Q & A 1
Q: Dear HMS, what is ego?
A: Ego is a concept, once you drop it it doesnt exist.
Q: If it is only a
concept, why are so many people hanging on to it?
A: Because it serves their attitude of non-acceptance, their
(unconscious) defense mechanisms.
Q: That means...
A: It gives their non-acceptance a meaning, an explanation, a
justification. Rather than going through the (painful) process of becoming aware of
yourself, your I, your negative" parts, you project them into an
entity" - the ego" - a tool for the mind to play with.
Q: But what about my
selfish desires which again and again disturb my inner peace?
A: As long as you think your desires are selfish, as long as you think
they are disturbing your inner peace, they will. From the first moment you become aware of
them, embracing them as part of yourself, they will not disturb you anymore.
Q: So there is nothing
wrong with desires?
A: You say it.
Q: Say it again, please
(tears appeared in her eyes)
A: Desires are part of the self, the self is your natural substance,
selfish desires are a function of your survival mechanism. Observe them, and you will
experience a great relief. Loving yourself - especially the suppressed parts - rather than
rejecting, thats where it is all about.
Q: So, there is a
difference between self and ego?
A: In order to understand clearly about the confusion some philosophies
are creating, it would be good to distinguish for a moment the difference between I, the
self, the true Self and the ego.
Q: Can you explain?
A: Explaining is one thing, becoming aware is another. Please, close your
eyes for a while, relax and watch the inside of your eyelids.(Everybody is doing it. After
a few minutes:)...
Q: What did you
A: I was watching my eyelids.
Q: Good, what did you
A: After a few minutes I realized that I was here and my eyelids were
there. There was a kind of clarity in my watching, awareness maybe?
Q: So, in only a few
moments your identity had shifted from the periphery to the center"?
A: I have never thought to see it like this, but yeah, you might call it
Q: Dear HMS, what are you
trying to tell us?
A: To take your own experience seriously, rather than immediately
following your thinking processes once again. You just made the most crucial shift
possible, that from the state of (unconscious) identification towards awareness, from
ignorance towards inner freedom. And you are still asking me to explain it?
A: Okay, I will explain.
The question Who Am I" had just been answered and you didnt realize it.
It is because your awareness has no substance. You only grasp which is tangible. It is the
way you have been conditioned. Your true Self is like water containing the fishes of
thought, emotion and desire. You see the fishes, but fail to realize that they are
swimming in your water.
Q: I like the image, but
I still suffer from my ego-feelings. I feel guilty about myself.
A: Exactly, you feel guilty about your very existence, the fact that you
are. You dont allow yourself to live. You are afraid of it. So you use the concept
of the ego to suppress yourself. The ego is an instrument in punishing yourself for being
here. (And some are punishing others with it...).
Q: My God...
A: Yes, it has everything to do with God". In fact ego is the
condition of separateness from the Divine, it is the state of ignorance, being unaware.
Therefore it doesnt exist, it has no substance of its own. The paradox is, that
because it doesnt exist it is massive. In the state of ignorance you are overflowed
with everything unaware, suppressed and rejected, arent you?
Q: How to get out of this
A: Not by calling it ego". The irony is by doing so you
externalize once again what has been previously rejected. It is a double rejection. By
calling your unconscious e.g. rejected parts ego" and then again fighting them,
you create a vicious circle. It serves your continuous battle against yourself. The
solution is simple: simply become aware, first of yourself, then of ITself...
Q: What could be the
conclusion of this?
A: That awareness and ego" are excluding each other. The ego
is a shadow, which disappears in the selfsame moment you have become the observer. In
watching yourself the I of common identification I am", is no more there. It
has been replaced by the I of awareness. This awareness is your true Self, creating an
inner distance between You and your small self: your thoughts, emotions and desires. The
small self is the storehouse of the past, the accumulation of experience. It appears to be
the objects in your inner space. There is nothing wrong with them. Once you are free they
are freed too. They are the dance of life in the space which you are yourSelf. Even a very
selfish desire, provided you are aware of it has nothing to do with "ego".
Q: Some teachings say
that the mind is the greatest obstacle towards liberation. Could you explain?
A: This is big non-sense. These teachings involve you in their mindgame.
Once you are caught, they then suggest that they have a solution to your
problem". The purpose is obvious: they want clients rather than to liberate you. The
point is, that liberation is so simple, you cannot collect followers through it. These
teachings are based on duality, rather than non-duality. The blind are leading the blind
A: The mind is just a function of Self, a useful tool. You dont
have to reject this" in order to become that". Simply shifting
yourself from your periphery to the center, that is where it is all about. If the question
Who Am I doesnt quickly lead you to the goal, the danger is a mind-game
without end. The road from the periphery towards the center runs through the layers of the
mind, after all. The chance that you get stuck there, is almost unavoidable. Many teachers
derive their employment from it. Better is the easy way: to immediately be where you want
to be. There is no road towards awareness, awareness is the road.
Q: How can we distinguish
between a good and a bad teacher?
A: There are no bad teachers, only bad students (laughed).
Q: You say you're from
the lineage of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Are you also affiliated to Ramana Maharshi and the
A: Not only Enlightened teachers, but everybody is in Essence identical,
we are all the One Mind. I am You and You are Me. No need for a rope between us
(laughed).The only difference is, that Enlightened Ones know and you don't. By the way,
teachers should never teach anything they have not realized themselves, they should not
pretend, never fill in their gap with borrowed wisdom.Goethe said: "Da eben wo
Erleuchtung fehlt, da stellt zur rechten Zeit eine Philosophie sich ein".
Q: What about the
suppressed parts: my pain, anger and hatred?
A: Because they were once rejected and banned from consciousness they
keep knocking on your door. They are your stepchildren desperately begging for love and
acceptance. Be a loving mother or father to them. Embrace them, invite them to your inner
space, celebrate a homecoming to them. By becoming part of the Whole again their original
negativity" will disappear. Instead, their transformed energies will be at your
disposal, enriching your life. And by the way: how can you love others, if you arent
able to love your own rejected parts?
Q: Could you give a final
word about the problem of selfishness?
A: What is mixed up here is the object with your unconscious
identification with it. There is nothing wrong with desire (emotion, the mind etc.) as
such. The problem starts, when desire is unconsciously dominating you, when desire has a
grip on you. This is the only problem. Rather than blaming desire, one should blame
ones ignorance - which is ego - and become aware. Once aware you discover that you
are here and the desire is there.
Q: So you may enjoy it?
A: Love, embrace it. You appear not to be your desires (emotion, the mind
etc.), reason why you allow them to be. You start enjoying rather than condemning them.
They are all part of - objects in - your space.The purpose of life" is, that
you live life to the fullest, both in its Essence and periphery. It liberates you
not only from your false identity, but also from guilt. Eventually your inner space may
transcend your individuality and become one with the One.
Enough fuss about nothing?
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