Ego – Who is it?


Soul in conjunction with the Intellect is Ego. The basis of Ego is Intellect. As the Intellect is the cause for this differentiation (this little “I”), Intellect is the cause or seed for Ego. ‘I’-ness and ‘mine’-ness are human creation from birth. It binds a man to the world. God’s creation helps man in his God-realization or Self Realization.

The seed of mind is Ego. Ego is development through the thoughts of the mind. As the first thought is the ‘I’ thought and as this ‘I’ thought is at the base of all other thoughts, Ego is the seed for the mind. This idea of ‘I’ will bring in its train, the idea of time, space and other potencies. With these environments, the name Soul accrues to it. Contemporaneously with it, there arise Intellect, Memory, Mind which is the seed of the tree of Thoughts.

When you are a kid, the Ego is not very potent. It is like a shadow in a glass. It gets developed and firm-rooted during your adolescence after you marry and entangle yourself in the achievement of various worldly desires. You are fearless in your childhood. The moment this little ‘I’ becomes stronger in your, side by side, various sorts of fears, various sorts of desires, a host of delusions take firm hold of you. The world appears to you more real, too.

The Curse of Egoism

Ego is, after all, nothing. But, tremendous is its influence! Delusion means Ego. Mind is another name for Ego. World means Ego. The sprout of Ego ramifies here and there with its long branches of ‘mine’ and ‘thine’. It is inveterate. Ego wants to live in flesh (clinging to life), to eat flesh and to embrace flesh. This is pure Ignorance only. Look at delusion’s deception and wholesale swindling! Beware! Awake! Get Knowledge.

Just as the cloud screens the sun, so also this cloud of Ego screens the Sun of Knowledge, the Infinite Sun of Knowledge, Supreme Soul. You cannot realize God, if you have the least tinge of egoism, if you have the slightest attachment to name and form, if you have the least tinge of crave or if you have the least trace of worldly desire in the mind.

Reference

Mind – Its Mysteries and Control by Sri Swami Sivananda

Author: Ganesh

A soul in the search of eternal peace... "Be True, Love All, Help Others Selflessly, Live in Harmony and Rest in Peace"

5 thoughts on “Ego – Who is it?”

  1. I enjoy reading your posts. They give me another perspective on subjects I like to think about. I have always looked at the ego as a defense mechanism of the mind. It is their as a blockade (not so much as a wall) to help our mind (or soul) from getting hurt. The true path to enlightenment, knowledge, understanding, and/or acceptance, I feel, is beyond the ego. It will always be there, but it is up to the individual to tame it.

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    1. You are absolutely right! We are attached to the Mind, Body and World, just because of Ego. Ego is the first thought or root of all thoughts. It is what separate us from others. If we are able to overcome it by any means, we feel we are all one with the universe and infinite.

      You can also check “Stroke of Insight” video based on real life experience, which will give better insight to all of us.

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  2. The ego can also be considered the christian “spirit of error” or “prince of the air” or devil or antichrist (1 John)! Interesting that something that is nothing creates such attachment, delusion and wrong identification! Someone said the ego makes an evil master and a good servant! Be nothing to become everything!

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