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  • Zehera Kassam
    * * *THE HURTING OF THE EGO* * Almost everyday we come across a situation when someone says something to us which is not very pleasurable or we chose to
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 21, 2013
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      Almost everyday we come across a situation when someone says something to us which is 
      not very pleasurable or we chose to perceive it to be so. In either case, we feel insulted and 
      get upset as a result. In some cases we react and display our feelings. In some, we don't. 
      In either case, the result is a depreciation (decrease) in our happiness index. 
      Why does this happen? It's because you have created, attached to and identified with an 
      image of yourself in your mind that does not match with how the other sees or perceives you, 
      as a result of which you believe you have been insulted and you get upset. 

      As long as people's perception of you matches the image that you have created inside your 
      mind of yourself, you are content with them, but as soon as the opposite happens, even if its 
      to a very small extent, you become disturbed, because you are attached to that image. 
      The more the attachment, the greater the hurt, the disturbance or reaction. 
      You could examine 
      this phenomenon very closely, taking place inside yourself everyday. This kind of attachment 
      mentioned above is called ego. That's why the phenomenon explained above is called in 
      common language 'the hurting 
      of the ego'. 
      The ego is the claimant within you. Your ego claims the body-mind-intellect and their respective 
      functions and objects. EGO claims your worldly possessions. My wealth, my family, my house, 
      my children, my reputation, my image etc. These assertions and arrogations are made by the EGO. 
      It claims ‘it is my perception’, ‘my action’ or ‘I am the actor’, my feeling’, my thinking’, my point of view’, 
      and ‘my ideas’. These assertions and arrogations 
      of your EGO need to be governed and controlled.
      The ego is often misunderstood to be something negative, something detrimental. The truth is 
      that the ego, by itself, is not detrimental. On the contrary, it is a potent, benevolent entity within you, 
      provided you know the technique of using it. Lack of control over the ego, 
      your inability to use the ego rightly, 
      renders the ego detrimental. An uncontrolled, undisciplined ego is 
      harmful. It develops arrogance in you. 

      On the contrary a controlled, disciplined use of the ego is beneficial. 
      It develops self-esteemed 
      self worth in you. Self-esteem is an essential ingredient of success and progress. 
      The ego in you, if not supervised, causes devastation and destruction of 
      human harmony within 
      as well as without. Uncontrolled and undisciplined 
      ego is a saboteur. It sabotages your career, 
      your relationship, your peace 
      of mind and your goal. 

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