Hello all !
This is my first post here and I am so delighted to find like-minded people who want to be out of the samsara
I have only been reading and studying for the past one year from S.N Goenka's discourses and online articles.
I have a few questions regarding Arahants :-
1. After someone becomes an Arahant , I can understand that he/she will still continue to feel physical pain. Like if suddenly a hot object
touches him/her then there will be a reaction of going away from that hot object. My question is - Is there no trace of emotional/mental pain after
becoming an Arahant or the Arahant simply controls it after it arises ?
2. If a wild animal comes and attacks an Arahant - will he/she not defend himself/herself ?
3. I read somewhere that when a person achieves nirvana - he/she can remain in that state for maybe a few seconds , maybe a few minutes or maybe a few hours. After he/she comes out of that state - he/she becomes an Arahant. Can that Arahant again achieve that state of Nirvana - or it is achievable only once ?
(I read that the Buddha used to get into higher Jhanas even after reaching enlightenment.)
4. From what I've read , the Buddha definitely seems to have used Jhanas to reach enlightenment. Should we all not progress in the same way ?
Bhavatu sarve mangal..