Ego is a force within Maya, that has permeated all the different universes created by God
It is present every where . It is within Maya itself. And being present in Maya, we are under the illusion that Maya or the devil is real.
There is no Maya or the Devil.
It gets more tricky to understand. But we will stop here
Since Ego is in Maya , it is also in the soul. And if in soul it trickles down to Karana body, subtle body and then in physical body
From the physical body, it then becomes evident/ permeates outward as emotions and sense of doership
As doership, we feel we are smart doctors, good singers, very intelligent and practical in our work and decisions etc. With that ego, we now are associated with sense of doing and this leads to binding karma
As a result of ego, we become sensitive to things people tell us and carry the burden of I like this but can’t get it or I like this, I smart so I got it – the duality of pain and pleasure. A person with heavy ego, can’t bear the slightest thing someone tells them. Even a general comment is taken personally
Ego causes pain in many different ways.
Ego is the reason why, although you are very powerful you lose all your powers.
Any thought that is from the depths of meditation materializes. But due to ego of wanting you become weak and deprived of getting wishes fulfilled.
Oh the wonderful Atman ! So majestic. So powerful. So sublime. Can do anything with a thought. That is known as Sankalp shakti. Yet with ego we have wants and we lose that power
Ego has given us unhappiness. That ego is known as Ravana. Cannot be slayed except by Rama
In Mahabharata he is known as Bhishma. Bhishma means terrible. He was given a wish, you cannot die unless you wish it This ego is invincible.
Those who are advanced can see ego in meditation. It is an object. Not something abstract or just product of physiology of the body. It is an actual entity that goes with the soul from body to body. With practice one learns to see IT and then eliminate it
But there is more to it. There are specific steps to remove it.
There is a story of Yogananda. He invited a high court chief justice to give a lecture at one of his ashrams opening. The chief justice humiliated him for 30 min. Insulting what Yogananda was doing. A disgrace to society. Depending on others for the functioning of the ashram etc
Yogananda did not say a word for 30 min. Then he left saying if you feel it wise please attend the ceremony
Then on the day of the function the chief justice did arrive. And talked about the greatness of Yogananda – a trust Saint. Yogananda did not budge or get upset for even a second.
That is a sign of ego being vanquished