When we reflect on ideas such as " I am not this Body" or " I am Consciousness" or " I forgive all those who have hurt me" etc who is that "I" that thinks so?Is it the Mind on behalf of the Atman?
Question 2 It is said that Emotion is a set of thoughts.
But when we grieve for others the emotion is
instantaneous i.e. without the building of thoughts.
Kindly clarify me on the correct interpretation on the above.
T R Vasudevan
The 'I' that thinks such thoughts is the Atman conditioned by the ego brought about by ignorance.
When you think something, the thought leaves an impression on your mind, and accumulated impressions determine your character and also your emotions. However, you can have emotions just as first-time thoughts. So, there can be first-time emotions and also emotions based on previous experience.
With best wishes,