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Old 02-08-2022, 09:49 AM
saurab saurab is offline
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Origin of thought

I have been thinking about the origin of thought, and I have come up with some reasons as to why we think:

1. White Noise or random thinking / brain activity (the chattering mind) - This type of thought activity can be reduced or eliminated to a great extent through meditation.

2. Associative thinking - this kind of thought activity can be reduced by reducing the cross connections between different elements in an associative memory space.

3. Tendencies giving rise to thoughts often or infrequently depending on the strength of the tendency. Tendency itself is an energy current in one of the subtle bodies, and this thought energy is what gives rise to thoughts related to that tendency with the help of the language in which the thought is supposed to be expressed. Here prior to meditation one needs to tackle the tendency itself. Or else, the tendency can also be tackled through what Buddhists call insight meditation or contemplation. Regular calming meditation is of no use for tackling deep rooted tendencies.

4. Superimposition on perception. What we see or hear is sometimes superimposed by our fears, worries or desires. This kind of overshadowing of what is perceived takes place very often. On the other hand, even what we think about very often can overshadow what we perceive. For example, if a boy thinks about sex very often, then when he sees a pretty girl, he will superimpose his desire for sex on that girl. That is why it is sometimes said that we do not see what is, but what we want to see. This can work even for positive things. For example, the smell of incense can remind one of one's chosen deity. So this is partly associative thinking and partly superimposition.

5. Active deliberate purposive thinking. I think this is obvious.

6. Inspired thought.

Anyone else,. be free to add to this list.
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Old 08-08-2022, 09:38 PM
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Thought is born of the self-referential mental codification of perception and/or imagination. It is strengthened via repetition. All initial impressions, if favorable, become appeal or tendency, the which potentially transforming unto habit; and if continued still further these comprise what we call behavior or personality. Intricate patterns of serpentining thoughts (conceptualized in belief) are what afford the "individuality" of a person. These are all governed by attachment, with aversion being a mere perversion of that attachment, paradoxically (and ultimately) cognate to the same.

Can you engulf and hold the entire Pacific Ocean in your mouth? So it is with the limitations and flaws of the human mind in its search of comprehending "truth" (what is). Don't get me wrong, our minds are a fantastic tool, but a screwdriver alone cannot launch a space shuttle...

One-pointed Concentration (dharana) is the process of reversing said codification. Undoing the tendency as it were, by using some focus as the sole nexus for the attention so that one can (over time) ignore and weaken all of the contrivances built by the repetitions of attachment which cause the tendencies (vasanas) that create and direct our thoughts.

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