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140+ Mindful Quotes About Nirvana

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Quote: There's no glamour in Nirvana, no glamour at all, in fact. by author Michael Azerrad overlaid on photo of brown trees on brown field during daytime
Photo Credit: Omid Armin

There's no glamour in Nirvana, no glamour at all, in fact.


Quote: The purpose of life, as far as I can tell, is to find a mode of being that’s so meaningful that the fact that life is suffering is no longer relevant. by author Jordan Peterson overlaid on photo of photo of author Jordan Peterson with quote

The purpose of life, as far as I can tell, is to find a mode of being that’s so meaningful that the fact that life is suffering is no longer relevant.


Quote: The state of nirvana means the blown-out state -- the relieved state - the sigh of relief. Nirvana may be translated into English as WHEW! by author Alan Watts overlaid on photo of woman standing on beachfront
Photo Credit: Jeremy Bishop

The state of nirvana means the blown-out state -- the relieved state - the sigh of relief. Nirvana may be translated into English as WHEW!


Quote: Nirvana means to extinguish the burning fires of the Three Poisons: greed, anger, and ignorance. This can be accomplished by letting go of dissatisfaction. by author Shinjō Itō overlaid on photo of silhouette of woman during sunset
Photo Credit: Mariam Soliman

Nirvana means to extinguish the burning fires of the Three Poisons: greed, anger, and ignorance. This can be accomplished by letting go of dissatisfaction.


Quote: Buddhists talk about nirvana in very much the same terms as monotheists describe God. by author Karen Armstrong overlaid on photo of forest trees photograph
Photo Credit: Logan Easterling

Buddhists talk about nirvana in very much the same terms as monotheists describe God.


Quote: He who walks in the eightfold noble path with unswerving determination is sure to reach Nirvana. by author Gautama Buddha overlaid on photo of green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky
Photo Credit: nate rayfield

He who walks in the eightfold noble path with unswerving determination is sure to reach Nirvana.


Quote: The self, when confined into the usual wakeful state of consciousness, is human, but when enters into the transcendental state of Absolute Oneness, becomes God. by author Abhijit Naskar overlaid on photo of brown cardboard box with yellow light
Photo Credit: Sebastian Svenson

The self, when confined into the usual wakeful state of consciousness, is human, but when enters into the transcendental state of Absolute Oneness, becomes God.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The self, when confined into the usual wakeful state of consciousness, is human, but when enters into the transcendental state of Absolute Oneness, becomes God. Basically, the human and the God are two sides of the same coin. Or to be more specific, the human self and the God self are both creations of molecules in the human brain.


Quote: Your mind is nirvana. by author Bodhidharma overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of pink petaled flower
Photo Credit: Andrew Small

Your mind is nirvana.


Quote: Nirvana is not the blowing out of the candle. It is the extinguishing of the flame because day is come. by author Rabindranath Tagore overlaid on photo of person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees
Photo Credit: Steve Carter

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


Quote: I dare us to give up -- maybe we'll reach nirvana by the time we're sixty. by author Hanako Stephens overlaid on photo of green leafed trees

I dare us to give up -- maybe we'll reach nirvana by the time we're sixty.


Quote: There is nothing we could add to that which has already been created....perfection. by author Vivian Amis overlaid on photo of silhouette of mountain
Photo Credit: Elliott Engelmann

There is nothing we could add to that which has already been created....perfection.


Quote: We seek love in relationships, peace in security, and joy in material things...but these feelings are divine and not dependent on any outer circumstances. by author Vivian Amis overlaid on photo of red textile in close up photography
Photo Credit: James Lee

We seek love in relationships, peace in security, and joy in material things...but these feelings are divine and not dependent on any outer circumstances.








Quote: Your dream is to feel good; God's dream is for you to do good. by author Shannon L. Alder overlaid on photo of person sitting on black surface looking to sky
Photo Credit: Jeremy Bishop

Your dream is to feel good; God's dream is for you to do good.


