346 – Demolish Ego

National Integration Through Thirukkural And Sanskrit


“Ego”, is a natural Human psychological trait that changes everything in its way and makes everyone fall prey to undesirable consequences in their life. The pride and self esteem if overrated in our mind, manifests itself, in the form of Ego. We forget to remember the only truth in the Universe is all the living and non living objects and their existence is under the control of the Supreme Power whom we call ‘God’.

The following story narrates the consequence of EGO.

Once there was a Scientist who toiled all through his life to make exact human physical body replicas of himself. He mastered the art so perfectly that one could not easily distinguish the replica with the original. One day, the God  of Death, Yama,  knocked on his door. The shrewd Scientist reproduced dozen of his replicas. Yama was bewildered by looking at the similarity of the Scientist and unable to recognize the original person, he returned back in vain. The Scientist got the illusion that he can elude death easily.

Yama, who has a enormous experience of human thought processes, came back with a trick. He again approached the scientist and staring at the human figures and without pointing any of that said, “Dear scientist, you have managed everything correctly but you could not evade a small flaw while reproducing yourselves”. The Scientist standing amongst the replicas, hurriedly spoke out “Not a single flaw can be pointed in my work”. Then, Yama said, “This uncontrollable EGO is the flaw” and he took the Scientist away with him.

Ego blinds us to hardcore reality and we tend make minute mistakes though we are endowed with greater skills and strength. Each one of has to be very careful about our accomplishments and our achievements should not make us blind that every individual is bestowed upon with equal grace and strength by the Almighty and winning and losing are subject to focus, efforts and time spent on them. One has to subside the feeling of ‘All is I’ and propagate the feeling of ‘I am nothing before All’ which helps to rejoice everything in God’s creation.

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam says

“I have always been a religious person in the sense that I maintain a working partnership with God. I was aware that the best work required more ability than I possessed and therefore I needed help that only God could give me. I made a true estimate of my own ability, then raised it by 50 per cent and put myself in God’s hands. In this partnership, I have always received all the power I needed, and in fact have actually felt it flowing through me. Today, I can affirm that the kingdom of God is within you in the form of this power, to help achieve your goals and realize your dreams”.

Thiruvalluvar in his couplet 346 says that, A person who demolishes the sense of “I” and “Mine” enters heaven.

யான்எனது என்னும் செருக்குஅறுப்பான் வானோர்க்கு
உயர்ந்த உலகம் புகும்

Yaan Enadhu Ennum Serukku Aruppaan Vaanorkku
Uyarndha Ulagam Pugum

பரிமேலழகர் உரை:

யான் எனது என்னும் செருக்கு அறுப்பான் – தான் அல்லாத உடம்பை ‘யான்’ என்றும், தன்னோடு இயைபு இல்லாத பொருளை ‘எனது’ என்றும் கருதி, அவற்றின்கண் பற்றுச் செய்தற்கு ஏதுவாகிய மயக்கத்தைக் கெடுப்பான், வானோர்க்கு உயர்ந்த உலகம் புகும் -வானோர்க்கும் எய்தற்கு அரிய வீட்டுலகத்தை எய்தும். (மயக்கம்: அறியாமை. அதனைக் கெடுத்தலாவது, தேசிகர்பால் பெற்ற உறுதிமொழிகளானும்யோகப் பயிற்சியானும் அவை ‘யான்’ ‘எனது’ அன்மை தெளிந்து, அவற்றின்கண் பற்றை விடுதல். சிறப்பு உம்மை விகாரத்தால் தொக்கது. இதனான், இவ்விருவகைப் பற்றினையும் விட்டார்க்கே வீடுஉளது என்பது கூறப்பட்டது.).

Bagavad Gita verse 2.71 also enunciates the same.

निर्ममो निरहंकार​: स शान्तिमधिगच्छति। ॥

A person who has given up all desires for sense gratification, who lives free from desires, who has given up all sense of proprietorship and is devoid of false ego, alone can attain real peace.

Sanskrit Translation by Shri S. N. Srirama Desikan

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