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Date Posted: 14:46
Author: ketch
Subject: Re: How About This?
In reply to: Eponymous-28Jan2002 's message, "Re: How About This?" on 14:45

I take issue with part 4 of your argument.

From (1), (2) and (3) above, it follows that As is a case of a person whose awareness is totally dependent upon physical conditions that obtain in A's brain and body.

It does not logically follow that A is "totally dependant" upon certain physical conditions for awareness. All the example shows is that under a particular set of circumstances certain physical conditions led to a loss of awareness. It does not follow that the same physical conditions will always lead to the same loss of awareness.

Yoga teaches us that body and mind are interrelated, for example certain mudras are thought to have certain effects upon the mind. It is not surprising therefore that certain physical conditions, e.g. drugs will have an effect upon consciousness, perhaps causing consciousness to be lost occasionally. However it is also a part of the yoga path that while most people are wholly dependant upon the body, as we advance we become less associated with the body. The point being that because one person appears to require an active brain for awareness, it does not follow that this must always be the case, nor does it follow that this person could not also experience awareness through another brain if transmigration were possible.

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