Contradictions in some Thoughts on Thinking

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The cartoon in this post is shown here under a creative commons license, and is by Kevin Spear.  The cartoon’s story contains a contradiction similar to one that I had later noticed in the very attractive thought (of Osho’s) that I posted yesterday and another that Ramana Maharshi is credited with.

You are bound to be attracted to their very romantic ideas about the futility of thinking, until it hits you that they surely thought a lot about thinking in order to come up with those thoughts.

These people really must have thought a lot!

To bring about peace means to be free from thoughts and to abide as Pure Consciousness. ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi

Thoughts can create such a barrier that even if you are standing before a beautiful flower, you will not be able to see it. Your eyes are covered with layers of thought. To experience the beauty of the flower you have to be in a state of meditation, not in a state of mentation. You have to be silent, utterly silent, not even a flicker of thought – and the beauty explodes, reaches to you from all directions. You are drowned in the beauty of a sunrise, of a starry night, of beautiful trees.  ~ Osho

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