Thinking is not knowing
"When you think you understand, you don't. When you perceive directly, there is no thinking. You KNOW that you are alive, you do not THINK you are alive."
Now this is an interesting one. For me, the first time I fully realised this it was like an awakening. We are so conditioned (brainwashed you could also say) into putting thinking above everything else that we are not even able anymore to see what is right in front of us. What is existentially true. Because our thinking clouds everything.
Just look at our reality: Isn't our whole education system almost
exclusively teaching us how to think? Making us believe that
intelligence is about using the mind and nothing else? Often telling us
even what to think and believe? And then we fool ourselves with ideas
about 'critical thinking', of course without being aware that our
thinking is heavily polluted with our conditionings and can only come up
with the same old borrowed information, ideas and memories that are
somewhere 'stored' in our mind. We can reshuffle information but it is
still 'mind stuff': Ideas, beliefs, theories, rationalisations,
generalisations. Never reality itself, never truth.
In today's insane world you can do a PhD on India without ever visiting India. Quoting countless books and sources maybe also written by people who have only read books written by others. This reshuffling of borrowed information we call: "scientific". And the more you borrow, hence, the less original you are, the better. The more references the better. I've been in academic research for 5 years and that's how it works. "I know for sure because I have experienced it, seen it with my own eyes.", does not count.
This misunderstanding is there ever since the greatest bullshit ever uttered by Rene Descartes: "I think therefore I am".
You can do a small experiment that only someone who lives his life in thoughts and concepts can come up with such nonsense:
Look at something beautiful, for instance nature, for a while and observe when there is a moment that there is no thinking. Now see: Whatever it is that you would call "I" is it less than it was while you were thinking? Is there no sense of "me" anymore? Have you suddenly stopped existing because you stopped thinking?
You'll find out immediately that "you" still exist and have proven that even if you would never think again you would still be. Now you do not THINK anymore, you KNOW that this still so revered philosopher was talking utter nonsense and found out for yourself one of the most essential truths that all the sages, mystics and other wise people have proclaimed for centuries: You are not the mind! So stop believing that you are and focus on what counts, on what is existentially true, rather than getting lost in fantasies, beliefs, theories, imaginations, concepts, discussions and rationalisations. It takes effort in the beginning, but this truly is the only way towards sanity.