“Ego is the biggest enemy of humans.”
~ Rig Veda
As ego goes,
until it Knows – Its Self.”
~ Ron Rattner, Sutra Sayings
“The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.”
“As you grow up, you form a mental image of who you are, based on your personal and cultural conditioning. We may call this phantom self the ego. It consists of mind activity and can only be kept going through constant thinking. The term ego means different things to different people, but when I use it …it means a false self, created by unconscious identification with the mind. …..
As long as you are identified with your mind, the ego runs your life.”
~ Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now
“Your task is not to seek for love,
but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself
that you have built against it.”
“As long as you take yourself to be a person, a body, a mind, separate from the stream of life, having a will of its own, pursuing its own aims, you are living merely on the surface and whatever you do will be short-lived and of little value, mere straws to feed the flames of vanity.”
~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
The Way In, Is The Way Out
In this crazy age
of mental malaise,
in a mental maze.
Without a doubt,
to find our way out
we must know
the way we got in.
Ron’s Audio Recitation of “The Way In, Is The Way Out”
Ron’s Comments and Explanation of “The Way In, Is The Way Out”
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Upon birth as human lifeforms we experience instant amnesia about our true spiritual self-identity. Whereupon, perceiving and believing ourselves to be mere mortal physical bodies separate from each other and nature, we mistakenly think and behave as unconnected egos, and thereby become subject to the universal law of cause and effect – karma.
Every Human – except for rare Buddha-like beings – knowingly or unknowingly is in some evolutionary stage of undoing mistaken ego identity – a process indispensable to our inevitable evolution. So for millennia spiritual seers have recognized “ego” as the greatest human “enemy” and impediment to our spiritual evolution.
Thus, because of ego’s supreme significance, numerous SillySutras.com writings describe “ego” and ways to transcend it. (See e.g. website archives linked here.)
In writing about ego I have sometimes with ‘artistic license’ used memorable or whimsical metaphors. For example, I have written that ego identification causes each soul to become ‘encapsulated’ and ‘entangled’ in a “self-woven karmic cocoon” arising from our unique behaviors – through which we often bring about personal and world sufferings. And that each “karmic cocoon” becomes a kind of “psychological prison” in which suffering is inevitable, and which restricts realization of our unlimited potentialities. But that we can each mentally transcend that “prison” and emerge “free at last”, no matter what our outer circumstances, by “undoing ego”.
“As ego goes, consciousness grows, until it Knows – Its Self.”
A YouTube documentary film titled: “Walks With Ron (A Spiritual Memoir)” (See https://sillysutras.com/walks-with-ron-a-brief-film-about-ron-rattner/ ) includes dialogue, with visual and musical segments about my song We’re Just Butterflies In A Caterpillar World. In it I explain how butterflies are living metaphors for human metamorphosis, and powerful symbols of our human potential to gradually emerge from “karmic cocoons” to transcend inevitable earthly sufferings.
Similar to our dilemma of being metaphorically imprisoned in “self-woven karmic cocoons”, I have sometimes whimsically said that we’re “caught by thought – in a mental maze” and “lost in a lingual labyrinth”. But until now none of my ‘mental maze’ metaphors were posted or linked on the SillySutras website except for a sutra reading in The Walks With Ron documentary.
So I’ve posted above “The Way In, Is The Way Out”, the whimsical ‘mental maze’ poem which appears in that video. I hope you’ll enjoy it. And that it may help all of us who are still “caught by thought” and haven’t yet found the way out of our ego created “mental maze” or escaped from – our self-woven karmic cocoons.
May this whimsical poem help remind us all of our critical need to let go of who or what we mistakenly think we are, so can realize and BE what we really are – ONE with Nature as its Eternal Source.
And so may it be!