The Path to Nirvana, A Poem


The Path to Nirvana

by Jayaram V

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In Hinduism, Nirvana or Moksha means liberation from the cycle of births and deaths, whereby the soul travels to the world of Brahman and stays there forever, enjoying infinite bliss and proximity to the Supreme Being. In Hinduism, Moksha or liberation is the highest goal (Purushartha). It is also the sacred purpose (parmartha) of human life. The following hymn suggests the ideal conduct according to Hindu Dharma for religious and spiritual people, which leads to that supreme state.

God is the source of all things here and hereafter.
Hence, express gratitude for all the blessings in life.

God is the omnipresent and all-pervading eternal truth.
Hence, see him within yourself, in others and all things.

God is the moving force in all actions, known and unknown
Hence, offer him your actions as a sacrifice with devotion.

The eternal, indestructible and infinite Self is hidden in you.
Hence, strive to know the Self in you to become one with it.

God resides in all beings, high and low as their very Selves.
Hence, practice compassion and friendliness to all beings.

You are a bound soul caught in the illusions of the mortal world.
Hence, contemplate upon God and Self to become truly free.

You create your suffering by your actions and your bondage.
Hence, learn to live responsibly with liberation as your final goal.

Gods need your help, and you their help for peace and happiness.
Hence, nourish the gods with love, living your life as a sacrifice.

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