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Ego – The Inner Demon That Keeps Us Away From God

Banish your Ego with Daily Sadhana

Ego – The Inner Demon That Keeps Us Away From God

Prem gali ati sankari, tame dou na samai;
jab mai tha tab hari nahi, ab hari hai mai nahi.  
(Saint Kabirdas)

"The street of love is too narrow; it cannot accommodate two at the same time; When "I" was there, God was not; now God is there, but not me."

The biggest impediment in our path of God-realization is our own ego. Once we forgo this ego, our path to attain God's love becomes easier. A very interesting and symbolic story in this regard is of Goddess Durga and Mahishasura (symbolism of ego). Mahishasura was granted a boon by Lord Brahma that he could only be killed by a woman. He believed that it was not possible for a woman to kill him and started thinking himself as an immortal being. He uprooted the devas from their places and self proclaimed himself as the master of Trilok (Swarglok, Tribhuvan, Patal lok). The devas approached the Gods, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva to seek help. The Gods agreed that Mahishasura could only be defeated by the Supreme Goddess. So, they concentrated their energies and called upon Goddess Durga.

Goddess Durga started residing on a mountaintop and was seen by the servants of Mahishasura. Enchanted by her beauty, the henchmen of Mahishasura convinced him to possess her - the one who is extraordinarily beautiful. Mahishasura sent a proposal to her but Goddess Durga refused saying that she took a vow as a child to marry the one who could defeat her in a battle. Enraged by her reply, Mahishasura sent an army of demons to defeat Goddess Durga but all were killed. Finally, he entered the battlefield and began a fierce battle with the Supreme Goddess. To evade her, he transformed himself from one form to another. Ultimately, in the battle, Mahishasura was slain and order and harmony are restored in the universe.  

In our lives, we also have to fight with our inner demon, ego and transform the narcissist within ourselves to a selfless and loving devotee. Only then can we experience order and harmony within ourselves. Daily Sadhana will help us accomplish this.