- This article is about the religious concept. For the American rock band, see Nirvana (band)
Nirvāṇa (निर्वाण in Sanskrit; also Nibbana, निब्बान in Pali), is an ancient Sanskrit term used in Indian religions to denote the profound peace of mind that is acquired with moksha (liberation). In shramanic thought, it is the state of being free from suffering. In Hindu philosophy, it is awareness of union with Brahman. The word's original use involved the meanings "to cease blowing" (as when a candle flame ceases to flicker) or extinguishing (in reference to the passions), and in the Buddhist context, to the imperturbable stillness of mind after the fires of desire, aversion, and delusion have been finally extinguished.
- Nirvana is a state of pure bliss and knowledge... It has nothing to do with the individual. The ego or its separation is an illusion. Indeed in a certain sense two "I"'s are identical namely when one disregards all special contents — their Karma. The goal of man is to preserve his Karma and to develop it further... when man dies his Karma lives and creates for itself another carrier.
- Nirvana is not the blowing out of the candle. It is the extinguishing of the flame because day is come.
- Rabindranath Tagore, as quoted in Wrestling Archangels (2001) by Bede Clarke.