Sunday, August 12, 2012

Enquiry into the nature of ego Part I - by Nityananda Atman

by Nityananda Atman

Ego is the factor that separates man from Divine consciousness (God) and all creation. It is the factor that apparently covers our true nature and makes us suffer. Our real identity is Consciousness but since in our psych has been developed the ego we experience that we are the physical body; that we are a limited body-mind entity, separate from life and God.

1.     Consciousness – Soul :  Being or Existence - Consciousness or awareness - Bliss  (satchitananda).

2.     The causal body : The veil of ignorance, seeds of samskaras and vasanas, 3 modes of happiness (priya- moda- pramoda).

3.      Mind:
·     Higher intellect (Intelligence): Decides, Cognizes, Reasons, Discerns between the real and the unreal, the Self and the non-Self. It is related also with intuition, creativity, perception of reality
·    Lower intellect: Decides, Cognises, Reasons, discerns but in a lower way, because is distorted by the ego and its tendencies
·      Thinking mind
·      Emotional mind
·      Sensory  mind
·      Motor mind
·      Instinctive mind
·      Subconscious mind: memory, 
·     Ego : The sense of individuality;  Has two aspects: The gross ‘Ego’  - the rajasotamasic ego (the desire soul): the sense “the body is me”. -- The subtle ‘Ego’. - The sattvic ego: Give us the sense of individuality. Enable a sage to function in this physical plane.
·        3. Vital energy or prana: 
·       Psychic prana 
·       Physical prana
The five pranas: Prana, Apana, Udana, Samana, Vyana
4. Sexual energy
5. Senses: 5 senses of cognition and 5 senses of action
6. Physical body 
The three Doshas: Pitta, Kapha, Vata

Our identity is consciousness and all the rest, intellect, mind etc. are only instruments of consciousness.  We took birth in a human form to realize ourselves as the eternal light of consciousness and express in the matter the divine qualities of love, peace and wisdom. Due to ego we have forgotten our purpose engaging ourselves only in material purposes seeking mostly to derive pleasure through sensual experiences.

The illusory ego which has developed in our psych makes the impossible happen. Ego makes the body appear as real and the consciousness which is the eternal reality and the substratum of all phenomena as to be not existent at all.
Ego clouds our intellect and its capacity to discriminate between the true and the false creating in us the illusion that the short lived mortal body is real, sentient and self-existent, while in reality body is insentient, unreal and depended on consciousness which is eternal, uncaused and self-existent.
The ego makes us to forget our true identity with consciousness and identify with body and mind taking them as our self.  Ego makes us sensing and believing that we are the body which has a mind to think and a heart to feel.
Furthermore the ego has made us believe that we are the ego itself. As soon as we believe that we are the ego, The ego undisturbed uses all instruments from intellect down to the physical body for its superficial sensual gratifications. The ego-virus for the sake of pleasure, power, possessions etc. misuses and overuses all instruments (intellect, mind body, etc.) creating unbalances, defects and suffering both physically and psychologically. Earthlings nowadays, due to this parasite of ego, experience enormous suffering individually and collectively.
What really is this ego that takes many forms and creates many delusions and suffering almost in everyone on this planet earth?  How this ego has been created and what is its nature?
Most of the teachers and teachings refer to Ego as the ‘I’ thought or the sense ‘I am the body ‘.  Some western teachers refer to Ego as the identification with thoughts. 
According my own point of view which is based on self-enquiry, self-observation and the study of great masters (among them Swamii Sivananda, Sri Aurobindo, Sri NIjargadatta, Sri Ramana Maharshi and others as well as some western teachers and psychologists), the ‘I’ thought and the sense ‘I am the body' are only two of the expressions of ego and not the ego itself.
1.     Is ego the ’I’ thought’?
Before we examine if the ego is the ‘I’ thought let’s see first what thoughts are. Thoughts are symbols of objects, happenings, situations, perceptions, sensations, emotions etc. For example the thought sea is only the symbol of what we call sea. The thought fear is the symbol of what we feel in our body as fear. The thought tiger is the symbol of this specific animal. Of course in every language the thought or word about the same object is different.  For example the sea in English, is called mar in Spanish, thalassa (Θάλασσα) in Greek.

