To live to benefit mankind is the first step. To practice the six glorious virtues is the second. To don Nirmanakaya's humble robe is to forego eternal bliss for self, to help on man's salvation. To reach Nirvana's bliss, but to renounce it, is the supreme, the final step – the highest on renunciation's path.
'Chosen fragments from 'The Book of the Golden Precepts' translated and annotated by H.P.Blavatsky in 'The Voice of The Silence'