Nirvana. Most of us aim to get there. Some of us, are already there. Some of us ‘want’ to get there. That’s where we go wrong.
To understand this, we must understand what Nirvana is. The word “Nirvana” literally means “blowing out” –if we look at it in the Buddhist context, it means freedom from greed and hatred. In Hinduism, it means becoming one with the Supreme being, through moksha. In Jainism , it means the final release from karmic bondage. If we notice, it is similar everywhere. It is basically freedom from worldly attachments.
Worldly attachments involve a lot of things that we like to do, or a lot of things that we wish o happen. An example would be, when we wish that we land a cushy job with a nice paycheck. This is a ‘want’ – not something that we should have on our way to Nirvana.
Nirvana, some of us say, is not what we want. “We want the ultimate state of happiness” Well, that’s another way of pronouncing “Nirvana”. ‘The ultimate state of happiness’ can be reached in many ways. If one has ‘wants’ one can never be happy. “If the ‘wants’ are fulfilled, we will be happy.” No! If the ‘wants’ are fulfilled, you will only be satisfied. You will be happy when you have no ‘wants’.
However, is this logic flawed? When we say, “we want to attain Nirvana” we still ‘want’. We ‘want’ to be happy. We ‘want’ to ‘not want’. Paradoxical? Yes. True? Don’t you think so?
If you think about it, when we say that we ‘want’ to attain Nirvana, we are actually saying that we ‘want’ to ‘not want’. The ‘want’ to ‘not want’ is also a ‘want’.
Nirvana. Most of us aim to get there. Some of Them, are already there. Those who ‘want’ to get there will never get there.
Nirvana. Does it really exist?
- Dhaval Shethia