The Ego can be understood as the collection of our various psychological defects and imperfections that populate our inner realms. They are constantly being recreated and fed by ourselves in an unconscious way. These imperfections are nourished by our centers of energy, our chakras. Each one of these imperfections is called ego or fractions of the Ego. The Ego is, in fact, solely responsible for our sufferings, mistakes, vices, fears and weaknesses.
Mental Effigies or Mental Representations
In reality, we do not have an individual mind, but a legion of smaller minds that are formed by an incredible number of psychological parts or aggregate. Our mind can be compared to a tall building that is 49 stores high, each level retaining a layer or a level of consciousness. Many times, we may even think we are not really thinking, but with a careful observation of our thought process, we find that in the deeper layers there are thought being realized.
In ancient Egypt, the Ego was known as the red demons of Seth. In the Bhagavad-Gita, the Ego is identified as the relatives whom Arjuna was supposed to defeat through terrible battles, according to Lord Krishna. Only through this “war” would Arjuna be able to see and realize his dharma.
In Greek mythology, Ego is represented by the monster Medusa, which caused the death of people through fear and petrified them.
In the Christian Bible, the passage in Mark 5 shows the actions of the Ego over someone; when Christ Jesus restored a demon-possessed man:
“When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell on his knees in front of him. He shouted at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In God’s name don’t torture me!” For Jesus had said to him, “Come out of this man, you impure spirit!”
Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”
“My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.”
~ Mark 5, 6-10
Still inside of Christianity, we see another set of representations of the actions of the Ego through the seven deadly sins of Thomas Aquinas: Lust, Hatred, Jealousy, Gluttony, Pride, Laziness, and Greed.
The work of facilitating the Psychological Death is an ageless practice and has been a practice taught by the Great Masters and avatars of Humanity in order to teach the end of the circle of suffering and limitations. Freedom and liberation has been for ages, an Inside Job.
Each one of the masters tried to teach the same lesson with the resources of and according to the level of understanding of their followers and believers. Each one of them had a methodology and symbols to reach their audiences. Jesus, teaching basically in agricultural and fishing communities, told parables, or small stories, with great moral and ethical content. All of them, nonetheless, had a goal: to bring release or “salvation” to the suffering souls still unconscious of their potential or Divine heritage. As long as we still shelter inside of us these parts of ourselves that are almost inhumane, we will still be mere victims of circumstances of the worlds of Samsara.