Beyond the Blog: “The Doer” (God or Ego?)

by Aranyakananda

I have recently been trying to think of something to write for my local Temple’s newsletter. It is usually full of items of interest to the local Indian community, or Indian History, analysis of Hindu mythology or scripture. Etcetera. Though I write on this blog quite often, I usually have a hard time thinking of something to contribute to the local newsletter. It has to be something different than what I do here, I feel. I had something in mind this time around though. I’ll run it by you without going in depth. I’ll save that.

My main sources of inspiration in terms of Scripture are the Bhagavad-Gita and the various Upanishads. Sprinkled throughout each are references to the “doer”. Mainly I understand this to be a reference to God as the true actor behind all activities. But other references, in the Upanishads and the Gita, seem to point to the “doer” being the ego. The ego creates the act. If you move beyond ego-driven activities, you are not the actor, you are no longer karmically connected to the act.

The plot thickens when, in the Upanishads, we are told the ego is higher than the mind and the intellect, whereas one of the Gita’s general theses seems to be that the ego is the base state of being. So the ego is, by nature, above mind, only misused, giving it its infamous base reputation, you could say.

What do you think? And know that any comment you make very well may be assessed, considered, meditated upon, and formulated into the context of whatever it is that I eventually decide I have to say about the “doer”.

Jai Hari Aum!

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2 Responses to Beyond the Blog: “The Doer” (God or Ego?)

  1. Dhrishti says:

    I think, regardless of the hierarchy of the mind, ego, and intellect, to see God as the Doer instead of one’s self is instrumental in the cultivation of Karma Yoga. When it comes to actions, and especially in the context of karmaphala, it’s immensely challenging for one to understand how to act without attachment. Attempting to see God as the Doer can also be challenging, but it gives an idea of where to get going with Karma Yoga.

    Although, often enough, this leads to underdeveloped aspirants going around doing good deeds, pretending not to care about the “glory,” telling everyone something like, “It’s not me, it’s God.”

    • treadmarkz says:

      Indeed, even with me “All Glories To Lord Vishnu” or sometimes “All Glories To Lord Krishna” is a common disclaimer on the works of a Vaisnav. It is up to us to “mean it” and not up to others to speculate as to whether we “care about the glory.”

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