15 comments on “Humility and ego

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    • Dear Francis,

      The old wise men say: “Gnothi seauton” or: “Man know thyself” – even when we claim we know ourselves we really do not know ourselves. Why is it like that? In our every day life we tend to do things automatically, just like habits (good or bad ones) and we often are not aware of our thoughts, about the consequences even our thoughts may have, let alone our words and deeds – as all has a reaction. To know ourselves means that we have to be so conscious that we see all the reactions of our actions (thoughts, words, deeds) ahead, to avoid violence (which come like an echo back to us) – so our mind and ego control us in such a way that we are not even aware of it. Only when we start thinking why we do this, or speak this, think this or that, to reveal the motives behind. This helps us indeed to become more and more conscious of our own actions, doings, allows us to understand the functioning of our own mind and ego.

      Why man exploits the earth, thinks of himself rather than others, why he tends to fulfill his own wishes rather than help others, knowing that we are all one: one in the One, sacrificing and sharing his own wishes for the benefit of others – that is our ego. Ego and mind go hand in hand, it contains: greed, for more and more, it is obstinate and selfish, it says to itself: “I come first and only then the others.”

      Here’s a little story:
      If someone comes to us and says he can drink all the water of the ocean – well, even if it seems crazy, we may still believe it, if someone says he can move whole mountains, we may still believe it, but if someone says: He has overcome his ego, his mind, we should not believe it.

      This story is to show how hard it is to overcome one’s mind or ego. All the saints of this world have struggled with it, even throughout their whole lives. When we start to observe ourselves, what we do, why we do something, for what purpose, etc. then we also become aware of our own mistakes that we did not even see before and we dive into our own world to learn to understand it better.

      Our world is in the iron grip of this ego, this mind within us. When we look around us, then we see ourselves confirmed.

      And you are right: Ego does not lead a person to a great success and it rather leads to unjustice and destruction of the world and our nature.

      Thank you very much, dear Francis 🙂
      All that is good for you, my friend 🙂


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