Real ego and False ego:
(Lokanath Swami, 10 April 2014, Pune, India)

QUESTION:

Maharaj, I request you to please bless me so that there will be no ego in me and I should always think that this is for my Lord Krishna and my Guru Maharaj. I have seen some matajis hurting others because of their ego. Please Maharaj, I don’t want to be like them, help me.

ANSWER:

You need to stay humble. There is false ego and real ego. The false ego lets us believe we are someone we’re not and thus gives us vision through coloured glasses. So we see faults in people and we add a little colour from our own false ego to it as well. Thus we make faults into something more than what is really there. We must be free from this false ego, pride and our anarthas. Real ego on the other hand is thinking that we are all part and parcel of Krsna, So “I am a servant of the Lord and my real purpose is devotional service”.

The following is golden advice from Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu for us to continue with uninterrupted service.

trnad api sunicena taror api sahisnuna
amanina manadena kirtaniya sada hari (Siksastaka 3)

“One should chant the holy name of the Lord in a humble state of mind, thinking oneself lower than the straw on the street, being more tolerant than a tree and always ready to offer all respects to others. In such a state of mind one can chant the holy name of the Lord constantly.”

There are these three prerequisites to kirtaniya sada hari. So we should put this mantra,this gem of advices around our neck as a decoration so that we always take cognisance of it.