నా ఆలోచన: Ego (ahankar) అహంకారం
Monday, December 30th, 2013 @ 10:08AM
మనిషికి అహంకారం వల్లే జీవనం… తెలుసుకోండి… అహంకారం వదలడం అనేది ఒక పరిపక్వత. మీరు అహంకారాన్ని వదలలేరు అదే మిమ్మల్ని వదులుతుంది. ‘ఉర్వారుకం ఇవ‘ పండిన దోసపండు ఎలాగైతే తీగనుండి విడివడుతుందో అలా మీరు తరించిననాడు మీ అహంకారం మిమ్మల్ని వదులుతుంది. ఆరొజుకోసం తెలివిగా ప్రణాలిక వేసుకోండి.
ధ్యానంతో కూడిన మీ అహంకారపూరిత జీవనాన్ని సాగించండి. తరించండి. -మాధవ తురుమెళ్ల
It is not wise for a person who is stranded in a desert to let go his camel. Same way a person who is stranded in this world should not let go his Ego with out first knowing what it is and why it is there! You must be able to use your ego for the right purposes. I think Ego (ahankar) is the mostly misunderstood and widely misquoted term In Indian philosophy (vedanta). It is essential to understand that nothing in this God created world is useless. Everything has a purpose and a meaning. Purpose of a person/thing/event may not be evident today but suffice to understand that if something is there then there is a purpose and meaning behind it. Similarly Ego has a purpose. Gita says that Ego is one of the eight primal energies (Astaprakriti) of God. [Gita 7.4]. I think Ego is an instrument; it is a vehicle; it is a desert camel. It is essential you must use it for the right purpose and transcend your life. People who suppress their Ego with out knowing Ego’s purpose become mentally weak. They get unstable in their life. They get abused by the people with ulterior motives. Ultimately they become a failure in life. A Subbarao who went to sleep wakes up as Subbarao only because of the Ego. It gives identity to your life. Consider that when you don’t have Ego then you become confused being. Man finds his livelihood only because of his Ego. It is considered maturity when you let go your Ego. But I think, In fact, you can’t let go your Ego. On the contrary – I think – when time comes your Ego lets you go! Just like a creeper automatically lets go of it’s ripened Cucumber Ego lets you go! Plan for that day when your Ego lets you go. Till then meditatively live your life with the help of your Ego.
the Body (B), Mind (M), Intellect (I)
the Perceiver (P), Feeler (F), Thinker (T)
becomes enmeshed in the world of
Objects (O), Emotions (E) and Thoughts (T)
But when we transcend our
we realize our true Self
the Supreme Reality
Ashta Prakriti is behind the BMI chart. If BMI were a body of a vehicle which is trying to reach its destination called “OM” then Ego is like tires to the total BMI. Ego carries the BMI towards Om… Also where there is no destination to reach you don’t need tires. During the bilissful awareness “YOU ARE THAT” Ego drops you like a cucumber is dropped by its creeper.
So without ego there is also no spiritual journey. It is finally aatma decides when to leave the ego and move towards OM..
Naayam Atma pravachano Labyah.
Na Medhaya Na Bahuna scrutena.
Yam eva esha vrunute tena labhyah.
Tasya Esha Atma vivrunute tanum swam. kathopanishad (1.2.23) and also in [Mundaka 3.2.3]
The atma cannot be logically deduced or read about or heard about. It reveals itself to the one who who earnestly and worshipfully seeks it.
So then what is it that we are doing?! Is all our Sadhana a waste? NO you need to have Ego to hold you in a certain place in sadhana. And when the time comes when HE (Atman) chooses to reveal itself – your Ego drops you like a creeper drops its Cucumber [such a sadhaka though appears like attached to the world – he is detached because his Ego dropped him – Atma has chosen HIM – he becomes his natural self – this is called parambhavaatmikata]
In Kathopanishad next verse describes the qualities of the person who is fit to receivethe revelation of the Self.
navirato duscharitannaashaanto naasamaahitah |
naashaantamaanaso va’pi prajnaanenainamaashnuyaat (Katha 1.2.24)
One who has not given up those actions which are prohibited by the shastras, who senses are not controlled, whose mind is in turmoil or even though disciplined still lusts after material objects cannot know this self. i.e. A hypocrite can not know the self.
But one who only does that which is commanded by the shastras, whose mind
and senses are completely controlled and has turned away from material
things will certainly come to know the true Self.
The very same verse appears in Mundaka Upanishad 3.2.3. And just like in Katha the following verse in Mundaka qualifies the person to receive that Grace.
“Nāyam ātmā bala-hīnena labhyo” [Mundaka 3.2.4] This Atman is not available to someone who is weak.
Mental and Intellectual weakness happens only when you do not have a proper ego. You need to have proper construction before you decide upon destruction. Thou shall be strong. This being strong “bala” is only possible with the help of Ego.
The mahavakya ‘ahaM brahma asmi’ also has aham in it. We know it is there but we can’t quantify it. We only see the force of it. -Madhava Turumella
[Notes from my meditations on Gita 7.4]