All of us engage in thinking all the time when we are awake. Our thoughts may also intrude into our sleep time as lucid dreams. Due to such intrusive quality of our thoughts, we tend to accord more importance to them than they deserve. Consequently, we use our thoughts almost exclusively to make sense of the world. There is an incessant stream of self talk passing through our mind all the time. We are either commenting or explaining to ourselves about the occurrences all around us. We also judge and berate ourselves constantly about the ways in which we act/ react to reality. If we stop thinking we may become frozen in inactivity as we may not be able to choose our next course of action.
The thinker of all my thoughts is erroneously assumed as I. We unquestioningly assume that our mind is our sole identity. In other words, we take unqualified ownership of all our thoughts. If we think we are our thoughts then we never question them. This is termed as living in the mental mode. Are all our thoughts always true? An objective scrutiny reveals that most of our thoughts are not true. Questioning our thoughts is the first step towards our personal liberation
Born in the rich culture of South India and educated in English, I have been exposed to two opposing world views enabling me to achieve synergy and realize true harmony. I belong to linguistic community “Saurashtra” who were silk weavers patronised by kings of yore. Our ancestors are said to have migrated from Western part of India to Tamil Nadu in the South several centuries ago. Growing up in the country as India underwent its pangs of Westernisation, I was able to synthesise the self oriented Western perspective with the community oriented native one to arrive at a wholesome concept of self after considerable efforts and experimentation. My forthcoming book “Searching for Self – In Pursuit of Inner Peace” is the culmination of this labour.