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_NIRVāṇA_ (/nɪərˈvɑːnə, -ˈvænə, nər-/ ; Sanskrit : निर्वाण _nirvāṇa _ ; Pali : निब्बान _nibbāna _; Prakrit : णिव्वाण _ṇivvāṇa _) literally means "blown out", as in an oil lamp. The term "nirvana" is most commonly associated with Buddhism, and represents its ultimate state of soteriological release and liberation from rebirths in _saṃsāra _.

In Indian religions , _nirvana_ is synonymous with _moksha _ and _mukti_. All Indian religions assert it to be a state of perfect quietude, freedom, highest happiness along with it being the liberation from _samsara_, the repeating cycle of birth, life and death.

However, Buddhist and non-Buddhist traditions describe these terms for liberation differently. In the Buddhist context, _nirvana _ refers to realization of non-self and emptiness , marking the end of rebirth by stilling the _fires_ that keep the process of rebirth going. In Hindu philosophy , it is the union of or the realization of the identity of Atman with Brahman , depending on the Hindu tradition. In Jainism , it is also the soteriological goal, it represents the release of a soul from karmic bondage and samsara.


* 1 Etymology * 2 Origins * 3 Buddhism

* 4 Hinduism

* 4.1 Moksha * 4.2 Brahma-nirvana in the Bhagavad Gita

* 5 Jainism * 6 Sikhism * 7 See also * 8 Notes

* 9 References

* 9.1 Online references

* 10 Sources * 11 Further reading * 12 External links


The word _nirvāṇa_, states Steven Collins, is from the verbal root √_vā_ "blow" in the form of past participle _vāna_ "blown", prefixed with the preverb _nis_ meaning "out". Hence the original meaning of the word is "blown out, extinguished". Sandhi changes the spelling: the _v_ of _vāna_ causes _nis_ to become _nir_, and then the _r_ of _nir_ causes retroflexion of the following _n_: _nis+vāna_ > _nirvāṇa_.

The term _nirvana_ in the soteriological sense of "blown out, extinguished" state of liberation does not appear in the Vedas nor in the pre-Buddhist Upanishads . According to Collins, "the Buddhists seem to have been the first to call it _nirvana_." However, the ideas of spiritual liberation using different terminology, with the concept of soul and Brahman, appears in pre-Buddhist Vedic texts and Upanishads, such as in verse 4.4.6 of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad . This may have been deliberate use of words in early Buddhism, suggests Collins, since Atman and Brahman were described in pre-Buddhist Vedic texts and Upanishads with the imagery of fire, as something good, desirable and liberating.


_Nirvāṇa_ is a term found in the texts of all major Indian religions – Buddhism , Hinduism , Jainism and Sikhism . It refers to the profound peace of mind that is acquired with _moksha_, liberation from samsara , or release from a state of suffering , after respective spiritual practice or sādhanā .

The idea of _moksha_ is connected to the Vedic culture, where it conveyed a notion of _amrtam_, "immortality", and also a notion of a _timeless_, "unborn", or "the still point of the turning world of time".It was also its 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.

The earliest layers of Vedic text incorporate the concept of life, followed by an afterlife in heaven and hell based on cumulative virtues (merit) or vices (demerit). However, the ancient Vedic Rishis challenged this idea of afterlife as simplistic, because people do not live an equally moral or immoral life. Between generally virtuous lives, some are more virtuous; while evil too has degrees, and either permanent heaven or permanent hell is disproportionate. The Vedic thinkers introduced the idea of an afterlife in heaven or hell in proportion to one's merit, and when this runs out, one returns and is reborn. The idea of rebirth following "running out of merit" appears in Buddhist texts as well. This idea appears in ancient and medieval texts, as _Samsara_, or the endless cycle of life, death, rebirth and redeath, such as section 6:31 of the _ Mahabharata _, verse 9.21 of the _ Bhagavad Gita _, and many other ancient texts. The Samsara, the life after death, and what impacts rebirth came to be seen as dependent on karma .

The liberation from Saṃsāra developed as an ultimate goal and soteriological value in the Indian culture, and called by different terms such as nirvana, moksha, mukti and kaivalya. This basic scheme underlies Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism, where "the ultimate aim is the timeless state of _moksa_, or, as the Buddhists first seem to have called it, nirvana."

