Guard against the last-ditch attack of the false ego

The notion that we are ourselves God is the false ego’s ultimate weapon. The false ego is the subtlest of all the subtle material elements. Its foundational weapon is the illusion that makes us, spirit souls, misidentify with our material bodies.

Releasing us from the deceptive grip of the false ego and restoring us to the dignity of our true ego as the beloved children of Krishna – this is the essential purpose of spirituality. All our philosophical analysis and all our devotional practices are meant to conquer the false ego and enthrone Krishna as the Lord of our heart.

That’s why, if we start seeking authentic spirituality, the false ego makes a last-ditch effort to maintain its grip on us by putting on a spiritual masquerade. It tempts us with the ultimate hallucination, the supreme megalomania: “You yourself are God.” Many intellectual seekers succumb to this ruse, and soon they become converted into mouthpieces of the false ego. These misguided spiritualists use all their intellectual brilliance to misinterpret scripture and misuse logic for marketing the anti-scriptural and illogical claim that we are God. The Bhagavad-gita (15.07) declares unequivocally that we are eternally the parts of God, never God – as is the overall scriptural conclusion. Further, logic exposes the patent absurdity of this god-claim: “How can God come under illusion? That would make illusion greater than God – and that contradicts the very definition of God as the Supreme Being.”

When we encounter this absurd claim, we need to be penetrating enough to see through its spiritual masquerade and vigorous enough to expose it for what it is: the ultimate egocentric hallucination.

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 15 Text 07

“The living entities in this conditioned world are My eternal fragmental parts. Due to conditioned life, they are struggling very hard with the six senses, which include the mind.”

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