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Swami Sivananda On Ego

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  • medit8ionsociety
    This is an excerpt of an article titled Cast Off This Ego in a chapter from the book Yoga And Realization. by Swami Sivananda The man of ego is ruled by
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 21, 2010
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      This is an excerpt of an article titled Cast Off This
      Ego in a chapter from the book Yoga And Realization.
      by Swami Sivananda

      The man of ego is ruled by vanity, he is
      governed by utter pride; hatred grips him,
      folly sways him, delusion sits in his very intelligence,
      evils hover round him and his steps lead him into the
      realms of denser ignorance and ruin. But his
      understanding being clouded and his discrimination
      being obscured by his own prejudiced preconceptions,
      he is unaware of his own sorry state. On the
      contrary, he feels himself well off and all
      knowing and surveys the rest of humanity with
      condescending eye as unfortunate creatures
      toiling foolishly far below him in evolution's
      scale. Such is the self delusion of the ego.
      Where the egotism is not, there is all blessedness,
      all goodness, all glory and there can one find God.

      To the one devoid of ego, the whole world is
      a haven of rest, a realm of peace and kingdom
      of abounding all happiness. For him there is
      no more distress. He is purified, exalted and
      illumined. He sees no sin anywhere and no evil
      can come near him. Nothing is hidden from him;
      the Truth stands before him in all its splendour
      and radiance; the mysteries are revealed to him
      and all the secret workings of the universe are
      made known to him. He who has no ego and who has
      surrendered himself to God is the master of every
      power and force that there is, for all powers and
      forces are under God. Egoless man's is the supreme
      freedom and perfection.
    • WestWindWood
      Swami Sivananda words are powerful, but getting from one extreme to the other will take decades if not lifetimes to accomplish. For the change to take place,
      Message 2 of 2 , Feb 22, 2010
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        Swami Sivananda words are powerful, but
        getting from one extreme to the other will take
        decades if not lifetimes to accomplish. For the
        change to take place, though, a person
        is going to have to start looking for answers to
        the problems the Man of Ego is going to
        encounter.  However, until one is ready to pickup
        meditation, the interest just will not there.  No
        teacher could tell the Man of Ego anything;
        however, life certainly can.  Perhaps for some
        meditation is the release from the treadmill of
        desire and aversion, or maybe that life ultimately
        only offers death disease and old age or
        whatever your particular suffering is about.  What
        meditation does can vary, for instance it can
        have a profound influence on the immune system
        because of stress relief, which means that cancer
        or arthritis issues are manageable by some
        meditators, at least that is my personal
        experience, but this is a complex issue involving
        profound self knowledge.  Health issues aside,
        meditation is still about profound self-knowledge.
        There is a cleansing process that takes place
        that involves a daily inspection of the chaos of
        that day.  The thing is that a person wants,
        wants, wants something, a kind of desire and
        grasping, but it would always resolve to a single
        thought, or maybe it can be called a feeling.  The
        inspection is initiated by concentration of mind,
        maybe by watching the breath, the intellectual
        mind takes a breather from the sameness of it
        and the feelings are left to bubble up for
        inspection.  Now what does one do with the
        thought-feeling that resolves to one point for that
        day, because guidance is needed on what to do,
        else exactly the same thing comes back again
        and again with no evolution, what direction can
        be known, to find and undertake the path. Well,
        offer the problem up and hope for enlightenment,
        the wanting to grasp something, to just letting It
        give an answer. Before warned that because
        of the wanting, one can barely do, it almost feels
        like dying because the desire to cling to ones
        propensities is so strong, but by following what
        is supposed to be done while going about ones
        duties, life got slowly betterl. With attention on
        how to change, the personality will evolve and
        the behavior one is supposed to follow will
        change to suit a new phase of development as
        the old way of being, the grasping, drops away.
        If a person follows what that wisdom tells them to
        do, the person eventually evolves towards what
        enlightenment wisdom is and after life times
        merges into it. Peace and relaxation are a result
        of this process and that is good because the
        feelings that come up have to be worked with to
        determine what should be done about ones
        situation and it is going to take some hard work
        to do it, to come up with ways to counter
        negative energy.  It is a good idea to have others
        around you that are trying to accomplish the
        same kind of growth, and most importantly to
        have a teacher to answer questions and guide
        you in your development.

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