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”!Β  ~ C.S Lewis

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

About Dilip

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 music and growing culinary herbs. Love to play golf and do yoga regularly. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

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  1. Harbans says:

    When we start thinking ourselves more than what we actually are not, then, it goes to show that we are having egocentric tendencies. Ego is just like a speck in the eye and should be removed if we want to live a peaceful life for living a purposeful life.

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    • Dilip says:

      What you say is perfectly true yet eliminating our ego is a challenge which needs spiritual guidance. Doing it on our own may not work for all. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Regards.

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      • Harbans says:

        Pointing that I am not an egoist, is another way of acceptance that I am have this diseased mentality. I am of the view that when we remain balanced both in ups and downs of our lives, the, sure enough, we have reached to a state of egocentric tendencies. In doing so, we have to experience many irrational insults, sometimes put up with somebody’s criticism, learn from difference experiences, etc. Subsequently, performing our duties and our responsibilities with grace and with association with God. I have found that while you are free from ego, you can take on even a brute. Today, while dealing with a person who was creating ruckus in the organisation I am working. With the grace of God, without fear, the matter was dealt with with everybody’s satisfaction. It provided me a great lesson that you can tame even a brute when you remain calm, with no ulterior motive etc.

        Thanks for sparing you time and giving your well informed opinion.

        Regards
        HARBANS

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  2. I love all of these quotes on your page! They are good for my soul.

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  3. Eye See (Mushin) says:

    You can all see it if you want. It currently drives and steps in on your awareness, so any will to proceed is trapped by your thinking and your actions. The Ego is ‘FAR’ worse than you have ever seen portrayed or can imagine. It knows every single last move you know, but doesn’t need to think about them. The compulsion to stigmatise events as good or bad is the cause. They need to pass like a breeze.

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  4. So true the words are! An egoist not only hurts others but also keeps his own heart deprived of all beautiful things on earth…

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  5. Simona says:

    Happy Sunday πŸ™‚

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  6. resetdennis says:

    This is great! The ego is our worst enemy!

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  7. 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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  8. Cecilia says:

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

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  9. voulaah says:

    that is so true dear friend
    have a very nice day

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  10. Kamila Pala says:

    That is pure true πŸ™‚ ! From time to time is really good remind to everybody πŸ™‚ Bye. K

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  11. Alok Singhal says:

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

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  12. 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 place πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the great post!

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  13. 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..n πŸ™‚ Looked up in Collins dictionary πŸ™‚
    Egging On.. πŸ™‚

    PHRASAL VERB:

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

    Ego is all of those πŸ˜‰
    Thank you for making me delve deeper and loved your wise words Dilip ❀
    Blessings Sue

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  14. 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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  15. rommel says:

    Those egoistic jerks got serious problems. πŸ˜€ 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. πŸ™‚

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  16. Val Boyko says:

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

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  17. 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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  18. What a great wish, my dear friend! Nothing more illusive than the ego! πŸ™‚

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  19. 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 regards πŸ™‚

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  20. 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 πŸ™ 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. πŸ™

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  21. 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. πŸ™‚
      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. πŸ™‚
      What do you say?

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  22. 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! πŸ™‚

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