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Definitions for Nirvana
nɪrˈvɑ nə, -ˈvæn ə, nər-Nir·vana

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nirvana, enlightenment(noun)

    (Hinduism and Buddhism) the beatitude that transcends the cycle of reincarnation; characterized by the extinction of desire and suffering and individual consciousness

  2. Eden, paradise, nirvana, heaven, promised land, Shangri-la(noun)

    any place of complete bliss and delight and peace


  1. nirvana(Noun)

    complete cessation of suffering; a blissful state attained through realization of sunyata; enlightened experience.

  2. nirvana(Noun)

    state of paradise; heightened or great pleasure.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nirvana(noun)

    in the Buddhist system of religion, the final emancipation of the soul from transmigration, and consequently a beatific enfrachisement from the evils of wordly existence, as by annihilation or absorption into the divine. See Buddhism

  2. Origin: [Skr. nirva.]


  1. Nirvana

    Nirvāṇa is an ancient Sanskrit term used in Indian religions to describe the profound peace of mind that is acquired with moksha. In shramanic thought, it is the state of being free from suffering. In Hindu philosophy, it is union with the Brahman. The word literally means "blown out" and refers, in the Buddhist context, to the imperturbable stillness of mind after the fires of desire, aversion, and delusion have been finally extinguished.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nirvana

    nir-vä′na, n. the cessation of individual existence—the state to which a Buddhist aspires as the best attainable. [Sans., 'a blowing out.']

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Nirvâna

    the name given to the consummation of bliss in the Hindu, but especially the Buddhist, religions, synonymous with extinction, which in the Hindu creed means the extinction of individuality by absorption in the Divine Being, and in Buddhism, not, as some presume, the extinction of existence, but the extinction of agitation of mind through the crucifixion of all passion and desire, the attainment of self-centred, self-sufficient quiescence of being, or rest and peace of soul.

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Anagrams for Nirvana »

  1. navarin

  2. Anirvan


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Nirvana in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Nirvana in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Nirvana in a Sentence

  1. Amit Ray:

    Searching outside of you is Samsara (the world). Searching within you leads to Nirvana.

  2. Rabindranath Tagore:

    Nirvana is not the blowing out of the candle. It is the extinguishing of the flame because day is come.

  3. M Scott Peck:

    Nirvana or lasting enlightenment or true spiritual growth can be achieved only through persistent exercise of real love.

  4. Dave Grohl:

    For years I couldn't even listen to any music, let alone a Nirvana song. When Kurt died, every time the radio came on, it broke my heart.

  5. Andreas Simic:

    The search for happiness is often fraught with many twists and turns, each one challenging our belief that we can truly find nirvana. Andreas Simic

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