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.
Do you know the real science behind the ego?
Scientifically, when two different elements come together, a third compound is formed. This is also how the ego arises, when the body and Soul come together.
So, what is ego? Ego means ‘I’. It refers to existence: 'I am'. All living beings are aware of their own existence – “I am”. However, they do not know who they are – “What I am”. This is why all of us mistakenly believe the body or name given to it as ourselves. For example, one would say, ‘I am John,' but that is a name given to identify the body. You are not 'John' and yet you believe you are ‘John’.
To say that which you are not in reality is called egoism. “I am this body”, “I am an engineer”, “I am her husband”, “I am of this age”, “I am fat”, etc. are all forms of egoism. Param Pujya Dadashri says, that one is not to remove the ego, one has to remove egoism.
The quick and easy way to get rid of your egoism is to attain Self Realization through the grace of the Gnani Purush. With this knowledge your egoism dissipates.
Read on to know more about what is ego and egoism.
Q. What is ego? Is ego and egoism the same?
A. Questioner: What they refer to as ego (aham) and egoism (ahankar), is it just one thing, or are... Read More
Q. Do you have control over all your actions (like sleep) and thoughts?
A. When you go to sleep at night, do you fall asleep or does someone else makes you fall... Read More
Q. What is egoism? And how it is different from the Self (Atma)?
A. 'I am Chandubhai*' is egoism (ahankar). And this is not the only egoism. I am going to show you how... Read More
A. Questioner: If we go to a person's house and he does not welcome us nicely, should we consider that... Read More
Q. Can japa (meditative chanting), yoga and bhakti (devotional worship) free me from the ego (ahankar)?
A. Questioner: Should we do meditative chanting (japa), yoga, devotional worship (bhakti) or what... Read More
Q. Are Positive and Negative Egoism both Egoistic?
A. Positive and Negative Egoism! There was a Brahmin (priestly upper caste). He was the only... Read More
Q. Is kindness a form of Egoism?
A. Questioner: Is there egoism in pity (daya)? Dadashri: Pity is an egoistic quality! All dualistic... Read More
Q. Is there a correlation between Egoism and Confidence?
A. Questioner: Where is the line of demarcation, between egoism and self-confidence? If a person has... Read More
Q. What is Egoism? How can one become free from Egoism?
A. Our people do not know what egoism (ahamkar) is at all. What is considered egoism? Each and every... Read More
Q. Who is the One that experiences happiness and misery?
A. Many Ways of Suffering! The Atma does not experience any kind of pain or misery. The Atma is a... Read More
Q. If Egoism binds Karma, then how can one become free from it?
A. Egoism arises first and then this body is constituted. Gita has said it correctly that the egoism... Read More
Q. How to get rid of my-ness and attain Nijanand (Bliss of the Self)?
A. Questioner: What is the difference between egoism (ahankar) and my-ness (mamata)? Dadashri: ... Read More
Q. How to remove Egoism and attain Moksha?
A. Questioner: Now, what should we do to reduce our egoism? Dadashri: Go to someone, whose ego is... Read More
Q. What is the origin of the Ego?
A. How long does it take for a shadow to arise in the light of the Sun? When anything comes in front... Read More