So long as thoughts are only symbols about something, it makes clear that they are not the very thing that they represent. For example the thought or word sea is not the sea itself.
The same applies for the ‘I’ thought which is only the symbol of what this thought represents, viz. the ego.
The fact that the thought ‘I’ is a symbol of the ego, makes obvious that the thought ‘I’ is not the ego itself. Ego is something which is represented by the ‘I’ thought. 

Ego is that something that creates in everyone the strong sense that I am an individual confined in the body, or simply the body is ‘me’. When we speak or entertain in our minds the thought ‘I’ we are referring to this sense created by the ego.
(There are roughly 6,500 spoken languages in the world today. However, about 2,000 of those languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers.)

The ‘I’ is the English world for the ego, in Greek is ‘Εγώ’, in French is ‘je’, in Spanish is ‘Yo’ etc. The sense of ego is the same in all men regardless of their nationality or the language they speak. But the words that symbolize the ego are different. This make obvious that the thought is not the ego but only a symbol that is associated with the sense of ego.

The ego is operating in every man continuously during the day in various ways. The Ego takes many forms such as desires, like-dislike, anxiety, fear, stress, attraction-repulsion, anger, irritability, impatient, discontentment, aggressiveness, self assertiveness etc. But the thought ‘I’ appears relatively few times in the mind.  From this also becomes obvious that the ‘I’ thought is only an expression of Ego in the thinking mind and is not the ego itself.
If the ‘I’ thought which IS the main one that is connected with the ego is not the ego then neither the other thoughts can be the Ego.
Thoughts are just thoughts; they are neither the Ego nor something that create the Ego. In reality thoughts are used by the ego or are linked with the ego but they are not the ego itself.

Of course thoughts can be used by the pure intellect or consciousness in a very positive way. On the contrary the ego uses the thoughts and thinking faculty of the mind for its own superficial selfish purposes.

Conclusion: The ‘I’ thought is only the expression of the ego in the thinking mind, it is not the ego itself.

If the ‘I’ thought is not the ego, then what ego is?
The ego is a mass of energy which has been crystallized in our energy field and in our mind. The sense ‘I am an individual’, ‘I am the body’, is the strongest  expression of this ego-energy.

This sense of ‘Iness” is experienced in the heart level as a feeling, on the chest and face as a sense, in the thinking mind (Manas) as the ‘I’ thought and in the intellect (buddhi) as the conviction or belief ‘the body is me’.

Conclusion: The ego is a mass of energy which is crystallized  in our energy field and in our mind.

Of course the Ego takes many forms or expressions such as I am the doer, I am the enjoyer, I am the perceiver, I am the thinker, I am the feeler, desires, like-dislike, anxiety, fear, stress, attraction-repulsion, anger, irritability, impatient, discontentment, aggressiveness, self assertiveness etc. which are only modifications or forms of the ego-energy.

Is the ego the identification with thoughts?

When there is identification there must be two factors involved, the subject and the object of identification. When we say that ego is the identification with thoughts we are not mention what identifies with thoughts.
So the idea that identification with thoughts is the ego cannot be accepted as true because does not make reference to the very thing that identifies with thoughts. 

The fact is that the ego is what identifies with thoughts. Ego identifies with thoughts in order to experience emotions, pleasure and pain and direct the mind and attention towards sensory objects.

Conclusion:  The ego is not the identification with thoughts but the ego is what identifies with thoughts

Let’s examine little more the nature of thoughts. Thoughts are special formations of energy. Thoughts are mental formations activated by the psychic prana (life energy). Most of thoughts are images of perception, sounds or words. Everything we experience through senses and especially the words which we hear or read create an impression in the mind, a thought-form. Thoughts by themselves are not positive or negative, but they are stored in the memory associated with some vital or emotional formation, positive or negative.
Thoughts are neutral as many other things in nature, for example like fire. Fire is not good neither bad, but when fire is in proper place becomes a positive factor -for example we can use fire to cook, to create heating etc.. When the fire destroys our home, the forests etc. becomes a negative factor.
Similarly thoughts can take a negative or a positive potential. They assume a positive or negative state because they are associated with positive or negative vibrations of the vital and emotions. The quality of thoughts is depended also on the level of our consciousness.

