Labeling thoughts is doership
When I watch the arisings with open eyes as I go about my day, I have noticed that sometimes l label arisings like, ” I-thought”, “trigger for habit pattern thought “, “desire/raga thought”, “obsessive thought”, etc. I understand that goal is silence and labeling thoughts is also a thought. Should this also be dropped? Thanks.
Examine closely, a label is also just another thought. The goal of Advaita is neither to drop anything nor pick up anything new. The goal is realizing the truth that ‘everything is happening on its own, I am NOT the doer’.
If I am not the doer, how can I drop anything? How can I pick up anything?
Recognize that the Ego is very sticky. It does not let go of doership easily. Doership arises in some or the other form. Our job here is only to recognize again and again that the doership is assumed. It is not the actual reality [paramarthic], it is only apparent reality [pratibhasic].
The Witness has forgotten its own true nature and has worn the costume of body-mind and is playing on the stage. It refuses to get out of the costume. It has believed that the costume & the corresponding role-play are its real nature. It is not going to let go easily. It can very well pretend that now I recognize that I am not the doer and still try to label everything. Remember that the Ego is getting more and more intelligent in its ways. This is nothing but an assumption of a new doership.
Instead, recognize that labels arise by themselves. I am not doing anything. I cannot pick up something new, and I cannot even drop anything. I can only attempt to see things more clearly because I-the-witness have only one single function – Knowing! That is why I am also called Knowingness.
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