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Title: Ego becomes more after Chanting
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-08-13 13:27:00
My ego seems to manifest and I get all sorts of idea's that I am great, which really bothers me. Like I think I am best devotee, etc. These thoughts are not good. But what can I do? If I had taste for chanting, then would these thoughts bother me?
Answer by Swami Gaurangapada:
When you enter a room which has not been cleaned for 20 years you will find all the dirt and dust settled. But when you start brooming all the dust and dirt will come out on it's way out and one may think that now there is more dirt than previously. But this is not the case.
Similarly when one starts chanting, one starts the cleansing process of the heart and mind and for some time one may feel the pangs of material desires even more than previously as they are coming out and going away. Only when an enemy becomes seen, we can shoot it. Similarly the Holy Names may first expose all the unwanted things in our heart and then throw them out forever. So understanding this, one should simply patiently chant the Holy Names without getting disturbed about this cleansing process. And one day, one will find oneself completely pure by the power of the Holy Names of Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna.