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Nirvana
Sanskrit निर्वाण
(IAST: nirvāṇa)
Pali nibbāna
Burmese နိဗ္ဗာန်
(MLCTS: neɪʔbàɰ̃)
Chinese 涅槃
(Pinyin: nièpán)
Indonesian nirwana
Japanese 涅槃
(Rōmaji: nehan)
Khmer និព្វាន
(UNGEGN: nĭpvéan; ALA-LC: nibvān; IPA: [nippiən] )
Korean 열반
(RR: yeolban)
Mon နဳဗာန်
([nìppàn])
Mongolian Нирваан дүр
(nirvaan dür)
Shan ၼိၵ်ႈပၢၼ်ႇ
([nik3paan2])
Sinhala නිර්වාණ
(nivana)
Tibetan མྱ་ངན་ལས་འདས་པ།
(mya ngan las 'das pa)
Tagalog nirvanna
Thai นิพพาน
(RTGS: nipphan)
Vietnamese niết bàn
Glossary of Buddhism
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Nirvana
Englishfreedom, liberation
Sanskrit निर्वाण
(IAST: nirvāṇa)
Bengali নির্বাণ
(nirbanô)
Gujarati નિર્વાણ
(nirvāṇa)
Hindi निर्वाण
(nirvāṇa)
Javanese ꦤꦶꦂꦮꦤ
(nirwana)
Kannada ನಿರ್ವಾಣ
(nirvāṇa)
Malayalam നിർവാണം
(nirvanam)
Marathi निर्वाण
(nirvāṇa)
Nepali निर्वाण
(nirvāṇa)
Odia ନିର୍ବାଣ
(nirbaana)
Punjabi ਨਿਰਬਾਣ
(nirbāṇa)
Tamil வீடுபேறு
(Veeduperu)
Telugu నిర్వాణం
(nirvaanam)
Glossary of Hinduism terms

Nirvāṇa ( /nɪərˈvɑːnə/ neer-VAH-nə, /-ˈvænə/ -VAN-ə, /nɜːr-/ nur-; [1] Sanskrit : निर्वाणnirvāṇa [nɪɽʋaːɳɐ] ; Pali: nibbāna; Prakrit: ṇivvāṇa; literally, "blown out", as in an oil lamp [2] ) is a concept in Indian religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism) that represents the ultimate state of soteriological release, the liberation from duḥkha and saṃsāra . [3] [web 1] [4]

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In Indian religions, nirvana is synonymous with moksha and mukti. [note 1] All Indian religions assert it to be a state of perfect quietude, freedom, highest happiness as well as the liberation from attachment and worldly suffering and the ending of samsara, the round of existence. [6] [7] However, non-Buddhist and Buddhist traditions describe these terms for liberation differently. [8] In Hindu philosophy, it is the union of or the realization of the identity of Atman with Brahman, depending on the Hindu tradition. [9] [10] [11] In Jainism, nirvana is also the soteriological goal, representing the release of a soul from karmic bondage and samsara. [12] In the Buddhist context, nirvana refers to realization of non-self and emptiness, marking the end of rebirth by stilling the fires that keep the process of rebirth going. [8] [13] [14] To achieve this status, one has to get rid of three psychological evils – Raga (greed, desire), Dwesha (anger) and Moha (delusion).

Etymology

The ideas of spiritual liberation, with the concept of soul and Brahman, appear in Vedic texts and Upanishads, such as in verse 4.4.6 of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. [15]

The term nirvana in the soteriological sense of "blown out, extinguished" state of liberation appears at many places in Vedas particularly in Bhagavata Purana, however populist opinion does not give credit to either the Vedas or the Upanishads. Erroneously Collins states, "the Buddhists seem to have been the first to call it nirvana." [16] This may have been deliberate use of words in early Buddhism, suggests Collins, since Atman and Brahman were described in Vedic texts and Upanishads with the imagery of fire, as something good, desirable and liberating. [17] Collins says the word nirvāṇa is from the verbal root "blow" in the form of past participle vāna "blown", prefixed with the preverb nis meaning "out". Hence the original meaning of the word is "blown out, extinguished". (Sandhi changes the sounds: the v of vāna causes nis to become nir, and then the r of nir causes retroflexion of the following n: nis+vāna > nirvāṇa). [18] However the Buddhist meaning of nirvana also has other interpretations.

