We often hear about a ‘Zero State of Mind’ or a ‘Zero State Meditation’ where the seeker or meditator reaches to the state of a complete zero. It is that space where everything stays in neutrality. There is no duality unlike our physical world. With continuous practice, we often experience this state in our meditation. But, is it only meant to be experienced in deep meditations? The real purpose of our meditation is to make us aware of our True Nature which is free of judgements and a limiting perspective. I really like one of the sayings in Art and Science of Meditation by Dr. Newton Kondaveti where the co-author, Chitra Jha says our real meditation starts when we are ‘off the mat’. So can we make our life a meditation? Can we free ourselves from our judgements, greed, jealousy etc.? If yes, what do we need to do for it?
Once there was an erudite scientist. After a lot of experimentation, he developed a formula for reproducing himself. With continuous practise, he started to do it so perfectly that it was impossible to tell the reproduction from the original. One day while doing his research, he realized that the Angel of Death was searching for him. In order to remain immortal he reproduced a dozen copies of himself. The reproduction was so meticulous that all of them looked exactly like him. When this Angel of Death came down, he was confused to see thirteen replicas before him. He couldn’t figure out who is the original scientist. But being an expert in human nature, the Angel came up with a clever idea. He said to the scientist addressing all thirteen of them, “Sir, you are a genius to have succeeded in making such a perfect reproduction formula. However, I have discovered a flaw in your work, just a tiny little flaw.” The scientist immediately jumped out and shouted, Impossible! Where is the flaw?” “Right here” said the Angel, as he picked up the scientist from among the reproductions and carried him off.
The whole purpose of the scientist and his formula of reproduction failed as he could not control his pride and lost his life. Our mastery of any level can be put to ashes by only one thing in us…and, it’s our EGO. It is that part in us which continuously criticises & judges, it typifies things into superior or inferior, good or bad, ugly or pretty. In other words, it is our identification with that form which gives rise to a false sense of self. It gets displayed in our thoughts, words and actions. It separates us from our True Self which is Love, Clarity and Oneness.
We need to be aware of our ego which comes in different forms and disguises. Even our spirituality can be an ego if we try to use our personality as a status symbol. Some of the other egos can be:
Not all Ego is bad. There is something called Positive Ego which helps us to focus on the facts than interpretations. It helps us to maintain a right self-esteem while giving an equal place to others in the creation. Negative Ego says, “I am closer to the Creator because I meditate every day.” Positive Ego says, “We all are divine beings and we all have an equal place in the eyes of the Creator. There is nothing closer or distant from the Creator.”
Amongst these egos, our negative ego displays a few characteristics. Knowing about them can be beneficial to identify our ego deeply in all walks of life. These are:
How can Negative Ego be dissolved?
We all wish to dissolve ego, but most of us don’t recognise it. So, recognising or accepting ego behaviour in self makes it far easier to dissolve it. We can transcend it by using some of the tools and tips mentioned below:
It is our own ignorance that make us victim to our ego. We become ignorant of the fact that we all are divine beings and worthy of blossoming to our highest potential. We become ignorant that good and bad, light and dark are tags used in physical world while in our real world there is no separation as everything stays in One.
Let’s own this truth…Let’s go beyond our ego…let’s make the life beautiful!!
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