Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

What is difference between nirvana(no soul--a buddhism concept) and moksha(hinduism concept)?

Nirvana means ending life cycles and soul liberated but that soul will not exist any more. So if we attain nirvana and die,we wont exist in any form to enjoy nirvana even....

Where as moksha is soul liberating from birth cycles and existing eternally and enjoying liberation.

Nirvana is buddism concept and according to it,even soul will not last for ever. Does that mean that a soul that attained moksha will also have to disappear according to its concept of 'absolute zero'?

This is what i think,please correct me if iam wrong and share your views!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Nirvana of Buddhism


    There is no soul

    you are only a fire burning

    A fire of desires

    trying to consume all the time

    By stopping the desires inside in Buddhist meditation,

    you decrease the fire

    and after a long practice you put it out

    then you are no longer tied to be with material body

    and so the cycle of rebirths is stopped

    There is no God and the god of death (devil) governs all the worlds

    including heaven & hell

    the devil tempts everyone so that his/her desires increase more & more

    so that the fire burns more & more

    after death the devil judges you and assigns you another body form (animal/man/insect/bird etc.)

    and you live another life only to increase the fire of desires,

    by stopping the desires , you step away from the devil's world

    by completely removing the material desires of body & flesh

    you have no reason to be in material form , you transcend , you come out of it and become a fully aware one, then you move into a different realm which Buddha calls as Nirvana

    like a sugar cube melts away in pool of water

    you become all powerful, eternally alive & immensely happy

    this is nirvana

    Because the material world is a jail, your body is a cage, you are the prisoner and the devil is the jailor (prison keeper)

    & Nirvana means freedom from Jail

    Moksha of Hinduism


    Here you have a soul within your body

    there is no devil

    But the God is omnipotent

    But God is waiting for you to become good by doing good deeds

    when you become perfect

    you are worthy of meeting God

    after many lifecycles of birth & death

    then you merge into God

    and be one with God

    then there is no more rebirth

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  • 1 decade ago

    What we are at present is doing is having an intellectual discussion about things like Moksha and Nirvana which we don't have any clue whatever it is. But what we certainly know is a mind which is constantly chattering . The ultimate aim of all religious practices is the dissolution of the mind. Once the mind is totally dissolved , only the Self or the soul remains which is Shunya , zero or whatever term you can call. The soul is never created and never can it be destroyed. Our aim of life is to dissolve the mind and start living in the spirit. That is the end of our spiritual journey and the end of all spiritual discussions.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Firstly it is important to understand that Buddhism today, especially in those of the Far Eastern nations has been amalgamated with local traditions and beliefs.

    It is important to understand that Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha) did not bring a new religion. He reformed Hinduism, so that there would be less of mere ritualism and more of spirituality. He proposed an alternative path to the same ends (liberation from sadness, fear, grief) which is called Moksha/Nirvana. Buddhism laid greater emphasis on the mind than rituals. The idea is that you don't need to believe in God to do good karma and reap good results.

    So the Devil/tantric Buddhism and so many other aspects developed only after mixing up with local beliefs, much like today's Christian Buddhists etc.

    To answer your question, the soul continues to exist, but does not feel itself apart from the whole. You identify the part with the whole. It is a stage of bliss.

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  • P'ang
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Both Hinduism and Buddhism focus on liberation from the endless cycle of samsara - the endless cycle of birth and death, and the suffering that comes with that cycle.

    There are, however, important distinctions in how the two traditions view this liberation.

    In Hinduism, this liberation is known as "moksha." This term literally means "release" in the sense of "letting go." Moksha is the letting go of the repeated birth and death of the physical body - reincarnation. Because Hindu teaching includes the notion of a soul, or "atman," when someone attains moksha, their soul merges with Brahman - the source of all existence.

    In Buddhism, liberation from samsara is known as "nirvana." This term literally means "extinction" or "blowing out," in the sense of extinguishing a burning flame. In Buddhist teaching, humans are bound to samsara through the flames of anger, ignorance and desire. So in Buddhism, when one attains nirvana, one extinguishes anger, ignorance and desire.

    This is a subtle and tricky point - in Buddhism, humans escape life and death by extinguishing anger, ignorance and desire, even though the physical body may still be alive (death is not a prerequisite for nirvana). This is why Buddhists talk of rebirth rather than reincarnation.

    A Buddhist who has attained nirvana is untethered from anger (which focuses on the past), ignorance (which focuses on the present) and desire (which focuses on the future). Nirvana is the extinction of time, and since life and death are bound by time, nirvana is the freedom from life and death.

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  • Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Moksha will lead to 'absolute infinity' not zero. That would be the difference.

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