A quote about the vibrations of thoughts by  Sri Aurobindo

First of all, these thought-waves, thought-seeds or thought-forms or whatever they are, are of different values and come from different planes of consciousness. The same thought-substance can take higher or lower vibrations according to the plane of consciousness through which the thoughts come in (e.g., thinking mind, vital mind, physical mind, subconscient mind) or the power of consciousness which catches them and pushes them into one man or another.
 Also, there is a mind-energy actual or potential in each which differs and this mind-energy in its recipience of the thought can be luminous or obscure, sattvic*, rajasic* or tamasic* with consequences that vary in each case.

 There is conscious thinking guided by our will and compulsive thinking. The compulsive thinking is activated by the egoic tendencies, desires, lust, likes-dislikes, emotions which make thoughts revolve compulsively and incessantly in our mind. This compulsive thinking clounds our reason and discernment and make the mind upset, agitated and frustrated. This distorted state of mind intensifies much more the emotional and vital turmoil. Thus a vicious circle is formatted between mind and emotional-vital formations. In this condition our energy at all levels is contracted and dense and we experience this as suffering. Furthermore this negative state create unbalances to the physical pranas and doshas creating more suffering and diseases.
Of course an emotion or a desire can be initially activated by a single thought or a sensation but after that, the compulsive stream of thinking is caused and sustained by the power of emotion or the impulse of desire. If emotions, passion or desires were absent the thinking process would dissolve very easily, if it arises at all. 

I quote here an interested exctract of Swami Sivananda’s book “MIND ITS MYSTERIES AND CONTROL" download) about the working of mind and the chain that is created by the impressions, the desires, the pleasures and the thoughts.

The enslaving chains of samskaras (impressions)

Mind exercises its suzerainty through Samskaras (impressions). From Samskaras emanate Vasanas (tendencies) like swarms of locusts. From Vasana flows the stream of desire and from enjoyment of objects of desires arises internal craving (intense longing). Internal craving is very powerful. The Samskaras are imbedded in the mind, in the Casual body (Karana Sarira). There arises a memory of pleasure in the mind. Then the mind thinks of objects. Maya has her powerful seat in the imagination. There comes attachment. The mind plans and schemes. You are swayed by the passions. You exert yourself physically to possess those objects and enjoy them. In your efforts, you favour some and disfavor others through like- dislike or attraction-repulsion (Raga and Dvesha). You will have to enjoy the fruits of your virtuous and vicious actions. Through this six-spoked wheel of Raga and Dvesha, virtue and vice, pleasure and pain, this Samsaric wheel of birth and death moves on without stopping from beginningless time.
Desire and thought
An action implies a desire which prompted it and a thought which shaped it. Each act is a link in an endless chain of causes and effects, each effect becoming a cause and each cause having been and effect; and each link in the endless chain is welded out of three component, desire, thought and activity. A desire stimulates a thought; a thought embodies itself in an act.
Desire in the mind is the real impurity. Sexual desire, vulgar attraction for the opposite sex, is the greatest impurity. This causes the real bondage.

~ Swami Sivananda

Thoughts can be used by the Ego or by intelligence and consciousness. Thoughts can be activated by the Egoic desires, negative emotions or by love, compassion, creativity, inspiration, intuition, aspiration etc.
When thoughts are activated by love, compassion and creativity they have a positive potential etc. This kind of thinking creates vibrations of peace, happiness, prosperity etc.
Thoughts are creative but they are actualized when will, intention, desire or emotions are associated with them. Thought is male and emotion female. When we connect the thought with emotion we create inner and outer reality. And especially when this union, of thought and feeling happens in a pure, calm and one pointed-mind and we are in touch with our consciousness, thought can create miracles. (download Book Thought power)
We can use thoughts to create positive situations (inner or external) or negative ones. It depends of our level of consciousness in which way we use our mental faculties. The form that takes the external reality, what we call “World” depends only in the thoughts and feelings that we entertain in our psych.
Knowing all these above I want to declare again that thoughts are only thoughts. They are not the Ego. Thoughts can be empowered by consciousness and can be positive or negative due to association with the three gunas, vital formations and emotions (negative or positive).   

Conclusion: Thoughts by themselves are not the ego.

