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<span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">Never forget that here it is for the perfection of the work that we are striving, not for the satisfaction of the ego.</span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#0066cc;"><ref><u></u></ref></span>
<span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">The egoism of the instrument can be as dangerous or more dangerous to spiritual progress than the egoism of the doer. The ego-sense is contrary to spiritual realisation, so how can any kind of ego be a thing to be encouraged? As for the magnified ego, it is one of the most perilous obstacles to release and perfection. There should be no big I, not even a small one.</span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#0066cc;"><ref><u></u></ref></span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:#000000;">If you think there is no ego or desire in you, only pure devotion, that shows a great unconsciousness. To be free from ego and desire is a condition which needs a high siddhi in Yoga—even many Yogis of a great spiritual attainment are not free from it. For a sadhak at your stage of development to think he is free from ego and desire is to blind himself and prevent the clear perception of one's own nature movements which is necessary for progress towards spiritual perfection.</span>
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