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In your Spiritual understanding exactly what is the thing many call ego?

What is the ego?
Is it real?
If so how did it come to be?
What is it’s purpose?
I am curious how you see this ego that so many speak about.
Is this a concept in most belief systems, in yours?
Thank You for answering!
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  1. Ego is traditionally defined as self-pride…
    It’s how certain men feel after a particularly good…session…

  2. This may be long winded,
    Here goes,
    Your egos stems from your sense of Identity. Every human is born with this and it is a function unique to humans only.
    The world is a very individualized society and we draw our self worth from identity which is fueled by our ego. People are very wrapped up in having there own Identity and thinking about how “I” feel, and “My happiness” and other such issues. The truth is, we are all one in the same and delude ourselves into thing we are different.
    We are all of the same race with same purpose, to eat, to reproduce and to evolve. Everything else is trivial.
    We all come from the same source, we all go to the same place after we die we are all reproducing each other, I know this is a difficult concpet to fully comprehend.
    Anyway yeah!

  3. “It’s you, and you have to set me free. Just put the prison cell key in my hand and walk away…”
    Smiles 🙂

  4. Most people assume that they know everything or everything worth knowing. Socrates said that the first step to wisdom was to admit how little one knows.

  5. The undisciplined ego keeps us from attaining our true potential, both physical and spiritual.
    Yes, it is as real as each individual.
    Mainly, but not limited to, the 7 deadly sins.
    Undisciplined, I see it as a rock tied to a drowning man.
    It is encompassed in every moral and decent belief system.
    Thank you. Excellent question

  6. All the Above in a way…
    EGO… is is Self, we must let go of self serving in order to be open to a greater purpose…

  7. The Ego is how you believe other people see you.
    It’s as real as Christ.
    I have no ideas how it came to be.
    It’s purpose for those who have an others centered life is to keep un in check spiritually. For those who are self centered it becomes a thing of intoxication. A pleasure of the flesh. Basically telling yourself how great you are.

  8. Ego is that part of us which deals with external world through our senses, evaluates it in terms of our need and need satisfaction from the world outside us. As such, it is a vital part and rational too. It help us to navigate in the real world out there. However, it can also put is into endless problem and cause endless misery when it identifies totally with the world it perceives and assumes(arrogates) ownership and doer-ship which it is not and it can never be. we are shaped by so many forces that is beyond the ego and when ego denies all that, we miss out on larger part of reality that is shaping and nurturing us. Thereby, we get to live in a severely limited/truncated world, perceive reality falsely and hence our dealing with it also suffer. Hence, ego must be our tool, not the master. It must subserve the being, get dictates from not only outer world but also the inner and from those beyond ourselves (even from cosmic) too

  9. Friend,
    EGO is the ”I” factor .
    It is called AHANKAARA.
    That is You assume ownership or involvement of Yourself in the acts done by you.If some one differs with your view or says negative or criticises you feel HURT ,as you involved your ”I”factor in all things.
    This I am doing this, I am doing that shall be ERADICATED.
    When you do things without this ”I” feeling , there is no EGO.

  10. Ego is the essence of self, from which transpires self-appreciation for self-creation. It is an energy that motivates our physical nature into aspiration to acquire that what we believe will stimulate growth and expansion, so that we may experience higher states or levels of well being. It can inflate ones belief into believing that he or she is superior and far more important than another, or to everything else. But this is largely due to the individuals choosing to think out of balance, concerning his or her self importance above every other living or inanimate thing.
    Many religions attempt to eliminate the “ego” because they hold the perception that it is in direct conflict with the formula for building a stalwart relationship with God, and that it causes disruption and destruction through ignorance and arrogance. Ego is essential to our physical nature and we all have a personal responsibility to correctly direct this energy, accompanied by thoughts that are proportionate and well balanced to where we actually are. There is nothing wrong with feeling exceptionally, wonderfully brilliant about our achievements, but when we begin to elevate ourselves, viewing ourselves as being more distinguished and better than everything and everyone else. Then it can become a problem not only for the individual, but also for those who experience his or her presence.
    Everything within our internal and physical nature perfectly serves its fuction to other fuctions, and is always connected to source power. It is our ignorance of our indivisable inward nature, that is solely responsible for causing people to live with an over exagirated, over energised EGO, because these individuals excessively desire to feel good about themselves in an attempt to escape from poor feeling states.
    Ego is consciousness, ego is self awareness, ego is a motivational force that inspires us to create for the benefit of self feeling our elevated sense of well-being. No Ego equals No energy to create. It is the base of our being. Bless You!

  11. Ego is the “self” or “selfishness” in the literal sense.
    We all have an ego to some degree, but it seems like there are definite benefits to being able to recognize and control your ego.
    One example is when a stressful or frustrating situation occurs, most people react in how it affects “themself”. If you try to remove yourself from the problem, that is – don’t ask or view it by how it affects “you”, but instead try to remove yourself and view it from more a third party point of view, it really helps to gather some insight on what is really going on.

