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Friday, March 6, 2009

Egotic mind is not merely ticking in individuals with power and possessions. ...

Try to see your own ego.

Just watch it.

Don't be in a hurry to drop it, just watch it. The more you watch, the more capable you will become. Suddenly one day, you simply see that it has dropped. And when it drops by itself, only then does it drop. There is no other way. Prematurely you cannot drop it.

It drops just like a dead leaf.

It settles into the ground, dies of its own accord. You have not done anything so you cannot claim that you have dropped it. You see that it has simply disappeared, and then the real center arises.

And that real center is the soul, the self, the god, the truth, or whatsoever you want to call it.

It is nameless, so all names are good.

You can give it any name of your own liking.

Ego is the illusion that I exist as a separate individual being. Ego is the one which assumes the responsibility for the body and identifies with the body. When the body breathes, he says, "I am breathing". Ego takes a name, and becomes Mr. such and such and all social relations are acted out by ego. Whereas mind is very daring, ego is very much afraid for death. Whenever any problem comes to the body, ego becomes very alert and remains in the body. And the more there is danger of existence, the more strong the ego becomes. There are stories of children who were completely neglected and left behind. They developed into some kind of chivalrous fighting heroes, and they also became masters in certain subjects and people of great intelligence. Most of the time, only for survival of their ego, they had to struggle, and they learned from their struggle how to be strong. This way, ego is the one that creates strength. All strength that I have comes from my ego. This part of the ego which gives this strength is called will.

Modern school has become a training place for creating more and more ego, because there is competition all the time. Who does it first? Who is the best? Ego always tries to say, "I am better than you", "I am holier than you". In ancient days they had an education system that did not let the ego grow beyond a particular limit. The child had to go and live with the family of a teacher as a member of the family (gurukul). The wife of the teacher was responsible for providing all food, and nobody was allowed to bring other food. And parents were not allowed to bring gifts in order to treat all pupils equal, and make them feel that everyone is equal.

When ego is the king in the body, intellect is the prime-minister, and mind is the public relation officer, roaming here and there, making contacts, gathering information. Most of the time only mind is dominant. But sometimes ego is also very dominant. And intellect is only in the beginning, when you start, at that time it comes and tries to show you how you go. But after that, mostly it is the mind which takes the lead.