The supreme path to Buddhahood
includes supreme guidance of others
to the same supreme goal.
He who has realised Truth, Nirvana, is the happiest being in the world. He is free from all ‘complexes’ and obsessions, the worries and troubles that torment others. His mental health is perfect. He does not repent the past, nor does he brood over the future. He lives fully in the present. Therefore he appreciates and enjoys things in the purest sense without self-projections. He is joyful, exultant, enjoying the pure life, his faculties pleased, free from anxiety, serene and peaceful.
As he is free from selfish desire, hatred, ignorance, conceit, pride, and all such ‘defilements’, he is pure and gentle, full of universal love, compassion, kindness, sympathy, understanding and tolerance. His service to others is of the purest, for he has no thought of self. He gains nothing, accumulates nothing, not even anything spiritual, because he is free from the illusion of self and the ‘thirst’ of becoming.
Nirvana is beyond all terms of duality and relativity. It is therefore beyond our conceptions of good and evil, right and wrong, existence and non-existence. Even the word ‘happiness’ (sukha) which is used to describe Nirvana has an entirely different sense here. Sariputta once said: ‘O friend, Nirvana is happiness! Nirvana is happiness!’ Then Udayi asked: ‘But, friend Sariputta, what happiness can it be if there is no sensation?’ Sariputta’s reply was highly philosophical and beyond ordinary comprehension: ‘That there is no sensation itself is happiness’ [As Nirvana is not nothingness; but happiness that transcends worldly sensations].
What The Buddha Taught