The Ego versus Self

 

Pixabay: Janbaby

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From Meditation for the Love of It:

 

“One way you know you are experiencing the ego and not the Self is that the ego (ahamkara in Sanskrit) always experiences itself in comparison to others.

 

The ego never feels fully equal to others: it sees others as higher or lower, as better or worse, as friendly or potentially hostile.

 

The Self, on the other hand, just is. 

 

The Self sees everything and everyone as equal to itself.

 

The ego bears the same relationship to the Self as does a lightbulb to the electrical current coursing through it.

 

The bulb looks as if it gives light independently, but in fact it doesn’t.

 

It is just a container.

 

The true source of illumination is the electrical current that runs through the bulb.”

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