A key component of the New Age which many people
prescribe to is the belief that our planet and its population are
literally moving into a New Age. This New Age is one of awakened
consciousness where people give up their limited third-dimensional
survival mode of existence and awaken to a higher, more enlightened
This coming New Age is an era of harmony, progress, knowing, and
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Introduction: Basic Terms
an animating or vital principle held to give life to physical
organisms, the immaterial intelligent or sentient part of a
the immaterial essence, animating principle, or actuating cause
of an individual life, the spiritual principle embodied in human
beings, all rational and spiritual beings, or the universe
the element or complex of elements in an individual that feels,
perceives, thinks, wills, and especially reasons, the conscious
mental events and capabilities in an organism, the organized
conscious and unconscious adaptive mental activity of an
relating to or concerned with wholes or with complete systems
rather than with the analysis of, treatment of, or dissection
into parts (holistic medicine attempts to treat both the
mind and the body)
The New Age movement means different things to
However almost all New Age topics have one basic underlying
personal spiritual development. Every day there are thousands
upon thousands of people around the world who are waking up to the
knowledge, understanding and realization of who they really are,
where they came from, and why they are here. This collective
transformation of individuals can be described as the New Age
movement. As a whole, the New Age movement is dynamic,
rapidly-growing, and gaining momentum. The New Age movement provides
the framework and the tools to assist people with their own personal
growth and spiritual development.
The New Age movement itself is somewhat of a paradox,
since to organize into some kind of "movement" could be
considered to be contrary to the fundamentals of individual
spiritual development. That is why there is some ambiguity to the
meaning of the New Age, because it can mean different things to
people. But that's okay. What is important is that each individual
embarks on their own journey of learning, adventure, and discovery.
New Age and Metaphysics
The New Age is strongly related to some of the concepts defined
in the branch of philosophy commonly referred to as metaphysics.
Although the academic branch of metaphysics is most concerned about
the nature of ultimate reality, popular metaphysical topics often
include discussion and analysis of subjects beyond the physical
third dimension. Some examples of metaphysical topics include: free
energy, out of body experiences, UFOs, psychic phenomenon,
alternative healing, and other topics that our conventional sciences
find difficult to explain.
New Age and Religion
Although it may be spiritual, the New Age is far from being a
formal religion. In fact, many New Agers tend to shy away from the
structure and confines of traditional religious practices. But at
the same time the New Age is and can be intensely spiritual. The New
Age person often prefers a direct spiritual experience rather
than one from organized religion.
All religions are essentially cultural institutions, reflecting
the cultures that manifest them. Thus the growth in numbers of
people exploring New Age topics would suggest that as individuals
and as a society, we are willing to explore alternative explanations
of who we are. The New Age is simply one path to choose on the road
of spiritual growth. It matters little which label we put on the
path, since in the end all paths ultimately converge at the same
place. Everyone is searching for the eternal truths to some of
life's most challenging questions, it is simply the way that people
choose to go about their own search that is different. One reason
the New Age path is popular is that it is more concerned with the
ultimate truths themselves, rather than the process of how they are
Common New Age Beliefs
Here's an unofficial list of beliefs that some individuals in New
Age may have in common:
- You create your own reality and destiny. This is a planet of
free choice, and you have your own free will.
- You have certain challenges to face and overcome in this
lifetime. If you don't learn your lessons this time, you'll get
- There is no such thing as coincidence.
- There is more to life than meets the eye, much more.
- Nothing really matters in this life unless it is done for the
benefit of others.
- We are not alone.
- We are multidimensional beings currently having a human
- We are all receiving more help than we know, from angels,
spirit guides, ascended masters and others.
- We can heal ourselves, our society, and our world.
- The ultimate transformation for mankind is ascension.
New Age Tools
A study of the tools of the New Ager can help define the task at
hand. A person may include crystals, candles, incense, tarot, runes,
a pendulum, bodywork, meditation, toning and chanting, drums, and
more. These tools can help a person transcend into various states of
consciousness, and thus ultimately help a person turn within to look
inside oneself for understanding and awareness. One reason that
there are so many different tools to assist the New Ager is that
different people find different values within each tool. For many,
the Tarot works well. Others like crystals. Others meditate or
channel. It matters little how one achieves higher understanding and
wisdom. What is most important is that an effort is being made to
transcend our limitations and seek out a higher good.
This philosophical question is one of the more curious
contradictions in the study of metaphysics and free will:
Some metaphysicians would argue that a rational universe is
always based on cause and effect. That is, every effect is preceded
by a cause, all the way back to the First Cause, that being God or
On the other side, the act of pure, genuine, uncaused free
will is considered somehow to negate the divine rational order
and makes the universe seem irrational.
My interpretation: Although certain things may occur in one's
life that may be destiny, we do have free will. This is important.
And as time passes, our ability to manifest things and situations
will accelerate so quickly that we will see that we can create and
manifest results quickly and easily. To me, if we can bring about
such change, this means we do in fact have free will.
New Age and Science
Many people feel that new age thinking just simply isn't
rational. Traditional scientific models often include observation,
analysis, testing and measurement. Quite often these things cannot
be easily performed on paranormal and metaphysical phenomena. So how
can someone believe in something they can't even see, measure,
quantify or analyze?
