We also teach that we have all the peace we need right within us, all the time, 24/7/365. We just need to let go of the "stuff" that prevents us from experiencing that peace.
  1. (in Buddhism) a transcendent state in which there is neither suffering, desire, nor sense of self, and the subject is released from the effects of karma and the cycle of death and rebirth. It represents the final goal of Buddhism.
  2. My favorite Definition of Nirvana:  "This moment SEEN directly..."

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