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!
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
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
- 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.
- 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.
- P'angLv 71 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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