Thought and "thinking about"

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All the mind can do is 'think about' stuff. What do we mean by this?

The term "about" (as in 'think about') actually means 'around' or 'nearby', as in "spinning about". Thought cannot actually touch the problems of life, but can only 'think about' them, like an electron orbiting about the nucleus of an atom.

The electron sure loves that nucleus, but it never gets to experience it. All it can do is continue to rotate.

Likewise, thought never gets to experience life. It can only 'think about' it, comfort itself and answer its own questions, as it continues to generate new ones. In real life, there are only answers, and there are no problems.

Nisargadatta: "A man who moves with the earth will necessarily experience days and nights. He who stays with the sun will know no darkness. My world is not yours. As I see it, you all are on a stage performing. There is no reality about your comings and goings. And your problems are so unreal!"

When this is realized, it is the end of the mind. There is no longer a need to 'think about' - all things are known directly, as they are. The mind ceases, the 'thought person' ceases to exist... it never did really exist, aside from a false representation of reality based on thought.