It all comes down to beliefs, and often a deep inner knowing. It
involves intuition and trust. It involves listening. It involves a
whole lot of things that are currently beyond the scope of accepted
The important thing to remember is that new age beliefs don't
reject science. Modern science has brought tremendous good to our
society in many ways. New age beliefs simply expand beyond accepted
thinking in the exploration and search for life's eternal truths.
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By Paul Carus 
ALARA and Uddaka were renowned as teachers among the Brahmans,
and there was no one in those days who surpassed them in learning
and philosophical knowledge. The Bodhisattva went to them and sat at
their feet. He listened to their doctrines of the atman or self,
which is the ego of the mind and the doer of all doings. He learned
their views of the transmigration of souls and of the law of karma;
how the souls of bad men had to suffer by being reborn in men of low
caste, in animals, or in hell, while those who purified themselves
by libation, by sacrifices, and by self-mortification would become
kings, or Brahmans, or devas, so as to rise higher and higher in the
grades of existence. He studied their incantations and offerings and
the methods by which they attained deliverance of the ego from
material existence in states of ecstasy.
Alara said: "What is that self which perceives the actions
of the five roots of mind, touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing?
What is that which is active in the two ways of motion, in the hands
and in the feet? The problem of the soul appears in the expressions
'I say,' 'I know and perceive,' 'I come,' and 'I go' or 'I will stay
here.' Thy soul is not thy body; it is not thy eye, not thy ear, not
thy nose, not thy tongue, nor is it thy mind. The I is the one who
feels the touch in thy body. The I is the smeller in the nose, the
taster in the tongue, the seer in the eye, the hearer in the ear,
and the thinker in the mind. The I moves thy hands and thy feet. The
I is thy soul. Doubt in the existence of the soul is irreligious,
and without discerning this truth there is no way of salvation. Deep
speculation will easily involve the mind; it leads to confusion and
unbelief; but a purification of the soul leads to the way of escape.
True deliverance is reached by removing from the crowd and leading a
hermit's life, depending entirely on alms for food. Putting away all
desire and clearly recognizing the non-existence of matter, we reach
a state of perfect emptiness. Here we find the condition of
immaterial life. As the munja grass when freed from its horny case,
as a sword when drawn from its scabbard, or as the wild bird escaped
from its prison, so the ego liberating itself from all limitations,
finds perfect release. This is true deliverance, but those only who
will have deep faith will learn."
The Bodhisattva found no satisfaction in these teachings. He
replied: "People are in bondage, because they have not yet
removed the idea of the ego. The thing and its quality are different
in our thought, but not in reality. Heat is different from fire in
our thought, but you cannot remove heat from fire in reality. You
say that you can remove the qualities and leave the thing, but if
you think your theory to the end, you will find that this is not so.
"Is not man an organism of many aggregates? Are we not
composed of various attributes? Man consists of the material form,
of sensation, of thought, of dispositions, and, lastly, of
understanding. That which men call the ego when they say 'I am' is
not an entity behind the attributes; it originates by their
co-operation. There is mind; there is sensation and thought, and
there is truth; and truth is mind when it walks in the path of
righteousness. But there is no separate ego-soul outside or behind
the thought of man. He who believes the ego is a distinct being has
no correct conception. The very search for the atman is wrong; it is
a wrong start and it will lead you in a false direction.
"How much confusion of thought comes from our interest in
self, and from our vanity when thinking 'I am so great,' or 'I have
done this wonderful deed?' The thought of thine ego stands between
thy rational nature and truth; banish it, and then wilt thou see
things as they are. He who thinks correctly will rid himself of
ignorance and acquire wisdom. The ideas 'I am' and 'I shall be' or
'I shall not be' do not occur to a clear thinker.
"Moreover, if our ego remains, how can we attain true
deliverance? If the ego is to be reborn in any of the three worlds,
be it in hell, upon earth, or be it even in heaven, we shall meet
again and again the same inevitable doom of sorrow. We shall remain
chained to the wheel of individuality and shall be implicated in
egotism and wrong. All combination is subject to separation, and we
cannot escape birth, disease, old age, and death. Is this a final
Said Uddaka: "Consider the unity of things. Things are not
their parts, yet they exist. The members and organs of thy body are
not thine ego, but thine ego possesses all these parts. What, for
instance, is the Ganges? Is the sand the Ganges? Is the water the
Ganges? Is the hither bank the Ganges? Is the hither bank the
Ganges? Is the farther bank the Ganges? The Ganges is a mighty river
and it possesses all these several qualities. Exactly so is our
But the Bodhisattva replied: "Not so, sir! If we remove the
water, the sand, the hither bank and the farther bank where can we
find any Ganges? In the same way I observe the activities of man in
their harmonious union, but there is no ground for an ego outside
The Brahman sage, however, insisted on the existence of the ego,
saying: "The ego is the doer of our deeds. How can there be
karma without a self as its performer? Do we not see around us the
effects of karma? What makes men different in character, station,
possessions, and fate? It is their karma, and karma includes merit
and demerit. The transmigration of the soul is subject to its karma.
We inherit from former existences the evil effects of our evil deeds
and the good effects of our good deeds. If that were not so, how
could we be different?'
