“Ego is able to convert everything to its own use, even spirituality.For example,if you have learned of a particularly beneficial meditation technique of spiritual practice,then ego’s attitude is, first to regard it as an object of fascination and, second to examine it. Finally, since ego is seeming solid and cannot really absorb anything, it can only mimic.
Thus ego tries to examine and imitate the practice of meditation and the meditative way of life. When we have learned all the tricks and answers of the spiritual game, we automatically try to imitate spirituality, since real involvement would require the complete elimination of ego, and actually the last thing we want to do is to give up the ego completely.
However, we cannot experience that which we are trying to imitate; we can only find some area within the bounds of ego that seems to be the same thing. Ego translates everything in terms of its own state of health, its own inherent qualities. It feels a sense of great accomplishment and excitement at having been able to create such a pattern. At last it has created a tangible accomplishment, a confirmation of its own individuality.”
I have been working on the next part in the Vipassana Series, though I have been held back by some technical difficulties, unfortunately (recovery of emails, etc, for use in the illustration of what is being explained), however, I felt I have not made a post in a while, and though formatting is difficult, am providing a recent “quickie”, so to speak.
I will now provide the following images –
This is actually amazing, for a psychological case study…..
The page in question is the following:
If anyone understands how pages work in Facebook, there is a “seen” heading on each post, that shows not only how may have seen it, but WHO sees it.
This specific page is about the yoga sutras of patanjali, and Ania Ziolkowska has “seen” every post that has been made on the page, which are verses from the sutras.
Here is where it gets interesting (and when you can know if someone has actually read the sutras, or understands them) –
The only sutras Ania has “liked” so far are also the only ones that can be misinterpreted as ego-centric.
The one and only post Ania Ziolkowska commented on is an exercise in her attempting “magic” – “Say it, and it will be true”
Ania Ziolkowska is STILL attempting to convince herself that everything she is doing, everything she has done so far, is the “right path”, or even a path at all.
Ania Ziolkowska is still attempting to convince herself that everything she gave up was for the right reasons, that it was worth giving up at all.
Ania is looking for forgiveness she doesn’t deserve because she refuses to take responsibility for what she’s done, believing there is a “path” that can avoid that “requirement”.
Ania Ziolkowska is still trying to convince herself she is “happy”.
Maybe some don’t see this, however I would deem that as interesting, due to the fact that, like a child, Ania is ruled by her Id, and has finally reached the point where the Id is all she is, which, essentially, means she’s an empty shell, with very little impulse control.
Also notice that her comment, the only one Ania Ziolkowska has provided, is “shallow”, without any deeper explanation of what the sutra means, to her?
Notice how Ania asks no questions, to gain a deeper or more clear understanding?
Essentially, what Ania Ziolkowska is practicing is a confirmation bias, brought forth by cognitive dissonance, in that she cannot relate the other sutras to herself, and therefore ignores them, as they are too difficult, just as Ania ignores any mention of Yamas – “rights”, or Niyamas – “wrongs”
And by asking no questions, Ania protects her “Id”, by not chancing that “she”, her Id self, could possibly be wrong.
The avoidance of “Unpleasure”.
Thus taking the safe route.
Ania Ziolkowska merely wishes to be “acknowledged”, but not in a way that is actually beneficial to her.
- Obstacles on the Path (yogacarechallenge.com)
- New from Lululemon – Brahmacharya (yogelisa.com)
- How to Do the Ten Ethic Principles of Patanjali (Yoga Sutra) (omigassplus.wordpress.com)
- Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (yoga-mysore.com)
- Good Books for Meditation (nativeyoga.wordpress.com)