Anartha Nivrtti: Overcoming False Ego

                                                                  If one commits offenses against devotees, and also has a strong false ego problem, then how to purify it and rectify the offenses? How to convert false ego?

                                                                  The way to overcome false ego is to cultivate real ego. Our real identity, constitutionally, is that we are eternal servants of Krishna and servants of His servants. By diligently cultivating a spiritual vision, by seeing ourselves as humble servants of the devotees and being in the attitude of serving them beneficially, replaces offensive and false egoistic mentality.

                                                                  Q: Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 9 describes the life of King Sudyumna, son of Manu, who changed into a woman after entering the forest of Lord Shiva. Why did this great soul with transcendental consciousness appear to have forgotten his former position, and behave like a woman attracted to a man? Did he forget everything, due to Maya – or did he remember, yet accepted his karma and engaged in the responsibility of woman? How should I understand this story?.


                                                                  Q: In Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura's Bhajana-rahasya he mentions that weakness of the heart is of four types: attachment to objects not related to Krsna, deceitfulness or fault-finding, enviousness and desire for fame. My question is related to enviousness. Even on the pure spiritual platform there is competition between the devotees. Normally enviousness or envy are one of elements which stimulate competition among common people. How to distinguish what is enviousness-type motivation and what is positive competition motivation?



                                                                  Q. Our BG discussion group has been rambling for lack of our ability to grapple with the meaning of 'ego'. All of us generally agree that spirituality is about surrendering the ego or getting rid of 'I consciousness'. But understanding it conceptually itself seems a challenge. We discussed 'I am not the body, I am the soul', and 'I am the eternal servant of the lord' aspects. We also cited the example of sage Valmiki - he must have lost consciousness of body altogether. We would appreciate hearing from you about this topic.