The Tathagata meditated deeply on the problems of transmigration
and karma, and found the truth that lies in them. "The doctrine
of karma, he said, is undeniable, but the theory of the ego has no
foundation. Like everything else in nature, the life of man is
subject to the law of cause and effect. The present reaps what the
past has sown, and the future is the product of the present. But
there is no evidence of the existence of an immutable ego-being, of
a self which remains the same and migrates from body to body. There
is rebirth but no transmigration.
"Is not this individuality of mine a combination, material
as well as mental? Is it not made up of qualities that sprang into
being by a gradual evolution? The five roots of sense perception in
this organism have come from ancestors who performed these
functions. The ideas which I think, came to me partly from others
who thought them, and partly they rise from combinations of the
ideas in my own mind. Those who have used the same sense-organs, and
have thought the same ideas before I was composed into this
individuality of mine, are my previous existences; they are my
ancestors as much as the I of yesterday is the father of the I of
today, and the karma of my past deeds affects the fate of my present
"Supposing there were an atman that performs the actions of
the senses then if the door of sight were torn down and the eye
plucked out, that atman would be able to peep through the larger
aperture and see the forms of its surroundings better and more
clearly than before. It would be able to hear sounds better if the
ears were torn away; smell better if the nose were cut off; taste
better if the tongue were pulled out; and feel better if the body
"I observe the preservation and transmission of character; I
perceive the truth of karma, but see no atman whom your doctrine
makes the doer of your deeds. There is rebirth without the
transmigration of a self. For this atman, this self, this ego in the
'I say' and in the 'I will' is an illusion. If this self were a
reality, how could there be an escape from selfhood? The terror of
hell would be infinite, and no release could be granted. The evils
of existence would not be due to our ignorance and wrong-doing, but
would constitute the very nature of our being."
Then the Bodhisattva went to the priests officiating in the
temples. But the gentle mind of the Sakyamuni was offended at the
unnecessary cruelty performed on the altars of the gods. He said:
"Ignorance only can make these men prepare festivals and hold
vast meetings for sacrifices. Far better to revere the truth than
try to appease the gods by shedding blood. What love can a man
possess who believes that the destruction of life will atone for
evil deeds? Can a new wrong expiate old wrongs? And can the
slaughter of an innocent victim blot out the evil deeds of mankind?
This is practicing religion by the neglect of moral conduct. Purify
your hearts and cease to kill; that is true religion. Rituals have
no efficacy; prayers are vain repetitions; and incantations have no
saving power. But to abandon covetousness and lust, to become free
from evil passions, and to give up all hatred and ill-will, that is
the right sacrifice and the true worship."
By Paul Carus 
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Ego - The False Center
The first thing to be understood is what ego is.
A child is born.
A child is born without any knowledge, any consciousness of his own self.
And when a child is born the first thing he becomes aware of is not himself; the
first thing he becomes aware of is the other. It is natural, because the eyes
open outwards, the hands touch others, the ears listen to others, the tongue
tastes food and the nose smells the outside. All these senses open outwards.
That is what birth means. Birth means coming into this world, the world of the
outside. So when a child is born, he is born into this world. He opens his eyes,
sees others. 'Other' means the thou. He becomes aware of the mother first.
Then, by and by, he becomes aware of his own body. That too is the other, that
too belongs to the world. He is hungry and he feels the body; his need is
satisfied, he forgets the body.
This is how a child grows. First he becomes aware of you, thou, other, and
then by and by, in contrast to you, thou, he becomes aware of himself.
This awareness is a reflected awareness. He is not aware of who he is. He is
simply aware of the mother and what she thinks about him. If she smiles, if she
appreciates the child, if she says, "You are beautiful," if she hugs and kisses
him, the child feels good about himself. Now an ego is born. Through appreciation, love, care, he feels he is good, he feels he is
valuable, he feels he has some significance. A center is born. But this center is a reflected center. It is not his real being.
He does not
know who he is; he simply knows what others think about him.
And this is the
ego: the reflection, what others think. If nobody thinks that he is of any use,
nobody appreciates him, nobody smiles, then too an ego is born:
an ill ego; sad,
rejected, like a wound; feeling inferior, worthless. This too is the ego. This
too is a reflection.
First the mother - and mother means the world in the beginning.
will join the mother, and the world goes on growing.
And the more the world
grows, the more complex the ego becomes, because many others' opinions are
The ego is an accumulated phenomenon, a by-product of living with others.
a child lives totally alone, he will never come to grow an ego. But that is not
going to help. He will remain like an animal. That doesn't mean that he will
come to know the real self, no. The real can be known only through the false, so the ego is a must. One has
to pass through it. It is a discipline. The real can be known only through the
illusion. You cannot know the truth directly. First you have to know that which
is not true. First you have to encounter the untrue. Through that encounter you
become capable of knowing the truth. If you know the false as the false, truth
will dawn upon you.
Ego is a need; it is a social need, it is a social by-product. The society
means all that is around you - not you, but all that is around you. All, minus
you, is the society. And everybody reflects. You will go to school and the
teacher will reflect who you are. You will be in friendship with other children
and they will reflect who you are. By and by, everybody is adding to your ego,
and everybody is trying to modify it in such a way that you don't become a
problem to the society. They are not concerned with you. They are concerned with the society.
Society is concerned with itself, and that's how it should be.