L. S. Cousins said that in popular usage nirvana was "the goal of Buddhist discipline,... the final removal of the disturbing mental elements which obstruct a peaceful and clear state of mind, together with a state of awakening from the mental sleep which they induce." [19]

Overview

Nirvāṇa is a term found in the texts of all major Indian religionsHinduism, [20] Jainism [21] Buddhism, [22] and Sikhism. [23] [24] It refers to the profound peace of mind that is acquired with moksha, liberation from samsara, or release from a state of suffering, after respective spiritual practice or sādhanā. [note 2]

The liberation from Saṃsāra developed as an ultimate goal and soteriological value in the Indian culture, and called by different terms such as nirvana, moksha, mukti and kaivalya. This basic scheme underlies Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism, where "the ultimate aim is the timeless state of moksa, or, as the Buddhists first seem to have called it, nirvana." [28] Although the term occurs in the literatures of a number of ancient Indian traditions, the concept is most commonly associated with Buddhism. [web 1] Some writers believe the concept was adopted by other Indian religions after it became established in Buddhism, but with different meanings and description, for instance the use of (Moksha) in the Hindu text Bhagavad Gita of the Mahabharata . [20]

The idea of moksha is connected to the Vedic culture, where it conveyed a notion of amrtam, "immortality", [29] [30] and also a notion of a timeless, "unborn", or "the still point of the turning world of time". It was also its timeless structure, the whole underlying "the spokes of the invariable but incessant wheel of time". [note 3] The hope for life after death started with notions of going to the worlds of the Fathers or Ancestors and/or the world of the Gods or Heaven. [29] [note 4]

The earliest Vedic texts incorporate the concept of life, followed by an afterlife in heaven and hell based on cumulative virtues (merit) or vices (demerit). [31] However, the ancient Vedic Rishis challenged this idea of afterlife as simplistic, because people do not live an equally moral or immoral life. Between generally virtuous lives, some are more virtuous; while evil too has degrees, and either permanent heaven or permanent hell is disproportionate. The Vedic thinkers introduced the idea of an afterlife in heaven or hell in proportion to one's merit, and when this runs out, one returns and is reborn. [32] [33] [34] The idea of rebirth following "running out of merit" appears in Buddhist texts as well. [35] This idea appears in many ancient and medieval texts, as Saṃsāra , or the endless cycle of life, death, rebirth and redeath, such as section 6:31 of the Mahabharata [36] and verse 9.21 of the Bhagavad Gita . [37] [38] [note 5] The Saṃsara, the life after death, and what impacts rebirth came to be seen as dependent on karma. [41]

Buddhism

Khmer traditional mural painting depicts Gautama Buddha entering nirvana, Dharma assembly pavilion, Wat Botum Wattey Reacheveraram, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Gautama Buddha gains nirvana.jpg
Khmer traditional mural painting depicts Gautama Buddha entering nirvana, Dharma assembly pavilion, Wat Botum Wattey Reacheveraram, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Nirvana (nibbana) literally means "blowing out" or "quenching". [42] It is the most used as well as the earliest term to describe the soteriological goal in Buddhism: release from the cycle of rebirth ( saṃsāra ). [43] Nirvana is part of the Third Truth on "cessation of dukkha" in the Four Noble Truths doctrine of Buddhism. [43] It is the goal of the Noble Eightfold Path. [44]

