"The general tacit assumption in thought is that it's just telling you the way things are and that it's not doing anything – that 'you' are inside there, deciding what to do with the info. But you don't decide what to do with the info. Thought runs you. Thought, however, gives false info that you are running it, that you are the one who controls thought. Whereas actually thought is the one which controls each one of us.

Thought is creating divisions out of itself and then saying that they are there naturally. This is another major feature of thought: Thought doesn't know it is doing something and then it struggles against what it is doing. It doesn't want to know that it is doing it. And thought struggles against the results, trying to avoid those unpleasant results while keeping on with that way of thinking. That is what I call "sustained incoherence."

David Bohm

 

Some Thoughts on Thinking

Some Thinking on Thoughts
Beezone - complied from the teachings of Adi Da Samraj

 

"A necessary characteristic of...resorting to Me...is the transcendence of mind." 
Loveananda Gita

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"You are trying to get free of a knot, an oppressive sense of existence. You are trying to think your way out of it, trying to solve a problem, get an answer. And, of course, occasionally the mind does let loose with some relieving concept or other, but it always returns to these contracted states, because the mind is about this self-perpetuating disease. This disease is as much a lock on attention as a cramp in the body."
The Art of Spiritual Life

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 "Thinking is a way in, not a way out. You cannot think your way out of the apparent bondage that is conditional existence, but you, by most of your thinking, are tending to constantly re-affirm and re-assert your bondage and your problems. Any and every kind of thinking is necessarily a conditional activity, and, therefore, thinking cannot eliminate or transcend conditional existence."
The Dawn Horse Testament

 


Thinking, thinking, thinking...trying not to think..
following the breath...watching...breathing...
returning...listening...feeling...thinking....

on and on...

 

"The real question is not how to become responsible. The real question is the state you are in. And the real answer is not in the form of a verbal response to verbally expressed dilemmas, or even apparently actual life-dilemmas. The real answer is the transcending of your self-contracted state."
Adi Da Samraj

 


The verbal mind, “rooted” in the “self”-contraction is the essential “cause” of fear. The verbal mind must be transcended.

Aletheon - Adi Da Samraj

 

"One whose thinking mind is dissolved achieves the indescribable state and is free."

Song of Ashtavakra


There is the Liability of the Mind, and that Liability is a Matter for Understanding

 Adi Da Samraj (Bubba Free John) - 1973

Doing sadhana should be capable of dealing with his karmic theatre when it arises without becoming hysterical, or full of self-doubt or doubt of the Guru

For such a one study has also become enquiry. Not only is his life stable and full of humor, but all his study has become enquiry. There is a tendency among those who engage in the traditional versions of spiritual life to anathematize the process of thinking and to consider the natural state to be literally thoughtless. Such people imagine that to be realized or to understand you must sit in mindless samadhi, dry as a dead toad. This is not true. The natural state is completely prior to thought, and therefore not in itself exclusive of thought. It is free of thought even while thinking occurs.

It is not being suggested that you engage in some process of emptying your mind. Or that you become an asshole and no longer think, no longer study, no longer require the mind to conform to the real structures of existence. You must do such things. You will think in any case, and you will also analyze yourself in any case. Self-analysis comes under the heading of all those things that will arise even though you are living the life of Satsang. It is just that the fundamental insight, the radical realization, is one that is prior to all thought, that is not created by thinking.

There are two aspects of the thought process. One is negative, the whole compulsive drama that is worked out at the plane of the mind, including self-analysis and accumulation of thoughts. This drama will occur in any case. And principal insight will appear, freedom will be realized in the midst of the thought process, just as freedom will be realized even though there is also the breath process.

In contrast to the negative drama of the mind, there is the purely functional aspect of the mind. The mind is an ordinary and useful function of human existence and, like all the functions of your life, it must be brought to the condition of Satsang as well as to the useful communicative, ordinary conditions of life. This functional dimension of the mind, the purely practical use of the mind, is quite apart from that whole problematic life of the mind which everyone is suffering. But in the usual man, whose functions are rooted in dilemma, that practical, functional aspect of the mind has become enmeshed with the problematic use of the mind.

The sadhana of the life of understanding requires that you use the mind consciously, bring it to the functional, real conditions of life, to study and service, in order to lift it out of that identification with the search, with problematic existence, with self-meditation.

The man of understanding still uses the mind. He does not sit in "nirvikalpa samadhi" all the time. He has not lifted himself out of the world. He uses the mind. So don't yield to the temptation to identify the perfect enjoyment of the life of understanding with some peculiar psycho-physical condition in which there is no thought. The life of understanding is a condition in which there is always already no thought. Therefore, there can be thought. It is a condition in which there is already no body and no self, and yet there is conventional self-existence in the world. There is the body as a functional condition, just as there is the mind as a function, but this condition is not limiting. And this apparent condition of self-existence is not lived as self-meditation. It is realized as Divine existence, in which there is no separate self as the principle.