They are not concerned that you should become a self-knower. They are
concerned that you should become an efficient part in the mechanism of the
society. You should fit into the pattern. So they are trying to give you an ego
that fits with the society. They teach you morality. Morality means giving you
an ego which will fit with the society. If you are immoral, you will always be a
misfit somewhere or other. That's why we put criminals in the prisons - not that
they have done something wrong, not that by putting them in the prisons we are
going to improve them, no. They simply don't fit. They are troublemakers. They
have certain types of egos of which the society doesn't approve. If the society
approves, everything is good.
One man kills somebody - he is a murderer. And the same man in wartime kills thousands - he becomes a great hero. The
society is not bothered by a murder, but the murder should be committed for the
society - then it is okay. The society doesn't bother about morality.
Morality means only that you should fit with the society. If the society is at war, then the morality changes. If the society is at peace, then there is a different morality. Morality is a social politics. It is diplomacy. And each child has to be
brought up in such a way that he fits into the society, that's all. Because
society is interested in efficient members. Society is not interested that you
should attain to self-knowledge.
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.
And the child needs a center; the child is completely unaware of his own
The society gives him a center and the child is by and by convinced that
this is his center, the ego that society gives.
A child comes back to his home - if he has come first in his class, the whole
family is happy. You hug and kiss him, and you take the child on your shoulders
and dance and you say, "What a beautiful child! You are a pride to us." You are
giving him an ego, a subtle ego. And if the child comes home dejected,
unsuccessful, a failure - he couldn't pass, or he has just been on the back
bench - then nobody appreciates him and the child feels rejected. He will try
harder next time, because the center feels shaken. Ego is always shaken, always in search of food, that somebody should
appreciate it. That's why you continuously ask for attention. You get the idea of who you are from others. It is not a direct experience.
It is from others that you get the idea of who you are. They shape your
center. This center is false, because you carry your real center. That is
nobody's business. Nobody shapes it. You come with it. You are born with it.
So you have two centers. One center you come with, which is given by
existence itself. That is the self. And the other center, which is created by
the society, is the ego. It is a false thing - and it is a very great trick.
Through the ego the society is controlling you. You have to behave in a certain
way, because only then does the society appreciate you. You have to walk in a
certain way; you have to laugh in a certain way; you have to follow certain
a morality, a code. Only then will the society appreciate you, and if
it doesn't, you ego will be shaken. And when the ego is shaken, you don't know
where you are, who you are. The others have given you the idea. That idea is the ego.
Try to understand it as deeply as possible, because this has to be thrown.
And unless you throw it you will never be able to attain to the self. Because
you are addicted to the center, you cannot move, and you cannot look at the
self. And remember, there is going to be an interim period, an interval, when the
ego will be shattered, when you will not know who you are, when you will not
know where you are going, when all boundaries will melt. You will simply be confused, a chaos. Because of this chaos, you are afraid to lose the ego. But it has to be so.
One has to pass through the chaos before one attains to the real center.
And if you are daring, the period will be small.
If you are afraid, and you again fall back to the ego, and you again start
arranging it, then it can be very, very long; many lives can be wasted.
I have heard: One small child was visiting his grandparents. He was just four
years old. In the night when the grandmother was putting him to sleep, he
suddenly started crying and weeping and said, "I want to go home. I am afraid of
darkness." But the grandmother said, "I know well that at home also you sleep in
the dark; I have never seen a light on. So why are you afraid here?" The boy
said, "Yes, that's right - but that is MY darkness." This darkness is completely
Even with darkness you feel, "This is MINE." Outside - an unknown darkness.
With the ego you feel, "This is MY darkness." It may be troublesome, maybe it creates many miseries, but still mine.
Something to hold to, something to cling to, something underneath the feet; you
are not in a vacuum, not in an emptiness. You may be miserable, but at least you
ARE. Even being miserable gives you a feeling of 'I am'. Moving from it, fear
takes over; you start feeling afraid of the unknown darkness and chaos - because
society has managed to clear a small part of your being.
It is just like going to a forest. You make a little clearing, you clear a
little ground; you make fencing, you make a small hut; you make a small garden,
a lawn, and you are okay. Beyond your fence - the forest, the wild. Here
everything is okay; you have planned everything. This is how it has happened. Society has made a little clearing in your consciousness. It has cleaned just
a little part completely, fenced it. Everything is okay there. That's what all
your universities are doing. The whole culture and conditioning is just to clear
a part so that you can feel at home there. And then you become afraid. Beyond the fence there is danger.
Beyond the fence you are, as within the fence you are - and your conscious
mind is just one part, one-tenth of your whole being. Nine-tenths is waiting in
the darkness. And in that nine-tenths, somewhere your real center is hidden.
One has to be daring, courageous. One has to take a step into the unknown.
For a while all boundaries will be lost. For a while you will feel dizzy. For a while, you will feel very afraid and shaken, as if an earthquake has
happened. But if you are courageous and you don't go backwards, if you don't
fall back to the ego and you go on and on, there is a hidden center within you
that you have been carrying for many lives. That is your soul, the self.
Once you come near it, everything changes, everything settles again. But now
this settling is not done by the society. Now everything becomes a cosmos, not a
chaos; a new order arises. But this is no longer the order of the society - it is the very order of
It is what Buddha calls Dhamma, Lao Tzu calls Tao, Heraclitus calls
is not man-made. It is the VERY order of existence itself. Then everything is
suddenly beautiful again, and for the first time really beautiful, because
man-made things cannot be beautiful. At the most you can hide the ugliness of
them, that's all. You can decorate them, but they can never be beautiful.
