Nirvana – The Pleasant and the Unpleasant.

The messenger.

Nirvana is the state of being achieved after one has overcome the cycle of birth and death. In this state there is no “unpleasantness” (See dukkha below).
This is all well and good and we are happy to accept it, but it also means a state of being without all the ‘goodies’, the “pleasantness”, which so many crave, and raises the question, “How many of us are happy to – can, in fact, – be without this?”

The above reveals the realm of duality where we cannot have one without the other – there has to be non-attachment to the “unpleasant” and the “pleasant”!

Note: In the glossary of his definitive book What the Buddha Taught Walpola Rahula lists the following as meanings for dukkha: suffering, conflict, unsatisfactoriness, unsubstantiality, emptiness.

About Ian Gardner

Ian Gardner was born on the 20th February 1934 in Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, and christened Basil Ian Gunewardene. He was born two months prematurely and nearly died five times in his first two months. He moved to Australia in September 1969 where he changed his surname to Gardner. From childhood, he had an enquiring mind and an innate interest in the supernatural. Since 1986, nineteen years of regular periods of meditation, "searching within", reading and revelations have culminated in this free book which has been nine years in the making. Further writings followed and all his writings are available to all on the Internet free of charge. There is more information in the preface of the book.
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