The Buddha is believed in the Buddhist scholastic tradition to have realized two types of nirvana, one at enlightenment, and another at his death. [45] The first is called sopadhishesa-nirvana (nirvana with a remainder), the second parinirvana or anupadhishesa-nirvana (nirvana without remainder, or final nirvana). [45]

In the Buddhist tradition, nirvana is described as the extinguishing of the fires that cause rebirths and associated suffering. [46] The Buddhist texts identify these "three fires" [47] or "three poisons" as raga (greed, sensuality), dvesha (aversion, hate) and avidyā or moha (ignorance, delusion). [48] [49]

The state of nirvana is also described in Buddhism as cessation of all afflictions, cessation of all actions, cessation of rebirths and suffering that are a consequence of afflictions and actions. [43] Liberation is described as identical to anatta (anatman, non-self, lack of any self). [50] [51] In Buddhism, liberation is achieved when all things and beings are understood to be with no Self. [51] [52] Nirvana is also described as identical to achieving sunyata (emptiness), where there is no essence or fundamental nature in anything, and everything is empty. [53] [54]

In time, with the development of Buddhist doctrine, other interpretations were given, such as being an unconditioned state, [55] a fire going out for lack of fuel, abandoning weaving (vana) together of life after life, [18] and the elimination of desire. [56] However, Buddhist texts have asserted since ancient times that nirvana is more than "destruction of desire", it is "the object of the knowledge" of the Buddhist path. [57]

Hinduism

The most ancient texts of Hinduism such as the Vedas and early Upanishads don't mention the soteriological term Nirvana. [20] This term is found in texts such as the Bhagavad Gita [20] and the Nirvana Upanishad, likely composed in the post-Buddha era. [58] The concept of Nirvana is described differently in Buddhist and Hindu literature. [59] Hinduism has the concept of Atman – the soul, self [60] [61] [62] – asserted to exist in every living being, while Buddhism asserts through its anatman doctrine that there is no Atman in any being. [63] [64] Nirvana in Buddhism is "stilling mind, cessation of desires, and action" unto emptiness, states Jeaneane Fowler, while nirvana in post-Buddhist Hindu texts is also "stilling mind but not inaction" and "not emptiness", rather it is the knowledge of true Self (Atman) and the acceptance of its universality and unity with Brahman. [59]

Moksha

The ancient soteriological concept in Hinduism is moksha, described as the liberation from the cycle of birth and death through self-knowledge and the eternal connection of Atman (soul, self) and metaphysical Brahman. Moksha is derived from the root muc* (Sanskrit : मुच्) which means free, let go, release, liberate; Moksha means "liberation, freedom, emancipation of the soul". [65] [66] In the Vedas and early Upanishads, the word mucyate (Sanskrit : मुच्यते) [65] appears, which means to be set free or release - such as of a horse from its harness.

The traditions within Hinduism state that there are multiple paths (Sanskrit : marga) to moksha: jnana-marga, the path of knowledge; bhakti-marga, the path of devotion; and karma-marga, the path of action. [67]

Brahma-nirvana in the Bhagavad Gita

The term Brahma-nirvana appears in verses 2.72 and 5.24-26 of the Bhagavad Gita. [68] It is the state of release or liberation; the union with the Brahman. [6] According to Easwaran, it is an experience of blissful egolessness. [69]

According to Zaehner, Johnson and other scholars, nirvana in the Gita is a Buddhist term adopted by the Hindus. [20] Zaehner states it was used in Hindu texts for the first time in the Bhagavad Gita, and that the idea therein in verse 2.71-72 to "suppress one's desires and ego" is also Buddhist. [20] According to Johnson the term nirvana is borrowed from the Buddhists to confuse the Buddhists, by linking the Buddhist nirvana state to the pre-Buddhist Vedic tradition of metaphysical absolute called Brahman. [20]

According to Mahatma Gandhi, the Hindu and Buddhist understanding of nirvana are different because the nirvana of the Buddhists is shunyata, emptiness, but the nirvana of the Gita means peace and that is why it is described as brahma-nirvana (oneness with Brahman). [70]

Jainism

Kalpasutra folio on Mahavira Nirvana. Note the crescent shaped Siddhashila, a place where all siddhas reside after nirvana. Kalpasutra Mahavira Nirvana.jpg
Kalpasutra folio on Mahavira Nirvana. Note the crescent shaped Siddhashila, a place where all siddhas reside after nirvana.

