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Title: Is Ego a manufacturing defect
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-03-12 17:50:41
All religions/faiths lay lot of emphasis on elimination of ego.
Answer by Swami Gaurangapada: True religion or spirituality means elimination of the false ego which is the misidentification of the soul with the body not the factual true ego of the soul which is that the soul is a part and parcel of God.
I feel presence of ego to an extent is essential also to live and sustain in this material world.
Answer by Swami Gaurangapada: Yes, the true ego of the soul as a servant of God can ever be eliminated that is why you are not comfortable with this thought of elimination of the ego. And it is this true ego which will actually grant us the proper motivation to sustain the soul in the spiritual and material worlds.
God must have had some purpose to put this ego into humans to begin with?
Answer by Swami Gaurangapada: Yes sure, the true ego was given by the Lord so that we can voluntarily and willingly serve and love Him. And the false ego (separated energy) was created by the Lord in order to fulfil our wicked and impure desires of trying to enjoy separate from God.
Or is presence of ego a manufacturing defect my maker?
Answer by Swami Gaurangapada: Please do not come to conclusions before receiving the answers. God by definition is perfect and complete in all His transcendental activities including creation, maintainence and destruction. So it is our defect if we doubt the totally undefective and pure Lord.