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Why Think or Have Thoughts? Can we give it a Pass?

“Take no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. 
Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

These words of Jesus Christ in the Sermon on the Mount do ring true at times. While thought in this  It calls upon waking up the supreme intelligence in us to recognize the whole process of “thinking” and to learn the art of living every moment.context could be interpreted for “worry”, there could be other kinds of thought too. Thoughts differ in quality and kind. Positive or negative, good or bad, clean or communal, fresh or stale, happy or sad, lateral or sequential, clear or confused thoughts keep peeping in at different occasions in us. Then, we also have expressions such as “Have you given it a thought, do give one” or “It was clear and well-thought”. While “thought” is taught as the past tense of “think” in the verb form, we have seen that it stands its own ground as a noun also.

“Why think or have thoughts? Can we give it a pass?” 

To understand THOUGHT, we need to “see” and “read” it clearly. But, by the time we observe a thought, it has already moved on. A fresh thought has already taken its place and, before we analyze or interpret a thought, it has not only gone past but also left us perplexed by a crowd of additional thoughts. The content or purpose behind a thought seems to have given birth to another thought.

If we step back in time, it might help us to relax and take a view of the real scene behind the thought. Then, we might realize that for every thought to arise, there is a reason. By recognizing it, it endows us with the power to decide whether to continue the thought or dismiss it instantaneously at the source. It is in our discretion whether the seed of thought may be sowed or not.

It is our past that forms a thought which paves the future for each one of us. It is indeed our choice  It calls upon waking up the supreme intelligence in us to recognize the whole process of “thinking” and to learn the art of living every moment.whether to own or hold the past. But the past really has no meaning. The present gets missed when we look at our past for any guidance to act. The importance given to analyze the past actions and the time spent on reliving and interpreting it, depends on what we are or what we seek. Unless and until we understand the futility of the entire thinking process, we choose to remain in the past and intentionally let go of the present. It calls upon waking up the supreme intelligence in us to recognize the whole process of “thinking” and to learn the art of living every moment. Without a benediction, this could seem to be a challenge.

It is only in the waking state that we are often disturbed by thoughts. These thoughts are in the latent form when we sleep off, thereby giving arise to the dreams. But when we are in the deep sleep state, these thoughts simply vanish. That is why, after a sound sleep we feel fresh to take on the tasks for the day since the sleep was peaceful, with no dreams and we blissfully were unaware of the time during the duration of our sleep. The intelligent question then would be whether it is good to have a thought or even hold on to it.  Wouldn’t it be sensible to drown a thought, rid it off or put it to permanent sleep and help ourselves be fresh in our outlook and see everything new?

J Krishnamurti exhorted us to chase every thought and allow it to be completed. At the end of each thought, we will experience a silence, silence out of which is born a renewal and gives us the freedom of creativity. On the contrary, if the thought is incomplete, there remains a residue, residue which is the memory, memory which is the past, past which has no reality.

Happy Living.

Comments (3)

Priyanka Lodha Patwari Posted on Aug 29, 2018

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. Thoughts are the shadow of our feelings


Sandeep Posted on Aug 21, 2018

This brings me to a question? Is this thought given to us to guide us? If we are able to understand this thought well, will it not be easy to use it for our daily lives?\r\nIf that\'s the case how will know which thought is to be followed?


Shyam Kumar Posted on Aug 20, 2018

Thinking about a thought makes the thought an object and it no longer remains a thought. A thought when objectified it comprise and constitues mass, which has the power to move and administer force. The positivity of the thought gives direction to the force and ultimately determines your Moira. \r\nIt\'s befettingly stated \"We are the product of our thoughts.\"



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