Would you consider ghosts namarupa… if so what form would the be made from?
Ghosts are talked about in the suttas. (Ghosts realms, etc…) but has anyone found out what exaclty a ghost is made of? For that matter, what is a ghost in general?
Do the suttas define what an actual ghost is?
“… the sentient beings who die as ghosts and are reborn as gods are few, while those who die as ghosts and are reborn in hell are many.”
“… the sentient beings who die as ghosts and are reborn as gods are few, while those who die as ghosts and are reborn in the animal realm are many.” –SN56.129-130
Disembodied longing, cravings and regret held fiercely into death perhaps?
The way I understand Ghosts also consist of five aggregate which includes Vinnana.
Namarupa is a result of Vinnana contact with the matter.
Ghosts are Dependently Originated phenomena hence subject to namarupa.
Ven Anuruddha was the an expert in ‘divine vision’
I have heard that on one occasion Ven. Anuruddha was dwelling among the Kosalans in a forest thicket. Now at that time, a devata from the retinue of the heaven of the Thirty-three named Jalini, one of Ven. Anuruddha’s former consorts, went to him and, on arrival, addressed him with this verse:
Direct your mind
to where you used to live,
among the devas of the Thirty-three,
with all sensual pleasures.
by deva maidens,
They’ve gone astray,
established in self-identity.
And they’ve gone astray,
those beings with deva maidens
as their aim.
They don’t know bliss
who haven’t seen Nandana,
abode of the eminent devas,
of the Thirty-three.
You fool, don’t you know
the arahants’ maxim? —
'How inconstant are compounded things! Their nature: to arise & pass away. They disband as they are arising. Their total stilling is bliss.’
Jalini, there is now
in deva company
no further abode
With the utter ending
of wandering on in birth,
there is now
no further becoming. Anuruddha Sutta: Anuruddha