Finally another point that helps us to understand that thoughts are not the Ego, is the sages.Many great sages have given us a many sacred teachings. All these teachings are thoughts expressed through speech and writing. The sages have used thoughts to express the wisdom and help others. The sages have not Ego, but they also entertain thoughts. The fact that the thoughts of sages are charged by the power of the pure consciousness that shines in them give them the power to elevate the minds of disciples and the ability to reveal in them the truth. Right thought, word and deed are the spontaneous expression of sages. Thus becomes clear that thoughts have nothing to do with Ego.

What is identified with thoughts?

Let examine now what can be this ‘something’ that it is identified with thoughts.
This ‘something’ cannot be a thought, because the mind can entertain only one thought at a time. Thoughts appear in the mind one after one in a sequence. Therefore one thought cannot identify with another one.

 Let see what else could be.
A man is composition of body- energy - mind- intellect and consciousness.
·         Consciousness cannot be what is identified with thoughts because is unattached and beyond the manifested realms.
·         Body is not the agent that identifies with thoughts. The fact that someone during daydreaming may not be aware of his body while is identified with thoughts, makes clear that what is identified with thoughts is not the body. Similarly in dream sleep state we have thoughts but we are not aware of the body. So becomes evident that the body is not what identifies with thoughts.
·         Mind and intellect cannot also be. Mind is the instrument that has the ability to create the thinking process and this thinking process occur also to the sages. Moreover the thinking process cannot identify with itself. The intellect is an instrument and functions as cognition, understanding, discrimination and reasoning therefore it cannot be the agent of identification with the thoughts.

If the mind and intellect were the agent of identification with thoughts, then that could happen also to the liberated sages. The sages have a mind and intellect but they are not indentified with the thoughts.

So there must be ‘something’ else that is identified with thoughts. This mysterious ‘something’ is this phantom of ego which like a virus from time immemorial has occupied our psych.

Ego which is a mass of energy and different from thoughts, mind and intellect is that ‘something’ which is identified with thoughts in order to keep the intellect and awareness in contact with senses objects, so as to entertain pleasures, passions, emotions, feelings, sensations etc..

Ego is the ‘x’ factor that creates many other identifications and illusions in our psych for its own shake. 

Conclusion:  The ego is WHAT identifies with thoughts.
      Is ego the sense ‘I am the body’?

The sense ‘I am the body’ is the main illusion that the ego causes, therefore we could say that Ego is the solid sense ‘I am the body’ or more accurate to say ‘the body is ‘Me’. But in reality the sense ‘the body is ‘Me’ is only one of the many identifications and illusions that the ego creates.
What is the nature of this phantom of ego?  To have a better understanding about the nature of Ego I will give you first an analogy with water, keeping in mind that analogies are limited.
 The water is a liquid, which can take various forms. The water can take the form of snow, cloud, ice, rain, steam, humidity etc. All these forms appear different but they are only water.
But what is water itself? It is H2O, the union of 2 atoms of hydrogen with one of oxygen.

Similarly the ego is a mass of energy which takes various forms. Ego takes the form of lust, desire, pleasure, the sense ‘the body is Me’, ‘I am the enjoyer’, ‘I am the doer’ etc. All various psychological qualities, such as anger, fear, depression, greed, pleasure etc. are also formations or modifications of the ego.

Conclusion:  The Ego is a mass of energy which assumes various forms.
The sense “the body is Me” and desire for pleasure are the most fundamental forms of ego

The ego is ONE but takes various forms

That’s why in ancient Greek mythology the two symbols that represented the Ego were, Lernaean Hydra and Medusa. Lernaean Hydra was a snake with many heads and Medusa was a woman who instead of hairs on her head had many snakes.

                                Hercules kills Hydra


Perseus kills Medusa          

What is the very nature of this energy of ego?

It is modified sexual energy intermixed with prana and mental substance. The pleasure created by sexual energy in sexual union with orgasm is crystallized in our psych as lust and passion and the sense the ‘body is me’.

Lust in its turn modifies itself and takes the form of desire, like-dislike and all negative aspects of ego such as anger, fear, depression, greed, attachment, aggressiveness, impatiens, irritability and all innumerable modifications.

The table below show how the ego started from sexual fall and the basic forms of ego.

A similar opinion about how the ‘I’ is shaped express Sri Nijargadatta in his talks (book “I AmThat” download)). He says that the memory of pleasure and pain creates the illusory ‘I’ which uses the body, senses and mind for its gratification.

