Shonin wrote:How does one "fully ascertain memories", surely not just be recalling them in an especially vivid way?
if the mind is a substantial and functioning thing then it can be made skilfull. if its just an emergent property then 1st person experience is a hallucination and hallucinations dont function. if its an epiphenomenon then there are even worse problems.
vividness is largely meaningless, the point in the first place is enough skill to be able to ascertain. no skill = no ascertainment = breeding ground for competing conceptions. in other words, mind appears to us all the time, even right now, but we cant ascertain it clearly. on the other hand, it could just be a hallucination.
regarding inference, seeing colour for example is not an inference, nor a concept, idea, name or word. right? what is it then? you have to say that its a straightforward appearance based on the eye and brain without the use of inference, regardless of whether we accept magical minds or not.
So you are resorting to a special sort of supernatural knowing?
your question actually is, do yogis resort to assumption or conception when they make their assertions. and as i already said a while back, assumptions and conceptions are like giant blaring floodlights. in other words, they are utterly coarse states of mind. yogis are the scientists of mind. its what they do. so when they talk, i listen. its also helpful that they have precise and detailed instructions, are logical, and dont rely on belief but rather on individual experimentation in order to produce results. in this system results are by definition knowable, not unknowable as is the case with faith based systems.
then why did he bother having to recollect previous lives and seeing kamma at work at all? Surely he would just have known everything immediately - or at least anything he wanted to - in an instant ?
thats very strange to me since it doesnt have any linguistic meaning to me. how is knowing past lives or seeing kamma working an instance of not knowing those things immediately?
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