Sathya Sai Baba’s Teachings on Ego

Generally all people are suffering from an incurable disease. This disease is ‘ego’. When you consider your position in comparison to the entire world, you are just an infinitesimal speck. If you think you are so big inflated with ego, it is only sheer ignorance. If one identifies himself with Divinity, there will be no room for ego. All are divine in this world and you are also one of the several billions of people. When you realize this truth, where is the scope for ego? (21 April 1998)

Ego and attachment are the cause for all misery. In order to give up these two, develop love. Love is God, live in love. In the human love, there is selfishness, but in Divine love, there is not even a trace of selfishness. What is the reason? God does not have the feeling of ‘I and ‘Mine’. In fact, everything is God. (14 Aug 1998)

Concern for social good should influence every individual’s action. The individual should give up the preoccupation with the interests of his own kith and kin. He must give up this attachment to “my and mine” and aspire for the divine. (13 April 1996)

It is only when your attention is monopolized by the body and its needs that egoism will grow in strength. The pain that another suffers from, which you seek to assuage, is really your own pain; when you stop his pain, it is your pain that stops. Service can be effective only when the feelings of ‘I’ and ‘Mine’ give place to ‘God’ and ‘God’s’. When you direct your attention to the Inner-self which is God, then, you find the same God in all and a flood of reverence fills you and fertilizes every act of yours. (17 March 1983)

If the I or Ego is limited to the body and labeled on the form, it is harmful, it brings about pride and selfishness. If it is identified with the true self (Atman), it is sanctified and it leads to the mergence with the Divine Self (Brahman). (1 January 1983)

The Mind has no existence apart from the thoughts that arise through the sense organs. By relating experiences to the “I” as the experiencer, the consciousness of a distinctive individual (the “ego”) arises. From that, desires develop and from the desires the mind acquires a form. The cessation of the mind can be brought about by the gradual elimination of desires, like the removal of threads from a cloth. Finally the desires have to be consumed in the fire of detachment (Vairaagya). (12 Oct 1983)

Sorrow springs from egoism, the feeling that you do not deserve to be treated so badly, that you are left helpless. When egoism goes, sorrow disappears. You must each one try to become ego-less and then the Lord will accept you as His Flute. Then the Lord will come to you, pick you up, put you to His lips and breathe through you… due to the utter absence of egoism that you have developed. Be straight without any will of your own, merge your will in the Will of God. That is Divine Life. (April 1957)

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