Buddha on “I am” or ego



Gospel of Buddha says:

“Is not man an organism of many aggregates? Are we not composed of various attributes? Man consists of the material form, of sensation, of thought, of dispositions, and, lastly, of understanding. That which men call the ego when they say ‘I am’ is not an entity behind the attributes; it originates by their co-operation. There is mind; there is sensation and thought, and there is truth; and truth is mind when it walks in the path of righteousness. But there is no separate ego-soul outside or behind the thought of man. He who believes that the ego is a distinct being has no correct conception of things. The very search for the atman is wrong; it is a wrong start and it will lead you in a false direction. 6

“How much confusion of thought comes from our interest inself, and from our vanity when thinking ‘I am so great,’ or ‘I have done this wonderful deed?’ The thought of thine ego stands between thy rational nature and truth; banish it, and then wilt thou see things as they are. He who thinks correctly will rid himself of ignorance and acquire wisdom. The ideas ‘I am’ and ‘I shall be’ or ‘I shall not be’ do not occur to a clear thinker. 7


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Quran says:
Giving the example of “self” who has acquired goodness.

[89:28] And thou, O soul* at peace!
[89:29] Return to thy Lord well pleased with Him and He well pleased with thee.
[89:30] So enter thou among My chosen servants,
[89:31] And enter thou My Garden**.

* Could be translated as “self”.
**Could be translated as “heaven”.

And example of evil self going to hell.

[12:54] ‘And I do not hold my own self to be free from weakness; for, the soul is surely prone to enjoin evil, save that whereon my Lord has mercy. Surely, my Lord is Most Forgiving, Merciful.’

Paarsurrey says:

So according to Buddha, as I understand, the core of our ego ultimately depends on attributes that we acquire; if our self acquires good attributes and become one with the one true God that is one’s heaven and if our self acquires evil attributes, one becomes evil which has its abode in hell; in this sense heaven and hell are our own creation; one true creator God has only set rules for conduct with justice.

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