What is Ego?

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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 God due to identification with the physical body and impressions (sanskaars) in various centres of the subtle body. In short ego is leading our life as per the thinking that our existence is limited to our 5 senses, 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 Godprinciple within us and living our day to day life with this consciousness. As the one and same Godprinciple 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 Soul to 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, my intellect, my life, my wealth, my wife and children, I should acquire happiness, etc. arise from ego alone. Ego (ahankaar), awareness of the self (ahambhaav), pride, conceit and ‘i’ness are words related to the word ‘ego or aham’ but on a psychological plane.

3. Subtle picture of a person having ego
The following is a subtle picture of a person with ego. It has been drawn by a seeker of SSRF with highly advanced sixth sense, extrasensory perception or ESP . The dark covering seen around the Soul is the ego of the person. As the ego of this person is high he does not identify with the Soul. Due to the ego 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?


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As a result of the black energy covering coupled with the block in access to divine grace, the person’s life is impacted negatively. We will discuss about this in further detail in the article ‘Losses incurred due to ego’.


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