Category Archives: Ego

Illusion of Doership*

When a child wants to lift its hand, the hand does go up. When it wants to throw a toy, the toy indeed smashes into something. Since childhood, these desire obeying acts continue to happen throughout life with reasonable consistency. All these make the person believe that the results of actions are in his/her control. Let us say, at some point in early adulthood a man wants to own a mansion. He works very hard towards the fulfilment of this desire throughout his life but when he is in his 80s there is no sign of the mansion. He is not even close to possessing it and hence suffers blaming this or that.

Actually, everything is done by the laws of nature. A thought comes via the brain and the latter is made of nature and hence is controlled by its laws. This thought is processed by the mind and the decision is taken either in favour of it or against it or is kept pending or is forgotten etc. Say, for example a thought of eating sweets comes to the mind of a diabetic person. The mind processes this thought taking into account various factors & feelings and arrives at a conclusion. If decision is favourable, the hand is given the command to pick up a sweet and place it in mouth. Though everything happens automatically, false “I” thinks that it is responsible for doing it. This false “I” taking itself to be the doer is sometimes happy due to its achievements and is sometimes sad due to its failures though in reality this false “I” is not responsible for any of those results. Many times in spiritual teachings it appears that false “I” is treated as the primary problem. Actually false “I” is not the primary problem, it is the doer attached to false “I” that is the main problem. In other words, false “I” identified with doer is the primary problem. False “I” is fine if it is recognised as false.

False “I” + Doer = Bondage

The moment, “I am doer” notion is negated, it is freedom. False “I” can continue to watch the games of the mind without getting attached to them.

*Doership means results of action are in control of the individual.

Jiva – Ego & Body

Jiva is the reference point in the consciousness field from where consciousness is reflected in a way that this point of reference appears to be animated to other Jivas. Jiva has limited free will and an ego (sense of separateness) as long as there is an alert body. In case of humans, ego (sense of separateness) is predominantly due to the left brain. No matter how much Self Actualised an enlightened being is, there will be a sense of separateness as long as there is body. In fact, sense of separateness can be removed from even an unenlightened person with no interest in spirituality by using drugs that affect left brain in certain manner. A decease can do the same thing by affecting the left brain. In this state, there will be a feeling of oneness and bliss etc. as left brain is subdued. Our left brain appears to be acting as a filter and hence seems to be responsible for converting one (oneness) into many (separateness).