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Osho on Nirvana

Updated on March 3, 2015

What is Nirvana?

Osho said that Nirvana means the ultimate enlightenment.

The state when the ego disappears.

When man is no more separate from existence - not even a thin curtain separates him, not even a transparent glass separates him.

When all separation disappears, that meeting with the total, that merger with the whole, that melting into the absolute, is called Nirvana.

The literal meaning of the word is beautiful, one of the most beautiful words. Literally it means blowing out a candle. When you blow out a candle, the light disappears and you cannot say where it has gone. You cannot show any direction - to the east, to the west, to the north, to the south; it has simply disappeared. It has not gone anywhere, it has not moved into some other place. It has gone out of existence. It has moved into nothingness. It is no more.

Exactly like that flame of the candle, the ego disappears. You cannot say where it has gone - it has not gone anywhere; it is no more. When the ego disappears, all is silence, because all turmoil, all noise, is of the ego. And when the ego disappears there is no longer any possibility of any anguish, anxiety. There is nobody to be anxious in the first place. One feels oneself as pure emptiness, and that pure emptiness has a fragrance to it.

An ancient Buddhist story about Nirvana...

An exceptionally beautiful young woman, Enyadatta, enjoyed nothing quite as much as gazing at herself in the mirror. She was a little crazy, as all human beings are. When she looked into her mirror one morning, the figure in the glass had no head.

Enyadatta became hysterical and rushed around yelling 'My head is gone, where is my head? Who has my head? I shall die if I don't find it!'

Even though everyone assured Enyadatta that her head was on her shoulders, she refused to believe them. Every time she looked in the mirror, her head wasn't there, so she continued her frenzied search, shouting and crying for help. Fearing for her sanity, Enyadatta's friends and relatives dragged her home and tied her to a pillar so she wouldn't hurt herself.

Enyadatta's friends continued to reassure that her head was still on her shoulders and slowly she began to wonder whether they might not be telling the truth. Suddenly one of her friends gave her a sharp clout on the head. She cried out in pain, and her friend exclaimed 'That's your head! There it is!'

Enyadatta immediately realised that she had somehow deluded herself into thinking she had no head, when, in fact, she always had it.

So it is with NIRVANA. You have never been out of it. You have never been away from it. It is in you; you are in it. It is already the case, you have just to become a little more alert. You need a clout on the head.

The head is there. You cannot see it because you are looking in the wrong direction or in a wrong mirror. You cannot see it because you don't have the clarity to see. Otherwise NIRVANA is not some goal somewhere, it is not the after-life; it is here-now. NIRVANA is the stuff you are made of. It is in each cell, it is in each fibre of your being. It is YOU. Just a remembrance is needed.

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      masunyoananda 6 years ago

      @religions7: Thanks for liking this lens...yes Osho said a lot about Nirvana and am going to update this lens soon.......Sometimes what we experience is very difficult to put it in words.....Nirvana means nothingness...the void where there is no separation.....and in that nothingness, everything comes out..........One is like a hollow bamboo, God plays his tune from one end and this body is the instrument, the other end the tune is shared with others.............we can call it light, compassion or fragrance being shared with all............

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      religions7 6 years ago

      I'm missing something on this lens. Where is Osho? Fascinating topic, will be curious to see what Osho had to say about Nirvana.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nirvana is something that has to be experienced, exact words to describe it are not there. It cannot be explained and put in words. That thing which is certain (Nitya) as opposed to uncertainty (Anitya) is Nirvana or "Nibbanam" in Pali. Life is becoming , enlightenment is ceasing of "Becoming".

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Oh.. Dear lady Ma Sunyo Ananda.. It's so fast to visit your nirvana lens, today.. You're so wonderful and I love the way you tell others about the ego disappears.. the beginning pace to nirvana. 5 stars for you. Have a wonderful time.. always :)

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      akumar46 lm 6 years ago

      Great lens on Nirvana.Thanks for sharing.