I have always found the phrase “thought objects disappear” to be odd. I know it does not mean that the objects disappear. But I didn’t know what to make of it.
In a truly “duh!” moment in my meditation recently, when I recited those words, I realized that what the phrase means is that when one is in that state one does not apply thought to objects. They just are. You simply observe them. You experience them directly free of the intervention of your ego-mind.
You would have thought I would have picked up on that a long time ago, but I didn’t. Such are the vagaries of the mind.