Quote: He was able to sit in silence for long stretches without feeling a need to make small talk. by author Charles R. Cross overlaid on photo of three clear glass cups
Photo Credit: Sharon McCutcheon

He was able to sit in silence for long stretches without feeling a need to make small talk.




Quote: A culture which doesn't believe in region and religion is like a rock music, noise for old generation and nirvana for the young ones. by author Megha Khare overlaid on photo of body of water
Photo Credit: Fabrizio Conti

A culture which doesn't believe in region and religion is like a rock music, noise for old generation and nirvana for the young ones.


Quote: The more emphasis we put on wanting things to change, the more unpeaceful we will be. The more emphasis we put on accepting and having gratitude for 'What is' the closer we are to arriving at Nirvana. by author Matthew Donnelly overlaid on photo of paper
Photo Credit: Olga Thelavart

The more emphasis we put on wanting things to change, the more unpeaceful we will be. The more emphasis we put on accepting and having gratitude for 'What is' the closer we are to arriving at Nirvana.




Quote: Dream of the impossible: dream of surpassing yourself, dream of nirvana, dream of moksha, dream of the kingdom of God. Only then will you start working and moving towards it, and only then with that dream, will your feet have the quality of dance. by author Osho overlaid on photo of Osho quote; white text on black background

Dream of the impossible: dream of surpassing yourself, dream of nirvana, dream of moksha, dream of the kingdom of God. Only then will you start working and moving towards it, and only then with that dream, will your feet have the quality of dance.


Quote: When you are aligned with the truth of who you truly are, then you experience bliss. by author Vivian Amis overlaid on photo of two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge
Photo Credit: Ian Schneider

When you are aligned with the truth of who you truly are, then you experience bliss.






Quote: No label can define the immensity of your True nature. You are the awareness that precedes every label, the awareness that is perceiving these words and turning them into thoughts, the awareness that creates the world with every act of observation. by author Joseph P. Kauffman overlaid on photo of Joseph P. Kauffman quote; white text on black background

No label can define the immensity of your True nature. You are the awareness that precedes every label, the awareness that is perceiving these words and turning them into thoughts, the awareness that creates the world with every act of observation.






Quote: If Christ attained the state of Absolute Divinity, so can you. And once you do, then only you will understand the true meaning of Religion and God. by author Abhijit Naskar overlaid on photo of pug lying on pet bed
Photo Credit: Charles Deluvio

If Christ attained the state of Absolute Divinity, so can you. And once you do, then only you will understand the true meaning of Religion and God.






Quote: We often try to force the experience we want to have, instead of allowing the experience we were meant to have, and in doing this, we miss out on gaining any new insight or understanding. by author Joseph P. Kauffman overlaid on photo of brown mountain under starry sky
Photo Credit: John Fowler

We often try to force the experience we want to have, instead of allowing the experience we were meant to have, and in doing this, we miss out on gaining any new insight or understanding.




Quote: Subject and object are not separate--so-called objective reality is projected by our subjective Consciousness. by author Joseph P. Kauffman overlaid on photo of black Corona typewriter on brown wood planks
Photo Credit: Patrick Fore

Subject and object are not separate--so-called objective reality is projected by our subjective Consciousness.








Quote: You do not have an existence independent of your environment, but rather you are your environment, and your environment is you. by author Joseph P. Kauffman overlaid on photo of Bryce Canyon National Park Sunrise Point at Utah
Photo Credit: Zhanjiang Chen

You do not have an existence independent of your environment, but rather you are your environment, and your environment is you.




Quote: Samsara is one flower. Nirvana is another flower. Enlightenment happens when both the flowers blooms. by author Amit Ray overlaid on photo of yellow flower field under clear sky
Photo Credit: Jeremy Bishop

Samsara is one flower. Nirvana is another flower. Enlightenment happens when both the flowers blooms.










Quote: According to Zen Buddhists, all things have their existence in The Void. The Void is that which is no-thing, but contains all things within it, or as some Christian mystics state,
Photo Credit: Hannah Busing

According to Zen Buddhists, all things have their existence in The Void. The Void is that which is no-thing, but contains all things within it, or as some Christian mystics state, "God is Nothing; He is Utterly Other; He is the VOID."


