Mahabharata, (one version)
We have all heard the story of Mahabharata where on the battlefield there are Pandavas on one side and Kauravas on the other side and Arjuna is standing in between them. Arjuna symbolizes the 'I', 'me' or 'myself' within all of us. On the one side there are the Pandavas, who represent the positive thoughts in you. On the other side there are the Kauravas who represent the negative thoughts. Kauravas are a hundred whereas Pandavas are only five in number. This symbolizes the usual human state of mind.
Arjun is worried about 'what to do'? He is surrounded by negative thoughts. Lord Krishna, a symbol of wisdom who guides him, tells him to "fire toward the adversary". As long as negative thoughts outnumber the positive, never stop firing. Fire according to your understanding. Listen and/or think the truth to increase your understanding. As understanding increases, negative thought just vanish anyway. Negative thoughts always obstruct your progress, or divert your action away from your truly desired result.
What is all this about negative thoughts? Aren't they just thoughts, and hence unreal? Why is there all this emphasis in the scriptures on behavior, morality and strong character? Can changing your thought pattern change your character, or is it visa-versa? Isn't it a mixup of description for prescription? Whole libraries of material are written about these subjects. Several times on the show I was told, "there are no good thoughts and bad thoughts", it's all a load of rubbish, (maybe if you understand it that way). I tried to propose that accepting kinds of thoughts just self dissolve, and that resisting thoughts self regenerate in even stronger versions?