Freedom from Thought

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Broadly speaking one must ask what success is. We all are conditioned to think of success as society holds that ideal. For example I soon realised about three decades ago that what I appreciated most in Swami Vivekananda was his success. As they say nothing succeeds like success. It is so ingrained in us to be successful that it is what our self image is all about. Understanding our demand for success is to understand self image. To live life by following something which is at the core of corruption, as end justifies means, is to see that so long as the concern with self image remains it is not going to bring about an equitable society and greed and degradation (as a result of comparison) would be the norm. It results in what could be called internal 'considering'. To be considerate is good but to give importance to what others will say makes us a slave. The second part is a bit more complex. We could start with the paradox we see in life. Our conscience tells us one thing but we are not able to do it and often justify by saying that this is the response the situation demanded. So we deceive ourselves. Second is to do with communication. Is communication verbal? I may tell my child to speak the truth but act to the contrary. So a verbal realisation of the problem of self image is not enough and preaching a sort of hypocrisy. In any case it is our actions that speak louder than words. The third is to do with the danger of preaching an ideal as the communists do for an equitable society. It is not by following any method that we can realise this in our capacity as individuals and as a society

Thoughts deceive but there is a reality called world which is not made of our thought stuff. We may interpret it as per our whim or convenience only to deceive ourselves. The criteria in this case would be to base our observations not on thought but direct perception. First freedom is to be free from the influence of our own thoughts. The illusion persists for we do not question. Once we start to question our conclusions we are out of the trap.