I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s day.
FEB 15 is known as NIRVANA DAY. Not the grunge band with Kurt Cobain, it is sacred to Buddhists and Hindu‘s.
The Buddha reaching Nirvana or enlightenment
What is NIRVANA? In Buddhism, it is a transcendent state where there is no suffering, or desires, and no ego or sense of self. Once reaching that state of awareness, one is released from the effects of karma and the cycle of death and rebirth. It represents the final goal of Buddhism.
In Indian religions, nirvana is synonymous with moksha. In Vedic culture, moksha conveys a notion of immortality, and also of a timeless, “unborn”, or “the still point of the turning world of time”. It also means a timeless structure, the whole underlying “the spokes of the invariable but incessant wheel of time”. The hope for life after death started with notions of going to the worlds of the Fathers or Ancestors and/or the world of the Gods or Heaven and liberation. All Indian religions assert Nirvana to be a state of perfect quietude, freedom, highest happiness and along with it, the liberation from samsara, the repeating cycle of birth, life and death.
Buddhism is not a belief system, it is a practice that enables us to stop struggling and to be liberated.
Nirvana is no place
The various schools of Buddhism understand nirvana in different ways, but they generally agree that nirvana is not a place. It is more a state of existence. The Buddha said that anything we might say or imagine about nirvana will be wrong, because it is utterly different from our ordinary existence. Nirvana is beyond space, time, and definition, and so language is by definition inadequate to discuss it. It can only be experienced. Samsara or illusion is a process of creating places, even whole worlds, (and then wandering through them, the Buddhists call this, birth. Nirvana is the end of this process of mind forms.
There are two types of Nirvana. One type describes a living enlightened being, or arahant. The arahant is still conscious of pleasure and pain, but he or she is no longer bound to them. The second type is final,complete Nibbana or Nirvana that is “entered” at death. The Buddha taught that this state is neither existence because that which can be said to exist is limited to time and space-nor non-existence. This seeming paradox is because ordinary language attempts to describe a state of being that is indescribable.
Mahayana Buddhism and Nirvana
One of the distinguishing characteristics of Mahayana Buddhism is the bodhisattva vow. This is something I have taken many times. Mahayana Buddhists are dedicated to the ultimate enlightenment of all beings, and thus choose to remain in the world in assistance to others rather than move on to individual enlightenment.
On the apparent real levels;
The LIBRA MOON of fairness and balance, and hopefully some peace lines us up with those CARDINAL CROSSESS again. Which we feel and know yet they are also an illusion but a symbol and guidmap.
The Moon is conjunct PLUTO at 2:58 am EST, opposes Uranus and conjuncts JUPITER all before noon in PST and EST. That’s the feel-good transit. Don’t get too overly optimistic though.
Moon inconjuncts CHIRON in PISCES
you may be feeling really tired, or your tummy upset, or just feel the weight of the world in our emotional body. There is lots of turmoil going on. Try to see it and transcend it.
Moon sextiles SATURN in SAGITTARIUS
so tell it like it is brothers and sisters. I will be.
AIR TRINE time with Moon trining the Sun in AQUARIUS at 27 degrees
If you are a GEMINI with SUN at 27 degrees, which means born on June 18th like Beatle Paul McCartney, and my son Elijah born June 19th, conjunct the POLE STAR this is a good day for you. We will all be feeling lighter, more detached and able to access that rarified higher consciousness.
Moon goes Void of Course @ 5:54 pm PST/ 8:54 pm EST/
Moon enters Deep dark 50 shades of SCORPIO @ 10:41 pm PST
Feb 16 @ 1:41 am EST/ 6:41 am GMT.
It’s heavy-duty, obsessive, power, control, shadow issues until Saturday afternoon
Tune into NIRVANA. Focus on yourself as empty, timeless, without thought or consciousness. Connect with all the enlightened beings, the Buddha, Jesus, or Green Tara, or Kwan Yin Bodhisattvas of compassion.
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The PATH to NIRVANA by Alan Watts