Not thinking

What are the antonyms of thinking? Thinking is a conscious act. So, I think, the antonyms of thinking must express an unconscious action like sleeping, but I can’t find the exact word.

Profile photo for Alberto Martín

Unconsciousness is the antonym of consciousness, not of thinking. The antonym of ‘thinking’ has to entail ‘not thinking’ in it’s meaning (the answer or term). What is it where thinking is absent but not so consciousness? The answer is, silent contemplation (or a state of wordless absorption). Samadhi – a thoughtless experience not devoid of consciousness – would also do as an answer. What will not be acceptable to a majority of readers is that even in deep sleep consciousness is present (objectless consciousness) – Advaitins do, and I am with them.


About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
This entry was posted in Advaita Vedanta, Consciousness, mind, spirituality. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s