There is the mind, and the mind has the ability to think. The question is not whether you are thinking or not. The question is, who is the thinker? If the thinker is devoted to the Truth, then thoughts are just like the dance of Shiva.
Is the river of your thoughts pure enough to allure Shiva to dance in it? And Shiva will not dance in a stream impure.
There is understanding without thought and there is understanding with thought as well. Just as there is Truth, formlessly, and there is Truth, formed as well. There will be occasions when the Truth will strike you like a thunderbolt, like a flash of lightning. And understanding will be complete in a split second. And there will be occasions when you will be required to think.
But I understand your predicament. All the spiritual masters are treating thought as the worst offender. As if thought has brought in sickness and disease to your life. Not really. Thought is your expression, just as action is your expression. As you are, so your thought is. In fact, thought is so very helpful. You cannot look at your tendencies, your vrittis, directly. But thought is gross, palpable, definite, it can be watched.
When you think, you come to know of yourself. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have known. The thought of jealousy or the thought of fear arises, it helps you know that deep within somewhere, you are? Afraid.
Thought is not bad. ‘Useful’ or ‘Useless’ is the place, thought is coming from.
You may be going out to sell an unworthy, misery furthering product or service.
Do not think that you have made the fool of the customer.
You have made a fool of yourself.
And on the other hand, if you are able to sell a product which gives joy, and alleviates suffering, then you have given something of value not only to the customer but also to yourself.
By helping others, you help yourself.
By sinking others, you sink yourself.
‘You’ are unnecessary. ‘You’ are unnecessarily here.‘You’ are not needed.
Just get out!
Your entire system is so beautiful and self-sufficient, it knows what to do.
Why are ‘you’ interfering?
The eyes, the nose, the mind, the intellect, they all know their respective functions. When ‘you’ leave them alone, they are so happy. The memory knows how to operate; the mind knows how to think. They all know what to do.
Why are ‘you’ worried? Why can’t ‘you’ just relax?
Give yourself freedom and see how beautifully the entire thing operates.
You will walk, you will talk, you will read, you will do everything.
And you will find that it is happening so nicely, when you are allowing it to happen, without ‘you’.
Can you remember this?
You do not know your own good, so you cannot desire my own good.
Existence knows what is good for you.
So it sends you the sun, it has given you the capacity to love and understand.
There is a bigger power, a totality that knows what is best for you. And let that bigger power, let that totality decide what is good for you.
‘You’ should not look after yourself because you cannot look after yourself and if you try to look after yourself, you will only harm yourself.
If you do not want to harm yourself then do not have this stupid belief in your expectations.
It’s your smartness that defeats you.
When love calls, move straight.
Do not try to act smart.
And if you meet a hurdle in between, fight it, jump over it, cross it but do not change your track even by fifteen degrees.
Do not apply methods and cleverness.