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Reply To Soraj Hongladarom

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This chapter presents the author's reply to Soraj Hongladarom. The author mentions two areas of possible disagreement. First, the problem with the flame analogy is one that Professor Hongladarom is aware of. Professor Hongladarom says, "When a person dies, exactly at the moment of death his consciousness dissolves and there merges immediately another episode of a consciousness that results from the impetus provided by the dying consciousness". The author's second comment about Hongladarom concerns the possibility of different levels of consciousness, especially the "subtler level". There is no question that consciousness exists at different levels, and there are all sorts of different forms of consciousness. The self is never itself experienced, just as the point of view is never seen. The problem we are having here is that the word "self " means so many different things.

Keywords: consciousness; Soraj Hongladarom



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