Quote: God is the ultimate ground of Being, and this ultimate ground of Being is YOU. For one who realizes their true nature as God, as Consciousness, life becomes a joy without end. by author Joseph P. Kauffman overlaid on photo of silhouette of a person during sunset
Photo Credit: Steve Halama

God is the ultimate ground of Being, and this ultimate ground of Being is YOU. For one who realizes their true nature as God, as Consciousness, life becomes a joy without end.










Quote: You are just as connected to the Universe as a finger is to a hand, or as a branch is to a tree. The entire cosmos is expressing itself through your being. by author Joseph P. Kauffman overlaid on photo of woman on seashore near island under blue sky
Photo Credit: Glen Jackson

You are just as connected to the Universe as a finger is to a hand, or as a branch is to a tree. The entire cosmos is expressing itself through your being.




Quote: Meditation is not what your mind does: whether it is silent or not. Meditation is what you do with your mind. by author Satish K. Tripathi overlaid on photo of blue sky with white clouds
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Meditation is not what your mind does: whether it is silent or not. Meditation is what you do with your mind.


The day you realize your emptiness, will be the day you realize your wholeness.


Quote: In emptiness lies wholeness. by author Abhijit Naskar overlaid on photo of rocks near shore during nighttime
Photo Credit: Joakim Honkasalo

In emptiness lies wholeness.


Quote: Every setback is a pitstop en route to nirvana. by author Stewart Stafford overlaid on photo of milky way above body of water
Photo Credit: Kristopher Roller

Every setback is a pitstop en route to nirvana.




Quote: The Matrix is everywhere-except in deep sleep. by author Bert McCoy overlaid on photo of aerial photography of gray and white stone lot
Photo Credit: John Salzarulo

The Matrix is everywhere-except in deep sleep.




Quote: To me -- the scientist, the preacher, the entrepreneur, the janitor, the showgirl, the sex worker and all others are one and the same human spirit in which I see the image of my own self. by author Abhijit Naskar overlaid on photo of landscape photo of mountains under starry sky at nighttime
Photo Credit: guille pozzi

To me -- the scientist, the preacher, the entrepreneur, the janitor, the showgirl, the sex worker and all others are one and the same human spirit in which I see the image of my own self.


Quote: Changing the family given name to a Sanskrit based name, doesn't make a person either free or holy -- by doing so, one only exchanges one prison for another. by author Abhijit Naskar overlaid on photo of woman carrying baby while walking
Photo Credit: Dakota Corbin

Changing the family given name to a Sanskrit based name, doesn't make a person either free or holy -- by doing so, one only exchanges one prison for another.


Quote: When true awareness is at play, the pedestrian becomes the path and the path becomes the pedestrian -- the aware becomes the awareness and awareness becomes the aware. by author Abhijit Naskar overlaid on photo of solid background
Photo Credit: César Couto

When true awareness is at play, the pedestrian becomes the path and the path becomes the pedestrian -- the aware becomes the awareness and awareness becomes the aware.




Quote: Don't just sit there trying to make a sense of this world. Be a part of the nonsense. by author Vineet Raj Kapoor overlaid on photo of houses and trees during nighttime
Photo Credit: Boban Simonovski

Don't just sit there trying to make a sense of this world. Be a part of the nonsense.


Quote: I just want to sleep the sleep of ages, to know again the Great Rest, the perpetual bliss, to hear the songs the stars sing on the shores of the great sea. by author Roger Zelazny overlaid on photo of green water in close up photography
Photo Credit: Pawel Czerwinski

I just want to sleep the sleep of ages, to know again the Great Rest, the perpetual bliss, to hear the songs the stars sing on the shores of the great sea.


Quote: The man who cares about nothing is either depressed or in a constant state of nirvana. by author Marty Rubin overlaid on photo of silhouette of kneeling man
Photo Credit: Aaron Burden

The man who cares about nothing is either depressed or in a constant state of nirvana.


