This is the 7th installment of my “ego” series. The first six were:
All six deal with the practical aspects of ego in the context of spiritual practice.
More can be said regarding the theoretical aspects of ego:
- For me the most important theoretical (also practical) aspect is the fact that intuition is inversely proportional to ego. We can use various analogies.
If we use the “size” analogy we can say that the amount of intuitional knowledge we receive from the Cosmic Mind is inversely proportional to the size of the ego. The bigger the ego the less intuitive we become.
If we use the “transparency” analogy as used in Transparent Ego we can say that the brilliance of the soul illuminates the mental plate more as the ego becomes more transparent. This makes us more intuitive.
- Ego is part of the Manomaya Kosha. The Manomaya layer of the human mind contains the mental structures: ego, intellect, memory as well as emotions and feelings. The dreams during sleep take place in the Manomaya Kosha as well. Manomaya Kosha is the psyche. The waking consciousness, dreaming consciousness and the “subconscious” of the Freudian psychology belong to this layer. The “thinking mind” is in this layer as well. Manomaya Kosha is derived from Svarloka.
- Ananda Sutram was composed in Sanskrit by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti in the year 1961. It summarizes the Ananda Marga philosophy in sutra format. It consists of five chapters and 85 sutras describing the universe, the mind, the spirit and the foundations of a healthy society. Ananda Sutram has the following short descriptions: (in Sanskrit aham or ahamtattva means ego)
Sutra 1.14: Cittát guńávakśaye rajoguńaprábalye aham.
[As the influence of the guńas wanes and rajoguńa becomes dominant, the aham (sense of doership) evolves out of the citta.]
Sutra 1.15: Súkśmábhimukhinii gatirudaye ahaḿtattvánmahat.
[With further movement towards the subtle, the mahat evolves out of the ahaḿtattva.]
Sutra 1.16: Cittádahaḿprábalye buddhih.
[When the aham is greater than the citta, the buddhi (intellect) evolves.]
Sutra 1.17: Ahaḿtattvát mahadprábalye bodhih.
[When the mahat is greater than the aham, the bodhi (intuition) evolves.]
Sutra 1-18: Mahadahaḿvarjite anagrasare jiivadehe latágulme kevalaḿ cittam.
Sutra 1-19: Mahadvarjite anagrasare jiivadehe latágulme cittayuktáham.
Sutra 1-20: Prágrasare jiive latágulme mánuśe mahadahaḿ cittáni.
[In undeveloped living organisms, creepers and shrubs where aham and mahat have not yet evolved, there is only citta.]
[In undeveloped organisms, creepers and shrubs where mahat has not yet evolved, there is aham as well as citta.]
[In developed organisms, creepers and shrubs, as well as in humans, there is mahat, aham and citta.]
- Sufis developed very sophisticated theories of the ego (nafs). You can take a look at this summary or better yet you can read Hazrat Inayat Khan’s books.
- Freudian theory of the ego is summarized in this article.