The Ego – Osho

“The ego is needed because the true self is not known.  The ego is a substitute.  It is a pseudo entity.  Because you don’t know yourself, you have to create an artificial center; otherwise functioning in life will be impossible.  Because you don’t know your real face, you have to wear a mask.  Not knowing the essential, you have to trust in the shadow.

There are only two ways of living life. One is to live it from the very core of your being which has been the way of the mystics.

Meditation is nothing but a device to make you aware of your real self, which is not created by you, which need not be created by you, which you already are.  You are born with it.   You are it!  It needs to be discovered.

Society does not allow it to happen.  No society allows it to happen because the real self is dangerous.  Dangerous for the established church.  Dangerous for the state.  Dangerous for the crowd. Dangerous for tradition.

Because once a man knows his real self, he becomes an individual. He no longer belongs to the mob psychology; he will not be superstitious and he cannot be exploited.  He cannot be led like cattle.  He cannot be ordered and commanded.  He will live according to his light.  He will live from his own inwardness.  His life will have tremendous beauty and integrity.  But that is the fear of the society.

Integrated persons become individuals and the society wants you to be non-individuals.  Instead of individuality, the society teaches you to be a personality. The word personality has to be understood. It comes from the root personapersona means “mask.”  The society gives you a false idea of who you are; it gives you just a toy, and you go on clinging to the toy your whole life.

One way to live is to live through meditation.  Then you live a life of rebellion, of adventure, of courage. Then you really live!  The other way to live, or to fake living, is the way of the ego: strengthen the ego, nourish the ego, cling to the ego so that you need not look into the self.  The ego is an artifact created by the society to deceive you, to distract you.”

The Most Uncharted Sea, OSHO Talks


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After thirty years of teaching Inner City, Special Education students and forty-five years of metaphysical studies, I have decided to share my life's philosophical understandings on this wonderful website. For me, everything in my life has been a spiritual experience from being raised in an alcoholic household, to marriage and teaching, and finally caring for an Alzheimer parent. I have sought at least fifteen, personal psychic readings to try and assist me as a wife, teacher and caretaker. I want to share the wisdom that I have gained from following the valuable spiritual guidance from my inner knowing and from heeding the advise of channeled answers from trusted psychics. At almost 70 years old, I am writing, traveling and enjoying retirement in Florida.

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