Why one cannot have a "Self" that is 'changing'?
Because the concept of a "self" - itself! - prescribe
that this "ego" remains exactly the same
So also do we subjectively indeed experience it: Though older "I" am
the same 'person'
with the same 'name'... we say
and automatically tend to think... However only the name,
which is an empty
designation or 'label' remains the same,
of what that this label 'names' or signifies, whether
or physical remains the same
for a millisecond! All mental states and also
Thus "we" are never exactly the same from one moment
to the next...
Nor is anything external, or physical ... !
There exists no
'Ego', 'Self', 'Agent', 'Operator', 'I-Me',
or "little man"
inside any being...
A true 'Self' is assumed to be in full power over
itself... Otherwise: If this self has
over itself: Who or what has then power of this
self? If anything else has power over the
self, then this
actually deserves more to be called a 'self'.
However realistically all events depend
on specific external
and internal causes, and not on any imaginary
inherent 'self', embedded 'agent' or illusory
Nothing is the same. Everything is changing.
Nothing is a static entity. Everything is a dynamic process.
therefore under full control of any self. And nothing can
under full control of self
since everything is dependent on its own specific causes
and conditions, over which no self has power...
The "Ego-Me-I-Self" is a merely
a recursive auto-projection or
"self"-imagination of a non-real entity!
There is individuality:
Only a single process of the
5 clusters of clinging
conventionally called 'a person' experiences
the kammic after effects of it 'own' past activities...
Other clusters of clinging
'other persons' and
'other sentient beings'
do not run into, or experience these kammic effects
But there is no identity:
or outside of this ever re-arising process of these 5 clusters of clinging
or therefore 'identical',
The 'person' is thus neither ever the 'same',
but just a selfless process of ever changing momentary states... Nothing of
such ephemeral weak
transience is ever worth clinging to, since any such
clinging to any such fallacy, can only result in
As the Buddha said (and only the Buddhas can re-discover
"Sabbe Dhamma Anatta!"
All phenomena are no-self, no-substance, and core-less!
are impersonal! There is no agent, or essence, or substance neither
nor within, nor without any phenomenal appearance...
Blissful is solitude for one who is content, learned
see the True Dhamma.
Blissful is harmlessness towards all beings without
Blissful is freedom from any sensual urge whatsoever.
Yet, the supreme bliss, is the elimination of this abysmal
conceit "I am"!'
- Inspiration: II - 1
On this enigmatic No-Self