The false ego means the ego who is receiving and transmitting false information. It is a sort of yantra, machine, which receives and transmits falsehood. It gathers false news and transmits false news, meaning what is not wholesome and what is opposite to our real interest.
Our innate tendency is to live, but the false ego is engaged only with false information. It does not transmit what helps us to live. Rather, it deceives our inner nature and inner necessity. It works against our inner interest, So, it is false: the computer is false, its recordings are false things, and it thus transmits only false news. Because such an ego is dealing only with falsehood, it is the ‘false’ ego.
Student: What is the process …
Śrīla Śrīdhar Mahārāj: To get out of such forged knowledge?
Student: Is the process to approach a bona fide spiritual master?
Śrīla Śrīdhar Mahārāj: Yes. First, sukṛti will guide us, that is, faith developed from sukṛti. In the first stage there is ajñāta-sukṛti [unknowingly acquired sukṛti], then jñāta-sukṛti [knowingly acquired sukṛti], and then śraddhā [faith]. In śraddhā, we are on the surface. Then we can be found to have the tendency to search for truth from a true agent.
Spoken 28 February 1981.
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