duszek wrote:Mr Don´t ask me:
you say that Henry VIII was present (simple past tense).
Forgive my asking you:
shall we deduce from this that he is not present now ?
Does his past presence reappear in a way when we watch Richard Burton on TV playing him ?
Henry VIII is an idea. No one has ever known or seen Henry VIII except as an image or idea of conscious perception.
The present is the vast void or present infinite space in which everything arises and disappears. No one lives here, it is void, emptiness, and yet full of potential. Everything that happens, only happens now in the void of now...which is pure awareness...within which all things including people flash in and out of existence.
The void is real enough, since it is that fundamental ground upon which all things appear and disappear, or in which all the action happens...the actions come and go leaving no trace, so they are only ever fictions...not real, the space in which it all happens is the only real...and yet even that is only real when there is something there superimposed over it, defining it....otherwise it has no way of being there or known.
Henry VIII will always be present as a conscious memory. He can be present in a tv image or a photograph.
Things only exist as imaged on the screen of awareness, or memorised by a thought arising from awareness, or as a superimposed image upon a piece of photographic paper, objective form.....or as a voice recorded on a CD, objective form once again....objective reality is an illusion created by the reappearance of things from past...appearing to be happening now....nothing happens now until there is a perception/thought appearing as something.
As for the ACTUAL Henry VIII ...he has never existed at all.... except as the above ideas.
There was never any actual physical body existing called Henry VIII ....Henry VIII was put there by a subjective thought of him. The physical body has no idea it is there or that it exists.
All physicality is put there by thought only.....bodies do not know anything, they are the known. A thought cannot arise without the body, but a thought is not the body, the body is the thought...the body is the vehicle for intangible thought, perception, belief, emotion, senses etc etc...