Although the term occurs in the literatures of a number of ancient Indian traditions, the concept is most commonly associated with Buddhism. It was later adopted by other Indian religions, but with different meanings and description, such as in the Hindu text _Bhagavad Gita_ of the _Mahabharata_.


Main article: Nirvana (Buddhism)

Nirvana (_nibbana_) literally means "blowing out" or "quenching". It is the most used as well as the earliest term to describe the soteriological goal in Buddhism: release from the cycle of rebirth (_saṃsāra _). Nirvana is part of the Third Truth on "cessation of dukkha" in the Four Noble Truths doctrine of Buddhism. It is the goal of the Noble Eightfold Path .

The Buddha is believed in the Buddhist scholastic tradition to have realized two types of nirvana, one at enlightenment, and another at his death. The first is called _sopadhishesa-nirvana_ (nirvana with a remainder), the second _parinirvana _ or _anupadhishesa-nirvana_ (nirvana without remainder, or final nirvana).

In the Buddhist tradition, nirvana is described as the extinguishing of the _fires_ that cause rebirths and associated suffering. The Buddhist texts identify these three "three fires" or "three poisons" as _raga _ (greed, sensuality), _dvesha _ (aversion, hate) and _avidyā _ or _moha _ (ignorance, delusion).

The state of nirvana is also described in Buddhism as cessation of all afflictions, cessation of all actions, cessation of rebirths and suffering that are a consequence of afflictions and actions. Liberation is described as identical to _anatta _ (_anatman_, non-self, lack of any self). In Buddhism, liberation is achieved when all things and beings are understood to be with no Self. Nirvana is also described as identical to achieving _sunyata _ (emptiness), where there is no essence or fundamental nature in anything, and everything is empty.

In time, with the development of Buddhist doctrine, other interpretations were given, such as being an unconditioned state, a fire going out because of lack of fuel, abandoning weaving (_vana_) together of life after life, and the elimination of desire. However, Buddhist texts have asserted, since ancient times, that nirvana is more than "destruction of desire", it is "the object of the knowledge" of the Buddhist path.


In the most ancient texts of Hinduism such as the Vedas and early Upanishads, the soteriological term _Nirvana_ is not used. This term is found in texts of Hinduism, such as the Bhagavad Gita, and the Nirvana Upanishad , likely composed in the post-Buddha era. However, the concept of Nirvana is described differently in Buddhist and Hindu literature. Hinduism has the concept of Atman , which is the soul, self; it asserts that Atman exists in every living being, while Buddhism asserts through its _anatman_ doctrine that there is no Atman in any living being. Nirvana in Buddhism is "stilling mind, cessation of desires, and action" unto emptiness, while nirvana in post-Buddhist Hindu texts is, states Jeaneane Fowler, also "stilling mind but not inaction" and "not emptiness", rather it is the knowledge of true Self (Atman) and the acceptance of its universality and unity with metaphysical Brahman.


Main article: Moksha

The ancient soteriological concept in Hinduism is moksha, described as the liberation from the cycle of birth and death through self-knowledge and the eternal connection of Atman (soul, self) and metaphysical Brahman. Moksha is derived from the root _muc*_ (Sanskrit : मुच्) which means free, let go, release, liberate; Moksha means "liberation, freedom, emancipation of the soul". In the Vedas and early Upanishads, the word mucyate ( Sanskrit : मुच्यते) appears, which means to be set free or release - such as of a horse from its harness.

The traditions within Hinduism state that there are multiple paths (_marga_) to moksha: _jnana-marga_ or the path of knowledge, _bhakti-marga_ or the path of devotion, and _karma-marga_ or the path of action.


The term Brahma-nirvana appears in verses 2.72 and 5.24-26 of the Bhagavad Gita. Brahma nirvana (nirvana in Brahman ) is the state of release or liberation; the union with the Brahman. According to Easwaran, this is an experience of blissful egolessness.

According to Zaehner, Johnson and other scholars, _nirvana_ in the Gita is a Buddhist term adopted by the Hindus. The term _nirvana_, states Zaehner, was used in texts of Hinduism for the first time in the Bhagavad Gita, and that the idea therein in verse 2.71-72 to "suppress one's desires and ego" is also Buddhist. According to Johnson the use of the term _nirvana_ is borrowed from the Buddhists to confuse the Buddhists, by linking the Buddhist nirvana state to the pre-Buddhist Vedic tradition of metaphysical absolute called Brahman.

