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Ego, desire, anger and Liberation

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Ego, desire, anger and Liberation
by Atman Nityananda / blog

 Quotes of Swami Sivananda, Ramana Maharshi and Buddha, Nisargadatta, Shankaracharya, Bhagavad Gita

The ego manifests itself as ambition, desire and lust. Under their influence man indulges in hatred, love, flattery, pride, unscrupulousness, hypocrisy and delusion.

~ Swami Sivananda

Atman’s Comment

According this saying it becomes clear that ego itself assumes the form of desire, and that means desire and ego are not two different elements but one.

By inquiring myself I found that the ego is essentially desire. And the pride which is another ego’s major tendency is an expression of desire. It is the desire to be superior and feel superior or special.

When a man’s desire is not gratified and when someone stands in the way of its fulfilment, the man becomes angry. The desire gets transformed into anger. Anger is only a modification or form of desire. Anger is desire itself. All evil qualities and actions proceed from anger.

    ~ Swami Sivananda

Atman’s Comment

In this saying it is very clear that anger is only a modification of desire. As the water can assume the form of a cloud, similarly desire can assume the form of anger. And since anger is the womb of all evil qualities it becomes clear that desire is behind of them as well as all other egoic tendencies. And since desire is an expression of ego, then all the egoic tendencies have as mother the desire.

You cannot realize God if you have the slightest trace of selfishness, or attachment to the name and form, or the slightest nuance of worldly desire in the mind”

´´The true freedom is the liberation from egoism and desires.

´Freedom lies in the dissolution of the mind. The eradication and annihilation of desires leads to the sublime state of supreme bliss and perfect freedom.

– Swami Sivananda 

“Out of desire comes suffering, out of desire fear. For one who is free from desire, there is neither suffering nor fear.”

   ~ Buddha

‘Freedom from all desire is eternity. All attachment implies fear, for all things are transient. And fear makes one a slave.
All suffering is born of desire.
Pleasure depends on things, happiness does not.
The entire universe of pain is born of desire.
Souls take whatever pleasure they desire and pay for them in tears.
Give up the desire for pleasure and you will not even know what is pain.’
~ Nisargadatta

Verse 314. For the sake of breaking the chain of transmigration, the Sannyasin should burn to ashes those two; for thinking of the sense-objects and doing selfish acts lead to an increase of desires.

Verse 310.  Overpowering this enemy, egoism, not a moment’s respite should be given to it by thinking on the sense-objects. That is verily the cause of its coming back to life.”

Verse 276. As the mind becomes gradually established in the Inmost Self, it proportionately gives up the desires for external objects. And when all such desires have been eliminated, there takes place the unobstructed realisation of the Atman.

Verse 277. The Yogi’s mind dies, being constantly fixed on his own Self. Thence follows the cessation of desires.


Conquest of desires is conquest of mind, because mind is nothing but a bundle of desires.

Annihilation of desires alone is Liberation (Moksha). The state of desirelessness is the highest Nirvikalpa Samadhi.

– Swami Sivananda

 38. As fire is enveloped by smoke, as a mirror by dust, and as an embryo by the amnion, so is this enveloped by that.

39. O Arjuna, wisdom is enveloped by this constant enemy of the wise in the form of desire, which is unappeasable as fire!

26. Absolute freedom (or Brahmic bliss) exists on all sides for those self-controlled ascetics who are free from desire and anger, who have controlled their thoughts and who have realised the Self.

~ Bhagavad Gita

 ‘The spiritual practice adopted by the jiva (the individual, or individual soul) is complete when it destroys the ego in its origin. The Ego must, die, must disappear together with the inherent vasanas (desires and egoistic tendencies).

“The death of the ego in the unlimited Silence (the non-dual Truth) and the shining forth of the Self is the attainment of Oneness (Kaivalya-Siddhi) In that State of Jnana, pure Bliss will gloriously blaze forth as one’s own True Nature. “

~ Sri Ramana Maharshi


By dissolving the desire, we are dissolving the ego and all egoic tendencies, and similarly by dissolving the ego we are dissolving the desire and all egoic tendencies as well.

26. Absolute freedom (or Brahmic bliss) exists on all sides for those self-controlled ascetics who are free from desire and anger, who have controlled their thoughts and who have realised the Self.
~ Bhagavad Gita

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