Do not expect me to propose that you become anti-intellectual. I expect you to bust your ass in studying this work. But you will tend to yield to the dilettante's view of the mind, if you are lazy and do not apply yourself to study. You will think it is contaminating your meditation or something. This is not true.

So there is the liability of the mind, and that liability is a matter for understanding. Nothing you do with the mind can in itself serve that understanding, even though you will continue to manipulate the mind because it is your tendency to do it. But there is also the simple, practical, functional aspect of the mind, which you must discipline by bringing it to the ordinary forms of life and study, and by making it useful entirely apart from the drama of Narcissus.

When one becomes free of the drama of Narcissus, he begins to discover that the mind is quite different from what he might have supposed previously. And so he might make statements like those made by Bubba Free John: "There is no thought when I am speaking. There is no thinking going on apart from the speech." In other words, there is no longer that problematic, dualistic contact with the mind that assumes the separate self. The so-called mind is fundamentally a spontaneous display of conventional communications like, "Let's go to lunch." It does not in itself involve self-meditation, illusion, suffering. It involves none of that. It is an amusement. But in one who does not understand, the mind is identical to self-meditation like everything else he does, including going to lunch.


"Mind is not merely in the brain and less than the brain. Mind is the circumstance of consciousness in its association with objects of all kinds. Mind is universal, infinite in extent. And if we put ourselves into a position to explore the roots of experiencing, we are going to enter into a realm of mind in which we realize mind to be greater than mere daily thinking and social consciousness (mind and brain)." Adi Da Samraj


Verbal mind and Abstract thinking mind Relax, Naturally, When You Are Merely or Simply Being, As or What all beings and things and conditions and events Are, Instead Of Imagining You know What or Who they Are, or What or Who You Are.

The Dawn Horse Testament - Adi Da Samraj


"You do not tend to surrender into the depth of your consciousness. You persist in holding on to the superficial dimension of your consciousness. You are associated with the thinking mind and the levels of the brain that are the centers of the thinking mind. The, thinking mind, however, is not other than the physical body. You can think, and think, and think, and try to realize God, but you never will, you see, because to think is not to be in a transcendent state of consciousness. - Adi Da Samraj


"Thinking is meditating on, concentrating in the verbal dimension of the mind, which is meshed with the physical body, and which is likewise superficial. Therefore, we must transcend the thinking mind, just as we must transcend limiting identification with the physical body."

Transcendental Ecstacy is our Natural Condition - Adi Da Samraj


"Like everyone else, you tend to refer to the thinking mind as “yourself”, and you depend on the thinking mind for information, data, and beliefs - even for presumptions about Truth and Reality. Nevertheless, you must look beyond the mind into the patterning itself, to the content that is pre-verbal - that is not verbal at all, in fact. You must begin to observe the force that lies underneath your verbal presentation of yourself, your constant thinking about yourself and your presumed problems.

If you will enter into such direct investigation of yourself, you will begin to observe the evidence of an unwritten script, an undescribed character. You are this “Oedipal” character, but you do not identify yourself as such. To the waking (or thinking) mind, it generally seems that the “Oedipal” script does not exist. In your “consideration”, therefore, you must look for the concrete evidence of it. Dreams, reveries, and thoughts can give you evidence of it, yes - but, far more directly, patterns of behavior reveal it to you.

You need not delve deep into some unconscious or subconscious domain to discover this script. You simply must consistently observe your actual behavior, your actual reactions, your actual patterns. The patterns of the body-mind are being produced by the same unconscious that produces dreams. The evidence of this fact is not hidden. It is right there all the time."

The Ego Does Not Sleep - Transcending your invisible script - Adi Da Samraj


"Enter the Way and ascend to contemplation in the brain core. Then trace the movement of attention back to the heart. Then awaken at last beyond all the limits of the body-mind into Transcendental Identification with the Radiant Current and Consciousness in which the body-mind is floating. Only then will the Life-Current penetrate beyond the brain core and even the brain itself, to Shine in Transcendental Glory as Bliss, Love, and the very Being of Consciousness. Only This is Enlightenment. All the rest is mere experience, the puny occupation of Narcissus, or the body-mind itself, intent on the survival of its own illusions of independence and the endless enumeration of differentiated objects, never surrendered, never floated in the Real, never transcended, the Bliss of the Eternal never Realized."

