In any therapy or seeking culture there are popular myths about Enlightenment and 'the path'. Hating, crucifying, annexing, cauterising the ego is one result. The ego becomes the scapegoat. To aid communication a person's bits are divided into parts, even though the highest vantage point is to oneself as whole, of course not everyone feels like that, and so are unable to avow it. Any *enlightened* satsang teacher knows what the ego is.

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Dear GC,

Self-hatred, rather bits-of-self hatred is common, it is one of the symptoms of the unenlightened condition - being at war with, not telling the truth, not accepting what one really is. So it's entirely consistent with ignorance that one has such an inner struggle going on.

In any therapy or seeking culture there are popular myths about Enlightenment and 'the path'. Hating, crucifying, annexing, cauterising the ego is one result. The ego becomes the scapegoat.

To aid communication a person's bits are divided into parts, even though the highest vantage point is to oneself as whole, of course not everyone feels like that, and so are unable to avow it. Any *enlightened* satsang teacher knows what the ego is. You might note that the word 'ego' is rarely mentioned in my Dialogues unless someone brings it up. Why is that? Because most people don't know in what it refers to, and so the ego becomes a bogey-man, whispered about in hallowed circles, but never seen.

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love Oshana

Hi Oshana,

Last night, whils't I was web-surfing, I came across the following:... don't accept a denigration of any part of yourself. Some teachers employ negation, but it leads to trouble. Your mind is a wonderful thing, it is not "in your way."Your ego is a prize, a privilege of the universe given to you. It is not a distortion or an illusion." (Puran Bair)

DAMN RIGHT!

I have been labeling bits of me 'ego' and trying my hardest to get rid of them a kind of spiritual self-hatred. But since when did you heal a wound by cutting it out? I've decided to love *all* of me, ego included (after all, hating it never got rid of it, anyway). I feel a lot happier than I have done in ages! I don't even feel desperate to be 'enlightened' any more. I feel as if life has suddenly become interesting again. Why do adherents of non-duality talk about people as if they were made up of different bits?? I AM NOT TWO! love and smiles,

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