There is no permanent heaven or hell in Hinduism. In the afterlife, based on one’s karma, the soul is reborn as another being in heaven, hell, or a living being on earth (human, animal). Gods too die once their past karmic merit runs out, as do those in hell, and they return getting another chance on earth. This reincarnation continues, endlessly in cycles, until one embarks on a spiritual pursuit, realizes self-knowledge, and thereby gains mokṣa, the final release out of the reincarnation cycles. This release is believed to be a state of utter bliss, which Hindu traditions believe is either related or identical to Brahman, the unchanging reality that existed before the creation of universe, continues to exist, and shall exist after the universe ends. source
The question then can be; Is Mary actually describing the same state as an enlightened bhuddist when telling Elizabeth about her state and feelings as stated above?
One way to look at this is to consider what is going on in the meta physical sense in both occasions; Mary’s declarations about God and someone becoming enlightend.
With regards to sin, the bhuddist tradition bypasses sin by saying no one can be a sinner. What they do have, is a continuous cycle of rebirth if you do not become enlightend. Effectively, if you do not live correctly, your soul is going to be reborn time and time again.
So, bhuddists break the cycle forever if they behave correctly in life.
Mary’s immaculate conception also breaks a cycle, namely the cycle of passing on Adam and Eve’s eternal original sin onto the next child born. This breaking of the cyclye is done, so that an eternal curse is lifted and there is a new beginning.
Pureness in the catholic church is; “to refer to a perfectly sinless nature that manifested itself in glory in a moment of grace”. That sounds alot like enlightenment again.
I looked round the cathedral in Malaga, but found no other palm tree or bhuddistic references. I did have a moment of pause when I saw one of the altars in the coves around the main altar. If you are familiar with the reclining and resting bhudda statues, this should ring a bell.
The Take away from this blog may be that there is the fact that in both stories; The enlightenment of a bhuddism and that of Mary’s sin removal, an eternal cycle is broken through being one with god(liness).