Brain Mysticism and the Radiant Personality of Love - Adi Da Samraj


"Even though the practice of reading, systematically studying, thinking about, and talking about My Divinely Avatarically Self-Revealing Leelas and My Divinely Avatarically Self-Revealing Word has its necessary use as a basic practical support for right and true practice of the Reality-Way of Sighting Me and Listening to Me...the fundamental right and true practice of Listening to Me is engaged as a tacitly heart-intelligent whole bodily devotional receptivity-practice, wherein My Divinely Avatarically Self-Revealing Leelas and My Divinely Avatarically Self-Revealed Word are neither addressed to nor received by nor mediated by the mind...but are, rather, tacitly received At, and In, and By the “Root”-and-Prior Depth—or tacitly and directly, by the inherently thought-free nervous system and brain as a whole, and At, and In, and By the egoless Transcendental, Spiritual, and Self-Evidently Divine Self-Nature, Self-Condition, and Self-State That Always Already Is, Prior to egoic “self”-identification with the body-mind-“self”."

Aletheon - Adi Da Samraj


"My verbal Address is certainly usable to human beings. Because human beings exercise the verbal mind, the verbal mind must be Addressed by Me. However, if you merely “think about” My verbal Address, you are wasting your life in the “talking school”.

I Am Perfectly Beyond The East and Perfectly Free In The West - Adi Da Samraj


"You are trying very hard to acquire a dimension of mind and knowledge, even literal practical knowledge, from or with the thinking mind itself. If you can relax your thinking mind into the higher mind, which is prior to thought, higher psychic intuitions and even information will appear in your patterns of thought. A higher understanding will come into consciousness."

The Only Cure of the Loveless Heart - Adi Da Samraj


"The vital also has a mind, a brain of a kind, in the solar plexus. And so when we take on the analytical strategy of watching, self-watching, we opt for the point of view of the thinking brain in the skull and watch all of the manifestations that are expressed unconsciously and subconsciously through the vital brain in the solar plexus...

It's possible by resting in the thinking brain or in that point of view to feel somehow liberated from vital life, and that's why the tendency toward the solid position is very strong in some people because it gives them the sense of being free of the implications, at any rate, of vital shock and of the whole threatening play of vitality." - Adi Da Samraj


"Order is Truth to Narcissus. He dies for the sake of order. He dies because of order. He is self-possessed, possessed of the duplication or repetition of everything he wants to continue to be. He repeats himself, literally. He is fixed upon himself, the symbol of certainty. At last, unable to yield to what is more than self, below thought, above thought, outside the thinker, he contracts upon himself, imploded on the instant of thinking."
Narcissus Is the Thinking Mind - Adi Da Samraj


"All spoken and written language is a "point-of-view"-machine-an ego-based human invention, originated on the "root"-basis of a chronically-enacted "self"-contraction of the total psycho-physical apparatus of a presumed separate "self", dissociated from the Intrinsically egoless and wordless Indivisible Transcendental Spiritual Self-Nature, Self-Condition, and Self-State of Reality Itself."

Aletheon - Adi Da Samraj


"You are hoping that you are going to think something, or discover something and think about it, that will make you feel good about Reality, feel good about life. Whatever Reality is, it is the case, and thinking about it is not the way to be in touch with it. Thinking is something you do by standing back. When you think, you contract back, you turn away, you turn inside, you become involved in the programmed mechanisms of the verbal mind, hoping to discover something that will give you some excuse, some reason to return to Reality openly, to feel good about it. You are trying to find a reason to surrender, to let go, to let yourself be vulnerable in the midst of this mortal circumstance. That is why you are thinking. However, no reason you can think of will either finally justify or make you capable of being Happy."

The Art of Spiritual Life - Adi Da Samraj


"The lower section of the heart lies to the left of the median of the chest. And the state of consciousness associated with the lower section of the heart is the ordinary "waking" state, including the living and responsive gross body consciousness (associated with the solar plexus) and the verbal mind (associated with the throat and the mechanisms of speech and discursive thought in the brain). The state of waking consciousness is felt to be associated with the heart in the left side of the chest, because it is actually associated with the lower section of the heart (which lies on the left side of the median)."

The Heart, the Body, the Crown, and the Seven Stages of Life - Adi Da Samraj


"In order to live such a true religious Way of Life, individuals must enter psychically into the play of their experience in the material or objective universe. We must move beyond the self-bound stupidity of the verbal mind, which has no sympathy, no heart, no feeling, no psyche. We must move beyond the unhappy and degenerative stupidities of the mere bodily exploitation we inevitably engage when we are frozen in this mind without a psyche. The usual man in our time is limited only to verbal thinking and exploitation of his physical experience. Everything else is taboo, or else confounded by complications. The usual man cannot go beyond the hard-edged appearance of the physical body and the apparent objectivity of physical experience, because he is not permitted his own deep psyche. The psyche is the deep disposition of union with That which is Radiant and Alive. Only the unitary and self-transcending disposition of the psyche, rather than the separative and self-defining disposition of the conventional mind, can provide the foundation for true religion and a true humanity."

