Vedantic Wednesday: Ego

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!


8 thoughts on “Vedantic Wednesday: Ego

  1. Good one dear Raj, Ego and Stupidity are two sides of coin…When ego comes out in a person, they always underestimate others…The person who’s egostic can’t even make his family, circle & ppl work with them happy…Realizing his/her state of being all the time is the way…”Observation without evaluation is the highest form of Intelligence” -Jiddu Krishnamurthy

  2. Great post, Raj — just something I was thinking about when I came across this quote by Paul Coehlo: “How people treat other people is a direct reflection of how they feel about themselves.”

    1. Thanks Dr Liz. Coelho is an amazing author with a deep sense of awareness expressed in his writing. Most readers’ seem to miss the philosophy behind the story. Thanks once again for highlighting one more source which reinforces the message in the blog.

  3. Ego and it’s manifestations well explained to the grass-root level. Thank you Author for simplifying the complexity.
    Now the problem is practising “awareness” 😳!

    1. Thanks Sivambiga as always. You rightly pointed out the most difficult aspect of spiritual practice – ‘awareness’. But lets keep reminding each other and fine-tuning our practice. Wishes!

    1. Thanks. It kind of highlights the limitation of language to express thoughts that are esoteric. As long as the message is clear, it is fine. ‘Self consciousness’ or awareness is a slightly different thing from ego. It is as you have pointed out a very good thing.

      But ego manifests because of one’s feeling of either inferiority or superiority. If one transcends this, life is peaceful.

      My one cent more … 🙂

      Happy Thinking and thanks once again for sharing this interesting perspective.

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