The difference is just like the difference between a real flower and a
plastic or paper flower. The ego is a plastic flower - dead. It just looks like
a flower, it is not a flower. You cannot really call it a flower. Even
linguistically to call it a flower is wrong, because a flower is something which
flowers. And this plastic thing is just a thing, not a flowering. It is dead.
There is no life in it. You have a flowering center within. That's why Hindus call it a lotus - it is
a flowering. They call it the one-thousand-petaled-lotus. One thousand means
infinite petals. And it goes on flowering, it never stops, it never dies.
But you are satisfied with a plastic ego. There are some reasons why you are satisfied. With a dead thing, there are
many conveniences. One is that a dead thing never dies. It cannot - it was never
alive. So you can have plastic flowers, they are good in a way. They are
permanent; they are not eternal, but they are permanent. The real flower outside in the garden is eternal, but not permanent.
eternal has its own way of being eternal. The way of the eternal is to be born
again and again and to die. Through death it refreshes itself, rejuvenates
To us it appears that the flower has died - it never dies. It simply changes bodies, so it is ever fresh. It leaves the old body, it enters a new body. It flowers somewhere else; it
goes on flowering. But we cannot see the continuity because the continuity is invisible. We see
only one flower, another flower; we never see the continuity.
It is the same flower which flowered yesterday. It is the same sun, but in a different garb.
The ego has a certain quality - it is dead. It is a plastic thing. And it is
very easy to get it, because others give it. You need not seek it, there is no
search involved. That's why unless you become a seeker after the unknown, you
have not yet become an individual. You are just a part of the crowd. You are
just a mob.
When you don't have a real center, how can you be an individual?
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. And that's why you are so miserable. With a plastic life, how can you be happy? With a false life, how can you be ecstatic and blissful?
And then this ego
creates many miseries, millions of them. You cannot see, because it is your own darkness. You are attuned to it. Have you ever noticed that all types of miseries enter through the ego? It
cannot make you blissful; it can only make you miserable.
Ego is hell. Whenever you suffer, just try to watch and analyze, and you will find,
somewhere the ego is the cause of it. And the ego goes on finding causes to
suffer. You are an egoist, as everyone is. Some are very gross, just on the surface,
and they are not so difficult. Some are very subtle, deep down, and they are the
real problems. This ego comes continuously in conflict with others because every ego is so
unconfident about itself. Is has to be - it is a false thing. When you don't
have anything in your hand and you just think that something is there, then
there will be a problem. If somebody says, "There is nothing," immediately the fight will start,
because you also feel that there is nothing. The other makes you aware of the
fact. Ego is false, it is nothing. That you also know. How can you miss knowing it?
It is impossible! A conscious being - how can he
miss knowing that this ego is just false? And then others say that there is
nothing - and whenever the others say that there is nothing they hit a wound,
they say a truth - and nothing hits like the truth. You have to defend, because if you don't defend, if you don't become
defensive, then where will you be? You will be lost. The identity will be broken.
So you have to defend and fight - that is the clash.
A man who attains to the self is never in any clash. Others may come and
clash with him, but he is never in clash with anybody.
It happened that one Zen master was passing through a street. A man came
running and hit him hard. The master fell down. Then he got up and started to
walk in the same direction in which he was going before, not even looking back.
A disciple was with the master. He was simply shocked. He said, "Who is this
man? What is this? If one lives in such a way, then anybody can come and kill
you. And you have not even looked at that person, who he is, and why he did it."
The master said, "That is his problem, not mine."
You can clash with an enlightened man, but that is your problem, not his. And
if you are hurt in that clash, that too is your own problem. He cannot hurt you.
And it is like knocking against a wall - you will be hurt, but the wall has not
The ego is always looking for some trouble. Why? Because if nobody pays
attention to you, the ego feels hungry. It lives on attention.
So even if somebody is fighting and angry with you, that too is good because
at least the attention is paid. If somebody loves, it is okay. If somebody is
not loving you, then even anger will be good. At least the attention will come
to you. But if nobody is paying any attention to you, nobody thinks that you are
somebody important, significant, then how will you feed your ego? Other's attention is needed.
In millions of ways you attract the attention of others; you dress in a
certain way, you try to look beautiful, you behave, you become very polite, you
change. When you feel what type of situation is there, you immediately change so
that people pay attention to you. This is a deep begging. A real beggar is one who asks for and demands attention. And a real emperor
is one who lives in himself; he has a center of his own, he doesn't depend on
Buddha sitting under his bodhi tree...if the whole world suddenly disappears,
will it make any difference to Buddha? -none. It will not make any difference at
all. If the whole world disappears, it will not make any difference because he
has attained to the center.
But you, if the wife escapes, divorces you, goes to somebody else, you are
completely shattered - because she had been paying attention to you, caring,
loving, moving around you, helping you to feel that you were somebody. Your
whole empire is lost, you are simply shattered. You start thinking about
suicide. Why? Why, if a wife leaves you, should you commit suicide? Why, if a
husband leaves you, should you commit suicide? Because you don't have any center
of your own. The wife was giving you the center; the husband was giving you the
This is how people exist. This is how people become dependent on others. It
is a deep slavery. Ego HAS to be a slave. It depends on others. And only a
person who has no ego is for the first time a master; he is no longer a slave.
