What Is Nirvana?
One of the most pressing problems of today's society is ignorance and the division of the concept of "self" with "other". We begin to perceive people around us as potential material objects that can bring us happiness or unhappiness. This fact is known in Sanskrit as samsara, which means wheel or circle. In other words, samsara represents the infinite cycle of unhappiness in which we fall as victims and constantly spin on it.
The habit of running continuously for the same purpose be it even happiness turns into pain. The effect of samsara can be seen in a dog running in a circle after its tail, although from our perspective it may seem funny, it is not the same when the mind follows the same path.
Samsara is the spiritual vice that must be avoided and exterminated, it is what puts us invisible barriers, dizzying barriers, it is a track to nowhere on which so many people run. To escape the "circle of death" we need to approach the opposite of nirvana samsara. Which can be compared to extinguishing a candle, blowing the limiting and selfish self, the idea of self.
Nirvana is the extinction of the greed of scarcity mindset, of everything that increases our soul. Nirvana allows negative emotions and feelings to trickle down the candle, and the extinguished fire that leaves only steam scatters the liberation of the soul, it coats the atmosphere and conquers it with a fragrant smell.
Nirvana is free and no longer burns chaotically, melting us, nirvana unleashes us, ensures our peace and spiritual reconciliation, where worries and evil evaporate, the soul remains pure, and the burns disappear.
We can each experience a certain degree of nirvana; it is that moment of ecstasy of annihilating limiting feelings and exalting the absolute. And yet few of us manage to put out this fire completely. Being in a world of movement it is very easy to burst into an inner fire, which then burns so much pleasure in us, sometimes the flame in us is so small and passive that it is about to go out and yet even when we are with a step-in enlightenment, we can be the victim of a spark that rekindles us louder and louder.
We consume and shrink, we become a candle more and more weeping and closer to the end. And if we have not yet succeeded in attaining nirvana, it means that we have not yet opted for that inner control, we have not been prepared, because nirvana is a long process and we either go out suddenly or gradually. But the extinction, this muddy breath is the moment when our potential can prosper to the maximum can afford anything, because there are no more barriers.
Have you ever blown the fluff of a dandelion flower? You saw how free these seeds floated in a waltz of "umbrellas", which were initially restricted and held close to each other without knowing that only one of them has the ability to turn into a real flower. Thus through this breath, they discover themselves, venture, and finally, CREATE.
Yes, this is the fate of all who attain nirvana. And yet it is worth mentioning that nirvana does not exclude suffering, a more accurate interpretation of nirvana is the adoption of a broad perspective that admits all experiences, pleasant or painful as aspects of consciousness.
Of course, most people would prefer to live only the "high notes" of happiness, but thoughtful if we removed all the "low notes" from a Beethoven symphony or any other song, as a result, we would get a trivial and poor-quality experience. Thus, nirvana tells us about a more objective state of mind, namely, the acceptance of experience without prejudice, which makes us receptive to the potential to see solutions not directly related to our survival as individuals, but rather to the survival of all living beings.
To connect with each other and become a whole, and let that fine line between me and them be erased by the wax. Because in principle we all want the same thing to free ourselves from suffering and to live a life full of happiness and beautiful moments, a life in which we can share compassion, in which we can feel good together, a life in which we have united for common happiness, and we would feel it much more intense.
We need a fire that would warm our rotten souls and burn the mold stored for so long. And we can only do that when we accept the connection and the need to be together and cry and laugh in the same way. So how do we reach this state, this nirvana, the last stage of spirituality?
There is The Noble Eightfold Path technique that stipulates a set of rules used by Buddhist practitioners to reach the stage of nirvana.
1. Right view whose purpose is to cleanse the path of confusion and deceived thinking. Thus, the purification of the way, you see the things, you know where you are going, and this is always the first step towards a long adventure.
2. Right Intention that tells us about the right thoughts and aspirations, about what trace you want to leave behind when you start the journey.
3. Right Speech is about the purity of the conversation which is characterized by the lack of lying, rude or hurtful words.
4. Right action means proper conduct along the way without killing or physically injuring others, refusing to take what does not belong, not stealing, no sexual misconduct, and no material desires, the technique is based on minimalism.
5. Right Livelihood encourages us to focus on an activity that not only ensures our existence but also satisfies us and gives us happiness for the soul.
6. Right Effort is a union of the above elements, the effort meets the listed criteria and is aimed at the goal with a lot of dedication.
7. Right Mindfulness is the basis, the main element, if a person is not aware of what he is doing and the goal he is aiming for then simply nothing will work.
8. Right Concentration is when all our attention and energy travels to a single point, it requires practice and training of the mind.
Using these principles and definitions, I believe that Nirvana is the state that would succeed in bringing happiness to society without turning it into a utopia.