In reality the first cause of ‘I’ is pleasure. The psychological pain, better suffering is only a modification of pleasure. The suffering which is mainly created by the ego strengthens the illusory sense of ‘Iness’.


 The problem arises only when the memory of past pains and pleasures -- which are essential to all organic life -- remains as a reflex, dominating behaviour. This reflex takes the shape of 'I' and uses the body and the mind for its purposes, which are invariably in search for pleasure or flight from pain.”

 The ego has been crystallized in the psych of human beings from the symbolic time of Adam and Eva thousands years ago and through the aeons has become more complicated and strong.  

Paramahansa Yogananda, Samael Aun Weor and George Ivanovich Gurdieff mention in their books that sexual behavior was the cause of the development of ego.

 Below an extract of a commentary on Ch.1.1 of BHAGAVAD GITA by Paramahansa Yogananda 

“At the beginning of the cycle of manifested creation, God materialized all froms by direct, special, creative command: the “Word” or cosmic creative vibration of Aum (Om), with its manifest powers of creation, preservation and dissolution. God endowed man, made in His omnipotent image, with this same creative power. But Adam and Eve (symbolic of the first pairs of human beings), yielding to touch-temptation, lost the power of “immaculate creation” by which they had been able to clothe all their mental pictures with energy and life, thus materializing children from the ether (bringing them into manifestation from the ideational world), even as gods.
                Man and woman, instead of seeking emancipation in God through soul unity, sought satisfaction through the flesh. The seed of the original error of “Adam and Eve” remains in all human beings as the first temptation of the flesh against the immaculate laws of Spirit (“touch not the tree in the center of the garden!”). Each individual since that dim era has had to engage his soul in battle with the cosmically present temptation of sex. The creator in man has become a dictatorial creature.
                The sex impulse is the single most physically magnetic power that pulls the life and consciousness down from Spirit in the higher centers in the brain, out through the coccygeal center into matter and body consciousness. The beginner in yoga meditation experiences all too definitely how grounded he is by the stubborn attachment of his life and energy to the body, sometimes without realizing that it is his uncontrolled thoughts and acts of sex that are primarily responsible for his earthbound condition.”

Below an extract of MAGIC RUNES (Chapter 29) THE ORIGIN OF THE PLURALIZED “I” by Samael Aun Weor

I also knew the last times of the third Root Race. I lived in that epoch, which is cited in Genesis as being that ancient age in which Adam and Eve were cast out of Eden.
In those times, humanity had already divided themselves into opposite sexes. The sexual act was then a sacrament which was only performed inside of the temples.
In certain lunar epochs, the Lemurian tribes were performing long travels. They were
departing on pilgrimages towards the holy places, with the purpose of multiplying the specie (let us recall our honeymoon trips).
We, all the Lemurians, were children born from will power and yoga. Maithuna (sexual tantra: sexual union without orgasm) was what we performed during the copulation, and no one was committing the error of ejaculating the entity of semen.
The human seed always passed into the womb without the spilling of semen being
necessary. The multiple combinations of this infinite substance are marvelous.
The king and queen monarchs were sexually united before the very altar of the temple, and the multitudes were performing the copulation inside the sacred precinct and in the rocky patios filled with mysterious hieroglyphics.
The holy Gods were wisely directing those mystical ceremonies, which were
indispensable for the reproduction of the human specie. No one was thinking in
perversity, since the pluralized ‘I’ was not born yet.
I was living in the country with my tribe, far away from those walled cyclopean cities.
We were abiding in a big cabin, cottage or hut. Close to our rounded palm roofed
residence, I remember with entire clarity that there was a military base where the warriors of our tribe were meeting.
It happened that on a certain night, all of us, fascinated by a strange Luciferic power,
resolved to perform the sexual act out of the temple. Thus, we, each of the couples
delivered ourselves to lust.
Next day, in the morning, as if nothing had happened, we had the daring, the shame, the insolence, the impudence to present ourselves as usual in the temple. However, something unexpected and terrible happened.
All of us saw a God of Justice, a great Master, dressed with a day-breaking and
immaculate sacerdotal vesture. With a flaming sword which he was turning in every way to threaten us, he said,: “Get out, you unworthy!” It is clear that we then fled terrorized.
Obviously, this event was repeated in all the corners of the enormous continent Mu. This is how the humanity Adam- Eve was cast out from the Garden of Eden. Following this event, which is registered in the Genesis of all religions, horrifying epilogues were occurring. Millions of human creatures were developing the abominable Kundartiguador organ when they started to mix Magic with fornication...

