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Foreword by Dr. Krishna Bhatta
Buddha said, “You are what you think.” This has been quoted ever since he said these words all around the world. However, this is an incomplete statement. There is a second part of this statement that Buddha worked all his life to give to us. The complete statement should be like this, “You are what you think, but you are not your thoughts.” There is a distinction between thoughts and you.
We all play with thoughts and I believe that everyone who works with thoughts should:
1. Have the ability to drop thoughts – Tyag of thoughts
2. Have the ability and generosity of donating thoughts – Dan of thoughts
3. Have the courage and courtesy of accepting thoughts – Grahan of thoughts
The exercises described here will give tools which will help develop these qualities over time.
Furthermore, meditation is a journey from thoughts to no-thoughts. There are no thoughts, no waves and no mind-noises. There is just pure existence. Yet, when realized people like Buddha or Krishna have to communicate, they also have to use the same mind and thoughts that we do. But, they use mind and thoughts as and when they need to rather than be bombarded by thoughts even when they do not want it.
The exercises and details mentioned below may have different meaning for the person who reads it depending on his level of individual and spiritual existence. The quality of energy imparted to a thought varies from individual to individual depending upon their state of being.
One of the most difficult aspects of any meditation technique is managing thoughts. Thoughts keep coming. That is the reason I have developed these exercises for thought management. Once you get to know how to do thought management, it becomes easier to go into any meditative technique. Besides, these also help in sharpening the mind, developing control of mind and help in brainstorming on a particular topic without any interference from mind noise. These exercises help you to get to the point where you experience that gap between you and the thoughts that traverse your mind.