I’m working hard on my ego but it’s very fatiguing.
That is the problem. You do not have to work hard on your ego at all, not even one percent. The more you work hard on it, the more determined it is to exist. Just relax and let it dissolve. “I” must go. It has to be done very sincerely, honestly, humbly and unassumingly without anyone knowing. It is not hard labor. It needs a perfect attitude of surrender with sweetness. “Oh, I’m trying hard but my ego is not going” is a white lie. This is harsh, I know, but if you want to give up your ego and it does not go, who is blocking you? It is you only.
Is it necessary to work up to the point where you can surrender or let go and be qualified to be Liberated?
Up to a certain stage you have to work upon yourself. We are not starting from egolessness. What is egolessness actually? It is where no trace of “you” remains. You cannot start from there; you have to reach there. An example is an iron rod that is cold, black and hard. These traits are comparable to ignorance. When you put an iron rod in fire it first changes from cold to warm, then hot. It gradually changes from black to red. Its hardness begins to bend and ultimately it melts. This is comparable to egolessness. When totally you merge your ego, “you” do not remain. You become God.
It seems to me that if I’m in an egoless state and another is in an egoless state, what is there between that makes us special to each other? I think of relationships like marriage, and this whole concept of freeing yourself from attachment. Being in an egoless state as opposed to attached love is difficult for me.
You are trying to measure the state of egolessness as if it were a static condition: if we become egoless, how shall we maintain relationships of husband and wife or parent and child? This question will not remain after you attain egolessness. At that stage you are no longer an individual personality. You no longer experience miseries or chaos. Your ego is merged with the cosmos. You are superconscious, unbound. You deal with life in a purified sense. Life is transformed. I cannot explain this unless I bring myself in. I am talking to you. You are seeing me as a personality, which is true. I am saying “I” and it sounds as though I am an individual personality. But if you believe me, I never find myself an individual at all. I see myself as everywhere. This is difficult to explain due to limitations in language.
Superconsciousness, Pure Consciousness and egolessness appear from outside like an individual personality, but inside it is connected with cosmic consciousness. Still I am living life. You see my point? I can be a husband or parent without attachment, transformed to pure love. You do your duties spontaneously, without planning or projection or worries. Egolessness is called divine life. At all times you are conscious of God in you: God the wife, God the husband, God the children, God the parents. You become God dealing with God. Language cannot describe this. It is a matter of experiencing.
As far as the chakras go, would Christ-consciousness be entered in the sixth chakra?
Christ consciousness is the seventh chakra, though when you attain the sixth chakra you can see Jesus. The sixth chakra is very, very rarified or purified ego. The Indian term is shudhasattva: shudha meaning “pure.” Each of the gunas—tamas, rajas and sattva—is a quality of mind: inertia, activity, tranquility. However, each quality includes portions of the other two. Let us say there is a person who is very inert, which is called tamasic. They will also have a portion of rajas and sattva as well, but the dominant quality will be tamas. Likewise, a person who is very active has rajas predominant, which means they are generally restless and emotionally excited. Even so, they will have a portion of tamas and sattva, but that is subordinate to rajas. Likewise, the person with sattva or tranquility predominant will also have a portion of rajas or tamas.
When sattva is completely purified it is called shudhasattva. This is attained on the sixth chakra. There Christ comes to you automatically and he will ask you where you want to go: “Do you want to be one with me or go back and do something else?” In Indian language we call Christ a real yogi. You become Christ-conscious when you attain the seventh chakra. That is called Illumination, Buddhahood, Liberation. There is no birth after that unless you want it. You are all knowing, master of your destiny. On the sixth chakra you are also very high. You can do wonders. You can rule planets on the sixth chakra, but still it is short of being Almighty.
© 2017 Truth Consciousness. Excerpted from the Satsang: What Is Ego-Egolessness? (C-28). For further information on the audio Satsangs of Swami Amar Jyoti, visit truthconsciousness.org.