In previous post (Thoughts) we were talking about thoughts. We discussed that thought is a response of knowledge; it always operating in the field of known, there is no perfect knowledge, so thoughts always work in a very limited and small area.
After reading previous post, readers are asking that is there any method to think outside the field of known. In this post we will discuss a very simple situation, with the help of this discussion we will try to take a hint of unknown.
Mr. Alex puts a thought here that “Non-vegetarianism is quite normal.” We will call this thought as “Thought A”.
Mr. Bharat puts another thought here that “Non-vegetarianism is a sin.” We will call this thought as “Thought B.”
We should note that these both statements are thoughts of two different persons. And as we have discussed in previous post that thought is a response of knowledge. So one’s thoughts are completely based on one’s knowledge.
Mr. Alex is a Christian and since birth he is living in a Christian family. Since birth he is learning to perform Christian rituals, he is following Christian culture. So his mind has accumulated a certain kind of knowledge; and his all thoughts are based on that certain kind of knowledge. Thought A is also a response of that knowledge; and because this thought is a part of that knowledge, we are sure that in that knowledge there will be many other thoughts which can perfectly support Thought A.
Mr. Bharat is a Jain and since birth he is living in a Jain family. He is following the Jain culture, reading Jain scriptures, going to Jain temples. I think it is a common thing and there is no need to explain it more deeply that these all processes have conditioned his mind in a certain way; his mind has accumulated a certain kind of knowledge. And like any other person, his thoughts are also based on his knowledge. Thought B is a response of this accumulated knowledge.
I don’t want to create any dispute about Christianity or Jainism. I am simply trying to explain the process of thoughts. We can see that thoughts are coming from knowledge; and knowledge is purely based on one’s family, society, country, religion, education, experiences etc. Therefore every person has a different kind of knowledge; so every person has different kind of thoughts.
Now if we try to find out which thought is right and which is wrong; our decision will be based on our past knowledge. Both thoughts are right according to their roots of origin, and at the same time both thoughts are wrong according to the roots of other thought’s origin. If we want to know the truth which is beyond right and wrong, we will have to think beyond knowledge. But it is not so easy because our mind is developed from a primitive state; it is conditioned very deeply; it does not know any other way to proceed. It does not know any other method or direction. Its all activities are well planned and programmed like an advanced machine. So how can we know the truth, a truth which is not based on something else, and a truth which is totally free and absolute? A truth which we don’t invent but discover, to which we don’t reach through any theory but direct.
Now please try to find out which thought is right; thought a or b; without using your past knowledge. This is a real challenge for your mind. By seriously meditating upon this situation, giving your complete attention to this, by watching the reaction of mind toward this situation, you will come to realize a different kind of state which will lead you to inquire, inquire to unknown.
We will discuss more about thoughts in next post.