IS ‘THINKING’ REALLY NECESSARY IN DAILY LIVING?
Is it not possible to live our daily lives without constantly creating concepts and objects in our mind?
Unfortunately, for most of us, thinking has become such a significant part of our daily living that it seems almost impossible to live without constant thinking, because we think of such a state as being a state of stupor or even idiocy. But that is just not so. A mind that is not agitated, a mind that is not distracted by its own imaginings, a mind that is ‘open’ can look at any problem simply and directly. This is so for the simple reason that such a mind is not functioning in the background of tradition, prejudice, conditioning of hope and despair.
It is a fact of life that, except in the laboratory or on the drawing board, thinking – conceptualizing – is generally self-centered and self-protecting. A problem can be solved only if it is seen as a whole, not in fragmentation.
The problem needs to be seen with an awareness that is without condemnation or justification, without self-centeredness. For the problem to be solved totally, together with its root, it is necessary to be totally aware of the pettiness and self centeredness of our usual mode of thinking. Then there ARISES a state of intelligence or wisdom which is neither personal nor impersonal. It is only in such a state of tranquility of mind that the problem itself is seen with such a transparent clarity that there is no need of any solution to the problem. More often that not, the problem itself disappears.
Ramesh S. Balsekar