TOPIC: Islam >> Beliefs
Q.Have you read
By: Nargis On: 11/7/2010

1.This book : http://www.aididsafar.com/pdf/Mental%20Bondage.pdf  
 
Please read and tell me what you think of it, i find it very interesting, but im not finished yet.  
 
From the book :  
 
We were created in a vacuum  
until our freedom allows our ego  
to infuse it.  
It's great to know  
we have that same freedom  
to challenge our ego  
to defuse it.  
Thus - it is presumptuous  
to say - there is a vacuum when  
we are detached from  
Religion.  
 
 
We have the freedom to choose to live by our Ego,  
- or - by our Wisdom '  
What we are and  
who we are'  
Is rendered in the  
language of either One.  
'We are not given the freedom  
...to be Both'
Comments by: Nargis On: 11/7/2010

 
2.Please define ego.
Comments by: pervez On: 11/8/2010

 
3.the self
Comments by: Nargis On: 11/8/2010

 
4.  
Differentiate please.
Comments by: pervez On: 11/9/2010

 
5.  
 
 
Ego vs Self  
 
When you have internal issues, it affects the way that you make decisions about almost everything in life; should self win over ego – or should it be the other way around? It actually depends on the situation, but it is good to be able to distinguish one aspect from another.  
 
First, let us talk about one’s self. This basically refers to your higher self – the part of you which is connected to God, the Universe, nature or whatever form of higher being in which you believe. Your ‘self’ may be a vast term, but it generally refers to a person’s soul and center. When you go deep inside yourself, and you are faced with a tricky situation, that self actually knows the right thing to do. Perhaps the only time that you will encounter problems with your ‘self’ is when self-doubts occur, or when some negative emotion rules over what you know you’re supposed to do.  
 
How about one’s ego? If the self is assured and quiet, ego is loud and self-important. Your ego actually believes that you are more important than somebody else. It is your ego – not yourself – which constantly requires approval from someone else. It’s that emotion which always needs validation, gratification, and is always in need of attention. At the end of the day, ego is all about the way that you compare yourself with others.  
 
In essence, self could also be equated with self-esteem, and ego can be attributed to a condescending behavior. Let’s say that you are dining in a restaurant, and you are waiting for the staff to give you a table. Your ego is that unselfish instinct to bark orders at the waiter, while your self, or your self-esteem, is what will allow you to become respectful to everyone with whom you make contact. Impatience, self-importance – these terms are usually associated with ego, while self-esteem and self-assurance is that something which is developed within one’s self.  
 
Summary:  
 
1. Self is that part of you which is connected to a higher being, while ego is that sense of self-importance that you have when you compare yourself with others.  
 
2. Self is something typically associated with positive emotions, while ego is attributed to negative emotions.  
 
3. Self is assured and quiet, while ego is loud and self-important.
Comments by: pervez On: 11/9/2010

 
6.But , in what sense is it ""used" by the author of this book (mental bondage)?
Comments by: Nargis On: 11/10/2010

 
7.  
Haven't read the book.
Comments by: pervez On: 11/10/2010

 
8.You should read it when you have time and tell me what you think. im not finished reading it , mayb you can tell me so i dont have to read it :-D
Comments by: Nargis On: 11/10/2010

 
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