The Quest: No mind, No soul, only the Body

Author: Oohini Mukhopadhyay

All insights, however extraordinary they maybe, are worthless, because it is the thought that has created what we call insight, and through that, it is maintaining its continuity and status quo.


“There is no soul…there is no self, there is no spirit, there is no mind.” Since that knocks off the whole list, you have no way of finding out what you are left with. What about functioning then? It is only to emphasize that we have been for centuries using some instrument, that is, thinking or mind to free ourselves from the whole of what you call the “I”, or the “self”. That is what the whole quest is all about. But when once it dawns on you that there is nothing to be free from, then these questions don’t arise at all. Now what we are left with is the functioning of the living organism. 

  

The emphasis is on the physical aspect of existence, that there is nothing to what we are made to believe. All our problems have arisen because of our acceptance that it is possible for us to understand the reality of the world, or the reality of our existence. You have no way of experiencing that you don’t know. So anything that you have experienced through the help of your knowledge is fruitless. It is a lost battle. 

  
The instrument which we are using to understand the reality of our existence and the reality of the world around us is not a part of this body. That is the reason that thoughts are not self-generated and are not spontaneous. There are no thoughts even at this moment. The very question that we are posing to ourselves, is “Is there a thought?” is born out of the assumption that there is a thought there. But what one will find there is all about thought and not thought. 

 
All about thought is what is put in there by the culture. It is put by the people who are telling us that it is very essential to free oneself from whatever one is trying to free him/her through this instrument. Interesting thing is that there is no instrument like that, and when once this hits you, dawns upon you that thought is not the instrument. This very same structure that we are using, the instrument which we are using, has in a very ingenious way invented all kinds of things like intuition and right insight. And to say that through this very insight we have come to understand something is the stumbling block. 

All insights, however extraordinary they may be, are worthless, because it is thought that has created what we call insight, and through that it is maintaining its continuity and status quo. As a matter of fact even this is not possible to experience and understand except through the knowledge that is given to us by the psychologists.

  

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