These Furrowed Brows


You can spot thinkers
But what preoccupies them
Is it of value?

About Ben Naga

The Spirit that graces me with its passing has no name and stems not from thoughts and words, though it gathers them up as it flows, but from feeling.

Posted on June 20, 2017, in Senryu and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. Well.. that is a good point Ben… 🙂 All depends upon the thoughts! 🙂

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  2. Probably to the thinker it is, until such a time as he/she decides it isn’t. Time tells….

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  3. UndauntedAqua

    Anyone who thinks find their thoughts valuable but it may not necessarily be valuable to those around them.
    It is only a matter a perspective.
    Another great one from your side ….and here Iam still thinking XD

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    • If we observe closely we notice that thoughts arise constantly and are not “ours” until we generate one in reaction which often sparks off a whole series and all peace of mind is lost until we make a conscious effort to pause and allow an open space. Then of course fresh thoughts begin arising once again …

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  4. UndauntedAqua

    Well so the saying that an idle mind is the mind of the devil is true after all XD

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    • Not in my opinion. It was used (probably still is) to control people. Distractions prevent folk from recognising their oppression. Taoism has a very different view on an “idle” mind:

      Tao Te Ching Chapter 3

      (trans. J H McDonald)

      If you overly esteem talented individuals,
      people will become overly competitive.
      If you overvalue possessions,
      people will begin to steal.

      Do not display your treasures
      or people will become envious.

      The Master leads by
      emptying people’s minds;
      filling their bellies,
      weakening their ambitions,
      and making them become strong.
      Preferring simplicity and freedom from desires,
      avoiding the pitfalls of knowledge and wrong action.

      For those who practice not-doing,
      everything will fall into place.


      But then of course this too can be misinterpreted and twisted so so as to support control rather than freedom, just as education can be – and very often is – not true education but rather schooling.

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