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Is the mental body dependent on the memory?

Jiddu Krishnamurti Questions Theosophy Is the mental body dependent on the memory?

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    Can/does the mental body function without any need of memory?
    The function of the mental body is to think. Each thought is formed by a collection of memories (one word is equivalent to one memory). Does this mean that the mental body ALWAYS by its very nature requires the brain to function?

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    The mental body is not dependent on memory. However a mental body often functions by recalling inferences previously drawn from memory, and uses that in its thinking to draw further conclusions and store them again in its memory.

    If we look at this from a distance, it is not difficult to see that memory creates biases.

    Thoughts are not collections of memories. However, when we store memories, they become input parameters for our thoughts, and as a result, our thoughts are rarely pure and invariably self-centred though we are unable to see its self-centred nature.

    It needs a high order of intelligence to live without memories. And the pure art of living is to live in awareness in which case we do not even accumulate memories.

    All this imply that the mental body DOES NOT require a brain to function. The brain is an organ of the physical body and not of the mental body. After death we continue to have a mental body but without a brain and so the mental body continues to function after death too.

    The mischief maker is not the brain. A brain is needed for living a terrestrial life, and we can learn to use the brain wisely by not accumulating psychological memories in it. When the brain becomes a repository for only technical memories, that is factual things but stripped of its psychological content, it remains sharp and pure and such a brain will surely serve us effectively in our physical life.

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