Help with a basic Nibbana question


This is from SN 1.2:

By the utter destruction of delight in existence,
By the extinction of perception and consciousness,
By the cessation and appeasement of feelings:
It is thus, friend, that I know for beings—
Emancipation, release, seclusion.

It seems to me that “extinction of perception and consciousness” can only be attained in a meditative state or at Parinibbana.

Which leads me to my very basic question: What exactly is the difference between the highest possible meditative state and Nibbana? The latter is said to be a permanent state and a meditative state can obviously only be temporal.

Explanations really appreciated ! Thanks.

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Okay this solves it for me and makes perfect sense. Thank you Venrable

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