For advancement in spiritual world we need to surrender ourselves to spiritual “Guru” (teacher). Surrender here means with body, mind, heart and most important with our “ego”. Why is it important to surrender ego? It is because ego stops us in surrendering ourselves to guru. Therefore to surrender to guru, it is very important to remove ego within us. Here we will try to know kinds of ego found within us.
Within us we can find two kind of ego. The first one very familiar with us related to “I, me, mine etc”. As we assume I’m the doer, achiever of something, it is mine etc. This is the most common form of ego.
The second one can is known as “Negative Ego”. Why we call it as negative ego? It can be explained with this story—
While going to take bath in river a saint saw a particle of sand. It was very sad. As saint was omniscient, he understood the feelings of sand. Knowingly, he asked- “Why are you, so sad?” Sand replied- “I’m very weak and there is no any existence of me in this world, even river and air took me from here to there….” Listening to sand, saint replied—“You don’t remember, you were a part of big mountain. Since you lost the contact with the mountain and you became a stone. River carried you through the valley on the way; you lost the identity of stone and became sand. Because of separation from the mountain you became what you are now. He added- “If you will surrender yourself soon the day will come when a contractor will come and take you from here and you will be part of a great monument. But you must surrender yourself with “negative ego” so you will get a new identity”. Listening to this the sand was very happy. Saint moved from there to take bath. After few days a contractor came and took the sand. Now sand has become a part of great monument and it was impossible to find the identity of sand or we can say his identity became as a monument.
Thus to grow spiritually we need to surrender both kind of ego to our spiritual guru. And as story also narrates if we surrender our ego to spiritual guru he will work as a contractor and will lead us to monument i.e. God himself as contractor did with sand.
With Blessings of “Shirdi Sai Baba”
Contributed by: Pravin Kumar Ojha