Try to understand this. And start looking for the ego - not in others, that is not your business, but
in yourself. Whenever you feel miserable, immediately close you eyes and try to
find out from where the misery is coming and you will always find it is the
false center which has clashed with someone.
You expected something, and it didn't happen. You expected something, and just the contrary happened - your ego is shaken,
you are in misery. Just look, whenever you are miserable, try to find out why.
Causes are not outside you. The basic cause is within you - but you always
look outside, you always ask:
- Who is making me miserable?
- Who is the cause of my anger?
- Who is the cause of my anguish?
And if you look outside you will miss. Just close the eyes and always look within.
The source of all misery, anger, anguish, is hidden in you, your ego.
And if you find the source, it will be easy to move beyond it. If you can see
that it is your own ego that gives you trouble, you will prefer to drop it -
because nobody can carry the source of misery if he understands it.
And remember, there is no need to drop the ego. You cannot drop it. If you try to drop it, you will attain to a certain subtle ego again which
says, "I have become humble." Don't try to be humble. That's again ego in hiding - but it's not dead.
Don't try to be humble. Nobody can try humility, and nobody can create humility through any effort of
his own - no. When the ego is no more, a humbleness comes to you. It is not a
creation. It is a shadow of the real center.
And a really humble man is neither humble nor egoistic. He is simply simple.
He's not even aware that he is humble. If you are aware that you are humble, the ego is there. Look at humble persons.... There are millions who think that they are very
humble. They bow down very low, but watch them - they are the subtlest egoists.
Now humility is their source of food. They say, "I am humble," and then they
look at you and they wait for you to appreciate them.
"You are really humble," they would like you to say. "In fact, you are the
most humble man in the world; nobody is as humble as you are." Then see the
smile that comes on their faces. What is ego? Ego is a hierarchy that says, "No one is like me." It can feed
on humbleness - "Nobody is like me, I am the most humble man."
It happened once:
A fakir, a beggar, was praying in a mosque, just early in the morning when it
was still dark. It was a certain religious day for Mohammedians, and he was
praying, and he was saying, "I am nobody. I am the poorest of the poor, the
greatest sinner of sinners."
Suddenly there was one more person who was praying. He was the emperor of
that country, and he was not aware that there was somebody else there who was
praying - it was dark, and the emperor was also saying:
"I am nobody. I am nothing. I am just empty, a beggar at our door." When he
heard that somebody else was saying the same thing, he said, "Stop! Who is
trying to overtake me? Who are you? How dare you say before the emperor that you
are nobody when he is saying that he is nobody?"
This is how the ego goes. It is so subtle. Its ways are so subtle and
cunning; you have to be very, very alert, only then will you see it.
to be humble. Just try to see that all misery, all anguish comes through it. Just watch! No need to drop it. You cannot drop it. Who will drop it? Then the DROPPER will become the ego.
It always comes back.
Whatsoever you do, stand out of it, and look and watch.
Whatsoever you do - humbleness, humility, simplicity - nothing will help.
Only one thing is possible, and that is just to watch and see that it is the
source of all misery. Don't say it. Don't repeat it - WATCH.
Because if I say it
is the source of all misery and you repeat it, then it is useless. YOU have to
come to that understanding. Whenever you are miserable, just close the eyes and
don't try to find some cause outside. Try to see from where this misery is
coming. It is your own ego.
If you continuously feel and understand, and the understanding that the ego
is the cause becomes so deep-rooted, one day you will suddenly see that it has
disappeared. Nobody drops it - nobody can drop it. You simply see; it has simply
disappeared, because the very understanding that ego causes all misery becomes
the dropping. THE VERY UNDERSTANDING IS THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE EGO.
And you are so clever in seeing the ego in others. Anybody can see someone
else's ego. When it comes to your own, then the problem arises - because you
don't know the territory, you have never traveled on it.
The whole path towards the divine, the ultimate, has to pass through this
territory of the ego. The false has to be understood as false. The source of
misery has to be understood as the source of misery - then it simply drops.
When you know it is poison, it drops. When you know it is fire, it drops.
When you know this is the hell, it drops.
And then you never say, "I have dropped the ego." Then you simply laugh at
the whole thing, the joke that you were the creator of all misery.
I was just looking at a few cartoons of Charlie Brown. In one cartoon he is
playing with blocks, making a house out of children's blocks. He is sitting in
the middle of the blocks building the walls. Then a moment comes when he is
enclosed; all around he has made a wall. Then he cries, "Help, help!"
He has done the whole thing! Now he is enclosed, imprisoned. This is
childish, but this is all that you have done also. You have made a house all
around yourself, and now you are crying, "Help, help!" And the misery becomes a
millionfold - because there are helpers who are also in the same boat.
It happened that one very beautiful woman went to see her psychiatrist for
the first time. The psychiatrist said, "Come closer please." When she came
closer, he simply jumped and hugged and kissed the woman. She was shocked. Then
he said, "Now sit down. This takes care of my problem, now what is your
The problem becomes multifold, because there are helpers who are in the same
boat. And they would like to help, because when you help somebody the ego feels
very good, very, very good - because you are a great helper, a great guru, a
master; you are helping so many people. The greater the crowd of your followers,
the better you feel. But you are in the same boat - you cannot help. Rather, you will harm.
