reply to post by MrUncreated
Hi there MrUncreated!
I was very sorry to read you feeling so confused yesterday - but than I saw your signature and thought to myself:
"Well may be this thread-killer-thing is for real and it's nothing more than a "faked" suicide attempt. Attention and appreciation seeking and
needing. An attempt to "kill-your-own-thread..." just for the fun of it."
I clicked on more genuine stuff (yes there is... here on ATS!) and was gone.
Now I'm back.
In the first place because I have nothing better to do right now and I'm bored with watching movies and stuff - so what?
But in the second place some years - let's say 10 or so - ago, people in my flock took me for a "guru" or something like that.
If you are interested you can read something about my background in the OP of my intro-thread. I will in this context only delve into that so far as
it is fruitful in this place.
If you talk about "ego" you must know that the spiritual definition and psychological def. differ somewhat.
You are right in so far that some "gurus" say that you should better get rid of that thing because it is not REALLY a real part of yourself.
It is a FAKE (identity).
It sprang from delusion and fear.
It is made up of ILLUSIONS and it controls your actions in it's own vested interests. It manipulates you to get worse all the time of your life - but
making you believe that it's for your best.
(Drug abuse would in that case be a good example or becoming a criminal.)
It has no conscience and no love.
His limited capabilities are of negative outcome for YOU.
The psychological definition would attest that without an "ego" you would instantly go insane.
So you are mixing up these 2 mind sets in your OP.
Your next question is about the nature of "duality" and you give some examples of that which are every one good in itself but not naturally refer to
the SAME understanding of duality.
Every example you gave consists of a whole WORLD of cosmology and is a SYMBOL
that only refers to the world which it stands for and could only be understood in his own playground.
To understand really the meaning of Black and white for example you would have to know about the nature of light and all what is connected with it.
By this example you see that to understand the nature of duality always a 3rd something is needed. Maybe because of that you don't see what duality
(could) mean(s) for you.
Let me give you another example.
Have a look at my avatar.
It is made of the seal of the "Knights Templar".
It is "accused" of many different "meanings" - but the correct one needs still to be "discovered".
This is one cause I chose to make that "motto" - which is in itself right...
but a "falsification" and it hints at an "absolute" that the Knights of the Temple couldn't really had described better.
Their own motto on this seal is nothing more than a distraction.
So a duality is more than those 2 things you may see at first.
I took the liberty to answer your next question about separation right there with the duality part.
No "guru" in his right mind will tell you to stop being yourself.
The Self can be regarded as a good friend. But you have to get to know his quirks and maybe educate him a little on your real needs so that he can
help you out in the time of need.
Thats what friends are for.