Reply To: Vinnana, Consciousness, Hadaya Vatthu


Okay. Your answer was very helpful. I appreciate your patience. Sometimes I feel as though I am in pre-school each time I tackle a Buddha Dhamma subject. For a teacher, the compassionate patience of the Buddha is certainly profound. Anyway, below is my summation. Let me know if it appears to you that I am beginning to understand correctly.

1. Gandhabba (containing anusaya gati) senses an available zygote (womb), one that is gati compatible with the parents.

2. Gandhabba enters the womb and triggers the body to grow.

3. The brain facilitates consciousness only when arammana (sensory stimulus/pasada rupa) is present, thus mind (hadaya vatthu) is established. The arammana corresponds to the strongest kamma from a person’s past.

4. It is a person’s individual gandhabba (containing anusaya gati) that is the thing that always keeps a person linked to who and what they are despite loss of consciousness or death.

Are these four points correct?

My reading:
Thoughts (Citta), Consciousness (Viññāṇa), and Mind (Hadaya Vatthu) – Introduction

Where Are Memories Stored? – Viññāṇa Dhātu

Ārammaṇa Plays a Critical Role in a Sensory Event

Response to a Sensory Stimulus – Role of Gati/Anusaya

Gandhabba: Lying in Wait for Appropriate Womb