Redefining misanthropy for a fresh generation. Standard posts begin with a definition from Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary followed by a modern adjustment. Miscellany on Wednesday and storytelling on Saturday.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
NIRVANA, n. In the Buddhist religion, a state of pleasurable annihilation awarded to the wise, particularly to those wise enough to understand it.
2006 Update: The place of punishment for a life without transgression.
Ha ha ha ha ha ha
Really? Punishment? It makes me think of one of my favorite Talking Heads songs:
"Heaven is a place where nothing
Nothing ever happens"
A friend used to say he thought David Byrne was being funny, ironic. I never thought so. It is a very Eastern idea to see Heaven as a state of Nothing.So, I'm copping my stuff from Byrne:
Nirvana: a place where Nothing ever happens.
Nirvana is being the first one to type "rabbit, rabbit" in your comments... *sigh*
ah... but can Nirvana be found at the bottom of the Rabbit, Rabbit! hole?
Apparently Nirvana was this massively popular band in 91. They gave us Grunge music and made everyone look like bums. Even at 18 I wasn't impressed with the music or the clothing. Nirvana was not my Nirvana and I realize this makes me a terrible Gen Xer but pffft.
Oh yes...rabbit, rabbit.
Nirvana is found on a comfortable couch with a good book or movie or ...
As video killed the radio star in the early '90s, grunge killed hair bands in the early '90s. Chief culprit - Nirvana.
Jinx, Jenna, you owe me a beer! ;)
Here we are now - enterain us!
Nirvana: Being alone without being lonely.
But I was first. Ergo it should be YOU owe me a beer. Then we'll party it up in Nirvana. Huzzah!
the state of being when one reaches the ability to release a thousand petalled lotus from the crown chakra and connect with the universe and its energies.
this may take about 500 years of deep meditation while sitting in the lotus position, and abstaining from sex, alcohol and burgers
Ah, yes you're right, Jenna. In that case here ya go....Cheers!
And good morning to you, Lammy.
Mutha, sounds like an ascetic's paradise.
Rabbit, rabbit, DDD
Puppybrose, according to Willie, absolutely.
Rabbit, rabbit, Jenna. I kind of missed the band.
Or what, Dddragon? (asks innocently)
Sar, it's a fine line separating jinx from plagiarism.
Hey, G knows the words!
Anomie, my first thought was "An empty barroom." Your definition would be my honest one.
Jenna, the moderator takes your side on this one. That Sar. A poacher in pumps.
K, buddhism is a cruel religion.
Ooops, see, Kiddies...This is why you should always check for new comments before answering. Apologies, Stiletto.
Nirvana: sitting at the PC with a cuppa coffee, still in your jammies, even though it's 10:45 AM. Heh heh.
Doug's version (punishment): doorbell ringing.
WHaTEVER are you referring to, Doug? (asks innocently back)
Doug, should be a theme song for WA.
I'm in a pleasurable state of annihilation! Whoot!
Nirvana in a glass: vanilla vodka...mmm...vanilla vodka.
Nirvana in food: champagne truffles *gives a little gasp of pure delight* Mm mm, me loves those champagne truffles.
Nirvana for the mind: Waking Ambrose (all hail Princess Kiss Ass!)
I'm a cheap date but sooo expensive to shop for on birthdays and such.
Ooh it says ssxi in my verification. Ssssexy. And I thought this was a pg-14 blog. Everything keeps pointing to...no.
Nirvana -- A state of nothingness much like Kansas
Nirvana? Of the Kurt-Cobain-is-dead Nirvana or of the I-met-Krist-Novoselic-back-in-college-and-found-him-to-be-an-uneducated-fool-and-high-off-his-ass-rude-moron-I-got-stuck-with-for-a-damn-hour-and-one-of-the-most-mind-blowingly-tedious-hours-at-that Nirvana?
Oh! Same thing? Who knew?
