Our lives could be so much better, so much more peaceful and joyful if only we could become aware of our ego. Awareness is the first step to identify our deep rooted ego. Yet Ego itself is the most formidable barrier to awareness. Therefore instead of taking the elusive ego head-on it may be wiser to work towards achieving a state of awareness. This is because the ego lies couched in most of our actions even in our good acts like helping the needy or making donations. Why? because the ego makes us feel we superior like “playing God”! So we are back where we started.

“No matter what we talk about, we are talking about ourselves”! ~ Hugh Prather

Ego is like dust

“If a man thinks he is not conceited, he is very conceited indeed”!ย  ~ C.S Lewis

Cheers dear friends and lets wish each other an ego-free journey ahead๐Ÿ™‚

About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are reading, music, growing culinary herbs, playing golf and yoga. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

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  1. resetdennis says:

    This is great! The ego is our worst enemy!

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  2. Sending thoughts of peace your way my friend.. Blessings your way Sue x

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Dear Sue thank you so much for your thoughtful wishes. Coming from you it means a lot.

      I have been quite preoccupied with a major change in our life style. We have purchased a high rise flat. With children having grown up and settled we decided to move from our beautiful bungalow and
      live in a more compact place.

      Hopefully will return to meet all my lovely blogger friends as soon as I can. I am so keen to visit your blog and find out what I have missed.

      Be very well and with kindest regards.
      Dilip

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  3. Cecilia says:

    True words! There is nothing to add to it. Thanks.

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  4. voulaah says:

    that is so true dear friend
    have a very nice day

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  5. Kamila Pala says:

    That is pure true๐Ÿ™‚ ! From time to time is really good remind to everybody๐Ÿ™‚ Bye. K

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  6. Alok Singhal says:

    Absolutely true, it all starts by just being aware of the issue!

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  7. Christy B says:

    The ego can certainly be dangerous… Good reminder here… I’m now thinking about the soul’s wish for us to keep our ego in its place๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for the great post!

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  8. Excellent wisdom Dilip.. Ego is a double edged sword always there egging is on.. is this perhaps a I type the way the word was formed? Eg-o..n๐Ÿ™‚ Looked up in Collins dictionary๐Ÿ™‚
    Egging On..๐Ÿ™‚

    PHRASAL VERB:

    incite, push, encourage, urge, prompt, spur, provoke, prod, goad, exhort
    โ€ข “She was egging him on to fight.”

    Ego is all of those๐Ÿ˜‰
    Thank you for making me delve deeper and loved your wise words Dilipโค
    Blessings Sue

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  9. ShethP says:

    Me and mine… Have to let go of these two things. And, you’re right. Ego is so dangerous; difficult to identify or acknowledge and difficult to let go of. Also, enjoyed the quote by C.S. Lewis. Brings one back to reality, if only momentarily. Because, ego. *sigh* It’s a long journey, but one worth undertaking. Thanks for the reminder.

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  10. rommel says:

    Those egoistic jerks got serious problems.๐Ÿ˜€ While I don’t think I’m a self-centered and vain person, I do think that there are some ego buried inside of me that I need to clear away too. Somehow, I do feel like we are all stubborn indivduals because we each have our own beliefs. Just like C.S. Lewis said.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Well said Rommel we do have ego in varying degrees which at the minimal level is fine but when it grows to a giant size then it becomes a problem.

      Thanks for that comment and have a nice day.๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. Val Boyko says:

    Your words and the quotes are spot on Dilip. Thank you for illuminating ego today!

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  12. Binky says:

    That is very true. Concern only for yourself, or trying to outdo others is the cause of a lot of our problems.

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  13. What a great wish, my dear friend! Nothing more illusive than the ego! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. ashokbhatia says:

    I believe there are two components of our ego. One is the core, which ensures we live a life of dignity and do not become a doormat. Another is peripheral, which creates behavioural distortion and a false view of life and situations. All our scriptures speak of controlling and winning over the peripheral part.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Good one Ashok you are right on the classification of ego. But let me clarify we can and we must try to remain ego free even without compromising one’s dignity. Basic norms and principles can and must be upheld firmly even while being ego free.
      Yet what really happens is that most people mistake the peripheral ego for the core ego.
      Thanks and kind regards๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. namitasunder says:

    not an easy journey….ego to ego less but definitely worth venturing upon for our own peace and happiness.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Ah yes “ego to egoless” is beautifully coined ๐Ÿ™ You are right if one side of the balance is ego and the other is happiness – more the ego less the happiness and vice versa.
      The journey is not easy but with each little step we feel better and that’s so encouraging.
      Thank you so much I always value your comments. ๐Ÿ™

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  16. True – and ego is destructive as hell. Just had a mean behaviour from one of my colleagues who could not control his ego and played a huge circle of politics against me. Sad. Such egoists should be pitied.
    We have to give up ego to see all as equal.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      How right you are Ego is surely and certainly ‘destructive’ and believe me I had used the word destructive in my post too but later changed it.๐Ÿ™‚
      Hmm I am quite familiar of the ‘circle of politics’ which happens in organizations as well as in the corporate.
      In such situations I admit it is not easy handling one’s anger and stressful emotions but we do have a choice and that is to rise above the prevailing negative frequency levels.
      I would resort to stress busting methods to calm myself down.๐Ÿ™‚
      What do you say?

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  17. Hariod Brawn says:

    Exceptional wisdom here, Dilip. Does the main paragraph comprise your own words, may I ask?

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Yes dear Hariod the wisdom in the main quote and the other two are truly profound.While the words are mine they emerge from the learning I gained from friends like you and from my Sat-sang teachings.
      Wish you all the happiness!๐Ÿ™‚

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