Friday, 26 September 2014


Life involves both ups and downs.

Some people, being fed up with the downs, hope to escape into Nirvana or Heaven.

1. Is there any evidence for Nirvana?

Some possible clues as to what Nirvana might be like are the so-called Near-Death Experiences.

These Near-Death Experiences are said to include "feelings of total serenity, security, warmth, the experience of absolute dissolution."

Near-death experience

Absolute dissolution?

Nirvana means "to be extinguished". 


Nirvana can be seen as being like the extinguishing of a fire.

"When the fires of greed, hatred, and delusion are extinguished, the mind is free to operate in terms of its fullest capacity."

Nirvana (Buddhism)

2. Is it selfish to leave this world and go to Heaven or Nirvana?

What about the suffering people left behind?

Most Buddhists do not see Nirvana as a place.

They see it as a state of mind.

For the Buddhist, there is Samsara, this world of suffering.

And there is Nirvana, which is free from suffering.

In Samsara, beings "wander through the impermanent and suffering-generating realms of desire..."


Buddhists claim that people can achieve Nirvana during their lifetime.

Some Buddhists think that Samsara is a place, but, most see it as a state of mind.

So, it is not selfish to leave Samsara, if it is a state of mind.

Buddhists believe that we create our own individual worlds.

3. It seems unfair that some people become enlightened and some do not?

Some seeds fall on good soil and some seeds fall on stony ground?

What does Buddhism say about Free Will?

"All phenomena are empty of an essential identity."

Nirvana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

In other words, the idea that we are permanent individual selves is an illusion.

buddhism and the freedom of the will.

"When the fires of greed, hatred, and delusion are extinguished", the non-individual mind "is free to operate in terms of its fullest capacity."

Nirvana (Buddhism)

The Buddhists suggest that we should avoid pitting our 'free will' against the universe.

One theory is that you cannot have Nirvana without Samsara, just as you cannot have Up without Down.

Perhaps we cannot understand Nirvana unless we have experienced Samsara.

And perhaps we all get an equal share of Samsara and Nirvana?


  1. Seek ye first the Kingdom of Heaven.

    1. Matthew 6:33 "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." If you seek God, then he'll take care of all of your needs. No need to work or worry.

    2. You begin as a baby, live life and at the end it is decided whether you spend eternity in heaven or hell. It sounds harsh but the choice is entirely yours.

      God wants eternal friends not eternal enemies.

      Jesus came to save not judge.

    3. Mark Twain quotes on the Bible:

      It is full of interest. It has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies.
      - Letters from the Earth

      The two Testaments are interesting, each in its own way. The Old one gives us a picture of these people's Deity as he was before he got religion, the other one gives us a picture of him as he appeared afterward.
      - Letters from the Earth


  2. Nirvana, extinguishing fire, represents killing desire, or killing God.

    Buddhists believe in overcoming desire, but desire is the driving force of the Universe. Desire is a natural function of consciousness. It's the reason why the universe exists - because God desired to create it. That's Love.

    The aim of extinguishing desire (fire) is totally unnatural, and unhealthy. We just have to align our desires with God's and want good things, instead of bad ones.

    Buddha made the mistake of not recognising God the Creator, and the Love that drives creation, so the philosophy is flawed... Like all the religions of the 'Kali Yuga'...

  3. I read this somewhere...
    "I want happiness"
    Buddha "take away the ego (I), take away the desire (want) and all you are left with is the "happiness" you seek.