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How to vanquish the ego?
« on: October 18, 2009, 11:13:13 AM »
Bhagavan Ramana says in Sad Darsanam, Verse 28,that
in order to vanquish the ego, one must search for its source,
with deep attention, without speech and controlling the breath,
as a pearl-diver would dive into the ocean to fetch pearls.  Bhagavan Ramana also says this in Who am I?

What is vanquishing ego?  Ego is anatma, which is not the
Self, and hence vanquishing all that is not the Self, is killing
of ego. 

How to go about it?  In ardent devotion, the ego will subside
and one will know the Self.
In Jnana, one knows the Self first and the ego subsides.
This is explained in Sri Arunachala Ashtakam, Verse 2 also.

Bhagavan Ramana looks at the Hill.  He subsides.  Still He
wanted to know who has seen the Hill?  But there is no
seer and there is only Hill.  There is no thought that He has
seen It.  Then, how can a thought that He has not seen It,
would arise?

He also says in Upadesa Saram, Verse 10 and 19, the same

Verse 10:

Absorption in the Heart of Being,
Whence we sprang,
Is the Path of action, of devotion,
Of union and of knowledge.

Verse 19:

When one turns within and searches
Whence this 'I' thought arises,
The shamed 'I' vanishes --
And wisdom's quest begins.
                -  Tr. Prof. K. Swaminathan.

Arunachala Siva.