How do we Recognize the Presence of the Ego?


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What is it about the ego that grabs us so much? Energy! We can feel this rush of energy to do something, to want something. That energy move us to become emotional, to become mental, to become physical. It is a rush of energy. So ego is an energy experience. When you feel the ego within you strongly; you feel strongly negative or positive towards something or drawn towards something… isn’t there a rush of energy that is channeled through a contracted self?

The idea is to purify the ego, not to destroy it. The ego is always existing, but the selfishness disappears and selflessness appears. So to gauge whether we are growing we need to examine the nature of the ego. Is it moving from selfishness to selflessness? In the selflessness it becomes transparent to the divine, it channels the divine in a far better way. When it is selfish, it is out of sync with the divine. But when it becomes selfless, it’s sort of melting with the divine, harmonizing with the divine. And in that way it can channel the divine.

You can’t get rid of the ego. So long as you have a form, ego will exist. But at the same time, you will have the ability to observe the ego, even though it exists; and to not give power to it; and only the divine Self can help you to do that. That expansive self inside…Because the ego, in the experience of the expansive self feels like it has come home; it has found its home base, and it doesn’t want to move out of there.

That’s what we call yoga – it is having the ego and the higher Self in unity with each other. So ego is also the divine. It is the divine in limited expression; it is the divine in selfish expression. Sri Vasudeva

 

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