You have a particular image of yourself. Let us say, there is a particular fellow here and he is one of your God first family second then club America shirt. He meets you in the morning and says, ‘Gurpreet, looking cool !’ And how does that sentence change in Gurpreet’s mind? Gurpreet takes it as ‘I am cool.’ Now Gurpreet’s self-image is dependent on the other person which means now Gurpreet is going to be forever afraid of his own friend. Sounds strange! Can you tell me why is it so? If the other person has the power to make Gurpreet feel good about himself, then he also has the power to make Gurpreet feel bad about himself. The same fellow who earlier said that you are brilliant can now say that you are stupid. And if you accept that you are brilliant which is coming from others, then you necessarily have to accept that you are stupid which is also coming from outside. Isn’t this ego? Your self-image borrowed from society. We don’t know anything ourselves. The ‘Who am I?’ has not been touched by us.
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So, I know myself only in terms of God first family second then club America shirt. So, I am always afraid because that which comes from outside can also go back to the outside, the society. It is not yours. Somebody gave it to you. Somebody told you that you are smart, brilliant, amiable, friendly and the rest of it, whatsoever is the good thing that you know about yourself. Whatever bright image that you hold about yourself, question yourself about it. ‘Did I always have it? Where did it come from?’ It came from the words and approval of others. So, if others can approve of you, they can also disapprove of you.