Self versus Ego

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Two excerpts from “Meditation for the Love of it”:

“The work of meditation is to coax the mind into letting go of the perceptions and ideas that keep it stuck, so it can expand and reveal itself as it really is.

As vast creative Awareness. Pure light and ecstasy. An ocean of peace and power. The Self.”

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“One way you know you are experiencing the ego and not the Self is that the ego (ahamkara in Sanskrit) always experiences itself in comparison to others.

The ego never feels fully equal to others: it sees others as higher or lower, as better or worse, as friendly or potentially hostile.

The Self, on the other hand, just is.

The Self sees everything and everyone as equal to itself.”

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