Let’s just straight come to the point! For enough has been written by me on ego and how it influences ones tendencies and in turn, Karma and destiny.
Still, a brief reminder from my previous notes – Ego is the lack of self-esteem that’s born when the mind operates out of a materially driven consciousness, a consciousness, ever unfriendly to the soul. And when Ego takes over the mind, it influences its personality (tendencies or sanskars) which then drive a soul, to a certain set of Karmas and destiny. In astrology, a horoscope, (which also is the karma-scope of a soul), most often reflects the odds for a destiny influenced by the ego!
Therefore, now let’s try to find ways to dissolve – ego!
There are two ways to dissolve ones ego, which as we’ve discussed in my earlier notes, creates most of the problems in ones life.
Facts of which can be found in astrology!
So, one way is… a rather sensible and deliberate way, where one gradually shifts consciousness from material to spiritual and then balances the two worlds… at the thought and behavioral level. Yes, this is a somewhat slow process but if a soul has enough resolve, if it is determined enough to practice and perfect… living through a new consciousness where the spirit rules over ego, then this way is a sure shot way to success.
What triggers the change here is knowledge!
For it’s knowledge or wisdom that essentially weakens the ego by replacing ignorance with light and by awakening the divine intelligence of the soul. Knowledge compels the mind to think and reassess its tendencies or sanskars and weigh them on the scale of true wisdom.
Thus, on the course to correction, knowledge is what that awakens, stirs, enlightens and subsequently realigns the mind to its natural way, the spiritual way of thinking and being. Knowledge and meditation… these are the two keys, to the doors of the subconscious. And when the subconscious gets active, ego stands no chance of survival, for the spiritual consciousness then takes centre stage forcing the material consciousness to take a backseat.
Although here, we once again need to remember that consciousness is the king. For as the kind of consciousness so will be the tendencies or the sanskars of a soul, the Karma and destiny!
A spiritual consciousness would leave no room for the ego and that’s why, through the application and understanding of knowledge a shift in consciousness is a highly favoured route to dissolve that ego!
However, this isn’t always easy or accurate. For I have seen in the case of some so called spiritual people, even after years of dedicated spiritual learning and service, they continue nurturing or operating out of Egos. It may be subtle, but at times it’s not as easy to hide! And one figures the shortfalls, despite all that meditation; and learning and giving wisdom to people – almost daily through discourses. Temptations of Ego (praise, power, name, recognition, desire and at times even anger) continue to entice these souls, their physical sacrifice – notwithstanding! No doubt, their practical efforts to self-realization and redemption remain praiseworthy, however, the physical renunciation does take some time to actually convert into a mental one; (at least, in some cases).
So, what is the other way?
Not by knowledge (spiritual) but by experience (facing the results of Karma), one can dissolve the ego.
The Bhagwad Gita best explains this in Krishna’s words to Arjuna –
“That one is dear to me who runs not after the pleasant or away from the painful, grieves not, lusts not, but lets things come and go… as they happen.”
Not complaining or reacting and letting life do the job; letting our Karmas unfold as they must, and facing them uncomplainingly, is the other way out.
Here, experience is the teacher and not knowledge! And yet, while facing the consequences of past actions (Karma), of our ignorant sanskars or tendencies…we remain detached and stable. That’s another way to dissolving the Ego. For when we suffer or experience something harsh and not react or suffer our pain, we stop responding to ego; which we all know is deeply nourished by the senses.
This way, a soul not just heals itself but also becomes lighter. For here, suffering or pain… only matures the mind and it learns to make peace. And once a soul is able to stay in peace, especially in the face of adversity…it’s bound to operate out of peace as a habit. Therefore, a natural shift in conscious… for peace isn’t the nature of the ego.
Now of course, this may not be the smarter way to change or to dissolving ego, but it eventually, works wonders and deeply influences the change. Here, what’s essential to understand is, that not knowledge but experience… presses for the change. Experience is what that teaches the dos and don’ts here and that’s why, the change that happens is undoubtedly, most effective!
Hence, whoever said – experience is a better teacher than knowledge, may just be right! Especially, when it pertains to dissolving the ego!
But try any of these ways should ego be playing havoc with your planets i.e. and you’re bound to give it a beating!