Nirvana / Nibbana in Buddhism


About Nirvana

Nirvana is bliss supreme. It is a supramundane state (Lokuttara Dhamma) to be realized only by intuitive wisdom. A purely analytical comprehensive of Nirvana is impossible. Because it is not a matter to arrive at in a logical way. The words of Buddha is perfectly rational.

The aim of Buddhism is Nirvana which is beyond the scope of logic. By deep understanding of positive and negative aspects of life, the analytical conclusion emerges. That in contrast to a phenomenal existence, there must exist a sorrowless, deathless, non-conditioned state.

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Definition of Nirvana

Nibbana (Sanskrit – Nirvana)is a Pali word and is made out of “Ni” and “Vana”. Ni stands for negative and Vana means weaving or craving. This craving interconnects one life with another.

“Nirvana is a departure (Ni) from that craving called Vana (Lusting).” Everyone is bound up by craving or attachment. Such as accumulating sensuous activities in one form or other in the eternal cycle of birth and death. After reproductive forces cease, all craving eradicated then one attains it fleeing the cycle of birth and death.

According to the Buddhist concept of Deliverance, one can flee from the ever-recurring cycle of life and death. And not merely an escape from sin and hell.

Nirvana is additionally clarified as the elimination of the fire of lust (lobha), hatred (dosa) and delusion (moha). The state of definite liberation is called Nibbana.

Philosophy Of Nirvana

The Nirvana of Buddhist is neither a condition of nothingness nor an insignificant cessation. One cannot express it in conventional terms as it is unique and for self – realization. The Buddha teaches only Dukkha and the cessation of Dukkha.

That is suffering and the end of suffering. Nirvana means the cessation of selfish desire, the absence of craving, ignorance, and hatred. It means the highest refuge, safety, unique, absolute purity, emancipation, and peace.

Nirvana means freedom. Does not from circumstances but freedom from the bonds. With which we have bound ourselves to circumstances. We make our own circumstances. Thus it is freedom from those bonds and every kind of infelicity. Nibbana of the Buddhist is neither a mere annihilation nor a state of nothingness.

Why did Nirvana succeed?

Nirvana is the ultimate truth. Which is uncreated and unformed. Hence it is boundless. To be seek after happiness because it free forms all sufferings. Free from birth, death and so on. It is not a sort of heaven nor situated in any place. Where a supernatural ego inhabits. It is a state which is dependent upon ourselves. It is getting out of the circle of existence.


Where, however, there is no birth, there can be no passing away. Where there is no existence, no suffering can exist. As with the extinction of all selfish craving. All its concurrent phenomena, such as hate, greed, conceit, anger, cruelty and self-seeking, come to extinction. Therefore this freedom from selfish craving. It signifies the highest state of holiness, wisdom, and selflessness.

Sopadisesa and Anupadisesa Nibbana Dhatu

It is not two kinds of Nibbana. But the only one single receiving. Its name as per the occurrence of it before and after death. It is attainable in present life itself it anyone suitable for it.

Buddhism nowhere states that its conclusion can be reaches only in a life beyond. Here falsehoods the distinction between the Buddhist origination of Nibbana and the non-Buddhist origination. An everlasting paradise which is feasible simply after death.

Realization of Nibbana in the body is called Sopadisesa Nibbana Dhatu. At the point when any Arahant (one who has demolished the Defilements) achieve Pari-Nibbana after the end of the body without of any presence, it is called Anupadisesa Nibbana Dhatu.

Psychological Dimension of Nirvana

We find that misery, sorrow, unhappiness, discontent or suffering results from the strain. Among desire and the absence of the thing desired. The two possible approaches to overcome this. One is to obtain the object desire and others are to eliminate the desire.

The Buddha’s showing turns around the normal supposition. That bliss can be find by fulfilling our wants. After precisely looking at the satisfaction that originates from fulfilling want is temperamental and shaky. This happiness depends on external things. When we are separate from them we became unhappy.

Even in the middle of happiness, we become vulnerable to suffering. Accordingly, the Buddha brings up that genuine joy is to be accomplishing by adopting the contrary strategy. The approaches to killing our wants. In the wake of dispensing with the craving our mind stays fulfilled, content and upbeat.

Buddha says that this rule can be helping through the distance to the aggregate evacuating of desiring.

Is Nirvana mere annihilation?

Nibbana cannot be understand through the study of the text, expressions or words. But it understands by actual realization. Buddha uses both negative and positive expressions. To get a balancing idea of it both types of expressions have to be considered.

The Buddha said in regards to Nibbana basically by methods of terms negating as cessation of suffering, old age, death, and sorrowless state, and so forth. It is additionally portraying as the negation of the defilements. The psychological factor that keeps us in bondage.


It as the same as the annihilation of greed, hatred, and delusion also called as dispassion. It means the removal of thirst, the crushing of pride, the uprooting of conceit, the removing of vanity.

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Need of Nirvana

The reason behind the Buddha’s negative phrasing is to demonstrate that Nibbana is absolutely supernatural and past every single adapted thing. The utilization of negative wording should not be misjudged to imply that Nibbana is unimportant demolition, an unadulterated negative accomplishment.

To adjust this uneven view, the Buddha additionally portrays Nibbana in positive terms. He refers to it as the supreme happiness, perfect bliss, peace, serenity, liberation, freedom.

He calls Nibbana ‘the island’. An island free from any suffering. For those creatures swept away powerlessly towards the ocean of old age and demise. It is a position of wellbeing and security. He portrayed it as a “cage” which gives security from the risks of birth and passing.

It is known as the “cool state”. Coolness which comes about free from the flames of eagerness, delusion, and hatred.

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