According to Mahatma Gandhi , the Hindu and Buddhist understanding of _nirvana_ are different because the nirvana of the Buddhists is shunyata , emptiness, but the nirvana of the Gita means peace and that is why it is described as brahma-nirvana .


Main article: Moksha (Jainism) _ Kalpasutra folio on Mahavira Nirvana_. Note the crescent shaped _Siddhashila_, a place where all siddhas reside after nirvana.

The terms _moksa _ and _nirvana_ are often used interchangeably in the Jain texts .

Uttaradhyana Sutra provides an account of Sudharman – also called Gautama, and one of the disciples of Mahavira – explaining the meaning of nirvana to Kesi, a disciple of Parshva .

There is a safe place in view of all, but difficult of approach, where there is no old age nor death, no pain nor disease. It is what is called nirvāṇa, or freedom from pain, or perfection, which is in view of all; it is the safe, happy, and quiet place which the great sages reach. That is the eternal place, in view of all, but difficult of approach. Those sages who reach it are free from sorrows, they have put an end to the stream of existence. (81-4) – Translated by Hermann Jacobi, 1895


The concept of liberation (nirvana, mukti) as "extinction of suffering", along with the idea of _sansara_ as the "cycle of rebirth" is also part of Sikhism. Nirvana appears in Sikh texts as the term _Nirban_. However, the more common term is _Mukti_, or _Moksh_, a salvation concept wherein loving devotion to God is emphasized for liberation from endless cycle of rebirths.


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* ^ Also called vimoksha, vimukti. The Soka Gakkai Dictionary of Buddhism: "Vimoksha (Skt; Jpn gedatsu ). Emancipation, release, or liberation. The Sanskrit words vimukti, mukti, and moksha also have the same meaning. Vimoksha means release from the bonds of earthly desires, delusion, suffering and transmigration. While Buddhism sets forth various kinds and stages of emancipation, or enlightenment, the supreme emancipation is nirvana, * ^ It is sometimes referred to as _bhavana_, which refers to spiritual "development" or "cultivating" or "producing" in the sense of "calling into existence", * ^ The wheel is a typical Vedic, or Indo-European, symbol, which is manifested in various symbols of the Vedic religion and of Buddhism and Hinduism. See, for examples, Dharmacakra , Chakra , Chakravartin , Kalachakra , Dukkha and Mandala . * ^ See also Heaven (Christianity) and Walhalla * ^ Many texts discuss this theory of rebirth with the concepts of Devayana (path of gods) and Pitryana (path of fathers). * ^ The authenticity of this text is in doubt because Parshva, in Jain tradition, lived about 250 years before Mahavira, and his disciple Kesi would have been a few hundred years old when he met the disciple of Mahavira. See Jacobi (1895), footnotes.


