M. J. Maddox, PhD is the American English Doctor.  
 

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Nirvana

Nirvana is a religious term associated with Asian religions. From a Sanskrit word for “to blow out,” nirvana is the state of being free from suffering: the fires of desire have been blown out.

Buddhist symbol of the Dharma Wheel. Dharma is moral law. The person who lives according to Dharma proceeds more quickly towards Nirvana.

Buddhist symbol of the Dharma Wheel. Dharma is moral law. The person who lives according to Dharma proceeds more quickly towards Nirvana.

In Buddhism nirvana is the realization of the non-existence of self. When the state of nirvana is achieved, all entanglement and attachment to life has ceased and one is free from the effects of karma* and the cycle of death and rebirth.

In Hinduism and Jainism, nirvana is the liberation of the soul from the effects of karma and bodily existence that makes union with the Absolute possible.

In non-religious English use, nirvana has come to mean a state of oblivion or perfect happiness.

*karma: �the sum of a person’s actions in one of his successive states of existence, regarded as determining his fate in the next; hence, necessary fate or destiny, following as effect from cause.

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