A Discussion on Nirvana as Described In the Teachings of Gautam Buddha

Authors(1) :-Anamica Dubey

The religion is a social ideal which objective is to build the society of human beings to be regular and peaceful. The Buddha was the teacher or advisor of people of society in that time and furthermore, he instructed the people being a good subject of the country. The Buddhist religious thought is brought to study in the Tripitaka. It is used as the primary source for searching Buddha's religious and spiritual thought. The concept of Nirvana is more than 2500 years old. Throughout the centuries various scholars and philosophers tried to explain this concept using their limited knowledge. In fact the concept of Nirvana is much more-wide and difficult to explain in mundane terms. The concept of Nirvana was originally explained by the Lord Buddha (566 - 486 B.C.). His lordship reached Enlightenment, at the age of 35, awakening to the true nature of reality, which is Nirvana (Absolute Truth)? The word Nirvana comes from the root meaning 'to blow out' and refers to the extinguishing of the fires of greed, hatred and delusion. When these emotional and psychological defilements are destroyed by wisdom, the mind becomes free, radiant and joyful and at death one is no longer subject to rebirth. "Nirvana is the ultimate happiness. Nirvana can only be explained to the 'unenlightened' by negation.1 Thus the Buddha tries to explain this deep concept to one of his disciples. He asks whether the fire, when it is extinguished, can be said to have gone north, south, east, or west. Nirvana, however, cannot be described as existing, not existing, both existing and not, or neither existing nor not.

Authors and Affiliations

Anamica Dubey
Research Scholar, MGGC Vishwavidyalaya, Chitrakoot, Madhya Pradesh, India

Gautam Buddha, Enlightenment, Joyful, Unenlightened

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Publication Details

Published in : Volume 4 | Issue 5 | March-April 2018
Date of Publication : 2018-04-30
License:  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Page(s) : 267-269
Manuscript Number : IJSRST184580
Publisher : Technoscience Academy

Print ISSN : 2395-6011, Online ISSN : 2395-602X

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Anamica Dubey, " A Discussion on Nirvana as Described In the Teachings of Gautam Buddha", International Journal of Scientific Research in Science and Technology(IJSRST), Print ISSN : 2395-6011, Online ISSN : 2395-602X, Volume 4, Issue 5, pp.267-269, March-April-2018.
Journal URL : http://ijsrst.com/IJSRST184580

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