Your Brain Is Not for Thinking

OSHO International
6 min readFeb 24, 2022

“Your Brain Is Not for Thinking” is described as “a surprising lesson from neuroscience” in an article in the New York Times with the same title.

Written by Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett, professor of psychology at Northeastern University and the author of Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain, who describes this conclusion that the brain is not for thinking as not only “surprising’ but also one that “may help to lessen your anxieties.”

A surprising lesson? You could only be surprised by this if you had failed to notice that the geniuses of the East have been explaining this very same point for well over two thousand years.

Patanjali begins his Yoga Sutras with the suggestion: “Yoga is cessation of mind.” His contemporaries, Buddha, Lao Tzu, and Mahavira… and on down the ages so many have confirmed this basic truth… to those in modern times, Raman Maharishi, Gurdjieff, J. Krishnamurti, culminating in its most contemporary expression with Osho.

Imagine a professor of mathematics writing an article in the New York Times about how they found the value of the function of zero “surprising” — over 2000 years after it was first discovered!

Just a little research by that mathematician would have revealed, as Osho explains:

“Zero was first invented in India. And it was not invented for mathematical reasons but for Vedantic ones, referring to transcendental understanding.” 1

And:

“That’s what Buddha calls attaining the zero, nothingness. Just being, without any idea of “I.” That is inexpressible, it is called bliss.” 2

If that mathematician had written, about “a surprising lesson from number theory” that “the use of a zero may help lessen your anxieties about accurate calculations,” it would be a joke of course.

When Western Psychology makes itself into a laughingstock like this, it not so funny. It is tragic, as the figures show.

A mere one hundred years after Freud, we have psychologists, psychiatrists, and therapists on every street corner, while our inner state only deteriorates.

Look at the money spent on this failure. 317.6 billion dollars a year in the US only for “serious mental illness,” which is…

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