Ego (mind) manifests itself as emotions such as greed, anger, jealousy, guilt, hatred, lust, resentment, fear, doubt, grief, arrogance, pride, and so on.
Whenever you feel any of the above qualities manifest in you, please ask yourself this question, “Why do I feel this way?” …and you will find that it is Ego that is giving rise to these emotions and you (the Awareness) is different from it.
This is such a simple mechanism to help you control the negative manifestation of the Ego, and can be practically applied anytime, anywhere. This method has been suggested in the Upanishads and also by the great spiritual masters Sri Adi Sankaracharya and Sri Ramana Maharishi, in more recent times.
It is this Ego that if not given up in your lifetime, ensures that there is rebirth with the associated karmas, after death. All the karmas of your past, previous (Sanchita) and present (Prarabdha) and new karmas of this birth (Agami) are all attached to this Ego, which is different from your real and absolute Self (Awareness).
Karmic seeds and their fructification will answer all those questions – Why should we be good, and not bad? What is our incentive to be ‘good’? We see ‘bad’ people around us leading perfectly happy lives, gaining in wealth and prosperity, occupying positions of power!” The answer lies in the fruition of the karmas of our various births, that like Time Bombs, bring on events, occurrences and results that seem beyond our control in the present lifetime. It also explains why, those who seem ‘bad’ also seem healthy, happy and prosperous, enjoying the results of their past karmas. The experiences of the mind (pain and pleasure) caused by fructifications of good and bad karmic seeds through mismatch of timings is viewed as FATE in the present mayic or material world.
According to Swami Sivananda, Brahma-Vidya (science of God), is the Science of sciences. The knower of Brahma-Vidya or the Science of Brahman or the Science of the Absolute, knows everything. His knowledge is full. He has the whole experience through intuition or revelation. Take your firm seat on the rock-bottom of the Upanishadic truths and accept the findings of science only if they tally with the Upanishadic truths, otherwise reject them ruthlessly.
All secular sciences have their own limitations. A scientist works on the physical plane with a finite mind and with instruments. He knows the physical laws. He has some knowledge of the elements, atoms and physical energy. His knowledge is fragmentary. He has no experience of the whole. He has no knowledge of transcendental or supersensual things.
Science is only a partially unified knowledge. A scientist infers, investigates and draws exact conclusions from his observations. He understands Nature but he knows nothing of the origin or destiny of Nature.
EGO is like a non–existent Black cat in a dark room as seen by a blind man on a Amavasya day (New Moon day) night”
Realise this fact soon to become humble and to accept the Truth that we are neither this body nor this mind. All pain and sufferings are attributed only to this black cat and not for the real you – The Awareness.
Therefore the more we think that we are superior to others or we are after acquiring power, fame, name and wealth, authority the more we suffer.
EGO (Edge God Out as Sri Sai Baba so simply put it) is so powerful that it can make one not realize God even in millions of births. According to the scriptures, the EGO (mind) does not have existence on its own and this can be understood only through self-enquiry. GOD can be realized or attained only by dropping EGO
A person who believes that he can change or control his life through manipulating or adjusting other minds or external parameters of this material world-will live and finally leave this world without happiness and will be reborn to suffer again. He will also leave his kith and kin in suffering.
“Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity within by controlling nature external and internal. Do this either by work or by worship or psychic control or philosophy by one or more, or all of those and be free, this is the whole of religion. Doctrines or dogmas or rituals or temples or forms are but secondary”.
— Swami Vivekananda
Becoming Humble and accepting the present alone will give Peace. At some point in time you have to give up expectations, ego, hatred and attachments, unlearn everything, go beyond rituals, all dogmas, all teachings, even Vedas and only enquire “who am I” through Hridhaya Vidhya (Atma Vichara from the bottom of the Heart cave) and attain Brahma Vidhya directly as extolled in Upanishads. This is possible through one’s self efforts (free-will) and GOD’s Grace. Self-effort is the initial step to attract GOD’s Grace
“A quiet mind does not mean that there will be no thoughts or mental movements at all, but that these will be on the surface, and you will feel your true being within, separated from them, observing but not carried away.”
— Sri Aurobindo
“That in which all these worlds seem to exist steadily, that of which all these worlds are a possession, that from which all these worlds arise, that for which all these exist, that by which all these worlds come into existence and that which is indeed all these – that alone is the existing reality. Let us cherish that Self, which is the Reality, in the Heart.” — Bhagawan Sri Ramana Maharshi
In our everyday lives…
Practice detachment from the Ego
Ask yourself questions when you react with negative emotions
Help yourself for transition, step by step, into a larger Consciousness
This will help you take the good with the bad; correct your present karma for better results
Expanding the Consciousness from the ephemeral and worldly to the eternal and Divine is the goal of human life. In other words, we are but mere creatures, on the path to humanity. We graduate to this state of Purity, by acquiring moral and ethical values through selfless actions (karma yoga for mala nivarthi) initially, and then we attain the maturity with Divine mind (one-pointedness and expansion of mind) through Devotion or Bakthi (upasana for vikshepa nivarthi).
The end process involves constant detachment from worldliness and attachment to God — this is the path for living enlightenment. This is possible only through Self-enquiry to get rid of habitual patterns of emotional mind (vasana nivarthi) for unveiling the Truth. Death of mind (mano nasanam) , established in Self (brahmanishta) and vasana nivarthi are all pointing to same state of liberation (moksha) or enlightenment.
May all people who read this article benefit from this Consciously.