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Originally posted by doctornamtab
Nice thoughts. I like em.
I like the part about the ego and it sort of blocking off the flow of existence. Its like our conscious minds cannot allow something to "just be". It has to judge, confirm, deny, love, hate, true, false whatever events or ideas come across it. This is why many monks think that to eradicate the ego through meditation is the key to enlightenment.
But I also think you're getting near to the idea that to suppress the ego through meditation, drugs, flagellation, starvation or whatever other means is to refunnel us back into the world of the ego, the world of maya - where ego is bad, eternal consciousness is good.
The trick isnt to suppress and destroy the ego. The trick is to transcend the ego. Its always going to be there so we gotta learn how to deal with it. Let the ego handle some problems, like, damn thats a hungry tiger over there. But suspend the judgement when it comes to other matters, like, that guy just cut me off in traffic.
Originally posted by relpobre000
reply to post by smithjustinb
As someone who has experienced an induced 'ego-death', I would argue that a 'pure existence' outside the bounds of self and ego would be quite unpleasant. I would think that the ego serves an integral purpose; it is, in essence, our very humanity.