The World of the Mind - The Main Sources of the Ego

Josef Fric

The World of the Mind

Content

The book The World of the Mind
Dedication
Introduction
The Fundamental Mistakes in One's Perception of the World
Three Types of People According to Their State of Mind
Ego - the Constructed Idea of the Mind "I Am a Body"
The Main Sources of the Ego
Is There a God in This View of the World?
Dreams
Miracles
Happiness
Love
Is My Life Directed by Fate or My Own Will?
Doubts
Path to the Freedom
Yoga
Dhyana-yoga - The Path of Meditation
Jnana-yoga - The Path of Knowledge
Karma-yoga - The Path of Renunciation of Results of Actions
Bhakti-yoga - The Path of Devotion
God's Grace - The Self-experience
The Guru
The Properties of a Seeker
Summary
Recommended Methods and Literature
Self-enquiry
The Age of Demon Kali
In Conclusion
Literature
The book Siva and Parvati
The book Strange Dream
Links

Sri Ramana Asramam
Sri Brahmam
Athithi Asram
Gurujee Ojaswee Sharma
Sri Nanna Garu
Amma
Mahatma Gandhi
Yogi Ram Surat Kumar
Yoga in daily life
AHAM
ISKCON - Hare Krishna
Yatharth Gita
Bhagavad Gita
Publishers
Volvox Globator
Sri Ramana Asramam
Webhosting
TANGER computersystems


The Main Sources of the Ego

"The wise ones who are free from pride and non-discrimination, who have conquered the evil of association, who are ever devoted to spirituality, completely free from desires, free from the dualities called happiness and sorrow, reach that undecaying State." Bhagavadgita 15.5.

     The ego, the construction of the mind, must logically justify its existence within the mind. A sense of exceptionality is therefore produced, becoming later on the reason for dividing the imagination and producing the ego. The ego can be described as having four interconnected roots that reinforce it.
     The first root is based on comparing the qualities of parts of the imagination. It is associated to the feeling, "This is good, this is not good." It says, I like this, I don't like that; this is good, that is bad, evil; this is attractive, that isn't; I'm happy with this, I can't sleep for that, etc.
     The second root is connected with various desires and wishes that arise from the dissatisfaction induced by the existence of the first root, distinguishing the qualities of parts of the imagination. It is expressed through the feeling, "I want something." It says, I want to have something, to possess something, to destroy or change something, to achieve, create, rule, or experience something, etc. These desires then transform into dependencies and attachments to the other two roots.
     The third root is based on the feeling, "I am somebody." It says, I am somebody exceptional, irreplaceable, educated, strong, powerful, modest, nice, etc. Everybody can produce several reasons for their uniqueness easily.
     The fourth root is related to possessing things in the surrounding imagination, the feeling, "I have something." It says, I have a family, a company, wealth, women, power, responsibilities, experiences, etc. The contrary feeling, "I don't have" can also be the basis for the value of the ego. I have no family, therefore possessions can become a dependence to feed my ego just as easily.
     These roots are further complemented by deeply rooted instinctive bonds, manifested especially in the desire to maintain one's own life, to continue the family line and to reproduce. These bonds are grown throughout the mind and it is extremely difficult to tame and master them.
     All these roots are obviously interconnected and support each other. Each of them seeks justification of its existence in the other roots and rewards them with identical favour. It is very difficult but extremely important to discover all the values that support and reinforce the ego.

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