This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

The distinction between Self and ego

Christ said: ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.’[1] Which St. Paul affirmed, asking: ‘Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?’[2] These things the Hindu also affirms when he speaks of the ‘Self’ which is within us all, and in which our true identity is to be found, and which is none other than Brahma Itself. But this truth, which is true always, must be realized by each individually in order for it to become true for him, and it is the ‘Self-realization’ that is the task of all, and it is through this realization, which amounts to seeing for oneself what was true from the beginning, that one is enabled to say truly: ‘It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.’[3] Before this realization is brought about, we live with an illusory self, that inferior shade which appears to us to be our identity, but which is only the passing and mortal mask we wear. To live without seeing this mask as the false self that it is is to live in ignorance, and without identity. To see the true ‘Self,’ on the other hand, is to see God in ourselves, and to discover our identity in God. This distinction, between the only true ‘Self’ and the transitory self which is destined to pass away, is identified in the Hindu doctrines as that between the ‘Self’ and the ‘ego.’

[1] John 14:23.

[2] 1 Corinthians 3:16.

[3] Colossians 3:3.

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