EGO (Aham)– Prernamurti Bharti Shriji

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Prernamurti Bharti Shriji explains here the form of Ego, and its types which are noteworthy and practical  in human life.

From a spiritual perspective, ego means considering oneself to be distinct from others and God due to identification with the physical body and impressions in various centres of the subtle body. In short ego is leading our life as per the thinking that our existence is limited to our 5 senses, mind, and intellect and identifying with them to various degrees.

The Ego can be defined most accurately as your sense of self. The notion of “I” or “Me”. The idea that there is a “you” that is distinct and separate from everything else. The majority of people in the world live with a sense of self, with an ego, however that doesn’t validate it in any sense. Hinduism and Buddhism both fervently assert that there is no separately existing self and that those who continue to believe that there is will only continue to experience suffering. So how can we say that the Self does not exist? How can there be no ego and what would happen if one eliminated it?

The self does not exist for many reasons. Everything is interconnected and interdependent. For example, a Ship is made of many different things such as wood, metal, notion….. The wood that made that ship came from a tree, which came from the dirt in the ground that the Sun helped nourish and grow. Nothing can exist on its own; it is all connected in some way or another. The Ship does not exist as a separate and distinct entity, it is made up of many other things and therefore cannot exist independently from the tree or the grass or the dirt.

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