Ego is the essential part of our existence that identifies us and separates us from the universe. But are we separate? The universe starts at one point and expands outward as far as we can imagine. So does ego. It starts with self and stamps its existence on all things we consider ours. It leads to possessions, to pride, and to unhappiness. Why must we, as individuals, want to stamp a part of what belongs to the universe as ours? What is the need for such a craving? Or, is it done subconsciously?
Why must a grain of rice that carries the same taste as any other grain of rice want to be different? Together with other grains, it helps bring flavour, taste, colour, and texture to the dish. Together with the other grains, it can serve the purpose of feeding someone; on its own it won’t succeed.
What then is the purpose of a grain of rice?
It is the same as that of a full dish—to feed someone.
The other purpose is to give birth to another grain that will grow into a rice plant someday and feed someone else. Why then do we think each one of us is different? We are individuals that are working towards one purpose. Why then must we bring ego to life?
Ego may appear to give us confidence but it is always related to hurt. We extend ourselves beyond our boundaries and step onto somebody else’s ego. This starts a fight that results in hurt.
We must keep ego to a minimum as it prevents us from doing greater good.
We are all a tiny part of the same universe.
We are a part of the universe as much as it is a part of us. Then why let our ego become so big that it overshadows all happiness in our lives?