 Below an extract of BEELZEBUB’S TALES TO HIS GRANDSON (download) by George Ivanovich  Gurdieff  

"So, my boy, in view of this, the Most High Commission decided, among other things, to implant provisionally in the common presence of the three-brained beings there a special organ (kundabuffer) with properties that, first, would make them perceive reality 'upside down' and, second, would cause every repeated impression from the outside to crystallize in them data that engender factors for evoking sensations of 'pleasure' and 'enjoyment.'

In another point George Ivanovich  Gurdieff  says:
"Before continuing to relate how all this occurred, I must tell you in a little more detail about that sacred substance which is the final result of the evolving transformations of every kind of being-food and is formed in the presence of every being without distinction of 'brain system ' This sacred substance, elaborated in the presence of beings of every kind, is almost everywhere called 'exioëhary,' but your favorites on the planet Earth call it 'sperm.

"Through the all-gracious foresight and command of our Common Father Creator and according to the actualization of Great Nature, this sacred substance arises in the presence of all beings, without distinction of brain system or exterior coating, in order that by its means they may consciously or automatically fulfill that part of their being-duty which consists in the continuation of their species. But in the presence of three-brained beings it also arises in order that they may consciously transform it for coating their higher being-bodies for their own being.

"Before the second transapalnian perturbation there, which the contemporary three-brained beings refer to as the 'loss of the continent of Atlantis,' in the period when various consequences of the properties of the organ kundabuffer had already begun to be crystallized in their presence, a being-impulse was gradually formed in them which later became predominant.

"This impulse is now called 'pleasure', and in order to satisfy it they were already beginning to exist in a manner unbecoming to three-centered beings, that is to say, most of them gradually began to remove this sacred being-substance from themselves for the satisfaction of this impulse alone.

"Well, my boy, from then on most of the three-brained beings of the planet Earth were not content to carry out the process of the removal of this substance, which is continuously elaborated in them, only at those periods normally established by Great Nature for beings in accordance with their organization, for the purpose of the continuation of their species
Owing to this, and also to the fact that most of them had ceased to utilize this substance consciously for coating their higher being-bodies, it came about that when they did not remove it from themselves in ways that by then had become mechanical, they naturally experienced a sensation called 'sirklinimana,' a state they describe as 'feeling out of sorts,' and which is invariably accompanied by what is called 'mechanical suffering.

Extract from book "Practice of Brahmacharya"(download) by  Swami Sivananda“

… Adam fell on account of one loose moment. Eve tempted on account of one desire. The forbidden fruit will ripen before the human eyes in no time. …Beware of Maya and its meshes. The chains of gold can be cut asunder, but not the silken meshes of Maya. A single unguarded moment is sufficient to capsize the whole casket of pearls, down into the dark abyss of passion and lust.”
Desire in the mind is the real impurity. Sexual desire, vulgar attraction for the opposite sex, is the greatest impurity. This causes the real bondage.”

How the ego has been created?

Ego has been created by the externalization of sexual energy due to sexual union with orgasm. When sexual energy is externalized then, the prana, the mind and the awareness flow outward towards the physical body and the sense objects. This way identification with the body (the sense the body is ‘me’) and the sense objects (‘Mineness’) takes place.
The pleasure that the mind experiences due to orgasm becomes lust and passion that are imprinted and accumulated in the energy body and in the mind. The ego which basically is made of pleasure and lust demands to experience the pleasure more strongly after every pleasurable experience. Thus desire is developed which gradually from desire (desire is lust to possess an object and have pleasure) for sex modifies as desire for eating and drinking, desire for fame, power etc.

Conclusion:  The ego has been created by modification of sexual energy

The development of the ego had as a consequence the disorientation of the intellect which became more and more clouded. Thus the intellect instead of reflecting the consciousness and be an instrument of the divine will has became the servant of the ego which seeks pleasures in the illusory sense objects. Gradually the side effects of pleasure and desire have been developed. These are innumerable but the main are the anger, fear, aggressiveness, separation, sadness, sorrow, depression, selfishness, irritability, etc. 

