Is consciousness moving at death to the next life?
No! Since consciousness arise & cease right here, it cannot move
It is not continuous, but contiguous discrete mental states as pearls
on a string.
The prior moment of consciousness contains the properties that
arising of the next moment of consciousness! These inherent properties
mainly craving for (conscious) sensing & craving for becoming anew
If these cravings are present in the rebirth-linking moment of
then the next moment of consciousness will arise immediately after the
but now in another location and body, which qualities (or lack of)
also are all
conditioned by properties within the rebirth-linking moment of
If ignorance is dominant in the rebirth-linking moment of
then an animal rebirth is to be expected. If harmonious peace and
mental calmness based on a long life of doing good are the dominant
right in the rebirth-linking moment of consciousness, then a divine
is to be expected. If anger, hostile enmity, envy and hate are
dominant in the
rebirth-linking moment of consciousness, a rebirth in hell is to be
So what actually passes on is
CAUSALITY: That is conditioning factors of
mental forces! Nothing more! No form, feeling, perception,
consciousness passes on, or can ever endure from one moment to the
No "Self, I, Me, Body, Identity, or Ego" passes on, because they never
existed in the first place, so how can they ever then pass on?!?
The classic example is the 2 candles:
Candle A is in flame. (=Dying individuality)
This is then used to light or ignite Candle B (=Reborn individuality).
By this very ignition the flame of Candle A is extinguished…
Only candle B is now burning: What now was passed on !-?-!
Is the flame of Candle B now the SAME, as the flame of Candle A?
Not so. Candle B burns by its own flame, but it was turned on by flame
Is the flame of Candle B now DIFFERENT from the flame of Candle A?
Not really so either. Since Candle B started burning from the flame A!
What is Reborn?: Neither the SAME individuality, nor ANOTHER!
What am ‘I’ & ‘Person’?: Neither the SAME nor ANOTHER!
Not a fixed entity, but a streaming process of ever renewed
arisings and ceasings of impersonal mental and physical states…
Just moments of
name-&-form passes on!
Question: What passes on at death?
Answer: The forces or streams of: Ignorance, Greed, and Hate,
and derivatives thereof, passes on at death and also in every
moment of this life! One is reborn not only at death, but at
every conscious moment of this endless life cycle itself also...
Re-arising rebirth occurs billions of times per second!
Neither as the same, nor as another...
Regarding Buddhist Theory of Rebirth-Linking
(patisandhi) see also:
Rebirth: Nyanatiloka Thera:
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