I recently wrote a post on the same above and was raised with questions which I wouldn’t like to elaborate long on the comment section rather on a new post so more people could instantly reach to it. This post is dedicated to A Hungry soul and Swapnil Vibhandak who have a close watch and great analysing power then I know of anyone else. So here it goes.
Everything is by the word of god so I am merely translating it to English and interpreting it myself. The question Was- At times thousands of thoughts arise yet they do not leave a lasting impression on mind and on the other hand one irrelevant thought arises, yet it leaves a strong impression in mind. What is the reason for it? Well certainly, what I write is what I believe so yes,
The reason is ‘Gun(good quality or trait). The word itself is very heavy and carries divergent meanings with it with different people interpreting it differently. Being a Hindu I have relied on the belief of ‘Maya'(what is known as the fundamental substance of creation or what houses the souls and earthly elements) or ‘Prakruti’. All human beings are affected by influence of one of the three combinations of guns:
1) Sattva gun- goodness and awareness
2) Rajo gun – passion and desires
3) Tamo gun- darkness, ignorance or laziness.
These guns bring different types of moods in a person.
So when the thoughts occurs in the presence of Tamo gun induce is state similar to that of unconciosusness, deep sleep. Which is yes conscious in the fundamental body of soul where passion and desires exist. It’s not deniable. Therefore these thoughts do not leave a lasting impression because unconciously the thought disappears and consciously it’s fundamental.
Coming to the Predominance of Sattva gun a person experiences the state of awareness, therefore any disturbing thoughts occurring are dispelled by thinking because a person consciously carrying gun of goodness and awareness eliminates disturbing thoughts. Therefore, that too does not leaves a lasting impression either.
However, when such disturbing thoughts occurr in the prevailing Rajo gun when the mind carries desires and passion it leaves a lasting impression. Because consciously or unconciously the quality or Rajo gun prevailing supports and fits the very thoughts which are disturbing or filled with desires complete the puzzle of Rajo gun settling the impression long lasted in mind.
Of course it’s not how we control our thoughts but the way is to analyse and recognise which thoughts are predominant at that particular time to be able to recognise the gun predominant at that particular time to immediately know your thought process. It is not, however, possible to grasp each thought and catagorize some of which are heavy and superficial can be distinguished in the presence of thousands of subtle thoughts arising in the course of day.