Birth after birth, generation after generation the ego gradually modifies in innumerable ways and we can see today how much the ego has become complicated after thousands of years of its development. The majority of earthlings nowadays are occupied by this virus of ego. They have become problematic insane entities who create great amount of suffering for themselves and their fellows. Collectively the ego becomes more insane and creates wars, violence, famine, environment pollution, exploitation of women, of animals etc…

  • Gurdieff and Samael Aun Weor have also said that Kundabuffer or Kundarticuador was also the factor which together with the sexual degeneration caused the development of ego.

..Thus, the subconsciousness is the same Ego or the Psychological ‘I’, that is rooted in the evil consequences of the Kundartiguador Organ.
The Most Saintly Ashiata Shiemash fought very hard in order to take the evil consequences of the Kundartiguador Organ out from humanity. The Holy Lama in Tibet also suffered very much in order to save humanity from the horrifying consequences of the mentioned fatal organ.
Buddha, Jesus, Moses and other Masters passed through much bitterness in order to liberate humanity from the disastrous       consequences of the Kundartiguador Organ…

 BEELZEBUB’S TALES TO HIS GRANDSON (download) by George Ivanovich  Gurdieff   

"You know that by this time what is called 'mechanical instinct' had gradually been engendered in them, as is normal in three-brained beings.

"The sacred members of the Most High Commission then reasoned that if this mechanical instinct in the biped three-brained beings of that planet were to develop toward the attainment of Objective Reason, as usually occurs everywhere among three-brained beings, it might possibly happen that they would prematurely comprehend the reason for their presence on that planet and would then make a good deal of trouble; it might happen that once they understood the reason for their arising, namely, that by their existence they should maintain the detached fragments of their planet, and became convinced of their slavery to circumstances utterly foreign to them, they would refuse to continue this existence of theirs and on principle destroy themselves.
"So, my boy, in view of this, the Most High Commission decided, among other things, to implant provisionally in the common presence of the three-brained beings there a special organ with properties that, first, would make them perceive reality 'upside down' and, second, would cause every repeated impression from the outside to crystallize in them data that engender factors for evoking sensations of 'pleasure' and 'enjoyment.'

"Then, with the help of the Universal Arch-Chemist-Physicist, the Angel Looisos, a member of this Most High Commission, they made a 'something' grow in the three-brained beings there, in a special way at the base of their spinal column at the root of their tail—for at that time they still had a tail, and that part of their common presence still kept its normal aspect, expressing the 'fullness of their being-significance'—a 'something' that fostered the arising in them of the properties I just mentioned.

"And this 'something' they then for the first time called the 'organ kundabuffer '
"Having made this organ grow in the presence of the three-brained beings and having made sure that it would work, the Most High Commission of Sacred Individuals, headed by the Archangel Sakaki, returned to the Center, reassured and with clear conscience, while on the planet Earth, which has taken your fancy, the action of this ingenious and astonishing invention began to flourish from the very first day, as the wise Mullah Nasr Eddin would say, like 'the trumpets of Jericho.' 

Sexual energy is the primordial and most powerful energy of the universe, and it is the only one that has the power to create at all levels.
Everything in this universe is modifications of this primordial energy.  All physical and psychic phenomena are created by the Divine sexual Shakti.
Be aware that the physical body is created by two sexual cells, one spermatozoon and one ovum. These two sexual cells are united and modified to all other cells and organs of the body. Similarly all psychological features, positive and negative ones, are modifications of sexual energy.

 "This creative potential, creative power, is present throughout the botanical and animal kingdoms. It is this alone that manifests as all the different forces in the individual human being—the power of acting, the power of thinking, the ability to see, hear, smell, taste, to digest, to breathe—everything. And it is this that is equally present in both sexes as the sex energy. Therefore,this being the key to life, one can imagine its importance, and one can also imagine its precious quality."
~Swami Chitananda

That’s why most of spiritual paths give great importance to the transformation of sexual energy. Some paths like Tantra yoga or hatha yoga aim with very specific practices to transform the sexual energy and activate the shakti-kundalini (download book). Sexual energy wisely utilized can transform a man to God. False use of it can create the egoic qualities in man and transform him even to a demon.

It is not a coincidence that the sexual degeneration we see today all over the world and the growth of ego go together.

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