The annihilation or obliteration of self, especially as a process of mystical contemplation.
- Individuality is lost in the reunion with God, but without the total self-annihilation of Buddhism.
- Given its many attempts at self-annihilation in the last century through its home-grown ideologies of fascism and communism, European guilt has a point.
- The author suggests that in a fruitful search for truth we must experience a self-forgetfulness that is not self-annihilation, but a form of pleasure.
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