People who still have their own problems cannot be of much help. Only someone
who has no problems of his own can help you. Only then is there the clarity to
see, to see through you. A mind that has no problems of its own can see you, you
become transparent. A mind that has no problems of its own can see through itself; that's why it
becomes capable of seeing through others.
In the West, there are many schools of psychoanalysis, many schools, and no
help is reaching people, but rather, harm. Because the people who are helping
others, or trying to help, or posing as helpers, are in the same boat.
...It is difficult to see one's own ego. It is very easy to see other's egos. But that is not the point, you cannot
help them. Try to see your own ego. Just watch it.
Don't be in a hurry to drop it, just watch it. The more you watch, the more
capable you will become. Suddenly one day, you simply see that it has dropped.
And when it drops by itself, only then does it drop. There is no other way.
Prematurely you cannot drop it. It drops just like a dead leaf. The tree is not doing anything - just a breeze, a situation, and the dead
leaf simply drops. The tree is not even aware that the dead leaf has dropped. It
makes no noise, it makes no claim - nothing. The dead leaf simply drops and shatters on the ground, just like that.
When you are mature through understanding, awareness, and you have felt
totally that ego is the cause of all your misery, simply one day you see the
dead leaf dropping. It settles into the ground, dies of its own accord. You have not done
anything so you cannot claim that you have dropped it. You see that it has
simply disappeared, and then the real center arises. And that real center is the soul, the self, the god, the truth, or whatsoever
you want to call it. It is nameless, so all names are good. You can give it any name of your own liking.
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Submitted to theDailyGrail blog by Richard on Thu, 19/01/2006 - 5:29pm.
Souls are not separate self-existent because they are more like
experience-seeking memory-accumulators that refine their central ‘diamond’ for
eventual sublimation or integration as finality to their purpose.
The intersection between the penetrating 'ray' of the spirit, or source for
some, and the fabric, the envelope of the soul, creates the impression of self;
the thinking ego. The ego not being transparent but full of the energy of the
soul is under the influence of the world from which the soul depends. This
remains until the source makes itself manifest when its time has come.
This connection is severed at death for the simple reason that the Spirit or
Source does not reside in the world of the dead. This means that consciousness,
as we understand it is not perpetuated.
At death, the soul goes back to its world as a contemplative entity for which
a new experimental medium is being studied and its memory archived while the
source remains to its realm. The soul is then simply and only an active
manifestation of the memory of the experience and is blocked from further
evolution until it is back into a material body to reconnect with its source.
The body of course also returns to its realm (or remains) but having lost its
anima is recycled.
As much as some wish to perpetuate their consciousness into another plane
after death, others wish to perpetuate their consciousness pattern during this
life by achieving material immortality or at least postpone the demise of their
body for as long as possible.
One is like the other, not having understood the experimental, therefore
illusory reality of their psychological parameters that are set in the
interaction of the source that provides the raw energy of thoughts that is
interpreted in relation with the soul's particular need for experimentation
within a particular incarnation for the benefit of itself. The vibration of the
energy has then been densified from its passage through the soul, the world of
the dead, into a form that can be interpreted by the intellect. Of course, in
that process, all the implications, including the consequences, have been lost
and only the purpose, without explanation, has been retained, to give the ego a
direction that will often lead it into a nightmare, personal or collective.
(Not for the benefit of the ego who then becomes trapped in a contest of
wishes and yearnings driving him forward or backwards, towards or away from pain
and confusion, until his source reveals itself to transmutate the soul's fabric,
automatically extirpating it from death but at the same time destroying the
self-impression of the ego.
Of course the self-impression is destroyed because that self-impression is a
condition of the soul's program for experimentation that becomes the personality
traits. Funny that this personality would then insist on wanting to be right
where in reality it is only a product in reaction and not a self-construct that
creates, that is the center of the conditions of his movement in time.)
This of course means that the self proceeds from the world of the dead and
not from the world of the source-spirit, until the source-spirit has made of the
ego its own territory.
That is why it has been said that man cannot save himself.
That is also why it has been said that the dead were burying their dead.
Truth, taken in the sense of this text means the penetration of the light of
the source-spirit which is the real identity of man.
This is why the ancients often said that the creator talked through them and
not from them interpreting reality. Reality talked through them. Reality being
their ‘father’ or source.
In that context, where self is ‘truth’ cannot be because the self or the
impression of self is destroyed by the penetration of Spirit-reality-source or
‘truth’. On the other hand, there cannot be a return to the world of the death
like before when the body is left behind.
Immortality is not that of the body but that of consciousness. It is not the
perpetuation of a handicapped psychology but its destruction. It is not an
appendage of the instinct for survival or of any instinct whatsoever. It is the
superimposition of the energy of life, a takeover of the dense universe.
Life is life and death is death. When we say death is part of life, it is
part of our life which is death itself but in no way is it part of life.
This is where it was also said that the ego had to die so it could live.
Just my 2¢
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What I mean by 'not separate self-existent' is
that the soul does not have an entire consciousness range but rather
has a consciousness programmed for a purpose.
That is if one considers the main aspect of the soul, being memory,
accumulating the experiential value all the while pressuring the ego
into more experiences for its benefit.