  12. This is one of the great questions in the spiritual path and the answer shall be understood correctly. Not only that, the ego of the human beings are main causes for all problems in the world.
    The ego is the pride of every beings including all creatures. The ego gave births two children namely I & my. Because these I & My characters we are all having six harmful temperaments namely 1.Greedy 2.Anger 3.Miserliness 4.Improper Sexual impassion 5 .Pride 6.Vengeance which will result in to five major problems in the society 1.Lie 2.Theft 3.Gambling 4.Murder 5. Rape.
    By practising meditation & introspection we should cultivate our mind.

  13. most posters here are simply defining “ego” – but your question is; “In your Spiritual understanding exactly what is the thing many call ego?”
    In a spiritual understanding – ego is the stumbling stone – and probably why all of us physical-worlders are learning hard lessons on this plane of existance.
    And to have a God who forgives for being us, the lowly, and who can completely ley HIS ego fall away and STILL love us – unconditionally – while we are unable to give/return the unconditional love – (although many of us – in our EGO would say that we DO give that pure love – truely, we cannot really pull it off, but we may THINK we can – while only God can – but there’s that stumbling stone of human ego keeping us earth-bound again –
    yeah, Socrates gave us the “if you only ever saw the inside of the cave you lived in, – how much would you know?” How could one know that other unseen people somewhere knew SO much more?

  14. Beloved,
    In all love,
    The “Ego” is that part of consciousness that sees separateness from God. Either as other things or people being separate from God, the self as being separate from God or as the self being separate from others people. To see your self as being separated from others is to vicariously see the self as being separate from God.
    This state of being is one that does not know of the oneness of God or does not understand the following:
    Ephesians 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
    John Lennon “I am the Walrus”: I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together. She how they run like pigs from a gun? I’m crying!
    The “Ego” is that part of being that exist for the sake of self or sees self as an independent entity.
    Is it real, correct or incorrect?
    Not saying this is a correct or incorrect understanding. This is for one’s own self to realize. ;0) (No guru can see through your eyes).
    This is just the definition of “Ego” with out judgment or prejudice.
    The purpose is for God to be known and for us to know and be known.
    “To know the meaning of within. It is being. It is being.” Tomorrow never Knows” John Lennon
    Blessings and peace to all,
    All in all,

  15. The ego is an accumulated phenomenon, a by-product of living with others.
    Ego is a need; it is a social need, it is a social by-product.
    The society creates an ego because the ego can be controlled and manipulated. The self can never be controlled or manipulated. Nobody has ever heard of the society controlling a self – not possible.
    The ego is not individual. Ego is a social phenomenon – it is society, its not you. But it gives you a function in the society, a hierarchy in the society. And if you remain satisfied with it, you will miss the whole opportunity of finding the self.
    from OSHO teachings

  16. dearly beloved sister…
    i continue to learn about the ego… and i am very wary of my own ego. it is easy most times to see other’s ego at play… and we all “see quickly” through another’s ego… but it is most difficult to see through our own.
    the following is from a link i continue to study… there are 4 pages on ego… and i find them to be very revealing… Praise be to God!
    The Prophet (s) said: al-mujahidu man jahada nafsahu fi ta`at Allah `azza wa jall [The fighter against unbelief is he who fights against his ego in obeying God; Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, Ibn Hibban, Tabarani, Hakim, etc.]… Sufyan al-Thawri said: “I never dealt with anything stronger against me than my own ego; it was one time with me, and one time against me”… Yahya ibn Mu`adh al-Razi said: “Fight against your ego with the four swords of training: eat little, sleep little, speak little, and be patient when people harm you… Then the ego will walk the paths of obedience, like a fleeing horseman in the field of battle.”
    peace be always with you… and may my ego not get “puffed up with false pride, self-love, conceit, arrogance, vanity and etc… but rather would i feed on the ‘fruits’ of righteousness and do the will of our LORD. [1:6], (Philippians 1:11)”
    ]Praise God. Alhumdulillah![

  17. In my spiritual understanding the ‘Ego’ is “Self”.
    There is not room in ones heart and life for self and God.
    You either live your own life, as you choose (ego) or;
    give up self, for God and live for His purpose.
    It is not about “me” in this life, it is all about GOD!

  18. The ego is a concept
    It is a bundle of thoughts all tied to the thought of I which was originally substituted in your mind for the reality that you are. It is the little me that sees one as separate from all that is. Anything that you see as an attribute of self or as defining who you are in the world (whether true or untrue) is part of the ego.
    As a concept it is as real or unreal as any concept can be.

