Dilemma of the ego-mind

We human beings are the most advanced species in the animal kingdom. But our knowledge accumulated in life since the day we are born in the world makes us forget to seek our true nature. The little knowledge we gain in life mostly serves to inflate our egos and we get to quickly forget our true essence. Yet our true nature is what we had always been before everything else.

As illustrated in the Sufi humor below, we get too obsessed with our dealings, careers and passions and completely forget the true meaning of life. In this digression from the true purpose of life, everything we touch does not turn into gold. We form relationships in that same spiritual unawareness; we develop our careers and continue with all our dealings while still in the same state of partial sleep. Yet it’s hard to recognize this phenomenon since everybody else is like that. But we are erroneously led to believe that the majority (in the society or world) is always right – the same way democracies and religions are designed.

“Most of the things that people do are just the same as animals do, only they think they are different”, pronounced Nasrudin in the teahouse.

“That is ridiculous”, snorted a visiting monk; “if you were right, rabbits would be writing books”.

“I am firmly persuaded”, said Nasrudin calmly, “that rabbits would write books if only they would forget, from time to time, the pressing desire to eat lettuce”.

20 thoughts on “Dilemma of the ego-mind

  1. Ahh…the “pressing desire.” “And be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
    That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.” (Philippians 3:9-11)
    Enjoyed your post while eating my lettuce.

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  2. So true. That should never be forgotten even though one might be in deep sleep. It should be inculcated in even the most insignificant activity in one’s life.
    Thanks for your beautiful comment Miss Yumi.

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