RE: Rigpa Glimpse of the Day
- Ego is the absence of true knowledge of who we really are, together with its
result: a doomed clutching on, at all costs, to a cobbled together and
makeshift image of ourselves, an inevitably chameleon charlatan self that
keeps changing, and has to, to keep alive the fiction of its existence.
In Tibetan, ego is called dakdzin , which means �grasping to a self.� Ego is
then defined as incessant movements of grasping at a delusory notion of �I�
and �mine,� self and other, and all the concepts, ideas, desires, and
activities that will sustain that false construction.
Such grasping is futile from the start and condemned to frustration, for
there is no basis or truth in it, and what we are grasping at is by its very
nature ungraspable. The fact that we need to grasp at all and to go on
grasping shows that in the depths of our being we know that the self doesn�t
inherently exist. From this secret, unnerving knowledge spring all our
fundamental insecurities and fears.
Remember the example of an old cow:
She�s content to sleep in a barn.
You have to eat, sleep and shit�
Beyond that is none of your business.
Do what you have to do
And keep yourself to yourself.
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If this elephant of mind is bound on all sides by the cord of mindfulness,
All fear disappears and complete happiness comes.
All enemies: all the tigers, lions, elephants, bears, serpents (of our emotions);
And all the keepers of hell; the demons and the horrors,
All of these are bound by the mastery of your mind,
And by the taming of that one mind, all are subdued,
Because from the mind are derived all fears and immeasurable sorrows.