Psychois and Doubt - Adi Da Samraj


"The conventional culture of contemporary Man is primarily a culture of the verbal mind and the discrete or discursive languages of the left side of the average or common brain model. Thus, it is a culture that tends to be dominated by verbal and other discursively symbolic language systems (such as the potent visualism of television and movie theatre, which make inverted use of visual or spatial and right-brained phenomena in order to serve the purposes of the verbal or discursive mind). The contemporary individual is propagandized constantly by exclusively left-brained appeals, powerful verbal influences, promises of ultimate egoic glamorization and fulfillment, and the parentlike authority of analytical "knowledge." Our experience and our understanding are dominated and determined by these means-so much so that the media of discursive mental culture, such as television, and all other officially-reported knowledge, are more fundamental to us than what we experience in our living relationships and our intuition of the ultimate Reality. The "word" has finally become our Parent, and we are being eaten alive."

Awakening from the Word - Adi Da Samraj


"Traditional Eastern (or oriental) and Western (or occidental) sexual orientations lead to two basic psycho-physical scripts.

The Eastern: the "left-sided" or "yin" script. The couple avoid exploitation of the outer-directed or motor apparatus and the sympathetic (or "right-sided") nerve currents by embracing without motion, relaxing the brain and breath, and emptying the verbal mind, while also exploiting the sensory apparatus and the parasympathetic nerve currents through intense tactile awareness, contemplation of internal sensory phenomena of body and brain, and sending of the sensory thrill and attention upwards toward and via the brain (thus releasing genital tension and the need for genital orgasm).

The Western: the "right-sided" or "yang" script. The couple exploit the motor apparatus and the sympathetic nerve currents through hyper-excitation of the body, breath, and brain-mind. This has the effect of dulling the sensory apparatus (or suspending the parasympathetic or "left-sided" nerve currents), thus limiting the depth of tactile and internal awareness, and it also sends the energy of the motor thrill downwards, away from the brain, toward the genitals and genital orgasm."

Beyond the Limits - Adi Da Samraj


"Because of your social, cultural stage of adaptation, you tend to be fixed in the verbal part of the brain....your intelligence is essential a verbal intelligence. Because of this, you tend to relate to the teaching in verbal form, and you consider it to the point of getting a verbal insight, and then that's it. Then you go around the rest of the day, having this verbal insight... it's kind of a nice thing to have, and it makes you feel a little better and so forth. And you act basically like you've always tended to act. It doesn't become an instrument for the communication to the whole body through all the other parts of the brain and the nervous system, to all the other functions of the body of a new kind of orientation. Well, you see, this must become the structure of practice. Yes, there is s kind of listening, kind of verbal attention, kind of understanding that must arise but it's not an end in itself. It will only tend to become that because of your social habit. The intelligence, the insight that awakens through listening to the teaching, through reading it, through engaging in study groups and so forth must be immediately brought to functions, to all the functions... of this body mind. You must change your act in every moment of hearing. This is the most difficult thing. This is the next moment of your evolution. You're not comfortable with it altogether you see. It requires a certain discipline to take verbal understanding and make moral physical changes in your way of relating to others, your disposition in the world altogether, your energization of human possibility. So it's in this cross over that the fundamental difficulty of this discipline arises. Bringing it from verbal understanding to action...from inwardness to incarnation, to incident. Understand this and don't forget it. Cause whenever you meet, whenever you consider the teaching, this is your obligation, you see, to change your act. Never forget that that's what you're supposed to do, and never forget to do it. Cause otherwise you will not make this understanding a principle for adaptation, for change, for transformation, and for continued growth."

The Obligation of Eternal Existence - The Law of Evolution - Adi Da Samraj


"Until the Way becomes most profound, practice is inevitably associated with various disciplines of the body-mind and attention. But the purpose of such disciplines is always secondary or supportive to the ultimate consideration, or the practice and process in consciousness. Therefore, the basic purpose of the supportive disciplines to release energy and attention from the bind of egoic habituation, so that the conscious process may become most profound."

Nivanasara - Adi Da Samraj


"Mind and attention are the subtle or inner subjective personality, made of all of the acquired tendencies of attention, or urges toward experiences of all kinds. These tendencies and urges are the results of the proximity of the soul, or the Eternal Core of the body-mind, and the Realm of Nature, or Change. Through casual association with subtle states, the soul becomes distracted, and differentiates itself from its Eternal Condition. Such differentiation is the act of attention itself. Differentiated and differentiating attention is the fundamental structure of mind. Once it arises, the soul is projected into an Infinite Spiral of causes and effects, leading high and low within the structures of possibility. Therefore, the subjective being acquires tendencies of attention through irresponsible experience. And that process is without beginning or end. It is an Eternal Bewilderment, a Prison of Fascination and Doubt."
- Adi Da Samraj


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