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Should we suppress our thoughts.

From: Harikrishna VJ (
Date: Thu May 27 1999 - 04:04:30 PDT

This question has been bothering me for quite some time now.

why is it necessary that a person has to follow a particular
"philososphy"(say for eg:vishistadvaita) to seek the ultimate  ("God").Or if
I put the same question in a different manner,How does ones thinking (
"philosophy") affect his/her attempts towards finding God.
Any "philosophy" is ultimately a set of thoughts in ones brain.
If i sit and meditate and completely supress my mind(remove the"i" thought)
then i am one with the ultimate.While doing so 
am i following "vishistadvaita" or "advaita" or "dvaita" ?Is it not  my
action that is helping me rather than my thoughts(because all thoughts have
to be supressed then),Or is my action a consequence of the philosophy that i
follow (it doesnt appear that way) ?
So is philosophy there only to create a set of people who agree to a
particular set of thoughts and form a "caste".
Or is philosophy there only to entertain ones brain with "tharka"(arguements
and counter arguements).