Sometimes we read and hear a lot of words but, it doesn’t become our realization. Yesterday, while chanting hare krishna, I came upon a realization on the effect of sublime thoughts on our being. I want to categorize thoughts of 3 types:
- Heavy thoughts: (Negative Thoughts) :
- Examples: thoughts of Anger, Jealousy, Hatred, Guilt, Shame . Of course, we can call them feelings. But the root is the thought, I imagery which we have in our mind. To illustrate the point lets go through two examples:
- Consider, somebody abused you – then that event is the root imagery. This imagery will be played in the mind like a video tape. Our body then creates a response to it by sending out signals of hatred. This is a very heavy thought, as it saps our energy. If you are at work, you don’t feel like working. The feeling of tiredness will persist in you.
- Now, consider a opposite thought where, you have insulted somebody in the past. Now, the event is the root thought. When this imagery is getting played, the body creates a response to it by sending out signals ( hormones ) of guilt. This is again a very heavy thought.
- These kind of thoughts drain out the battery of the body and mind. That’s when we say, “the person lacks spirit”. This is because the poor guy is possessed of negative thoughts and he actually needs external help to resolve these inner disputes.
- Medium Weight thoughts (Positive Thoughts):
- These are thoughts like love for a person, inspiration on seeing people accomplishing impossible feats, hearing wonderful music etc.
- These are sort of medium weight thoughts as the battery of our body is not drained as fast as negative thoughts but nevertheless it is drained. Because, on the imagery of these kind of thoughts, our body releases pleasant sensations.
- Light Weight ( Sublime Thoughts / No Thought ):
- These are sort of no-thought. When your mind does not produce an imagery in the present moment. The body has not reacted to it by producing any hormones. On seeing the photo of saintly people your body feels calm and relaxed. This is because no thought is produces. It gives a real lightness of being to you. I am feeling it as difficult to describe this state. Bliss.
Gautam Siddhartha – the Buddha – has rightly said: