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Thinking Caps On!

Hari Om

Each 'Choose-day' we will investigate the process by which we can reassess our activity and interaction with the world of plurality and become more congruent within our personality.

The little prasaadam pushtaka we are purusing is 'Many Problems One Solution', from Guru-ji, Swami Tejoymayananda.

Now, of course there are those who are now wondering, 'but the term "right thinking" depends on point of view', and this is true. For those caught up in the current main conflict of the world, they truly believe theirs is the 'right thinking'. We are not talking here, though, of matters of doctrine, but of simple humanitarian principles. Those who have no value for life, regardless of how 'right' they believe their doctrine to be, fail to have the basic and universal human values about which we discuss here. No matter your doctrine, these are fundamental to living a healthy and happy life. Whilst each doctrine may place a different emphasis, or use different terminology, the essence will be the same. Guru-ji has elucidated the basic reason we have 'problems' in our life and now proceeds from the view of Vedanta.

Image result for thinking emojiWe have seen there are many kinds of problems which can be faced on a daily basis, but Vedanta says that all problems a rise from lack of right thinking alone. It remains the root cause of all our bondage, sorrow and problems. It is said 'Aivcar k&tae bnx> ivcaren invtRte /vichaara kRto bandhaH vichaarena nivartate - bondage caused by lack of thinking is removed by proper thinking.' The word vichaara means 'think', and the preceding a- is the negation, 'not thinking'.

1: Lack of Thinking; If you don't think, ignorance continues. Ignorance is not bliss or joy, it is only suffering. Often we get into trouble because of lack of thinking. A mother went on an errand leaving her child asleep. When she returned, she saw a mongoose in the doorway with blood on its mouth. Presuming the worse she killed the creature. Walking into the house, she found a dead snake and her child unharmed. It dawned on her the mongoose had killed the snake, saving her child. Her action had been thoughtless and merely an instinct. Though would have said, 'the mongoose is outside, let me dash to my child as she may need help.' This is a very Indian example, but you are sure to have all sorts of experiences where you have reacted without giving thought a chance first!

2: Inadequate Thinking; some people think, but get tired of it and give up before the completion of the process. The problem or challenge is then not only not solved adequately - but may well be compounded. People are generally allergic to serious or deep thinking it seems! There is a tendency always to look for the easiest and quickest solution. This results in the 'bandaid' response… if it is covered, one can't see the gaping gash. By not completing the 'treatment', by not flushing the 'wound' (problem) fully, then applying correct 'ointment' before applying the plaster, the wound will cause problems further along in time to a greater or lesser degree. Another way to call this is lazy thinking.

3: Erroneous Thinking; as has been mentioned before, Sanskrit has multi-layered qualities. The 'a' prefix can also - and perhaps more correctly - mean 'opposite to'. The opposite to correct thinking, then, is erroneous thinking. Some are habituated to negative thinking and still others to wrong thinking, two sub-categories of 'error'. Negative is not always wrong, but can become so by its continued use. Wrong is wrong. Negative thinking is the 'glass half empty' approach to life which not only means one is finding no joy anywhere and is always suspicious of others' motives, but also that one becomes a drain on the family and friends. Wrong thinking brings harm and makes crime and drags the perpetrator and all around him or her into dark places. That doesn't mean that we can't sometimes be wrong about any particular thing every now and then - it may just be that we haven't learned sufficiently about something and once corrected our thinking straightens out. Perpetual wrong thinking, though, leads to wrong-doing or draws it towards us, and this is a major problem. Negative thinking is dark and heavy and even if it is right about something, fails to gain the most out of it. Wrong thinking is pure ignorance, whether it be a simple thing such as 'let me poke my finger in the water to see if it is boiled yet' right through to 'it is okay to kill that person because they don't believe the same as I do'. Correction here is, in the first instance, by experience and, secondly, education as to living peaceably whilst having different views. The latter, of course is a much wider, social context and outside the purview of this small discourse. Here, we are concerned with each of our own selves and how we can tidy up our thinking in order to minimise the problems which come before us each day.**

**Please note that the third paragraph has been substantially edited by AV-blog.

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