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Full text of "Sri Sai Baba`S:Charters And Sayings"

496   TALKS ON <( AT THE FEET OF THE MASTER "

apply to them, of course, the meaning which the words
have come to bear througft many centuries of use;

and we in our turn, coming to the thing afresh, but
trying to understand it accordiag to the facts as we
see them, very often use the word with a shade of
meaning which is different from both these. Quite
certainly we should not use Nirvana as " annihilation ".
Very far from it. There could be no two things more
widely apart.  But also it is very possible that the
Buddhist idea of Nirvana may not be exactly the
same as the Theosophical idea. It is very difficult
to understand what their idea is, not because they
express the thing in terms which are vague, or
because of any defect in their intellect—they are great
metaphysicians and philosophers—bj^it because that
which they are trying to express is inexpressible,
and so to try to put it into words means usually,
well, to degrade the conception somewhat. Those of
us who have experienced that which is meant by the
word Nirvana try to explain it to you by saying that
it is the attainment of a certaift plane of conscious-
ness ; that you are just as much conscious as you
ever were—in fact very much more conscious, be-
cause you are in reality nearer to the real Conscious-
ness. Yet that Consciousness is so much wider than
anything you know down here that you hesitate to
call it your consciousness. You have become one
with a very much greater consciousness; only, you
know, there is something which is misleading if you