The terms moksa and nirvana are often used interchangeably in the Jain texts. [71] [72]

Rishabhanatha, believed to have lived over a million years ago, was the first Tirthankara to attain nirvana. Photo of lord adinath bhagwan at kundalpur.JPG
Rishabhanatha, believed to have lived over a million years ago, was the first Tirthankara to attain nirvana.

Uttaradhyana Sutra provides an account of Sudharman – also called Gautama, and one of the disciples of Mahavira – explaining the meaning of nirvana to Kesi, a disciple of Parshva. [73] [note 6]

There is a safe place in view of all, but difficult of approach, where there is no old age nor death, no pain nor disease. It is what is called nirvāṇa, or freedom from pain, or perfection, which is in view of all; it is the safe, happy, and quiet place which the great sages reach. That is the eternal place, in view of all, but difficult of approach. Those sages who reach it are free from sorrows, they have put an end to the stream of existence. (81-4) – Translated by Hermann Jacobi, 1895

Sikhism

The concept of liberation as "extinction of suffering", along with the idea of sansara as the "cycle of rebirth" is also part of Sikhism. [74] Nirvana appears in Sikh texts as the term Nirban. [75] [76] However, the more common term is Mukti or Moksh, [77] a salvation concept wherein loving devotion to God is emphasized for liberation from endless cycle of rebirths. [76] In sikhism Nirvana is not an after life concept but a goal for the living. Furthermore Sikh nirvana/mukti is achieved thru devotion to satguru/truth who sets you free from reincarnation bharam/superstition/false belief.

Manichaenism

The term Nirvana (also mentioned is parinirvana) is in the 13th or 14th century Manichaean work "The great song to Mani" and "The story of the Death of Mani", referring to the realm of light. [78]

See also

Notes

  1. Also called vimoksha, vimukti. The Soka Gakkai Dictionary of Buddhism: "Vimoksha [解脱] (Skt; Jpn gedatsu). Emancipation, release, or liberation. The Sanskrit words vimukti, mukti, and moksha also have the same meaning. Vimoksha means release from the bonds of earthly desires, delusion, suffering and transmigration. While Buddhism sets forth various kinds and stages of emancipation, or enlightenment, the supreme emancipation is nirvana, [5] [web 2]
  2. It is sometimes referred to as bhavana, which refers to spiritual "development" or "cultivating" or "producing" [25] [26] in the sense of "calling into existence", [27]
  3. The wheel is a typical Vedic, or Indo-European, symbol, which is manifested in various symbols of the Vedic religion and of Buddhism and Hinduism. See, for examples, Dharmacakra, Chakra, Chakravartin, Kalachakra, Dukkha and Mandala.
  4. See also Heaven (Christianity) and Walhalla
  5. Many texts discuss this theory of rebirth with the concepts of Devayana (path of gods) and Pitryana (path of fathers). [39] [40]
  6. The authenticity of this text is in doubt because Parshva, in Jain tradition, lived about 250 years before Mahavira, and his disciple Kesi would have been a few hundred years old when he met the disciple of Mahavira. See Jacobi (1895), footnotes. [73]

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  51. 1 2 Sue Hamilton (2000). Early Buddhism: A New Approach : the I of the Beholder. Routledge. pp. 18–21. ISBN   978-0-7007-1280-9. Quote: "The corrected interpretation they offered, widely accepted to his day, still associated anatta with nirvana. What it means, it was now states, is that in order to achieve liberation you need to understand that you are not, and nor do you have, and nor have you ever been or had, an abiding self."
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