(Udana - Inspiration)
Real & Absolute, yet not to be Seen, Heard or Sensed!
The Buddha once said about the signless Nibbāna:
There is that, which is unborn, uncreated, unformed & unconstructed!
If, Bhikkhus, there was not this unborn, uncreated, unformed and unconstructed,
no escape from what is born, created, formed & constructed could ever be realized...
But since there indeed exists that, which is utterly unborn, uncreated, unformed and
unconstructed, the escape from this born, created, formed & constructed state can
therefore indeed be realized, explained and made known right here and now!
An unconditioned, unborn, and uncreated ultimate Absolute:
That which is born, that which has become into being,
that which is conditioned, that which is dependent,
that which is co-arisen, that which is created,
that which is unstable, unsafe & prone to decay,
that which is the bridge between birth and death,
this seat of disease, with nutriment & birth as its cause,
will all perish...! It is not worth clinging to or rejoice in...
The escape from this, is calm, beyond the sphere of logic,
being that which is safe and stable, that which is unborn,
that which is not dependent, but sorrow-free, and stainless,
this realm is the final ceasing of all states involving any pain,
this stilling of all construction, is absolute Bliss, and ultimate Peace...
Udana – Inspiration: VIII - 3
The Signless Sameness of Nibbāna:
There is that state, where there is neither earth, water, fire nor any air,
where there is neither trace of solidity, nor fluidity, nor heat, nor motion,
where there is neither infinity of space, nor of consciousness, nor nothingness,
where even no subtle state of neither-perception-nor-non-perception remains,
where there is neither any ‘here’, nor any ‘there’ of this or any other world,
where there is neither any sun, nor moon, nor planet, nor any universe at all,
There, Bhikkhus, one cannot designate neither any coming, nor any going,
nor any remaining, nor duration, nor any beginning, & much less any ending...
Neither is there any activity, nor any movement, nor any fixed stability,
nor any ground, basis or source for any conditioning medium whatsoever...
This unity, this singularity, this signless sameness is the End of Suffering!
Udana – Inspiration: VIII - 1
Non-spatial, Non-Temporal, Invariable and Non-Reactive is Nibbāna:
Where neither solidity, fluidity, heat nor motion find any footing,
there no sun, moon nor star ever shines. There is neither any light
yet nor is there any darkness. When the Noble, through stilling of
all construction, through quieting of all mental formation, directly
experiences this, then is he freed from both form & formlessness,
then is he released from both pleasure & pain and gone all beyond…
Udana – Inspiration: I – 10
See also: What is Nibbana?