The simple truth is—the ego is the devil. The ego is the darkness in our life and in the world. The ego will take us over. It is worth repeating, verifying, it is that important. Biblically, the ego is the devil. When left unchecked, the ego will run wild. Its goal is to become stronger than you are. It wants to prevent us from being spiritually connected. The ego’s greatest fear, is not to be in control, therefor becoming irrelevant—death to the ego. Thus it will do everything in its power to remain in the forefront. To be the dominant voice. Its desire is to direct us, for it fears the alternative, which is to be directed by the Divine within you. Your God force. The ego is the counter point to the higher self.
The Bible says that the devil (in the form of a serpent) entered the garden to tempt Eve. He convinced Eve to question God’s word. The devil lied, telling her that God didn’t want Eve to
become enlightened if she ate the fruit from the tree of knowledge. This is the devil’s temptation to us today—that he or she, all of us, don’t need God.
The devil was cunning. Eve subdued to the temptation and took the fruit from the forbidden tree. As it was delicious she shared it with Adam. Adam in turn ate from the fruit. At that moment their lives, and that of all humanity would forever be changed.
The Bible offers us timeless spiritual knowledge. However, we are no longer the harsh and barbaric people who lived in the times of the Old Testament. Their truths now require a new and enlightened perspective. The story of Adam and Eve is an excellent narrative to explain the power and craftiness of the ego. In every instance, when replacing the words Satan and devil with the word ego, the narrative becomes logical, sensible and most important poignant. Now review the same passage with this simple adjustment.
The ego entered the garden to tempt Eve. It convinced Eve to question God’s word. The ego lied, telling her that God didn’t want Eve to become enlightened, if she ate the fruit from the tree of knowledge. This is the ego’s temptation to us today; that it and we do not need God.
The ego was cunning. Eve subdued to the ego’s temptation and took the fruit from the forbidden tree. As it was delicious she shared it with Adam. Adam in turn ate from the fruit. At that moment their lives, and that of all humanity would forever be changed. Their innocence was lost . . . the ego truly is the devil.
The foundation of the Buddha’s teachings lies in compassion,
and the reason for practicing the teachings is to wipe out
the persistence of ego, the number-one enemy . . .
— Dalai Lama
In time, you may even develop a feeling of empathy for the ego. It can’t help itself. It is, at its root, insecure and scared of not being needed or relevant. It may be easier to look at it from the viewpoint of putting the ego in check, helping it to learn that its existence is merely as a silent partner. It will in time learn its role as the silent protector of your physical well-being, providing a limited role in keeping you safe. And that is where the line must be drawn. There is no influence in tending to your emotional well-being. For that is where it will look to blossom and overstep its’ bounds, allowing it to become content in its greatly diminished role. Once in check, you must be forever vigilant to keep it from having a voice, not permitting any influence on your day-to-day actions and interactions with everyone around you. For if you give the devil an inch—it will take a mile.
The Journey of Truth:
Chronicles of a Peaceful Warrior
by Tony R. Zonca