Ramana Maharshi, the sage of Arunachala, seldom commented on world events but in a conversation in 1938 with Mercedes de Acosta, a screenwriter from Hollywood, he accurately predicted the outbreak of World War II. This conversation is recorded in de Costa’s book Here lies the Heart.
Some selections from the works of Sri Aurobindo & The Mother describing the nature of the thought process.
- All thoughts come from the Universal Mind.
- Our mind is not an instrument but an organizer of knowledge.
- We accept a certain range of ideas based on our affinity.
- What we call our self is just an amalgam of thoughts that have been trapped and keep circulating. (“I like this; I hate that; I am this kind of a person”)
- We may receive and express the same thought-idea differently due to variations in the individual mental consciousness.
- Inspiration slips in when the mind falls silent – not when the mind is making effort as is commonly believed.