“ What is the place of thought in existence? For our life as it is now, all our existence is based on thought ; thought may imagine existence is not based on it, that it is based on something spiritual , but that is still the product of thought. Our gods, our saviors, our masters, our gurus, are the product of thought. And what place has thought in life, in existence? It has its place logically, sanely, effectively, when knowledge functions without the interference of the ‘me’ who is using knowledge, the ‘me’ who says, I am a better scientist than that person’, ’I am a better guru than that guru". So knowledge when used without the ‘me’, which is the product of thought, which creates the division between ‘me’ and ‘you’, is the most extraordinary thing because that will bring about a better world, a better structure of the world, a better society. We have enough knowledge to bring about a happy world, where we can all have food, clothing, shelter, vocation, no ghettos, but that is denied because thought has separated itself as the ‘me’ and the ‘you’, my country and your country, my beastly god and your beastly god, and we are at war with each other.
So thought as memory, remembrance, imagination, design has a logical , healthy place, but it can never come into relationship. If you see that—not logically , not verbally, not with the sense ‘I will be happier if I do that’ not through words , through imagination, through formulas—but if you see the truth of it, you are there. Then there is no conflict. It happens naturally, like the fruit on a tree that ripens.
- On Mind And Thought by J. Krishnamurti