  19. The ego is how you see yourself, reflected in your own mind as ‘thought’. Before awakening, one’s identity is totally as the reflecting one, being reflected – one is caught turning around in one’s own story one tells oneself. the world and oneself is all that one tells oneself it is, via one’s constant chatter. then because this is ‘me’ to them, then one also reactions out of the story, generating voluntary movements into muscles as electric charge, one can see this as ’emoting’ or emotional reaction. the more emotion one can generate, the stronger and more alive one feels. so one also provokes one’s environment to get one’s emotional kick, over and over and especally if things just seem too calm. Because this makes the fake one seem more alive, giving oneself confirmation of one’s ghost image, and keeps the story going, with all it’s judgments, rationalizations, precious viewpoints, wisdome, etc. thus the circle of self-image, one is trapped in because of one’s ability to reflect (dual nature of left/right brain), which has as at root one’s story telling – internal chatter.

  20. From what I can tell, there is this very real thing that is part of our consciousness that we call “ego.” Although many people want to have the ego be a negative thing, it doesn’t have to necessarily be negative or positive. If you believe that we have free will…I do…then we get to freely make choices and decisions about our lives, and the ego is one of the factors that is liable to tell us “do this” or “don’t do that” based on how we think whatever we do is going to impact our lives. It appears that the ego is just one of the factors that serve to make up our consciousness, to the extent that we recognize that our ego is giving us viewpoints, judgements, etc. about our concept of the world we live in, the more conscious we can become of many of the other parts of our lives. Best wishes to you!

  21. Within this gift known as human life, one is freely given many tools to aid one in ones work.
    The ego within a human being allows the presence of ‘doubt’ to be observed and discarded, and this same ego casts an ominous shadow.
    When this ego that dwells within a human being has been immersed in light, it will no longer cast an ominous shadow or again be exposed to ‘doubt’.
    There is only one ego and it is common to all those known as human beings.
    It only varies in degree.
    ‘Doubt’ interferes with a human beings ability to “Remember”.
    May we all learn to “Remember”.

  22. Ego is my insecure animal nature that keeps screaming that it’s important. It is associated with physical existence and wants to live forever. Everything with a beginning has an end, this is true of our bodies and the minds that inhabit them. There is something experiential that exist beyond mind and body, my ego doesn’t care to remember that as it’s caught up in wanting to be the only thing that I am. It is in fact a very small bit of what I am, like fingernail clippings I shed my ego from incarnation to incarnation. Those that seek resurrection and heaven are caught up in ego as they think their bodies and minds survive which couldn’t be further from the truth. This is what I believe.

  23. The creator created man to be egoistic and he also gave us the method to rise above it and return to Him in similitude. The reason that we were given a method of return instead of perfection is so that we can be the owner of our final perfection and an equal partner in creation with the Creator. The ego is the sensation we have of being separate from each other and from the Creator. The ego is our will to receive for the self alone. We must reverse the use of our will to receive by placing over it an intention to give without thought of the self. The purpose of the ego is that it is the driving force of change as we constantly aspire for a state that is better than the present one. Our will to receive is important to develop for the exulted purpose of receiving ALL the abundance the Creator wants to give us. However just as the bride is covered in veils before her groom, we cover our will to receive with the intention to give to the Creator and all our thought is only for Him.
    Here are a couple links to explain more fully:

  24. Ego is from the Mind.
    We are reborn due to this and led away from Salvation.
    Our senses rule the mind. Only intellect can control this instinct.
    Desire leads to many of the evils.
    Saints have self-realised this Ego and reached Moksha.

  25. “The ego at any give time in this life is simply the part of the inner self that surfaces in physical reality; a group of characteristics that the inner self uses to solve various problems.”
    “It is this inner self, out of massive knowledge and the unlimited scope of its consciousness, that forms the physical world and provides the stimuli to keep the outer ego at the job of awareness. The inner self organizes, initiates, projects and controls the transformation of psychic energy into matter and objects.”
    “The energy of this inner self is used by it to form a material counterpart (you). You then deal with the physical reality that is made and work out your own creative role.”
    “The inner ego always identifies with its source-identity as a beloved, individualized portion of the universe. It is aware of the universal love that is its heritage. It is also aware of the infinite power and strength that composes the very fabric of its being. Through being made aware of these facts, the exterior ego can begin to feel a quicker sense of support and nourishment. The knowledge can let it relax, let go, so that it feels its life couched and safe, and knows itself to be indeed a beloved child of the universe, both ancient and young at once, with an identity far beyond the annals of time. It is of great value, then, that each person remember this universal affiliation. Such a reminder can often allow the inner self to send needed messages of strength and love through the various levels, appearing as inspiration, dreams, or simply pure bursts of feeling. The inner ego draws instant and continuous support from the universal consciousness, and the more the exterior ego keeps that fact in mind, the greater its own sense of stability, safety, and self-esteem.”


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