* ^ "nirvana". _Random House Webster\'s Unabridged Dictionary _. * ^ Richard Gombrich , _ Theravada Buddhism: A Social History from Ancient Benāres to Modern Colombo._ Routledge * ^ Chad Meister (2009). _Introducing Philosophy of Religion_. Routledge. p. 25. ISBN 978-1-134-14179-1 . Buddhism: the soteriological goal is nirvana, liberation from the wheel of samsara and extinction of all desires, cravings and suffering. * ^ Kristin Johnston Largen. _What Christians Can Learn from Buddhism: Rethinking Salvation_. Fortress Press. pp. 107–108. ISBN 978-1-4514-1267-3 . One important caveat must be noted: for many lay Buddhists all over the world, rebirth in a higher realm - rather than realizing nirvana - has been the primary religious goal. while many Buddhists strongly emphasize the soteriological value of the Buddha's teaching on nirvana , many other Buddhists focus their practice on more tangible goals, in particular on the propitious rebirth in one's next life. * ^ "IN THE PRESENCE OF NIBBANA:Developing Faith in the Buddhist Path to Enlightenment". What-Buddha-Taught.net. Retrieved 22 October 2014. * ^ _A_ _B_ Gavin Flood, _Nirvana_. In: John Bowker (ed.), _Oxford Dictionary of World Religions_ * ^ Anindita N. Balslev (2014). _On World Religions: Diversity, Not Dissension_. SAGE Publications. pp. 28–29. ISBN 978-93-5150-405-4 . * ^ _A_ _B_ Loy, David (1982). "Enlightenment in Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta". _International Philosophical Quarterly_. Philosophy Documentation Center. 22 (1): 65–74. doi :10.5840/ipq19822217 . What most distinguishes Indian from Western philosophy is that all the important Indian systems point to the same phenomenon: Enlightenment or Liberation. Enlightenment has different names in the various systems – kaivalya, nirvana, moksha, etc. – and is described in different ways... * ^ Steven Collins (1990). _Selfless Persons: Imagery and Thought in Theravada Buddhism_. Cambridge University Press. pp. 81–84. ISBN 978-0-521-39726-1 . * ^ Peter Harvey (2001). _Buddhism_. Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 98–99. ISBN 978-1-4411-4726-4 . beyond the processes involved in dying and reborn. Nirvana is emptiness in being void of any grounds for the delusion of a permanent, substantial Self, and because it cannot be conceptualized in any view which links it to 'I' or 'mine' or 'Self'. It is known in this respect by one with deep insight into everything as not-Self (anatta), empty of Self. * ^ Brian Morris (2006). _Religion and Anthropology: A Critical Introduction_. Cambridge University Press. p. 51. ISBN 978-0-521-85241-8 . There has been some dispute as to the exact meaning of nirvana, but clearly the Buddhist theory of no soul seems to imply quite a different perspective from that of Vedantist philosophy, in which the individual soul or self is seen as identical with the world soul or Brahman (on the doctrine of anatta ... * ^ Gwinyai H. Muzorewa (2000). _The Great Being_. Wipf. pp. 52–54. ISBN 978-1-57910-453-5 . Even the Atman depends on the Brahman. In fact, the two are essentially the same. Hindu theology believes that the Atman ultimately becomes one with the Brahman. One's true identity lies in realizing that the Atman in me and the Brahman - the groud of all existence - are similar. The closest kin of Atman is the Atman of all living things, which is grounded in the Brahman. When the Atman strives to be like Brahman it is only because it realizes that that is its origin - God. Separation between the Atman and the Brahman is proved to be impermanent. What is ultimately permanent is the union between the Atman and the Brahman. Thus, life's struggle is for the Atman to be released from the body, which is impermanent, to unite with Brahman, which is permanent - this doctrine is known as Moksha. * ^ Fowler 2012 , p. 46: "Shankara interpreted the whole of the Gita as extolling the path of knowledge as the best means to moksha, and a total identity of the atman with Brahman..., * ^ John E. Cort (1990), MODELS OF AND FOR THE STUDY OF THE JAINS, Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, Vol. 2, No. 1, Brill Academic, pages 42-71 * ^ _A_ _B_ Collins 2010 , pp. 63-64. * ^ Steven Collins (1998). _ Nirvana and Other Buddhist Felicities_. Cambridge University Press. pp. 137–138. ISBN 978-0-521-57054-1 . * ^ Max Müller (2011). _Theosophy Or Psychological Religion_. Cambridge University Press. pp. 307–310. ISBN 978-1-108-07326-4 . * ^ Steven Collins (1998). _ Nirvana and Other Buddhist Felicities_. Cambridge University Press. pp. 216–217. ISBN 978-0-521-57054-1 . * ^ Trainor 2004 , p. 68. * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ _D_ _E_ _F_ _G_ Fowler 2012 , p. 48. * ^ Helmuth von Glasenapp (1999). _Jainism: An Indian Religion of Salvation_. Motilal Banarsidass. pp. 234, 492. ISBN 978-81-208-1376-2 . * ^ _ Sikhism And Indian Civilization By R.K. Pruthi_. 2004. p. 200.