Nirvana... often confused with the ideal that must be achieved at all costs but beyond Nirvana, away from Samsara is where true peace lies...
What does all this mean? Damned if I know! (Hey, you introduced that word here! I am a good little sister! GOOD I TELL YOU! Beyond Nirvana (ish?) good! FO SHO!)
Absence of prima donnas jostling for position OR a vacuum (not the sucky kind) in which one might finally find peace. Oh, and rabbit, rabbit! xoxo
Nirvana: a world where pretty flipflop sandals last forever and jeans never get holes in bad bad places. Sigh.
I am in Atlanta today which is not Nirvana.
(not that there's anything wrong with it, of course.)
NIRVANA, n. When Anne's got a whole lotta 'tude.
Shalom!. Oh. That's Rabbi, rabbi. Saaa reee.
Nirvana, n. A state of euphoric disconnection, achieved when the cell phone battery dies and the charger is in the other car.
Douglas, actually it came from Hinduism, the oldest religion in the world. Buddhism is an off-shoot religion as it didn't agree with a lot of Indian principles, like deity-worship - though Buddha was born an Indian prince, Siddhartha, who was renamed 'Buddha' (meaning 'the enlightened one') after attaining nirvana or moksha (both Sanskrit).
end of lesson, class dismissed
Nirvanna: My limited scope of knowledge on said word is: Friday afternoon, when the work whistle blows.
doesn't Pat Sajak stand Nirvana?
Nirvana is my own Private Idaho
or maybe its sitting on a beach for a week
you get that, right? Pat Sajak? Wheel of Fortune? neeer-vah-na? near... vanna??
ri-i-i-ght. uh, i'll just get Joel and we'll join ya on that beach, VI...
Nirvana: state of annihilation in which it matters not whether grasshoppers leap for joy or laugh their asses off at your joke. (mind over matter, right? since i don't mind, it doesn't matter.)
Nirvana: writing and/or reading a perfect post. TLP was just honored for one she wrote... in case anyone wants to go over there and pat her on the back! xo
Uh...anybody seen that Doug guy 'round here? Did he achieve nirvana through inertia?
mebbe he was just caught in traffic. now I know why, when I got to California in October last year, I PARKED THE CAR AND LEFT IT THERE.
Sheesh. If I'd wanted to live in New York, I would have gone there. Shorter trip. And there are trains.
TLP, a ringing doorbell is a savage punishment.
Dddragon, just asking you not to dangle your preposition.
G, just so's I don't have to juggle.
Wow, Jenna. I'm blushing from the bottom up.
Haha, Idiot. Or an unpopulated desert like where they write computer code.
Kris who, Hermana? Eres siempre como oro donde los pobres juntar.
Man, Indie, I wish I didn't know just what you mean.
Not too fear, those prima donnas simply wash out next to you.
Jenna, I'm not sure about the blue jeans.
Joel, have supper at La Fonda Latina in Little Five Points. You'll feel better.
Haha, O Ceallaigh. Rabbi, rabbi to you. Mazel Tov.
Oh, a4g, I'm misty.
Karma, thanks for enlightening. Nirvana, n. Somewhere the smart aren't...
Terry, plenty good enough for me.
Puppybrose, I get it. Wish I didn't but I do.
VI I have a beachside time-share in Idaho if you're interested.
Yes, Puppy, thanks for the head's up.
Rabbit, rabbit Actonbell and through her all Pezes, congrats.
TLP, he was in blogger nirvana.
O Ceallaigh you were in freaking Berkeley.
nirvana - That place whence I go when things get on my nerves.
I spend a lot of time there.
Well as it has been mentioned, it's a band. And a state. And the band sings songs with lyrics like "maaaarriied!!!! Buuurriieeeed!!!" For some reason those are the lyrics that have always stuck in my head.
No you didn't, Mireille.
Poobah, so it's the place where nothing gets on your nerves?
And if you had to choose, Squaregirl?
Maybe I was talking about you, Doug. xoxo
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