Where do thoughts come from?  What is their origin? Can you think without a brain?  Can the mind exist without one?  In an excellent internet article posted at Suite 101.com entitled “Where Is The Mind?  The Mind Exists Without The Brain,” author Thais Campos succinctly presents this vast topic from the ancient eastern philosophical point of view.

“The mind exists independently from the brain.  The brain just decodes thoughts that exist in a higher realm.  Imagine a  TV or a radio.  The television does not create the images it shows and radio does not create the music it plays-they are just machines projected to capture the waves that are passing through the air.  If you destroy the radio device, you won’t be able to listen to music, but you haven’t destroyed the music, it exists independently from the machine that captures it,right?”

The more westernized, Old Testament biblical position of “in the day that a man dies, his thoughts perish” could be argued to run contrary to the eastern philosophical position.  Lacking sufficient proof to establish convincingly either position, perhaps it shall remain a mystery until the day that we each “shed this mortal coil.”

It is a reasonable assumption that there is a universal database of information that is the origin of all of our thoughts.  There seems to be “nothing new under the sun” in a fresh,original sense in the world of thought, but merely a recombining of pre-existing data whereas the human experience is concerned.  Our very existence, night and day, is bathed in thought.  One could argue that it is our true life blood and that as the Kogi allege, “that without thought, nothing can exist.”

Not to engage in disciplined, focused and challenging thought will cause us ultimately the loss of our personal and societal liberties, deprive us the use of the Creator’s greatest gift, and leave us impoverished spiritual and mental zombies in a land of the living dead.