What We Think, We Become
What we think, We become.
‘What we think, we become, is a famous and an inspiring quote from Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. It emanated from the architect of a religion, whose main tenet or preaching was to give up one’s desire so as to attain nirvana or salvation as the ultimate objective.Perhaps, Buddha’s idea was to inspire and guide his followers as well as his monastery towards their chosen goal. What actually Buddha meant was: ‘In order to attain nirvana or salvation, one should make up his mind, constantly think about it, fix it and then he should make sustained efforts in the right manner in reaching his goal. In other words, if you think good, you will become good; if you think bad or in an evil way, you will become bad or an evil.
Interestingly, Buddha’s saying has some parallels too which arose entirely from different modern days contexts. ‘Reap what you sow’ is a proverb meaning you have to deal with good or bad effects or results of something that you have originally started.
In other words, you will reach a target or you will have a net result of what you have originally planned. There are some sayings in Tamil language too: ‘Ennam pol Vazvu ’ meaning ‘your life is based on what you think’ or ‘Manam pol Mangalyam’meaning you have a good marital life according to your plan; Both of them specifically emphasize on good thinking or planning. Therefore, the focal point or essence of what Buddha said or other parallel sayings is: ‘In order to become what you want or reach where you want to go, you should have to think or plan about it in the right way or right manner’
Though Buddha’s saying was specifically applicable to his Buddhist religion, it evoked immense public approbation and created far reaching influence and an indelible impact on the human society in general irrespective of their religion.