Nirvanic

nirvana

[nir-vah-nuh, -van-uh, ner-]
noun
1.
(often initial capital letter) . Pali nibbana. Buddhism. freedom from the endless cycle of personal reincarnations, with their consequent suffering, as a result of the extinction of individual passion, hatred, and delusion: attained by the Arhat as his goal but postponed by the Bodhisattva.
2.
(often initial capital letter) Hinduism. salvation through the union of Atman with Brahma; moksha.
3.
a place or state characterized by freedom from or oblivion to pain, worry, and the external world.

Origin:
1830–40; < Sanskrit nirvāṇa

nirvanic, adjective
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nirvana (nɪəˈvɑːnə, nɜː-)
 
n
Buddhism, Hinduism final release from the cycle of reincarnation attained by extinction of all desires and individual existence, culminating (in Buddhism) in absolute blessedness, or (in Hinduism) in absorption into Brahman
 
[C19: from Sanskrit: extinction, literally: a blowing out, from nir- out + vāti it blows]
 
nir'vanic
 
adj

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nirvana
1836, from Skt. nirvana-s "extinction, disappearance" (of the individual soul into the universal), lit. "to blow out, a blowing out" ("not transitively, but as a fire ceases to draw;" a literal Latinization would be de-spiration), from nis-, nir- "out" + va "to blow" (see wind (n.)).
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nirvana [(neer-vah-nuh, nur-vah-nuh)]

In Buddhism, the highest state of consciousness, in which the soul is freed from all desires and attachments. Nirvana is sometimes inaccurately used as a synonym for heaven or paradise.

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