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Thinking needs thinking

If someone tells me I don't think when I think, what could be my immediate reaction? As an ordinary person, I believe all human beings think of something or the other, at least during most of their waking period.

india Updated: Sep 03, 2012 23:15 IST
PP Wangchuk

If someone tells me I don't think when I think, what could be my immediate reaction? As an ordinary person, I believe all human beings think of something or the other, at least during most of their waking period. If you don't, you come to a "stop" and it could be as good as dead as no further movement for good or bad takes place! Our thinking is conscious and we know what we are thinking of.

However, there is at least one person, Eckhart Tolle, who does not think the way we think on thinking. In his ‘A New Earth --- Awakening to Your Life's Purpose', Tolle negates the point that we think and we are conscious of it. He says when people think, it is involuntary, automatic and repetitive."

Any takers? If we accept Tolle's argument, then we will downgrade ourselves to the level of animals that may have this involuntary kind of thinking!

To Tolle, thinking just "happens" like digestion and blood circulation and to negate it would be like saying "I digest" and "I circulate my blood"! Should one believe Tolle can think without thinking! Even the fact that Tolle is saying all this can't be an involuntary output but the result of deep thinking and very conscious effort on his part. If you say "I don't think", that cannot be involuntary but a part of an active mental exercise and deliberation.

Tolle says thinking is just a tiny aspect of the totality of your consciousness, the reality of who you are. But I say until we think and very consciously and determinedly, we can't be in a position to discover our real selves and be one with the inner self. It is thinking that helps us reach the crucial stage of "non-thinking" stage of bliss.

One can't have a better person than Martin Luther King, Jr. to one's support. "Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think."