What is Ego
The belief that "I am John" is ego. In reality, you are pure Soul. To realize this, true knowledge is required. A Gnani(Self realized person) can grace you with this.
Ego is not to be removed; egoism (ahamkar) is to be removed. Ego means I - referred to as existence: 'I am' (astitva). To say 'I am', for what is your own Self (swaroop) is not egoism. All living beings are aware of their existence: 'I am' (astitva). However, they do not have the awareness of reality: 'what I am' (vastutva). Understand the real Self as the bondage is due to not knowing the real Self!
Did you know, 'I am the body' is also egoism. 'I am Mr. John' is also egoism (ahamkar). And this is not the only type of egoism. The list goes on - 'I am an engineer,' 'I am his son,' 'I am her husband,' 'I am his wife,’ 'I am so many years old,' 'I am physically fat', 'I have a dark complexion'... Read on to understand the various forms of egoism and how to attain freedom from bondage as shown by Gnani Purush Dadashri...