Quote: I confronted my demons and one day I stood in front of myself.
I confronted (each of) my demons and (finally one day) I was standing in front of myself. by author Vineet Raj Kapoor overlaid on photo of black and yellow wall sconce
Photo Credit: Jarrod Reed

I confronted my demons and one day I stood in front of myself.
I confronted (each of) my demons and (finally one day) I was standing in front of myself.


Quote: Nirvana is where you are, provided you don't object to it. by author Alan Watts overlaid on photo of grayscale photo of elephant on grass field
Photo Credit: Keyur Nandaniya

Nirvana is where you are, provided you don't object to it.


Quote: Only when the seeker is lost, the truth is there. Seek, and you will miss. Seek not, and you will find. The very seeking becomes a barrier to truth, to the ultimate experience. by author Swami Dhyan Giten overlaid on photo of view of mountaintops with clouds
Photo Credit: Federica Giusti

Only when the seeker is lost, the truth is there. Seek, and you will miss. Seek not, and you will find. The very seeking becomes a barrier to truth, to the ultimate experience.










Quote: The purpose of life is the lesson. by author Shannon L. Alder overlaid on photo of red and black logo
Photo Credit: JC Dela Cuesta

The purpose of life is the lesson.




Quote: Pray within.
Stay within.
Seek, find the Within.
For, there's no heaven or hell or god anywhere but herein. by author Fakeer Ishavardas overlaid on photo of pair of white lace-up shoes
Photo Credit: Christian Chen

Pray within.
Stay within.
Seek, find the Within.
For, there's no heaven or hell or god anywhere but herein.






Quote: Nirvana is entire body experience of complete knowingness that our lives are enriched with abundance in the present moment and that it will continue to be going forward. by author Matthew Donnelly overlaid on photo of couple sitting back to back
Photo Credit: Gemma Chua-Tran

Nirvana is entire body experience of complete knowingness that our lives are enriched with abundance in the present moment and that it will continue to be going forward.


Quote: Meditation, godliness, enlightenment, nirvana, they all came into being through love, because through love a glimpse was achieved. And when the glimpse was there, daring souls went on an adventure to find the source from where this glimpse comes. by author Osho overlaid on photo of Osho quote; white text on black background

Meditation, godliness, enlightenment, nirvana, they all came into being through love, because through love a glimpse was achieved. And when the glimpse was there, daring souls went on an adventure to find the source from where this glimpse comes.


Quote: The transcendental state of Absolute Oneness sets the human mind free. by author Abhijit Naskar overlaid on photo of man raising arms between greenfield
Photo Credit: Hanny Naibaho

The transcendental state of Absolute Oneness sets the human mind free.






Quote: Your true being, as Consciousness, is ever at peace, ever at rest, eternally existing in the dimension of here and now. It is the formless and eternal quality within you that expresses itself through the world of form. by author Joseph P. Kauffman overlaid on photo of purple flowered hedge plants
Photo Credit: Artiom Vallat

Your true being, as Consciousness, is ever at peace, ever at rest, eternally existing in the dimension of here and now. It is the formless and eternal quality within you that expresses itself through the world of form.


Quote: The more a person is united within himself or herself and inwardly simple, the more and higher things he or she understands, because he or she receives the light of understanding from within. by author Abhijit Naskar overlaid on photo of green and black hummingbird
Photo Credit: Hugo Brightling

The more a person is united within himself or herself and inwardly simple, the more and higher things he or she understands, because he or she receives the light of understanding from within.


Quote: The modern scientist attempts to step outside of himself in order to observe himself, an attempt that is always doomed to failure. You cannot make an object out of your subjective experience, but you know that consciousness exists, simply because you exist. by author Joseph P. Kauffman overlaid on photo of Joseph P. Kauffman quote; white text on black background

The modern scientist attempts to step outside of himself in order to observe himself, an attempt that is always doomed to failure. You cannot make an object out of your subjective experience, but you know that consciousness exists, simply because you exist.








