Here is the link to my amateurish attempt at a literal translation of MN 20 Vitakkasaṇṭhānasutta.
Personally I’ve found this to be a key teaching as it offers five antidotes to address what I translate as discursive thought (vitakka). It also address’s a lot of ‘No Thought’ teachings which seem to be doing the rounds lately.
In brief according to some English definitions discursive thought can be of two types; either unhealthy or healthy which fits the context of ‘vitakka’ in the Sutta.
So here I’m interpreting the Buddha as showing us how to use healthy discursion as an antidote to unhealthy discursion composed of the three poisons of desire, hatred and delusion. In the process we learn to control and rein it in to the point of gaining complete control over discursive thought with the power to choose when to think and not to think, including also identifying our pride or esteem and abandoning craving.
What I find also of interest is the writing at the end of the text which indicates this Sutta as the second part of the ‘Lions Roar Chapter’, but I can’t seem to find the first part so maybe I’m reading that wrong?
Constructive input and guidance are of course welcome.
Kind regards Ani