May we not say of him, that he is in an intermediate state?
Some had no briefing about the intermediate state in the former life.
And what would you say of the intermediate state?
The name means literally "liberation through hearing in the intermediate state".
However, it is important not to confuse an intermediate with a transition state.
The size of the intermediate state and the block size is often the same!
This is based on what a person experiences in this intermediate state.
We see that, at second order, we have to sum on all the intermediate states.
As a result there is no formal intermediate, but rather a chair-like transition state.
In practice, a tunable laser can be used to access an excited intermediate state.