Quote: The human self and the God self are both creations of molecules in the human brain. by author Abhijit Naskar overlaid on photo of person standing on rock formation during daytime
Photo Credit: Paul Gilmore

The human self and the God self are both creations of molecules in the human brain.




Quote: Until we heal the root cause of our suffering, and awaken to our true nature, our inherent confusion will continue to manifest itself in the world around us. by author Joseph P. Kauffman overlaid on photo of silhouette of woman during sunset
Photo Credit: Mariam Soliman

Until we heal the root cause of our suffering, and awaken to our true nature, our inherent confusion will continue to manifest itself in the world around us.




Quote: Nirvana is too simple an experience to be depicted by diagrams. by author Abhijit Naskar overlaid on photo of Arizona landscape
Photo Credit: DiscoverQuotes Staff

Nirvana is too simple an experience to be depicted by diagrams.






Quote: Those drugs were either going to bring me nirvana or they were going to kill me. I was sure of it. And I was comfortable with it. by author Joss Sheldon overlaid on photo of white and blue ice on water

Those drugs were either going to bring me nirvana or they were going to kill me. I was sure of it. And I was comfortable with it.


Quote: That truth which cannot be lived in daily life, cannot be true. by author Satish K. Tripathi overlaid on photo of empty concrete road covered surrounded by tall tress with sun rays

That truth which cannot be lived in daily life, cannot be true.




Quote: Everything exists as information in a field of infinite possibilities, and it is our Consciousness that renders the information and causes it to appear as the material world. by author Joseph P. Kauffman overlaid on photo of icy mountain scenery
Photo Credit: Jaron Mobley

Everything exists as information in a field of infinite possibilities, and it is our Consciousness that renders the information and causes it to appear as the material world.


Quote: Everything we perceive to be solid and static is made up of almost entirely empty space. by author Joseph P. Kauffman overlaid on photo of lights pattern swirls
Photo Credit: DiscoverQuotes Staff

Everything we perceive to be solid and static is made up of almost entirely empty space.








Quote: All of Nature follows perfectly geometric laws. The Ancient Egyptian, Greek, Peruvian, Mayan, and Chinese cultures were well aware of this, as Phi--known as the Golden Ratio or Golden Mean--was used in the constructions of their sculptures and architecture. by author Joseph P. Kauffman overlaid on photo of Joseph P. Kauffman quote; white text on black background

All of Nature follows perfectly geometric laws. The Ancient Egyptian, Greek, Peruvian, Mayan, and Chinese cultures were well aware of this, as Phi--known as the Golden Ratio or Golden Mean--was used in the constructions of their sculptures and architecture.


True Love is when you are able to see yourself in another, when you recognize that there is no separation between you and any other Being in the Universe.




Quote: You may see the light, but the light is not the result of your eyesight. by author Walpola Rahula Thero overlaid on photo of silhouette photo of aurora borealis
Photo Credit: Vincent Guth

You may see the light, but the light is not the result of your eyesight.


Quote: Once you are alive to liberation, liberation would be alive in you. by author Abhijit Naskar overlaid on photo of green plant in tilt shift lens
Photo Credit: Marek Piwnicki

Once you are alive to liberation, liberation would be alive in you.




Quote: You may discover that when there is no resistance to totally being in hell, heaven opens up and samsara reveals its true nature as nirvana. by author Joan Tollifson overlaid on photo of pink and blue sky with moon
Photo Credit: J Lee

You may discover that when there is no resistance to totally being in hell, heaven opens up and samsara reveals its true nature as nirvana.


Quote: The way to Nirvana sublime;
Tread the way to end the play,
Now is the moment in time.
Tread it now or tread it never
Know thou weary traveller,
Spread the happy news far and near;
The Mara's reign is over. by author Banani Ray overlaid on photo of pink petaled flower
Photo Credit: Han Chenxu

The way to Nirvana sublime;
Tread the way to end the play,
Now is the moment in time.
Tread it now or tread it never
Know thou weary traveller,
Spread the happy news far and near;
The Mara's reign is over.








