Prior to nirvana, our human life is the immediacy of being ‘embodied’. Our consciousness is locked onto the determination, ‘I am this’ (the corporeal entity). In short, a localized intensity best describes ‘I am’ in which craving or want is apparent but in the sense of an embodied connection such that I desire this localization, the corporeal body.
Nirvana, itself, is nonlocal. There is a marked difference between the embodied condition (local) and dis-embodiment (nonlocal) which is recognized only through wisdom or prajñâ. This is also detachment, detachment meaning, this (the corporeal entity) is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self.
Nirvana is fundamentally a return-to-self, but not self as localized in which self senses almost total embodiment and with it, the eventual horror of death and rebirth. Properly understood, nirvana is the extinction of the misapprehension of self or, the same, the extinction of the view of self believed to be the corporeal body.