This brief and simplified discernment is to further complement this recent discernment: https://www.epistemologyontologyfoundationinstitute.org/local-and-non-local-blog/june-08th-2020:
In ancient days, when sages talked about consciousness and awareness or mind, more often than not they refer to the inner or real self or subtle body-mind rather than the biological body for the following main reasons:
1.0 Unless due to mental disabilities, normally an individual is aware of his or her own biological body. In other words, it is just obvious or natural. And therefore, what to discern about whether it exists or not. Even many evolved species are aware of their biological body or existence. And of course, by machines. Another way of saying is current scientific method on awareness is very primitive and flaw.
2.0 Sages are interested in nature of reality and truth. And therefore, about exploring inner self and immaterial realm and world.
3.0 Interested in transformation for well being which implied not only the biologic body but also the inner or real self must be the subject.
And which was the reasons for many paraphrases over the millenniums such as "Go Within", "Go Inward", "Be Still", "Seek Within", "Search Inside", "The Temple is Within", "The Kingdom is Within", "Know Thyself", "Form-Formless". Furthermore, when mind and or heart are mentioned, they can be referred to real self or subtle body-mind. Another way of saying is heart and mind are irreducible. And belong to the subtle body-mind. The physical body is mean to create, nurture, shape, and purify the subtle body-mind. A simple way of saying is the subtle body-mind is the reflection of the biological body living and acting experience.
As an example, the Heart Sutra emphasized the heart not only to mean that characters and values are of higher virtues than intelligent, talent, skill, knowledge, material, or heart is above all. While also referred to the subtle body-mind since heart and mind belong to the subtle body-mind. And are irreducible. Form-formless mentioned in the heart sutra is generic terms to illustrate that all entities have form and formless such as an an atom or an object has solid form as well as quantum and beyond or immaterial form or formless Similarly, living things also has form and formless. And evolved species form and formless are more complex and sophisticated such as biologic body and subtle body-mind of the many sentient composite body-mind system. However, form-formless is not limited to objects and living things but also to the universe or the universe also has observable realm and world as well as immaterial realm and world. Furthermore, to illustrate the interdependent and interconnectedness of life and existence or intertwinement and entanglement of fractal sum of parts of the greater whole as emphasized in philosophies of "Dependent and Interdependent Origination" and "Dependent and Interdependent Arisen".
Many ancient recorded knowledge and practices content and context are difficult and even impossible to understand since they were recorded through ancient language, based on consciousness or mind of the days, competitive or protective of lineage wisdom and practices, and causalities of forbidden and hidden knowledge and practices (it is well known throughout the millenniums across the world, that entire communities can easily be persecuted and annihilated by emperors and or warlords or even dominance competitors for developing and or practicing forbidden and hidden knowledge and practices. And sages also had to be very cautious about what they preached or said since not only they can be persecuted but also they have to be responsible and protective (beside the standard ethics, integrity, accountability and responsibility of their actions) of their followers and communities). For example, when sages and naturalness-spiritual practitioners discussed or mentioned heart, mind, self, form, and formless; in groups could tell whether they refer to inner self or subtle body-mind or not. While outsiders and those with less experience or no familiarity would think they are talking about biologic body, heart, and brain.
Many millennium ago, when sages mentioned or referred to awareness test, they referred to whether an individual is conscious and aware of his or her inner or real self or subtle body-mind. Now, in modern day, awareness test is just about whether an individual is aware of it biological body. And for which not only many animals can pass the test but also easily by machines. Awareness should be conducted on the basis of whether an individual is aware of his or her real self. And for which are impossible for animals and machines.
And as such, conscious transformative development and living initiatives and efforts mentioned by the Dalai Lama in the video presentation are essential, meaningful, and priorities. And are great awareness reasons, causes, and opportunities for invaluable and long lasting benefits to as well as betterment of all in the known physical world. And beyond. Another way of saying is must urgently do so for empowerment, liberation, and ascension to build a better world, humanity, and species. But a also for the proper or best nurturing, development, and transformation of the human conditions, experience, and potential for greater individual and collective abilities and capacities, essential transformation, meaningful life and existence, well being, and as well as invaluable parts of sum of parts of the greater whole in the known physical world. And beyond since after all, nurturing and development of the inner and real self are inclusive, essential, meaningful, purposeful, relatable, practicable, and applicable to all.
As illustration, an experience from a well known mystic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rM-htkB2y8M simplified and briefly interpret and translate in modern scientific epistemology and ontology language:
Human species has evolved or is embodied with subtle body-mind (or subtle body-heart-mind) and endowed with potential abilities and capacities as well as free will (freedom here is equated to or means free will. And which implied there is neither imposition nor condition from the divine beside natural process of being and becoming) to act accordingly. And the endowment and embodiment are facilitated through the process of being and becoming facilitated through the mechanism of intertwinement and entanglement with the local and no-local cosmos. And therefore, has been embodied with evolved consciousness and awareness or heart-mind and endowed with ability and capacity to reason through outer and inner or integrated senses. And act in meaningful and purposeful ways as individual (and collective). Furthermore, not using endowed free will can impair or inhibit one ability to reason and act for goodness or greatness. And the greater and greater the intention and actions in or through goodwill, good faith, and heartful and mindful care ways, the greater and greater the resonance with the ground of being. And ground of nature or the higher and higher realms and worlds. And the closer and closer to the Divine Source. A simple way of saying, is endowed with the potential and embodied with or through the essence, nature, and ground of being. And essence, nature, and ground of nature with the potential to realize and actualize as individual (and collective).
Animals either do not have (has not yet developed or achieved) or with very primitive subtle body-mind. And thus, are very limited in their conscious and aware. Therefore, do not have neither the ability nor capacity nor potential to understand or recognize and aware of the inner or real self. And since they cannot transcend the world, metaphysical and phenomenological experience would be irrelevant even if the most evolved animals have extraordinary experience such as OBE and NDE. In other words, they would not be conscious much less aware much less recognize much less understand.
While machines do not have real self or subtle body-mind. And therefore, it is not whether they could transcend much less be conscious much less aware much less recognize much less understand. Rather, it is beyond the realm of possibility since such states do not even apply or not applicable without a subtle body-heart-mind.
Updated on 06/12/2020:
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