Samsara and Nirvana

I explored the concepts of Samsara and Nirvana this week – I had heard the terms before, when I was studying the beliefs and traditions of Buddhism. 

Samsara is a core concept of Yoga, Buddhism and Hinduism. Unless you are in a state of Nirvana, then you are in the cycle of samsara – the perpetual cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth. Consciousness passes, unchanged, through the physical changes of birth, life, death and rebirth.  It is also called the ‘wheel of suffering’ – samsara is believed to be suffering because being in the cycle of samsara means being influenced by the physical world and experiencing suffering (dissatisfaction). Karma is said to be a major influence on our rebirth and our experiences during life.

Nirvana is the state of being when the wheel of samsara is broken. Nirvana relates to enlightenment, and is similar to Samadhi, and is the state of being liberated from the cycle of samsara. It is having a suspended mind, being free from the suffering and desire relating to the physical world, and being ‘at one’ with the Divine.

-Journal Entry #6: Samsara and Nirvana-

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