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At some point along "the path," those that are receiving the understanding become aware of what "THAT" refers to. The masses, the billions of non-Realized persons on the planet, have no clue what "THAT" refers to. They believe that they are who they think they are and / or they want others to believe that they really are who they think they are or who they want others to believe they are.
Identifying with a false ego-state will trigger the use of ego-defense mechanisms, including egotism; thus, ego-states are always upgraded so people not only believe they really are who they think they are but also think that they are far more than most, far greater than most, and far different from most. Consider an example wherein that scenario played out:
Thirty years ago, "floyd's" bills were paid by selling insurance. The owner-manager of the agency entered the office one morning and tossed a death benefit check on the desk. He asked, "You've never delivered a check before, have you?"
The answer was "No." He continued, "That check is as good as passing on a hot prospect to you. Let me train you in the way this goes. You take that check to the widow-it's for $25,000.00. Tell her how sorry you are for her loss and ask her if the check will help?
"She'll say yes ... that she's grateful her husband planned ahead and left her the funds to cover the costs of his funeral and to help her get by until she can make arrangements.
"Then, ask her if there is someone she'd like to help the same way someday. If she doesn't come up with any names, ask about children, nieces, nephews, helping out grandchildren with college costs. Tell her that she can use all or part of the proceeds to buy a paid-in-full policy and she'll never have to pay a single premium. Some of the guys come back with an app (an application) and the whole check. That would give you a nice commission for the week."
The check was tossed back to him with the comment, "If you want something that sleazy done, do it yourself." (Yes, it had already been determined that selling insurance was not going to be "a life-long occupation" and was not "the dream job" as it had originally been billed.) His response was, "Do you know who you're talking to!?"
The reply was, "What you really mean is, 'Do you know who I think I am?' You think you're something that you most assuredly are not ... "The Great, Ethical Boss," "The Super Achiever," "The Rich, Successful Businessman," "The Wonderful Community Leader" ... but the image people have of you is nowhere close to the way you really are." His diatribe that followed included words and phrases that referred to "insubordination" and to "cleaning out a desk" and to being "fired." (Today, there would have been a quiet walking out of the office without comment, but it didn't happen that way in "the old days.")
But two of the questions above strike at the heart of the Advaita teachings:
1. Because the assumption of ego-states triggers the use of ego-defense mechanisms which include - among others - egotism, the stage was set for that boss to ask egotistically, "Do you know who you're talking to!?"
2. The clarification "Do you know who I think I am?" points to the fact that non-Realized persons do not have a clue about Who / What They Truly Are; as a result, they assume scores and scores of false identities throughout the length of any given relative existence.
Maharaj said, "When I met my Guru, he told me: 'You are not what you take yourself to be. Find out what You Are. Watch the sense 'I am', find your Real Self.' I obeyed him, because I trusted him. I did as he told me. All my spare time I would spend looking at myself in silence. And what a difference it made...!"
The content of this book discusses the subject in detail and can assist with bringing to an end the assumption of false identities and the failure to truly know who (what) one actually is.
eBOOK SPECIFICATIONS: 197 pages; Publisher: Henderson Books; Language: English.
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