• As human beings we make decisions andperceive the world through the eyes ofour ego and superego
• Shri Mataji teaches us that the Ego is the principal obstacle to Self-Realization andspiritual growth.
• What are the effects of ego on our development as yogis? Vanity, over-sensitivity,aggression, and focusing on the defects of others.
• The pressure of the ego on the left Vishuddhi (ego is located on the left side of thehead) brings about the feeling of
•Superego makes us do things automatically, including idiotic or fanatical habits.But thesuperego is also capable of absorbing new and better conditionings.
• Our goal in Sahaja Yoga
is not to launch a frontal assault on ego and superego.These two institutions work so subtly at so many levels of our existence that we must simply bypass their resistance to change by allowing our enlightened Spirit toshine through us and by focusing on our vibrations and on our experiences of joyand silence in our daily meditation.
• Ego is born out of the mistaken notion that we are the doers. The effects of living withthis illusion accumulate in the right channel and cause the ego toinflate like a balloonwith subtle heat from the right side.
• When there is a bloated ego, a person startsidentifying himself with the ego insteadof the Spirit.The aura of the
ego covers the heart.The beautiful feelings of the heartcannot be felt or expressed. Even when the heart receives divine love, the ego interfereswith the ability to recognize it.
• Identification with the ego makes us feel happy when our ego is pleased. We organize our life around the
interestsof our ego and use it todefend our choices.
• We becomedefiant and ready to challenge others. There are no limitations on ourbehavior. We say, “What’s wrong with it?” if anyone challenges our actions and ourattitudes.Ego makes us reactive.
• When something goes wrong, when we feel insulted or deceived, the ego generates adesire forrevenge
— “You’ll pay for this!”
• Anything that is not under the control of the egogenerates disbelief and doubt,especially the
feelings of others and spirituality.
• Corporate, consumer culture encourages egoby emphasizing status. We are urged tobuy things based not on need, but to impress others. We become vain and arrogant.
• The egosearches for control and domination to protect itself.
• Ego makes us stupid. Sadly, the egotistical person cannot see the fool he is making of himself
• The superegocollects all of the pain we experience as a result of past misfortunes.
• Itcreates conditioned reflexes: what we are not supposed to do, or certain ways to dothings.
• Superego makes usbelieve that we should sufferand beself-destructive.
• When superego takes control, we act only in accordance with what we have learned. Superego is afraid of strange or new things and it convinces us to join others with thesame superficial characteristics(color, race, nationality, religion, town, neighborhood,sports club) and generate suspicions about anyone outside our group.
• Misguided identification with a group and “blind faith” makes the superego-dominated person appear