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attempt to imagine it we can perceive that we really survive as spectators. Hence the psychoanalytic school could venture on the assertion that at bottom no one believes in his own death, or to put the same thing in another way, in the unconscious every one of us is convinced of his own immortality.’—Freud, ‘Thought on War and Death’, Collected Papers IV, p. 304. 137 ‘A word as the point of junction of a number of ideas, possesses, as it were, a predestined ambiguity.’ —Freud, Interpretation of Dreams (The field of points of transition from one idea to another.) 138 ‘C’est qu’en effet la proposition cogito ergo sum résulte—si elle est bien prise—de l’intuition que conscience et existence ne font qu’un.’23—J.P. Sartre, L’Imaginaire, p. 207. 139 To be actual is to be possessed of a hierarchical organization approaching a limit. This must not be confused with the independence of the object, although they are usually associated. In fact there sometimes occur non-actual objects that are independent, and also all action consists in preventing some particular aspect of independence. 140 Feeling exists as self-consciousness (of) feeling. Self-consciousness (of) feeling is craving (gradient of feeling). Craving (gradient of feeling) exists as self-consciousness (of) craving. Self-consciousness (of) craving (gradient of feeling) is series of feeling (of lower order). Each feeling (of lower order) exists as self-consciousness (of) feeling. Thus we have self-consciousness (of) feeling is self-consciousness (of) series of self-consciousness (of) feeling (of lower order). 141 Pa†igha is an arbitrary step-change in the gradient of feeling, it is the source of resistances—but there must already be a gradient of feeling, that is to say, action.24 142 ‘Il apparait clairement que la chose principale au ciel et sur la terre est d’obéir longtemps et dans une même direction. À la longue il en résulte 23.  [‘Actually, the proposition cogito ergo sum, if well grasped, results from the intuition that consciousness and existence are one.’] 24.  [‘that is to say, action’ is pencilled out]

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Early Writings (Seeking the Path - Ñāṇavīra Thera)  

Part B includes two early essays (Nibbana and Anatta and Sketch for a Proof of Rebirth) as well as notes from a Commonplace Book and Margina...

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