Provisional ego

Once Baba had us all safely in His “net” He started right in to mold us as He wanted us to be. Many were His talks during this period, emphasizing the need to let go of our individual selves in order to make room within for Himself, the Christ-Spirit in all.

Each day brought to light someone’s “sore spots” and Baba, foremost through His example and by His talks given through the alphabet board, gave us the necessary salient and practical suggestions, not without a touch of His ever-spontaneous wit and humor. For example:

“The less you think of yourself and the more you think of Baba, the sooner the ego goes and Baba remains. When you–ego–go away entirely, I am One with you. So bit by bit, you have to go. Today your nose, tomorrow your ear, then your eyes, your hands, everything! So better think of Me when you eat, sleep, see or hear. Enjoy all, don’t discard anything, but think it is Baba–Baba who enjoys, Baba who is eating. It is Baba sleeping soundly and when you wake up, remember it is Baba getting up! Keep this one thought constantly with you.

“If you do wrong, then think it is Baba who is doing wrong. If you get a pain, then think it is Baba having a pain. If you do all this sincerely, you will know something. Try to forget yourself and do it all for Baba.”

This is a concept that Baba termed the “provisional ego.” If we remembered to think that it was Baba doing the action through us, then the results of our actions–failure or success–were His and we neither young, but rarely did a complaint pass their lips. With them there was no asking for favors or special treatment.

-Love Alone Prevails, Kitty Davy, p151

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