This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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The ego-other distinction

The bhakta sees salvation as a struggle to overcome selfishness (egoism) and for this reason his primary distinction is between love of self and love of other, whether this other is his neighbor or God. In other words, he has for his foundation the ego-other dualism. His goal is to “die to self” in favor of a selfless love for this “other.” The jnanin does not deal in oppositions but sets himself to transcending dualism, which means that the only thing he must love is the one true Self, principle of all selves, his or anyone else’s. The jnanin does not love either himself or his neighbor, but loves the Self in both himself and his neighbor. Insofar as he admits of ‘egoism’ as a problem, he sees it less in terms of a moral selfishness than in a failure to know the Self in created beings. We can point out that this transcendence of the self-other perspective is present in Thomism when it is said that a man must love himself even above his neighbor for the sake of his own salvation, which is to say, the Christian must die to self so that he can love the Self in himself, but this will already coincide with any real love for his neighbor, regardless of the order in which he cultivates the loves. It is merely a matter of relation or emphasis.

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