What is Ego?
In this article we will discuss the spiritual definition of ego.
1. Spiritual definition of ego
From a spiritual perspective, ego (aham) means considering oneself to be distinct from others and Goddue to identification with the physical body and impressions (
) in various centres of thesubtle body. In short ego is leading our life as per the thinking that our existence is limited to our 5senses, mind, and intellect and identifying with them to various degrees.As per the science of Spirituality, our true state of existence is identification with the Soul or God-principle within us and living our day to day life with this consciousness. As the one and same God-principle exists within all, from a spiritual perspective there is unity in all Creation.However, depending on the level of our ego, we identify with the God-principle within us, i.e. the Soulto varying degrees. If our ego is high, we identify less with the Soul or the God-principle within us.
2. Ego from a psychological perspective
In layman’s terms one can define ego as pride about oneself. Thoughts such as my body and mind, myintellect, my life, my wealth, my wife and children, I should acquire happiness, etc. arise from egoalone.Ego (
), awareness of the self (
), pride, conceit and ‘i’ness are words related to theword ‘ego or
’ but on a psychological plane.
3. Subtle picture of a person having ego
The following is asubtle pictureof a person with ego. It has been drawn by a seeker of SSRF withhighly advancedsixth sense, extrasensory perception or ESP. The dark covering seen around the Soulis the ego of the person. As the ego of this person is high he does not identify with the Soul. Due to theego a covering of black energy has collected around him. Also when one’s ego is high the flow of grace from God is blocked.What is Ego?