I have been reading more about ego as part of my exploration of the self in yoga. For practitioners (and interested peeps) this is the fourth observance or Niyama called svadhayaya.
What I’ve discovered is that what I come across, builds on the foundations that I have written about before here and here.
And … you don’t need to be on a spiritual path of yoga to appreciate this wisdom.
This particular insight into ego really resonated with me.
“The ego is a reflection of our true Self on the mind. The two appear to be the same, but one is the original, the other a reflected duplicate.
These two “I”‘s are often referred to as the little “i” and the capital “I”.
What is the difference? Just a small dot, a little blemish of ego.
The capital “I” is just one pure stroke, just as the highest truth is always simple and pure.
What limits us and makes us little? Just the dot.
Without the dot we are always great, always capital “I”. All the practices of yoga are to remove the dot.”
Sri Swami Satchidananda
… its just our little dot …