What is Nirvana?

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What is Nirvana?

Postby SarathW » Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:38 am

I am reading a book and found the following interpretation for Nirvana.

Page 29 of:
http://www.dhammaweb.net/books/Dr_Walpo ... Taught.pdf

An Arahant after his death is often compared to a fire gone out when the
supply of wood is over, or to the flame of a lamp gone out when the wick and oil are
finished. Here it should be clearly and distinctly understood, without any confusion,
that what is compared to a flame or a fire gone out is not Nirvana, but the 'being'
composed of the Five Aggregates who realized Nirvana. This point has to be
emphasized because many people, even some great scholars, have misunderstood
and misinterpreted this simile as referring to Nirvana. Nirvana is never compared to
a fire or a lamp gone out.

Is this how you understand it?
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: What is Nirvana?

Postby santa100 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:53 am

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Re: What is Nirvana?

Postby cooran » Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:55 am


This is a very deep subject. I would suggest that you take the time to study:
The Nibbana Sermons
http://Www.seeingthroughthenet.net/file ... tilled.htm

With metta
---The trouble is that you think you have time---
---Worry is the Interest, paid in advance, on a debt you may never owe---
---It's not what happens to you in life that is important ~ it's what you do with it ---

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Re: What is Nirvana?

Postby SarathW » Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:59 am

Hi Santa
Thanks for the link. You are such a great friend (Kalyana Mitra) since I joined the forum. I like the links specially as I noted that such great answer from forum member called SarathW. It is always easy to said and done it. By the way you must be pretty busy now days by climbing up and down the chimneys’ and distributing toys to kids. :) By the way I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Hi Chris
Thanks for the link. It is not the easiest to read. But I will read it overtime. Your comment on the above link was very helpful.
I think I am like an elephant stuck in the mud because I am trying to interpret the word Nirvana without experience it! Metta.
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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