Ways To Eliminate the Ego
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Spoken by Supreme Master Ching Hai Hsihu Center, Formosa, October 10, 1990 (Originally in Aulacese) This is very difficult. It's even harder than breaking off a love relationship. Why? It is because the ego is the self-pride of humans. Therefore, to eliminate the ego is very difficult, as we have been used to being the father, the mother, the saint, the God, for such a long time. However, there are ways to eliminate your ego. Just look at your practice diary each day and see if the things you have done are good. If the good deeds are few and the bad ones are many, and if we are full of greed, anger and hatred, then we know that we should be ashamed of ourselves. Then, gradually, we will become more humble, and we will not dare to criticize others because we can see that we are charcoal-black. Is that not so? If our own feet were soaked in mud, how would we dare to use a torch to shine on others' feet? So our ego is lessened. When you practice the Quan Yin Method, gradually, the ego will be lessened. This Method allows you to use the Divine Light, God's Love, the Source of infinite power or our own true Self, to erode the mundane ego. It is not that we use our limited human power to control it. Many people practice by strictly disciplining themselves. They dare not do this or that; dare not open their mouths too wide when they laugh; dare not walk with big strides; dare not run; dare not do anything. Even then, the ego still cannot be eliminated. Why? It is because they are using the mind and their mundane experiences to eliminate their mundane egos. Both of them are at a mundane level, therefore, it's difficult.
Pearls of Wisdom ~ The Supreme Master Ching HaiYou are attached to the existence of "I", attached to an "I" doing this and doing that. That is looking for trouble, letting yourself forget your great inherent wisdom and ability to save the world. This is the only difference between you and me. When you completely forget the existence of "I", you'll understand who you are. All your troubles and pains will disappear. If you meditate more, you'll be able to purge yourself of "I" and erase those records of the past. If you create interference and erase "I" with the inner Sound, you'll forget it more completely.
Aphorisms ~ The Supreme Master Ching HaiIf we sense in ourselves any ego, any motive that is not pure, stop it immediately; do not go on with it, or make some change instead. In this way, there will be no problem.
To kill our ego is to merge ourselves with God. When we are one with God, then we lose ourselves. It's as simple as that.
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