Ego is Subtle, Its Ways are Subtle, It’s Working is Very Complex.

The ego is subtle, its ways are subtle, it’s working is very complex.
It is a puzzle, and a puzzle that cannot be solved – that can only be seen through and through, but cannot be solved.
There is no solution for it because the puzzle is not anything accidental to the ego.
The ego itself is the puzzle.
If it were accidental, then there would be a way to solve it.
The ego itself is the puzzle, it is its nature to be puzzling.
So all the efforts that are made to solve it make it more complex, making it more difficult.
If you fight with it, you are fighting with yourself.
There can never be any victory, you cannot defeat it by fighting.
Because by fighting you will be dividing yourself into two – the fighter and the fought.
And from where will you bring the fought?
It will be just an ego dividing into two parts, playing the game of fight.
Sometimes one part can pretend to win, sometimes the other part can pretend to win, nobody ever wins.
The struggle becomes infinite and meanwhile energy is dissipated, meanwhile, life is wasted.
Remember, you cannot fight the ego.
Can you repress it?
People have done that too.
It has not helped.
If you repress the ego, it goes deeper into your being.
Rather than getting rid of it, you become more and more poisoned by it, because what will you do when you repress?
You will force it into the unconscious; it will start going underground.
But the unconscious is far more powerful than the conscious.
Ego in the conscious has not much power.
Once it enters into the unconscious it becomes nine times more powerful than it was before.
Rather than getting rid of it, you will be more and more in its control.
And one thing more: once the ego has become unconscious, you don’t know anything about it.
It has gone behind you.
Now you cannot even watch it.
Now you are completely a victim.
Now you cannot protect yourself against it.
Now you cannot make any arrangements to save yourself from it.
It is there pulling your strings from behind.
You will become a puppet, and you will be in the hands of the ego.
And you were thinking that you had repressed it.
The fight does not help, repression does not help.
Then the third thing that has been tried down the ages is sublimation.
Sublimate it – let it be identified with higher goals.
Then it becomes very decorated, it becomes enthroned.
And naturally, it again becomes very powerful.
Identify it with your church, identify it with your country, identify it with your color, identify it with ideology – socialism, communism, fascism, Christianity, Hinduism.
Identify it with some high value, some utopian value, or you can even identify it with God.
Then it rules supreme most.
Then its rules in the name of God.
God is just an excuse.
The real sovereign becomes the ego.
And these are the three available ways: either fight or repress or sublimate.
And nothing helps.
Nothing can help because by its very nature the ego is such that solutions are not possible.
And that’s how the ego is.
No way will ever bring you out of it.
There is no remedy.
To see it is to be on the right path.
To see the complexity, the riddling nature of the ego, the puzzling nature of the ego, to comprehend it in its totality, is the beginning of wisdom.
Otherwise, it will come, and it will come in more subtle forms, and you will be deceived far more deeply.

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