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The Highest Nirvana

The Highest Nirvana

The Highest Nirvana

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Lying on a couch is the calm and tranquil reclining figure of Buddha Shakyamuni. This represents the scene of the physical death of the Buddha Shakyamuni, known as the Mahaparinirvana. In this sculpture, following the conventional formula, Buddha lies on the couch fully clothed, his head and right hand resting on a pillow. His body is fully stretched, and the extended left hand complements the overall sprawl of the composition. The two feet are placed tightly one over the other.The talented artist has not forgotten to add a halo behind the master's head.

The death of a truly great man often marks the beginning rather than the end of an era in terms of the progress of human spirit. The difference lies in whether that man lived essentially for his own glory or devoted his life to the pursuit of eternal principles of truth and to the true happiness of all mankind. The image of the dying Buddha is not supposed to evoke sadness as much as a feeling that all beings have the potential to become enlightened and attain release from the sufferings which characterize samsara. His serene, composed, and restful demeanor (he is actually slightly smiling) is meant to communicate his attainment of the highest state of Indian meditation, that of a deep, quiet and blissful sleep known in Sanskrit as 'turiya.' This is precisely the reason why 'Parinirvana' is thought of as the 'final' or 'highest' nirvana.

This sculpture was created in the city of Gaya, a sacred city on the circuit of both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage. The sculptor's are the father-son duo of Ramchander and Deepak Gaur.


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