Quote: The extinction of desire, the extinction of hatred, the extinction of illusion. … The extinction of 'thirst' is Nibbāna. by author Walpola Rahula Thero overlaid on photo of brown and gray floral textile

The extinction of desire, the extinction of hatred, the extinction of illusion. … The extinction of 'thirst' is Nibbāna.


Quote: Nirvana; closing the eyes to see the world inside. by author Vikraman overlaid on photo of black and white photo of woman looking upward
Photo Credit: Peter Sjo

Nirvana; closing the eyes to see the world inside.










Quote: All phenomena of samsara and nirvana are your own mind. by author Padmasambhava overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of sunflower
Photo Credit: Papaver rhoeas

All phenomena of samsara and nirvana are your own mind.


Quote: When realization occurs you should definitely be free from samsara, so that your disturbing emotions naturally subside and become original wakefulness. What is the use of a realization that fails to reduce your disturbing emotions? by author Padmasambhava overlaid on photo of photo of author Padmasambhava with quote

When realization occurs you should definitely be free from samsara, so that your disturbing emotions naturally subside and become original wakefulness. What is the use of a realization that fails to reduce your disturbing emotions?






Quote: Yes, there is a Nirvanah; it is leading your sheep to a green pasture, and in putting your child to sleep, and in writing the last line of your poem. by author Khalil Gibran overlaid on photo of road in the middle of grass covered field during day

Yes, there is a Nirvanah; it is leading your sheep to a green pasture, and in putting your child to sleep, and in writing the last line of your poem.


Quote: Meditation brings Nirvana, and Nirvana brings Buddhahood. by author Abhijit Naskar overlaid on photo of silhouette of man looking towards left
Photo Credit: Vivek Trivedi

Meditation brings Nirvana, and Nirvana brings Buddhahood.




Quote: Those who with a clear mind have seen this truth,
Those who are wise and ever watchful,
They feel the joy of watchfulness,
The joy of the path of the great. by author Gautama Buddha overlaid on photo of birds flying under cloudy sky during daytime
Photo Credit: Isaac Quesada

Those who with a clear mind have seen this truth,
Those who are wise and ever watchful,
They feel the joy of watchfulness,
The joy of the path of the great.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Watchfulness is the path of immortality:
Unwatchfulness is the path of death.
Those who are watchful never die:
Those who do not watch are already as dead.

Those who with a clear mind have seen this truth,
Those who are wise and ever watchful,
They feel the joy of watchfulness,
The joy of the path of the great.

And those who in high thought and in deep contemplation
With ever living power advance on the path,
They in the end reach nirvana,
The peace supreme and infinite joy.




Quote: Through the practice of concentration and various techniques, we silence the mind and we enter into a flow of perfect light. We go outside of the parameters of mind and thought and experience nirvana. by author Frederick Lenz overlaid on photo of photography of burning camp fire
Photo Credit: CHUTTERSNAP

Through the practice of concentration and various techniques, we silence the mind and we enter into a flow of perfect light. We go outside of the parameters of mind and thought and experience nirvana.


Quote: To become vegetarian is to step into the stream which leads to nirvana. by author Gautama Buddha overlaid on photo of photo of gray elephant on grass
Photo Credit: AJ Robbie

To become vegetarian is to step into the stream which leads to nirvana.


Quote: Nirvana or lasting enlightenment or true spiritual growth can be achieved only through persistent exercise of real love. by author M. Scott Peck overlaid on photo of yellow green leaf
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

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


Quote: I don't believe in nirvana. If nirvana was handed to us on a silver platter, this would be the first day of our struggle to keep it. by author Holly Near overlaid on photo of closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

I don't believe in nirvana. If nirvana was handed to us on a silver platter, this would be the first day of our struggle to keep it.


He who gives away shall have real gain. He who subdues himself shall be free; he shall cease to be a slave of passions. The righteous man casts off evil, and by rooting out lust, bitterness, and illusion do we reach Nirvana.


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