Only 80% thoughts gone after enlightenment?

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Only 80% thoughts gone after enlightenment?

Postby chesterking » Sat Nov 14, 2015 10:33 pm

Eckhart Tolle said in one of his youtube videos that only 80% of his thoughts were gone after enlightenment. I thought after reaching this state, that thoughts were meant to be gone completely.

Could somebody explain this one to me.
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Re: Only 80% thoughts gone after enlightenment?

Postby TemporalDissonance » Fri Nov 20, 2015 12:38 am

This may be the original video you are referring to:

First, understand thoughts are not your enemy. Thoughts may be required when you are trying to solve an engineering problem for example. There are different categories of thoughts. Eckhart does a great job in the video in explaining what the 80% of thoughts that were gone predominately are. Its those autonomous judgements and comments our minds came forth with which most of the time.

Second, aside from the usual discretion about making enlightenment assumptions, a better exercise would be to watch your thoughts and see if you can differentiate them. Which are useful and who are not so much. :)
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