This entry is part 8 of 19 in the series Understanding Buddhism

Nirvana is the ultimate state of nature that is free from the shackles of suffering and Samsara. When the state of Nirvana is attained and all imprints of karma are halted, one is set free from the cycle of birth, death and birth again. The term Nirvana is used quite commonly in the East. One can be free from suffering with the help of non-attachment. This type of Nirvana is known as enlightenment, too. How does one reach enlightenment or Nirvana?

Buddhism explains enlightenment as freedom from thoughts. One should not be one’s thought. One should be observing one’s thoughts without really identifying with them. This implies being free from identification of thoughts and graduating to their observation. The brain is trained to break free of thoughts. One realizes that one is still there when one goes beyond one’s brain and one’s thoughts. This is liberation. This is when one experiences one’s true nature.

In order to elaborate on this concept, a mirror is made use of as an example for one’s consciousness of mind. One’s mind is similar to a mirror that is empty. Thoughts occur in the mirror as reflections. People are like the mirror. Their thoughts which are their ego or subject self are similar to reflections. If one observes one’s thoughts one will be able to see that reflections appear and disappear in the mirror. On watching closely one realizes that there is something about these reflections that is stable and clear. This is one’s true nature. Once one comes to know one’s true identity, one will be able to absorb one’s thoughts as they fluctuate from being pleasant to unpleasant.

The cycle continues but when one does not identify with one’s thoughts, one has broken free of the vicious cycle. This implies that one is not controlled by one’s thoughts any longer. Once one gains control over one’s thoughts one could choose happy and positive thoughts or unhappy and negative ones. This is enlightenment.

One is free from one’s thoughts and this leads to the essence of one’s nature. Buddha explained this concept. His 84,000 teachings can be summarized in the line: Be aware of your essence. Buddhism teaches us that negation does not allow oneness of parts which is why we should get rid of the toxicity of contradictions. The mind is able to perform the important function of discrimination that the mind that is filled with negative thoughts is not happy as it is not in touch with its true nature.

One’s true identity goes beyond abstract thinking. One has to redraw the concept in order to experience the actual nature of one’s mind. Karma is not a part of one’s true nature. It belongs to Samsara, the visible world. In order to know who we really are we have to graduate into the unlimited and manifest world for action nature. When one dies and leaves one’s body, one leaves the delusional world of karma and one gains entry into the final of world of reality.

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