Detecting the tampering of the false ego.

By Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj

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.

Listen to the original audio recording here.

Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj is the foremost modern exponent of the conception of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and the school of Srila Rupa Goswami. Subtle and profound yet vivid and practical, his representation of both the broadest and deepest spiritual truths has and continues to fortify and nurture the faith of spiritual aspirants the world over. For more information on Srila Sridhar Maharaj, please visit his biography page.

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