When ‘ego’ lifts its’ ugly head, human beings (man/woman) display certain strange signs:
- Develop anger at the drop of a hat
- Not able to accept ‘no’ for an answer
- Cannot accept an alternate view on anything
- Become unreasonable
- Become vengeful
- Become happy at another’s unhappiness
- No concept of forgiveness
While noticing these are signs of ego at work, it also has implications on oneself:
- Become irritable
- Reduced focus / concentration
- Internally restless / disturbed
- Increased stress levels
- Lack of sleep
- Erratic moods
And all of these (and more) lead to more of the former list. The cycle repeats itself and eventually becomes a downward spiral leading to a loss of one’s ‘self’. The fall to a state of unhappiness and disturbed living is inevitable. These are beautifully described in Chapter 2 of the Bhagavad Gita as the ‘Ladder of Fall’.
The worst thing is – most of the people who fall into this spiral are people who have read the Bhagavad Gita. Life is full of irony. It is no surprise that sages and saints constantly repeat that the goal of spiritual evolution is to drop the ‘ego’.
I don’t know the ‘ego’ but I know it shows itself all the time. I saw one manifest even today. The problem is not in seeing it in the other – all of us can. The real chance to evolve and become eternally peaceful is in becoming aware of it within oneself. It is the only way to everlasting peace and happiness.
Happy Thinking and Happy Becoming!