The ego the false self

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  1. LightInTheDarkestNight

    LightInTheDarkestNight Well-Known Member

    This is an interesting article I thought I'd share on here... Our ego is our false self that we have developed through our interactions with society...

    Here is one quote I found particularly interesting..

    A man who attains to the self is never in any clash. Others may come and clash with him, but he is never in clash with anybody.

    It happened that one Zen master was passing through a street. A man came running and hit him hard. The master fell down. Then he got up and started to walk in the same direction in which he was going before, not even looking back.

    A disciple was with the master. He was simply shocked. He said, "Who is this man? What is this? If one lives in such a way, then anybody can come and kill you. And you have not even looked at that person, who he is, and why he did it."

    The master said, "That is his problem, not mine."

    You can clash with an enlightened man, but that is your problem, not his. And if you are hurt in that clash, that too is your own problem. He cannot hurt you. And it is like knocking against a wall - you will be hurt, but the wall has not hurt you.

    The ego is always looking for some trouble. Why? Because if nobody pays attention to you, the ego feels hungry.

    It lives on attention.

    So even if somebody is fighting and angry with you, that too is good because at least the attention is paid. If somebody loves, it is okay. If somebody is not loving you, then even anger will be good. At least the attention will come to you. But if nobody is paying any attention to you, nobody thinks that you are somebody important, significant, then how will you feed your ego?

    Other's attention is needed.

    In millions of ways you attract the attention of others; you dress in a certain way, you try to look beautiful, you behave, you become very polite, you change. When you feel what type of situation is there, you immediately change so that people pay attention to you.

    This is a deep begging.

    A real beggar is one who asks for and demands attention. And a real emperor is one who lives in himself; he has a center of his own, he doesn't depend on anybody else.
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