* ^ _World History: To 1800 By William J. Duiker, Jackson J. Spielvogel_. 2008. pp. 52, 53. * ^ Rhys Davids ">. * ^ Monier-Williams (1899), p. 755, see "Bhāvana" and "Bhāvanā," retrieved 9 Dec 2008 from "U. Cologne" at http://www.sanskrit-lexicon.uni-koeln.de/scans/MWScan/MWScanpdf/mw0755-bhAvodaya.pdf. * ^ Nyanatiloka 1980 , p. 67. * ^ _A_ _B_ Collins 2010 , p. 29. * ^ Collins 1998 , p. 136. * ^ James Hastings; John Alexander Selbie; Louis Herbert Gray (1922). _Encyclopædia of Religion and Ethics_. T. & T. Clark. pp. 616–618. * ^ Frazier 2011 , pp. 84-86. * ^ Atsushi Hayakawa (2014). _Circulation of Fire in the Veda_. LIT Verlag Münster. pp. 101–103 with footnote 262. ISBN 978-3-643-90472-0 . The concept of punarmrtyu appeared, which conveys that even those who participated in rituals die again in the life after death when the merit of the ritual runs out.

* ^ Krishan, Yuvraj (1997). _The Doctrine of Karma: Its Origin and Development in Brāhmaṇical, Buddhist, and Jaina Traditions_. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. pp. 17–27. ISBN 9788120812338 . ; _The New Encyclopædia Britannica_. Volume 8. Encyclopædia Britannica. 1998. p. 533. ISBN 978-0-85229-633-2 . record the traditions of sages (Rishis) of the period, notably Yajnavalkya, who was a pioneer of new religious ideas. Throughout the Vedic period, the idea that the world of heaven was not the end – and that even in heaven death was inevitable – had been growing. This doctrine of samsara (reincarnation) is attributed to sage Uddalaka Aruni, In the same text, the doctrine of karma (actions) is attributed to Yajnavalkya... * ^ Patrul Rinpoche (1998). _The Words of My Perfect Teacher_. Boston: Shambhala. pp. 95–96. ISBN 978-0-7619-9027-7 . Lay summary (PDF). After enjoying the happiness of a celestial realm, when his merit runs out he will be reborn here. * ^ Frazier 2011 , pp. 84-86, Quote: "They reach the holy world of Indra and enjoy the celestial pleasures of the gods in heaven; but having enjoyed the vast world of heaven, they come back to the world of mortals when their merit runs out. So, by following the injunctions of the three Vedas with a desire for pleasures, they get to travel to and fro. (Mahābhārata 6.31:20–1)". * ^ Winthrop Sargeant (Translator) (2010). Christopher Key Chapple, ed. _The Bhagavad Gita: Twenty-fifth–Anniversary Edition_. State University of New York Press. p. 397. ISBN 978-1-4384-2840-6 . Having enjoyed the vast world of heaven, they enter the world of mortals when their merit is exhausted. Thus conforming to the law of the three Vedas, Desiring enjoyments, they obtain the state of going and returning. * ^ Yuvraj Krishan (1988), Is Karma Evolutionary?, Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, Volume 6, pages 24-26 * ^ Surendranath Dasgupta (1956). _A history of indian philosophy_. Cambridge University Press. pp. 520–522. * ^ Paul Deussen (2015). _The System of the Vedanta: According to Badarayana\'s Brahma-Sutras and Shankara\'s Commentary thereon_. KB Classics. pp. 357–359. ISBN 978-1-5191-1778-6 . * ^ Collins 2010 , p. 30. * ^ Collins 2010 , p. 31. * ^ Steven Collins (1998). _ Nirvana and Other Buddhist Felicities_. Cambridge University Press. p. 191. ISBN 978-0-521-57054-1 . * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ Buswell & Lopez 2014 , pp. 589-590. * ^ Keown 2004 , pp. 194-195. * ^ _A_ _B_ Buswell & Lopez 2014 , p. 590. * ^ "nirvana". _Encyclopædia Britannica_. Retrieved 22 October 2014. * ^ Gombrich 2006 , p. 65. * ^ Gombrich 2006 , p. 66. * ^ Buswell & Lopez 2014 , p. 589. * ^ Steven Collins (1990). _Selfless Persons: Imagery and Thought in Theravada Buddhism_. Cambridge University Press. pp. 82, 84. ISBN 978-0-521-39726-1 . Like all other things or concepts (dhammā) it is anattā, 'not-self. Whereas all 'conditioned things' (samkhāra - that is, all things produced by karma) are 'unsatisfactory and impermanent' (sabbe samkhāra dukkhā . . . aniccā) all dhammā whatsoever, whether conditioned things or the unconditioned nibbāna, are 'not-self (sabbe dhammā