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12729Discovering the Ego

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  • medit8ionsociety
    Feb 12, 2004
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      Wisdom from Swami Venkatesananda (one of Swami Sivananda's senior
      disciples):

      Is it possible for you to look at someone with whom you totally
      disagree and say, without hypocrisy, "Sir, you may be right"? During
      those few moments watch what goes on within you. There is a
      combination of an earthquake, volcano, tornado and a tidal wave, all
      together. That is the ego. You've got it! Don't try to fix it. It
      hurts, it hurts. Good grief, it hurts. Watch what is happening inside
      you. That is the ego.

      The external situation takes care of itself. Someone argues with you,
      you say, "You may be right" and then he's satisfied and he goes
      away—or he's dissatisfied and he goes away. That's not of very great
      importance. You are not doing this in order to please somebody—that is
      another trap. Nor are you doing this in order to displease
      yourself—that is masochism, equally useless, and that feeds the
      ego—"I'm a man of tremendous adaptability (or humility)." Nobody is
      interested in it. Absolutely nobody in this world is interested either
      in your happiness or in your salvation, so there is no sense in doing
      all this to please others or in striving to convince others that you
      are a great Yogi, Sadhu or holy man. All this is a total waste of
      time. Instead, try to adapt yourself to others, to the man who
      vehemently opposes you. Say to him, "Yes sir, you may be right", or
      "You are right," and at the same time watch what goes on within you.