Ego

From An Interview with Shamcher Bryn Beorse

J=Jelaluddin Boru, S=Shamcher

J: I think that these sufis, or other people, who have run to mediums, oracles, etc., are often doing so because of a basically good purpose of developing their intuition in such a way that they are in touch with the deeper significance of their lives, the one contained within their surface wants. And it is simply that they don’t understand that when one wants to transcend the ego, it is a tremendous interference to try do this through the intervention of other egos…
S: Well, I agree with you that when many go to a medium it is not always with a bad intention. But one thing that is going wrong in the first place is that they are thinking of themselves as egos. Inayat Khan never did that, and neither do l. If you call it your ego, and mean something bad, then you have the problem of working against yourself…
I don’t think of myself as a despicable being… The Christians do that, unfortunately. They say, I am an awful sinner, there is nothing but sin in me, but Christ is up there and He’s all right… Far away, you see, on a pedestal. One needn’t do this. It isn’t necessary to go the road of thinking of oneself as such a sinner or as an “ego”. Rather, without any preconditioning keep your thoughts right. That is the thing, that is real meditation. . .
And you may sit in a beautiful position to do it if you want, and this is fine if it is comfortable, but you needn’t do any particular position.
One time when I was with Musharaff and Mahboob Khan, two of Inayat’s brothers, I was trying rather desperately to get into the lotus position, and they said, “What are you trying to do, Shamcher?” And I answered, “Well, I’m trying to sit like you.” And they laughed and said, “All you have to do is get comfortable. The object is not to sit like us…”

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