The Devil is our own Ego
Our ego will criticise us, seduce us into feeling good (better than others), and convince us to put practice aside.
Why? Because when we are empty, aware and relaxed (uncontaminated intelligence), ego loses employment…loses existence.
The ego will always try to make things comfortable for us. Remember; we are not essentially human, but merely take on a human form for a very short while. In our present state of evolution, ego-clinging (which is our consciousness clinging to concepts about its human existence) cannot be totally extinguished. It will always try to lure and distract us away from our true nature…suffocate us! It’s the ego that makes us succumb to negative emotions (and positive emotions about ourselves) – that is the devil within us! The ego is our self-created devil.
It is for this reason that we have to be mindful and aware. This is why we train the mind. We may achieve a temporary suspension of ego activity, but the little devil lurks in our selfish dark corners, subtly changing our motivation toward self-centred activity.
That is why compassion is the golden secret.
To be honest, the devil’s clinging activity is actually our teacher. It keeps us on our toes. When we know the nature of our true being, which is empty essence – cognisant nature and unconfined compassion – then ego activity may be transformed into wisdom. Noticing this is remarkable.
Ego-fixated people will gravitate towards other ego-fixated people, as they can argue together and never come to a point. Take an ego-fixated person out of their comfort zone and they will want to fill the resulting vacuum – with themselves. This is noticeable in practically every conversation…
We need to be carefree and simple,
but not stupid.
Then the mud just falls away,
and are we no longer bound in it.
Ego fixation is self-perpetuation.
Self-perpetuation is ego fixation.
The devil ego
has no true existence.
It’s all in the mind!