A new hypothetical conversation is now begun between Shantideva and an adherent of Samkhya, an important Philosophical School in India who believe in the continuum of consciousness and of Atman, or self existence. In these next two verses Shantideva sets forth to demonstrate that the reasoning used to promote this philosophical stance cannot hold, because perception of a sound or feeling is always in response to an object appearing, causing awareness of sound to arise. Awareness is constantly changing and responding and can even be aware of many objects as they appear moment by moment, this illustrates that there is constant change, not continuum.
If the relationship between conscious awareness and a sense object were a continuum, sound would be heard until the cause and condition––the sense object––disappears, when awareness would also cease. For this reason, Buddhists argue that conscious awareness cannot be a continuum dependent on causes and conditions.
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