What is Ego?
Is Ego bad?? should we really have it? How do we measure it? How do we define it?
Before I try to answer these, let’s understand what is the real meaning of the word ‘ego’? I found these in the very famous and well acclaimed WordWeb dictionary:
1. An inflated feeling of pride in your superiority to others.
2. Your consciousness of your own identity.
3. (psychoanalysis) the conscious mind.
To be frank, the first one is utter bullshit definition! It doesn’t define ego. It is a bad way of presenting it. Is it? or is it not?
OK… fine…. no more questions. Here is goes….
Ego is a not well-defined term in English, I believe in Sanskrit it is better understood, ahm and ahmkar are two words in Sanskrit that completely describe what we call today as ego. To make it simple, we can call them true ego and false ego respectively. The definition #1 is perfect for the false ego, the ahmkar. Whereas the #2 and #3 are apt for ahm, true ego. By now I think you got what I meant and if you are smart enough you must have already got the answer to my very first few questions.
For the remaining answer, I will have to probably go a bit deep…
We are not our body but brahm which defines our soul and our consciousness. So what is true ego? It is the ahm in the brahm. It is the consciousness of our soul. Whereas, the false ego, the disease one shouldn’t have is found today in abundant. But since it exists, those possessing True Knowledge, Good karma, Good thinking and good intentions are immune or least affected by it.
Those having Money, Beauty, Physical Strength, Fame, and Controlling Power are the most affected and most prone to it.
One can discuss a lot on this topic. If you have any more questions or would like to reach out to me on anything crazy like false ego vs true ego fight, drop a mail to email@example.com. I would love to discuss it with you.