Thursday, February 07, 2013

Keep your Ego in check

We all view others through a colored glass. This invisible glass is called the Ego. It is nothing but a filter which acts like a sieve through which we judge others. Our deep down beliefs, value systems, experience and opinions make up the Ego. If in a healthy state, it can be the source of joy, otherwise, we may be looking at a distorted reality.

Data is covered by information. Information in turn leads to knowledge. Knowledge when filtered through intelligence and experience leads to Wisdom. And finally whether to accept the call of wisdom is taken by the Ego. Thus the Ego can be very compelling. Sometimes it does not listen to the whispers of wisdom. Sooner or later, all hell breaks loose.

The way to wisdom is simple and subtle. Learn from the best friend – experience. True wisdom is the real knowledge of God, and having experienced this reality. The soul is above everything else, yes, even Ego. But the soul is a simple observer. It does not pass value judgments or get agitated. It simply sees everything the way it is. I’m sorry, not sees, experiences.

The Ego, however strong it may be, cannot catch hold of the soul. The Ego lives in this fear. It wants to be accepted the way it sees reality. Once we shed the spectacle of Ego from our system, we experience reality the way it is - the soul’s way. It simply means to see another person or event as a reflection of God. The other person is also a spark as you are, and needs to be treated the way you treat yourself. This maxim has been extolled in many a great books.  It’s quite simple. Dissolve Ego. Realize God.



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