aquarius123esoteric wrote:'refrain from drinking alcohol, but also from getting drunk on nirvana!' That's the most sound advice I've heard for a long, long time! What the Buddhists call Nirvana, would you seriously want it? Eternal bliss and nothing more? No more learning, enquiring, finding out? Don't you think that would be incredibly boring? It certainly doesn't appeal to me. With love - Aquarius
My opinion on that would be to point what what Christians call heaven isn't what Jesus meant by heaven, and I have no doubt that buddhist interpretation of nirvana is not the BUddhas.
You gotta understand that these people lived in mythic times so expressed themselves in mythical terms. These people are basically the primordial psychologists. In the buddhas noble truths, after his 3rd truth of the cessastion of sufeering, comes the 4th, the path that leads to the cessation. I always asked myself why the path to cessation came after the actual cessation of suffering, and the answer is that the path is what is necessary to maintain teh cessation. Nothing in life is static not even nirvana, once you reach nirvana, you can easily through unskillful action wind up in hell. Its your choice, if you don't want eternal nirvana, no one is forcing you, but if you do, the option is there, live skillfully.