6th April, 2008, Sunday
Chaitra Krishna Amavasya, Vikram Samvat 2064, Ravivar
To get rid of egoism, three methods have been shown – Discipline of Action (Karma Yoga), Discipline of Knowledge (Jnana Yoga) and Discipline of Devotion (Bhakti Yoga).
In Discipline of Action (Karma Yoga), we must serve others without a selfish motive, we must give happiness to others, then our desire for enjoyment of pleasures and accumulation of things will be wiped out. When desire for enjoyment is entirely gone, then egoism will be wiped out, because egoism is holding ground, only due to desire for enjoyment of pleasures.
In Discipline of Knowledge (Jnana Yoga), through discrimination, we must understand, that we have no relation with the unreal (temporary and changing). But our relation is with the all pervading real and existing essence. Understanding this and experiencing the real, our egoism will be destroyed.
In Discipline of Devotion (Bhakti Yoga), believing that only God is mine, and the world is not mine, facing away from the world and facing only God, then the egoism will be wiped out as well.
In Discipline of Action (Karma Yoga), the egoism is purified, in Discipline of Knowledge (Jnana Yoga), the egoism is wiped out and in Discipline of Devotion (Bhakti Yoga), egoism changes direction towards God. Whether egoism is purified, or wiped out or changed, the results are one and the same.
It is the experience of all three that egoism is unreal (temporary) and changing. Even in a single day, the egoism changes many times. In front our father, we say we are children, and in front of our son, we say we are the father. If someone asks, are you a father or are you a son, then what will we reply? If one of them is true, then tell me ! Leaving this superficial, hypocritical ways, when we see our real and essential nature, then the truth will be revealed. This change of being a son in front of mother, becoming a brother in front of sister, being a husband in front of wife – considering all of these external and changing roles as real, that is the main obstacle in getting rid our egoism. In reality, we are neither father, nor son, nor brother, nor husband, but we are that one reality (existence) that ever remains. That existence (Is-ness) is our true nature.
From “Manav Maatre Kalyaan ke Liye” in Hindi pg 152 by Swami Ramsukhdasji
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