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Friday, June 19, 2015

Thoughts and Thinking

 They think, therefore they are-Why the life of the mind is so important in France

This titled hooked me on to think about a dozen things on ‘thoughts and thinking’.

       Everyone thinks but what one thinks and when one thinks matters more.

        1.    I would like to get the book and read at the earliest.

2.    What is of paramount importance and influence is their [French] clarity of perception and conviction with which they approach most issues with undiluted intellectual analysis which, of course, in some cases may not work out fine.

           3.    Mostly people use the word ‘think’ or ‘thinking’ very vaguely.

4.    There are two great books about thinking or thoughts that I enjoyed reading which cover the entire depth and width of all that goes to influence/impact /create the thought/thinking process. Both these books study thought and thinking from various perspectives and in the process they also cover a huge bandwidth of subjects and aspects of life, evolution, psychology etc.

5.    ‘Thinking’ itself where, when and why it germinates? What it gives out and why it does so? What are its powers? All these have been very scientifically and scholarly described by many but still it is the unpredictability of thinking process that puzzles most   and therefore there is still a lot to unravel about thought and thinking as a whole. In whatever small literature I have come across and what little I know I think that thinking   capacity is not only an advanced faculty in terms of evolutionary biology but it is also a faculty that has eluded comprehensive and clear cut descriptions with axiomatic certitude as such and such.

6.    Whereas normally I have come across works of  literature and philosophy associate thinking /thoughts mostly with ideas, concepts etc which are not thoughts per se, but intellectualized presentation of thoughts.

7.    This is one of the reasons why thinking is also classified as critical thinking, creative thinking, ideal thinking, political thinking, correct thinking etc and depending upon the usefulness or relevance of thoughts there are also studies on thinking out of the box, inside the box etc.

8.    The awful thing with a thought which is lingering in your mind but you don’t get  a word or expression to communicate that correctly and the feeling is like having the last  piece of chips in hand and while taking to your mouth someone plucks it away  from you. Still worse is a thought which you are very much convinced is very vital and has long term impact but no one pays attention.

                 9.    Coming back to the books
                       Thinking And Destiny by Harold W. Percival

          “In Thinking and Destiny, something new, although older than time, is now made known to the world--about Consciousness. The information is largely about the makeup of the human, where man comes from, what becomes of him; it explains what thinking is; it tells how a thought is created, and how thoughts are exteriorized into acts, objects and events, and how they make his destiny. Destiny is thus shown to be self-determined by thinking;   and the process of re-existence and the after-death states are told in detail. A single reading  of any one chapter of Thinking and Destiny brings rich rewards in new understanding of  life`s puzzling mysteries. To read the entire book is to come nearer to knowledge of   one`s destiny and how to shape it than is possible through study of anything previously                written in the English language. Both the casually curious glancer at books and the most avid seeker for knowledge will be intrigued by the index, which lists more than 400  subjects in Thinking and Destiny, and by the fifteen chapter headings in the Table of   Contents, which identify the 156 sections. The Foreword contains the only pages in which  Mr. Percival uses the first personal pronoun. Here he relates some of the amazing experiences through which he was able to grasp the knowledge he transmits, and to  acquire the ability to do so.” From source
Another  is  ‘The stuff of thought’ by  Steven Pinker and his other book “How the  Mind Works’

              10.Scientific study about effects of positive thoughts

    Scientific Proof Thoughts & Intentions Can Alter The Physical World   Around Us alter-physical-world-around-us.html

11.Scientists Finally Show How Your Thoughts Can Cause Specific  Molecular Changes To Your Genes  molecular-changes-genes/

12.Of course no one has explored and explained the whole gamut of  thought and thinking as vividly as J.Krishnamurthy.
Here are some of his select quotes on thoughts and thinking
A] “Thought is so cunning, so clever, that it distorts everything for its own convenience.”

― Jiddu Krishnamurti, Freedom from the Known

b] Why has humanity given such extraordinary importance to thought? Is it because it is the only thing we have, even though it is activated through senses? Is it because thought has been able to dominate nature, dominate its surroundings, has brought about some physical security? Is it because it is the greatest instrument through which man operates, lives and benefits? Is it because thought has made the gods, the saviours, the super- consciousness, forgetting the anxiety, the fear, the sorrow, the envy, the guilt? Is it because it holds people together as a nation, as a group, as a sect? Is it because it offers hope to a dark life? Is it because it gives an opening to escape from the daily boring ways of our life? Is it because not knowing what the future is, it offers the security of the past, its arrogance, its insistence on experience? Is it because in knowledge there is stability, the avoidance of fear in the certainty of the known? Is it because thought in itself has assumed an invulnerable position, taken a stand against the unknown? Is it because love is unaccountable, not measurable, while thought is measured and resists the changeless movement of love?
          We have never questioned the very nature of thought. We have accepted thought as inevitable, as our eyes and legs. We have never probed to the very depth of thought: and because we have never questioned it, it has assumed preeminence. It is the tyrant of our life and tyrants are rarely challenged.
-- Krishnamurti, Letters To The Schools, Volume 1, 15th March, 1979

c] I suggested that to slow down the mind in order to examine the thought-feeling process, you should write down every thought-feeling. If one wishes to understand, for example, a machine of high revolution one has to slow it down, not stop it for then it becomes merely a dead matter; but make it turn gently, slowly, to study its structure, its movement. Likewise if we wish to understand our mind, we must slow down our thinking - not put a stop to it - slow it down in order to study it, to follow it to its fullest extent. And to do this I suggested that you write down every thought-feeling.
The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Vol III; Ojai 1944,
8th Public Talk, Oak Grove Talks. CD-rom code OJ44T8

d] J. Krishnamurti 29th July 1981: So thought, time, space, psychologically is the source of conflict and sorrow. After examining it, is it possible for thought - please listen to this - for thought to realize its own place, which is in the world of technique and it has no place psychologically?

e] J. Krishnamurti 28th Nov 1981: Only when thought naturally, without conflict, without struggle comes to an end, which is time, then there is a possibility of that which is eternal. So you say, `Tell me how to end thought; tell me the system, the practice, I'll do it for the rest of my life.' So you are back again to the same old thing.

          On a lighter vein

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