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Bhagavad Gita - The Tyranny of the Ego

Identifier

000703

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

Hinduism has preached about humility and the egoless state through numerous sacred scripts and sages which date back to 5500–2600 BCE. Hinduism has also influenced many other religions like Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism regarding the egoless state.

The Sanskrit word Ahamkara literally translates into The-sound-of-I, or quite simply the sense of the self or ego. When this sound is stilled, you are in touch with your true being.

A description of the experience

Eknath Easwaran  - comment on the Bhagavad Gita

The language of battle is often found in the scriptures, for it conveys the strenuous, long, drawn-out campaign we must wage to free ourselves from the tyranny of the ego, the cause of all our suffering and sorrow

The Bhagavad Gita [translated by W J Johnson]

The unperplexed who are free from pride and delusion, whose failings of attachment have been overcome, whose desires have been extinguished, freed from dualities – from pleasure and pain – go to that imperishable place.

The sun does not light it, nor the moon, nor fire.  Those who have attained it do not return.  It is My highest home.

The source of the experience

Bhagavad Gita

Concepts, symbols and science items

Symbols

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Reducing desires
Squash the big I am

Commonsteps

Humility

References