Thoughts and Thinking

Here’s an interesting dialogue for everybody to consider:

Krishnamurti: “So where does silence begin? Does it begin when thought ends? Have you ever tried to end thought?

Questioner: “How do you do it”?

Krishnamurti: “I don’t know, but have you ever tried it? First of all, who is the entity who is trying to stop thought?”

Questioner: “The thinker.”

Krishnamurti: “It’s another thought, isn’t it?  Thought is trying to stop itself, so there is a battle between the thinker and the thought … Thought says, ‘I must stop thinking because then I shall experience a marvelous state.’ … One thought is trying to supress another thought, so there is a conflict.  When I see this as a fact, see it totally, understand it completely, have an insight into it… then the mind is quiet.  This comes about naturally and easily when the mind is quiet to watch, to look, to see.”

– J. Krishnamurti (You are the World, 1972)
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Interesting thought isn’t it?  No Pun intended.

Sarve bhavantu sukhinaH

This is one of my favorite mantras (Vedic Verses)  to recite.

Sarve bhavantu sukhinaH
Sarve santu niraamayaH
Sarve bhadraani pashyantu
maa kash-chid dukh bhaag bhavet
Aum Shaanti Shaanti Shaanti Aum

Meaning

May all be happy.
May all enjoy health and freedom from disease.
May all have prosperity and good luck.
May none suffer or fall on evil days.

This mantra is for Peace invocation.  It is intended to be recited for the welfare of humanity as a whole.  The reason it is one of my favorite mantras in Hinduism is simple — the mantra is the most selfless prayer ever.   You are not asking anything for you by reciting this, but rather the goodwill and welfare of everybody in the world is being prayed for.  In my humble opinion, it is a representation of Hinduism, a non-violent, peaceful religion.

Here’s the mantra (verse) in Sanskrit:

ॐ सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः सर्वे सन्तु निरामयः।
सर्वे भद्रणिपश्यन्तु मा कश्चिद्दुःख भाग भवेत्॥

(mantra taken from Brihadaaranyaka Upanishad 1.4.14)