anattā). The absolute indescribability of nirvana, along with its classification as anattā, 'not-self, has helped to keep the separation intact, precisely because of the impossibility of mutual discourse. * ^ _A_ _B_ Sue Hamilton (2000). _Early Buddhism: A New Approach : the I of the Beholder_. Routledge. pp. 18–21. ISBN 978-0-7007-1280-9 . Quote: "The corrected interpretation they offered, widely accepted to his day, still associated anatta with nirvana. What it means, it was now states, is that in order to achieve liberation you need to understand that you are not, and nor do you have, and nor have you ever been or had, an abiding self." * ^ Paul Williams; Anthony Tribe (2000). _Buddhist Thought_. Routledge. p. 61. ISBN 978-0-415-20701-0 . He makes no mention of discovering the True Self in the Anattalakkhana Sutta. As we have seen, the Buddha explains how liberation comes from letting-go of all craving and attachment simply through seeing that things are not Self anatta. That is all there is to it. One cuts the force that leads to rebirth and suffering. There is no need to postulate a Self beyond all this. Indeed any postulated Self would lead to attachment, for it seems that for the Buddha a Self fitting the description could legitimately be a suitable subject of attachment. There is absolutely no suggestion that the Buddha thought there is some additional factor called the Self (or with any other name, but fitting the Self-description) beyond the five aggregates. * ^ Mun-Keat Choong (1999). _The Notion of Emptiness in Early Buddhism_. Motilal Banarsidass. pp. 1–4, 85–88. ISBN 978-81-208-1649-7 . Emptiness is a characteristically Buddhist teaching. The present study is concerned with this teaching of emptiness (P. sunnata, Skt. sunyata) as presented in the texts of early Buddhism. The teaching of emptiness is recognized as the central philosophy of early Mahayana. However, this teaching exists in both early Buddhism and early Mahayana Buddhism, where it is connected with the meaning of conditioned genesis, the middle way, nirvana and not-self (P. anatta, Skt. anatman). , * ^ Ray Billington (2002). _Understanding Eastern Philosophy_. Routledge. pp. 58–60, 136. ISBN 978-1-134-79348-8 . , Quote (p 59-60): "We may better understand what anatman implies if we examine Nagarjuna's concept of the void: shunyata or emptiness. Nagarjuna argued that there is no such thing as the fundamental nature, or essence, of anything. (...) In a word, all is emptiness, shunyata; instead of essence, there is a void. (...) everything is empty."; Quote (p 136): "What we can say, whichever branch of Buddhism we may have in mind, is that the state of nirvana, to which all Buddhists aspire, is like samadhi, a non-dual state. (...) the Buddhist concept of enlightened mind - bodhichitta - refers to a state beyond desire (dukkha) whereby the one who seeks nirvana has achieved shunyata, the emptiness or void described on pages 58-9." * ^ John J. Makransky (1997). _ Buddhahood Embodied: Sources of Controversy in India and Tibet_. State University of New York Press. p. 85. ISBN 978-0-7914-3431-4 . * ^ Charles S. Prebish (2010). _Buddhism: A Modern Perspective_. Penn State Press. pp. 134–135. ISBN 0-271-03803-9 . * ^ Collins 2010 , p. 54. * ^ Olivelle 1992 , pp. 5–9, 227-235, Quote: "Nirvana Upanishad...". * ^ _A_ _B_ Fowler 2012 , pp. 48-49. * ^ "Atman (in Oxford Dictionaries)". Oxford University Press. 2012. Quote: 1. real self of the individual; 2. a person's soul * ^ Constance Jones; James D. Ryan (2006). _Encyclopedia of Hinduism_. Infobase. p. 51. ISBN 978-0-8160-7564-5 . ; Quote: The atman is the self or soul. * ^ David Lorenzen (2004). Mittal, Sushil; Thursby, Gene, eds. _The Hindu World_. Routledge. pp. 208–209. ISBN 9781134608751 . Advaita and nirguni movements, on the other hand, stress an interior mysticism in which the devotee seeks to discover the identity of individual soul (atman) with the universal ground of being (brahman) or to find god within himself.

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