Buddha, “The Awakened one” was born Siddhartha Gautama in Lumbini, known today as Nepal during the sixth century. Siddhartha achieved enlightenment and embraced nirvana while meditating underneath a Bodhi tree. It was there that he envisioned The Four Noble Truths, and The Eightfold Path that became the basis for Buddhist teachings.
Nirvana is known by Buddhist teachings as the highest state of consciousness in which we are freed from all of our desires, and all of our attachments. It is the state of mind that we find ourselves in when we reach the place within ourselves of complete peacefulness, and happiness.
Nirvana is a transcendent state of mind in which we let go of our sense of self, and accept that our purpose in this life is to help others. In this state we will release ourselves from the effects of karma, and our suffering through our seemingly endless cycle of death, and rebirth known as reincarnation.
Nirvana is a word that comes from the 6000 year old ancient language of Sanskrit and means to blow out. The word Nirvana is broken down into two parts, the first part is “Nir” which means out, and the second part is “Vana” which means, to blow.
Nirvana therefore means to blow out the fires of our suffering. There are three fires that are meant to be extinguished through Nirvana they are, aversion, attachment, and ignorance. These three fires were taught by the Buddha to be the cause of all of our suffering.
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