One of the greatest ego-trips is the belief in individuality.
It is that belief the one originating separation among human beings. That separation expresses itself through a competitive attitude.
If you are number “1” in something, there must be number “2,” “3,” etc.
“I” need to become this or that. “I” need to arrive there all by myself, with my “own effort,” “I” must control “my” life and “my” environment; so I can become successful, well-known, somebody… In that way the world will know about “me” and “my” greatness, and “I” will be an example for humanity to emulate and they will follow “me,” and “I” will be teaching them to be “like me,” the “right way.” 🙂
Then, everyone will remember me when “I” die.. and “I” will be helping them from “up above,” (so “I” will continue on) so things will move in the “right path,” with the “right belief.” “I” will be seating next to God, observing, judging, controlling, punishing, criticizing, making things “good,” for all and helping all… “my way.” 🙂
The above is an egotistical, childish trip to nowhere.
For many the “reality” of being an individual who can do what he likes when he likes, is enough to create that illusion of separation.
Why is it an illusion?
Because what “I” do, what “I” say to “others” has a consequence which will be experienced by “me.”
“I” can do what “I” want, but “I” cannot stop the consequence of “my doings.” Moreover, If “I” had wisdom, “I” will not do something which will hurt “me.” Right?
But … “reality” is that we typically hurt ourselves at any given day.
Even though it is so simple to understand this principle of interdependence, our imagination and illusory thought; fully believes in our individuality.
There is no one who has taken the life of another being, who has no experienced a return on that.
There is no one who can possibly sit on the right side of God, who has developed an illusory sense of “I,” that individuality which is killing the best of humanity.
There is no one who can “go to heaven,” without caring for “others” and not just their own little story, their own beliefs and dogmas, their own sense of “security.”
Why is it so difficult to look at the Ocean and see that Ocean as part of “me”?
Isn’t that Ocean helping me survive? Can’t we see that far?
Humanity is a story, which has already been written. Things will happen as they have to. It is when “I” separate from that story, to create my “own,” when “I” create suffering for “me.”
All of our own beliefs are supported by this idea of individuality, separation.
The irony resides in labeling “others” who perceive the unicity of diversity as “infantile,” by doing that, we create the separation of “you” and “me,” which is the greatest illusion of the mind.
Are we interested on religious dogmas or in perceiving truth?
Are we interested in following an educational system based on solely this idea of individuality?
We could have the consciousness of individuality; but that is a partial “reality.” When we understand oneness through individuality; that is the time when our conceptual, analytical understanding of life is happily thrown out of the window of our own minds.
“All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.”
― Swami Vivekananda
“The meaning of Supreme Knowledge is to become one with all. Why so many diversities in the world? It is also due to lack of this oneness. Why so many diversities among different religions? That was also due to lack of oneness. Nothing will exist one day. Temples, Churches will not be required. When a man gets God within his body, then only everything will be abolished.”
― sri jibankrishna or Diamond
“We are all different expressions of one reality, different songs of one singer, different dances of one dancer, different paintings – but the painter is one.”
“Why struggle to open a door between us when the whole wall is an illusion?”
“Trouble makes us one with every human being in the world – and unless we touch others, we’re out of touch with life.”
― Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
“We are members of one great body, planted by nature…. We must consider that we were born for the good of the whole”
― Lucius Annaeus Seneca