The 'Diamond' I am referring to is what could be
referred to a seed. A seed that was 'dropped' into the astral by the
spirit and that must have acted as a magnet to densify consciousness
in the astral.
This in turn allowed the soul to evolve and gave
the spirit a terminal with which to connect once the soul was
If you consider the spirit as not being a
space-time entity then we can consider it as a radiating ray that
transpierces the layers of ether of lower vibrations. The connection
between this ray and the seed forming a multidimensional
consciousness of which the ego is one manifestation that happens at
the intersection between the spirit and the ‘surface’ of the soul
can then be considered a non-integrated multidimensional
I say non-integrated because I see that in time,
this consciousness must become a single identity, fully integrated
by the experimental counter-part, the ego.
What I mean by this is that after the final
penetration of the human psychic field, the ego must overcome that
energy and in turn integrate it. The ego then becomes the next
evolutionary step of the spirit.
On the other hand, it made the spirit-part (seed)
of that soul prisoner of astral reality effectively locking it into
the world of the dead, the astral, forcing it to accumulate more
experience that also lead to a densification of consciousness as the
soul was retaining more and more of that experience and the
emotional charge they generate during the incarnated experience. The
other factor that lead to the densification of consciousness was
that the accumulated astralized experience acted as an ever thicker
veil against the light of the spirit, eventually cutting off all
possibility for the ego to recognize its origin. A good description
of what a fallen angel might be.
The sublimation of which I was speaking means the
destruction-integration of the soul's energy.
Spirit incarnation does not happen like soul
I guess my words sound twisted because I do not
see these things as linear correlations but rather as an intertwined
web of willed causality.
Anyway, I hope this clarifies some.
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Synthesis of the light expressed by several
individuals might lead to a greater reason than the sum of the
One question to bring the two exposes together
might be what is ‘awaken matter’.
One could suggest that the soul acted to densify
consciousness to first create a sense of self by means of
disconnection with the guidance of the identity, forcing the mortal
to develop an intellectual and giving the ego the impression of
being the center of his reality.
This densification also might result in a totally
material mentality (by now the spirit, even the soul, have become
the stuff of legends).
I see the ‘vehicle’ and its creation as mechanical
constructs. It is a vehicle but not a will. I mean that all energy
can be considered at the consciousness level. Not all consciousness
has the attributes of universality, this factor being dependent on
the presence of spirit and not soul.
I also agree that the incarnation of spirit is
dependent on the construction of a vehicle sufficiently equipped to
support the fire it brings when it penetrates and that the ego must
then be able to support the integration of the soul and the soul’s
memory that lead to the destruction of the impression of self, the
destruction of the ego’s false security.
The spirit requires an ego strong enough to
eventually support and integrate the spirit energy. An ego strong
enough to resist the destruction of its personality and its
impression of identity; including its values, concepts, beliefs,
emotional ties, etc.
To allow this is not only to allow the expression
of spirit in this world but to allow the manifestation of a new
entity, a new consciousness paradigm. The spirit is not personal but
pre-personal. Its integration with the mortal for the
immortalization of consciousness also opens the door of the
multidimensional reality of consciousness to the ego.
And lastly, in regards to this vehicle, it should
replace the astral body that limits interaction with matter from a
astral (read world of the dead) perspective and allows the new born
‘son of man’ to project its consciousness in ethers that were hidden
behind the cosmic lies carried by the polluted expression of the
soul who has been gathering astral dust for too long.
Consciousness as vehicles or, like the ego, as
channels, reflect what they contain. If their consciousness is full
of the energy of the dead, they are dead. They must be filled with
life to radiate life.
For this, the vehicle itself must be transmuted as
well as its content integrated and transformed (maybe an equivalent
to conscious matter) to start a new evolution outside of the
reincarnation cycle that was necessary to personalize consciousness
by means of densification of consciousness.
Then, I can see the pre-personal identity becoming
a universal personal principle through its integration by its own
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From Original Essays and Shadowless Poetry
Warrior Prince Siddharta Gautama, Shakyamuni Buddha,
experientially confirmed that there is no separate self, no existential other. All phenomena are inseparably ONE with the
egoless nonmaterial energy, the unconditioned primordial ONEness, that contains and sustains all existence,
Reciprocally emergent entities create energetic image events
which are stored and holographically reconstructed in the transcendent thought-wave matrix that
emerges reciprocally within unconditioned Pure Consciousness, thus conditionally relative phenomena remain
inseparably ONE with uncreated absolute Pure Being.
Each and every ego is an illusion, a pretentious concatenation of
capricious thought vibrations created by an insouciant holonomic Mind that abides within the
transcendent thought-wave matrix. Happily, beyond time, beyond inverted holonomic space, beyond all
dissociative thought processes, that which we originally were, we are, we ever will be,
imperturbably remains inseparably ONE with the egoless, nonmaterial physical energy, unconditioned Pure
Consciousness, uncreated absolute Pure Being, that contains and sustains all existence,
Carefully confronting material mortality leads directly to the
inescapable conclusion that all human bodies necessarily cease functioning at some point, thus
each transcendent mind cohabits human form for a time, then moves on.
The only question of consequence is whether the human host is
capable of piercing the veil of ultimate reality just-as-it-is and conveying novel insights
which may advance the enlightenment of future generations.
All verses and essays in this collection are original and were created by
Alan T. Williams. Copyright © 2001-2004. All rights reserved.