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EGO AND WILL!
« on: February 10, 2012, 04:06:01 AM »
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  • OM SAI RAM!!!

    EGO AND WILL!



    Many people believe they need a strong ego to live a successful life
    and to progress in their spiritual pursuits.

    This is not true. We cannot be successful in either the external or internal
    world while we are tossed about by a powerful ego. What success in both
    realms does require is a strong will.

    The difference between ego and will is that the ego is blind but the will
    has vision. Will has its source in the pure Self. Ego springs from avidya,
    a false sense of identification with the external world, and is usually
    concerned with preserving self-image and self-identity. Ego is characterized
    by stubbornness, selfishness, and unwillingness to compromise.

    The ego is like a little pool. An egotistical person is like a frog crouching
    in that pool—his world is small, his borders insecure. He has only a
    vague awareness of the trees around the pool, and he cannot begin to
     imagine the frog-filled marshes just beyond. From his perspective,
    only his own feelings and his own voice are meaningful.

    The power of will, by contrast, is like a spring whose source is the
    Pure Being. It infuses the mind and body with enthusiasm, courage,
    curiosity, and the energy to act. This intrinsic power of the soul is called
    iccha shakti, and it is from this force that all the various aspects of our
    personality, including the ego, derive energy to carry out their activities.

    Becoming successful in the world requires a strong will, and that strong
    will needs to be properly guided so we develop a strong personality
    rather than a trivial, egotistical one. A strong personality exhibits tolerance
    and endurance. It has the power to `vanquish' an opponent, but chooses
    to forgive and forget instead. When egotistical, on the other hand, we
    demonstrate our weakness by answering a pebble with a cannon. We lose
    composure the moment our feelings are even slightly bruised. We have a
    hard time forgetting injuries we have received from others, but an even harder
    time remembering how much we have injured others.

    All the problems in the world— at home, at work, in politics, everywhere—are
    caused by colliding egos. These problems are not overcome by one ego dominating
    others, but by a person of strong will and clear vision coming forward and
    overshadowing the trivial egos of those who are quarreling.

    A strong ego is as much of an obstacle in spiritual practice as it is in worldly
    matters. The stronger the ego, the bigger the hurdle it will create. However,
     the solution is not to kill or weaken the ego but to do our best to purify,
    transform, and guide it properly. We can do this by employing both our
    intelligence and our power of discrimination. In other words, when we meditate,
    practice contemplation, pray, study the scriptures, serve others, and seek the
    company of the wise we make our ego purer and less confined, and this in turn
    inspires us to move one step forward. As we do, the purified ego, accompanied
    by a sharpened intellect, gets a glimpse of the next level of awareness,
    and naturally aspires to reach it. Thus the ego becomes the tool for purifying
    and expanding itself, and in this way the petty ego is gradually transformed
     into an expanded, more purified ego.

    Along the way it becomes increasingly apparent that this transformation must
    end with the ego dissolving and becoming one with the pure Self and experiencing
    its union with Universal Consciousness. As the ego of a dedicated seeker
    merges with the Infinite, all confusion disappears, the veil of duality lifts,
    and the purified ego sees the whole universe in itself and itself in the
    whole universe.


    OM SAI RAM, SRI SAI RAM, JAI JAI AI RAM!!!


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