Quotes on Ego
- All our dreams are our ego projections.
- The ego is your enemy, not your friend.
- The ego is a deep desire to dominate. The
ego is a deep desire that says, "I am special, higher, bigger,
greater than you."
- The ego does not, cannot live in the
present, because the present is real and the ego is false -- they
- If the ego is fulfilled through giving,
nothing is being given. Ego cannot share. The ego can never be
generous; that is not its nature.
- The ego is your enemy, not your friend. It
is the ego that gives you wounds and hurts you. It is the ego that
makes you violent, angry, jealous, competitive. It is the ego that
is continuously comparing and feeling miserable.
- To be a nobody is to be divine, because
you have dropped your ego and you have allowed God to enter in you.
When you are somebody, you are just an ugly ego, and you have closed
the doors for God to enter within you -- because God and your ego
cannot exist together. They are just like darkness and light: you
cannot have them both.
- Self-consciousness simply means ego
consciousness and self-awareness means soul consciousness. Your ego
is a false entity. Because you have so much money, because you have
so much power, because you are born in a very respected family...
your education, your position in life -- all these things constitute
your ego. But your soul comes with you when you are born, it has
nothing to do with anything. Whether you are educated or uneducated
-- Kabir was not educated; Jesus was not educated -- whether you
come from a respectable family or not, does not matter.
- Sufis say, pray in such a way that nobody
knows. Why? For the simple reason that ego is very cunning. It wants
to brag; it wants to brag even about religion, about spirituality,
about prayer, about meditation. It wants to brag; it does not matter
what it brags about. It will brag about money, it will brag about
meditation, it will brag about power, it will brag about prayer. The
ego wants to brag: "I am doing something special, something great,
something extraordinary. Don't think that I am nobody -- I am
- That which is imposed upon you is
non-essential; it creates your personality. The essential is your
individuality; the non-essential is your personality. In other
words, the essential is your very soul, your being; the
non-essential is your ego. All that helps the ego is non-essential;
all that helps you to become egoless is essential. Ambition is
non-essential, greed is non-essential; desire, any kind of desire,
- Surrender is the quantum leap from mind to
no-mind, from ego to egolessness. And in a single step the whole
journey is contained. It is not a long journey from you to God, it
is a single-step journey. It is not a gradual phenomenon; it is not
that slowly slowly, gradually you come to the divine. It is a
quantum leap! One moment you were in darkness and the next moment
all is light. All that is needed is to put the ego aside.
- The ego is always goal-oriented. It is
always greedy, it is always grabbing. It is always searching for
more and more and more; it lives in the more. If you have money it
wants to have more money; if you have a house it wants to have a
bigger house; if you have a woman it wants to have a beautiful
woman, but it always wants more. The ego is constantly hungry. It
lives in the future and in the past. In the past it lives as a
hoarder -- "I have this and this and this." It gets a great
satisfaction: "I have got something" -- power, prestige, money. It
gives a kind of reality to it. It gives the notion that, "When I
have these things, I must be there." And it lives in the future with
the idea of more. It lives as memory and as desire.
- The moment you put the ego aside, the
curtain disappears. God is not hidden, only your eyes are closed.
Open your eyes!
- The ego is the problem; that's why you
cannot know yourself. The ego gives you certain false images of
yourself, and if you carry those images for a long time, you become
afraid. The fear enters that if your image falls, then your identity
will be broken. You create a false face and then you become afraid:
if this false face falls, who will you be? You will go mad. You have
invested too much in it. And everybody thinks about himself in such
lofty terms, in such false terms; nobody agrees with him, nobody
approves, but then your ego thinks that everybody is wrong.
- Ego is a hallucination. You are not
separate from the whole -- trying to be, of course, hence the whole
misery. Trying to do something which is not possible, which is
impossible, is bound to create misery. Misery is unnatural; it is
your invention. Misery does not exist; it is your hallucination. It
is a nightmare created by you. It is your great work!
- The ego is the center of all your sleep
and all your dreaming. If you can put the ego aside... seeing that
it is a false thing, why go on carrying it? -- put it aside. In
fact, there is no need to put it aside -- seeing that it is false,
it drops of its own accord. And the moment it drops a tremendous
explosion happens in you. For the first time you are awake, fully
awake, totally awake. There is no unconscious in you, there is no
darkness in you. All becomes light; hence the word "enlightenment."
You are pure light, made of light, eternal light. And when you open
your eyes and look at existence, the whole existence is made of
- I am saying the ego exists not! How can
you drop something which doesn't exist? And Buddha has not said that
the ego has to be dropped, he is saying the ego has to be only
looked into -- and you don't find it, hence it disappears. What can
you do then -- when you go inside your being and you don't find any
ego, you find silence there; no self dominating, no center like an
ego there? Dropping the ego does not mean that you have to drop it.
Dropping the ego is only a metaphor. It simply means that when you
go in, you look in and you don't find anything, the ego disappears.
In fact, even to say 'disappears' is not right, because it was not
there in the first place. It is a misunderstanding.
- The mind that relies on something else is
the spurious self, the ego. The ego cannot exist without props, it
wants props. Something has to support it. Once all props have been
removed, the ego falls to the ground and disappears. But only when
the ego falls to the ground does that consciousness arise in you
which is eternal, which is timeless, deathless.
- You have to move through fire, and only in
that fire will your ego drop. Looking at the whole ugliness of it,
it drops automatically.
- To be ordinary is the greatest virtue --
because when you are just ordinary, nothing to claim, of this world
or that, the ego disappears. The ego feeds on imbalance, the ego
feeds on extremes. The ego lives on the polarities -- in the middle
it disappears. And in every area, in every direction of life,
remember this: just stop in the middle and soon you will find the
mind has stopped, the ego has stopped. Nothing to claim, it
disappears. And when it disappears you have become virtuous. Now the
door is open for the divine. In the middle you meet him; at the
extremes you miss.
- Hell is for all extraordinary people. They
may be in politics, in art, literature -- wherever they are, hell is
for all geniuses, for all extraordinary people, all egoists. Ego is
the hell, it gives you suffering -- because unnecessarily you start
conflicting with everything. You are never at ease, unease becomes
your style of life; with the ego you will always be at unease. Ego
is a discomfort; it is a nail in the shoe, it continuously pinches,
but you want to be extraordinary.