Reply To: Vinnana, Consciousness, Hadaya Vatthu


Unfortunately, that option is not there for the forum. But you can always right-click on the page and print the needed pages. It is not as clean.

Your questions:

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

No. Gandhabba does not have any control over that. A gandhabba is pulled into a matching womb by kammic energy. That is mentioned in several posts.
It is not possible to write all the details in one post. That is why you should make a list and go through all available posts.

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

Again, gandhabba is not aware of this process. Once in a womb, it may not be conscious until the brain is developed. Brain development happens gradually and is complete around seven years of age. Even inside the womb, it is conscious to a varying degree.

“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.”

Arammana is simply a sensory input. How do we hear a sound? That sound wave hits the ears and vibrates the eardrums. That signal goes to the brain where it is processed into a “sound signal” that is transmitted to the sota pasada rupa. That pasada rupa transfers the signal to hadaya vatthu (like a gong hitting a bell) and makes the hadaya vatthu vibrate 17 times (that is the citta vithi with 17 citta). The “sound sensation” arises in the hadaya vatthu with that citta vithi.
– That is explained in some posts including “Does any Object (Rupa) Last only 17 Thought Moments?

“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.”