Sunday, 15 February 2015
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What is it within us that listens to the ego and then does what it wants?
7 years ago
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#8824
Accepted Answer
Consciousness. When we as a consciousness identify with the ego, desires (nafs), our identity within the moment (waqt) is the ego.

Non-identification indicates separation of the consciousness from desire through self-observation, known as awareness or muhadarah in Arabic (to be aware of the presence, hudur, of divinity, may He be praised and Exalted).

However, when we as a soul or psyche identifies with any given egotistical state, we believe this mistaken sense of self, ego, to be our true identity!

This is why Samael Aun Weor (peace and blessings be upon him) stated:
Wherever we direct attention, we expend creative energy.
Also, from the Prophet Jesus (peace and blessings be upon him):
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from all evil.
Some useful quotes from the Sufi master Al-Qushayri regarding this topic:
Thoughts (khawatir) are declarations that arrive in one’s awareness. This may result from the dictation of an angel or from the dictation of a devil, or from the operations of the ego or may come from the Truth, glory to Him. If thoughts come from an angel, they are called inspired suggestions, ilham. If they are from one’s ego, they are called notions, hawajis. If they are from satan, they are called imaginations and anxieties, waswas. If they are from the Truth, glory to Him, and His dictation to the heart, they are called true thought, khatir haqq. And all of these are a kind of talking.

When a thought comes from an angel, its reliability can only be known through the corroboration to be found in religious knowledge. Because of this the Sufis have said, “Every thought unattested by a point of outward practice is in vain.” When a thought is from the Devil, the greater part of it will be a summons to disobedience. When it is from the ego, for the most part it will be a call to the satisfaction of a desire or the indulgence of a feeling of vanity, or some other characteristic particular to the ego. The shaykhs agree that whoever eats what is forbidden will not be able to distinguish between angelic and demonic suggestion. I heard Abu Ali al-Daqqaq say that when someone receives his food from a worldly source rather than depending directly on God, he will see no difference between inspiration and fantasy. But when true effort silences the ego’s notions, the testimony of one’s heart grows articulate by virtue of one’s suffering.
–Al-Qushayri, Al-Risalah
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For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought. -Bayazid al-Bastami

7 years ago
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#8824
Accepted Answer
Consciousness. When we as a consciousness identify with the ego, desires (nafs), our identity within the moment (waqt) is the ego.

Non-identification indicates separation of the consciousness from desire through self-observation, known as awareness or muhadarah in Arabic (to be aware of the presence, hudur, of divinity, may He be praised and Exalted).

However, when we as a soul or psyche identifies with any given egotistical state, we believe this mistaken sense of self, ego, to be our true identity!

This is why Samael Aun Weor (peace and blessings be upon him) stated:
Wherever we direct attention, we expend creative energy.
Also, from the Prophet Jesus (peace and blessings be upon him):
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from all evil.
Some useful quotes from the Sufi master Al-Qushayri regarding this topic:
Thoughts (khawatir) are declarations that arrive in one’s awareness. This may result from the dictation of an angel or from the dictation of a devil, or from the operations of the ego or may come from the Truth, glory to Him. If thoughts come from an angel, they are called inspired suggestions, ilham. If they are from one’s ego, they are called notions, hawajis. If they are from satan, they are called imaginations and anxieties, waswas. If they are from the Truth, glory to Him, and His dictation to the heart, they are called true thought, khatir haqq. And all of these are a kind of talking.

When a thought comes from an angel, its reliability can only be known through the corroboration to be found in religious knowledge. Because of this the Sufis have said, “Every thought unattested by a point of outward practice is in vain.” When a thought is from the Devil, the greater part of it will be a summons to disobedience. When it is from the ego, for the most part it will be a call to the satisfaction of a desire or the indulgence of a feeling of vanity, or some other characteristic particular to the ego. The shaykhs agree that whoever eats what is forbidden will not be able to distinguish between angelic and demonic suggestion. I heard Abu Ali al-Daqqaq say that when someone receives his food from a worldly source rather than depending directly on God, he will see no difference between inspiration and fantasy. But when true effort silences the ego’s notions, the testimony of one’s heart grows articulate by virtue of one’s suffering.
–Al-Qushayri, Al-Risalah
Study this course!

For thirty years I sought God. But when I looked carefully I found that in reality God was the seeker and I the sought. -Bayazid al-Bastami

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