Ego’s tricky nature – Part 2 (Final)

The next moment, if I were to point out one of your weaknesses, you would at once feel depressed, but you would not express it. You will say: “Baba, after all, I am a human being.” By this statement, you try to conceal what you feel within you, for ego assumes false appearance. It is very difficult to be natural and to express what you feel within. The false ego is the stumbling block.

What is meant by annihilation of the ego? It means to be fully conscious in sound sleep: fully conscious in the fully unconscious state! Until the Sadguru bestows his grace, this is not possible.

“Has not the God-realized One an ego?” asked the Shastri.

Baba replied:

He has. But the ego of the God-realized is altogether different. When you say: “I am so-and-so,” it is the false ego asserting the false self. When you become God-merged [a majzoob or Brahmi-bhoot], you have no mind; you are only conscious of being God. This is the state of superconsciousness. But when, retaining that state, you come down to normal consciousness, you have ego, but it is the Real Ego. If you read God Speaks, you will know the details about the different stages and states of consciousness.

Also, you must bear in mind that mere intellectual understanding has very little value by itself. Whether one understands the details of the Path or not, it is just the same. Only love counts.

To learn God is to unlearn yourself. It is a rare privilege to meet a Sadguru, and still more rare to love him as God-in-human form. It is well said: “One who has the Knowledge of God is not known to others.”

Baba concluded, “God alone exists.”

The Shastri said, “If it is so, from where does ignorance creep in?”

Baba explained:

God is One, Indivisible. The many divisions you see are only apparent. They are the outcome of ignorance. How can this be explained? How can ignorance know itself as ignorance?

The dream state that you experience will give you some idea about this.

Suppose you go to sleep, and I appear to you in your dream, saying: “Shastri, this is just a dream.” You will reply: “How can this be so? I see the sun, the sky … I see you so lovingly talking to me. It is too true to be a dream!” But when you wake up, you say to yourself: “What Baba had said in the dream is a fact.”

At present, you see me sitting with you. Now I say: “All that you see and feel in this ‘awake’ state is also a dream!” The whole universe is but a dream. Call it a ‘waking-dream.'” When by my grace you will realize God, you will know that what I am saying now is the Truth.

Date: 19 May 1960 (Revised 2014), p4684



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