Monday, October 6, 2014

Transcending Ego representations

"All existing things are really one. We regard those that are beautiful and rare as valuable, and those that are ugly as foul and rotten The foul and rotten may come to be transformed into what is rare and valuable, and the rare and valuable into what is foul and rotten." ..................Chuang Tzu (Zhuangzi)

"For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.".............Matthew 7:2

The human malady is the judgemental attitude when a perception presents itself. We tend to qualify or rather our ego tends to qualify what is perceived in any objective reality. The function of the ego is identification with itself and hence the attribute assignment naturally follows the inward representation confirming to an a priori  template.

In Freud's "The Ego and I", the Phenomenological Ego relates to external reality through a process by which some a priori concept is taken as the benchmark and all other related perceptions go through a qualification process in a sequence where the final value judgement results.

In his book "Requiem for the Ego: Freud and the Origins of Postmodernism" Alfred I. Tauber writes:
".............. To recognize representations as such (as opposed to some final reality) provides an epistemological perspective that at a minimum cautions how one’s point of view provides only a singular and limited perspective. Instead of an unattainable view from nowhere, subjects are restricted by the unavoidable limited mediation of their vantage point, which Nietzsche celebrated and positivists lamented. But further to their critique, the individuality posed in its perspectival epistemology also brings along with it a self-awareness of a moral perspective and the concomitant sense of autonomy from which the responsibility of self-initiated, self-governed actions commence."

In the process of enlightenment, the need to transcend this state of falsified representation becomes mandatory as this impedes the process of deeper identification beyond the corrupting influence of concepts resulting in representational dualities. In the process of altered representation, the stage of influence by the Ego mind can be negated only through an intermediary stage where the mind is able to go deeper into the intangible plane where deeper consciousness becomes active.

This can be activated by a cross reference to mythological, spiritual and cosmological content that can be acquired through our own mind. To do this the need to acquire deeper knowledge and convert it into an existential wisdom is the integral part of our life journey.

Mythology evokes the archetypes of the universal unconscious thus providing a powerful tool for the deeper enquiry beyond our waking consciousness. This is the reason Joseph Campbell says:
“Thinking in mythological terms helps to put you in accord with the inevitables of this vale of tears. You learn to recognize the positive values in what appear to be the negative moments and aspects of your life. The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure."

In the spiritual realm, deeper knowledge can be accessed through the esoteric understanding of the wisdom traditions and scriptures and the cosmological wisdom can be acquired through deeper scientific enquiry.

In the first quote at the beginning of the article, the transitory nature of objective qualities are brought out by Chuang Tzu. It is the rather repulsive caterpillar that transforms into the beautiful butterfly. It is the insignificant acorn that transforms into the mighty Oak tree. It is the most beautiful body that ages and withers in the old age. Value assessment is purely subjective.

The second quote from the Gospel of Matthew that brings forth the interconnectedness of consciousness of all creation. Every element of creation has a place and purpose and if we pass judgement from within our limitation, it is this limitation which gets strengthened. This is the meaning of "........... and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."

This reminds me of the beautiful saying of Rumi:
"Beyond our ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase ‘each other’
doesn’t make sense anymore." ........................Rumi

Love to you all.


  1. A beautiful piece! If only we could balance and control our ego a paradise on earth is sure ours!!