A woman whispered to her husband, “It looks as if the vicar is the only good person here.”
The bloke said, “Don’t you believe it. He stood up before any of us.”
The superego, which goes on condemning: the superego, which goes on telling you this is sin, this is evil, this is wrong, this is bad: is itself the only evil in the world, the only sin. So what to do? You can start condemning ego itself: then you will create a superego. Drop condemnation – all condemnation – and ego disappears without creating any superego in the wake. Drop all condemnation.
Who are you to judge? Who are you to say what is right and what is wrong? Who are you to divide existence in two? Existence is one – one organic unity. It is all one: day and night – one: good and bad – one. These divisions are of the ego, of man they are man-made. Just don’t condemn.
If you condemn you will go on creating something or other. Stop condemning and see you will find there is no ego left. So ego is not the real problem. The real problem is condemnation, judgment, division. Forget about the ego, because whatsoever you will do with the ego will create another ego.
There are as many egos as there are persons. Somebody has a very worldly ego, and then somebody has a very religious ego. Somebody goes on saying how much he possesses, and then somebody says how much he has renounced.
A so-called saint was dying, and the disciples had gathered. Those were the last moments, and they were talking near the bed, talking about their master. Somebody said, “Never again will there be a man who was so moral.” Then somebody else said, “I have learned much. I have never come across a man who knows so much. We will miss him for ever and ever.” Then somebody else said something else: somebody said that’ he has renounced the whole world: and this way they were talking, talking about their master who was going to die. They talked about his knowledge, they talked about his renunciation, they talked about his ascetic ways, they talked about his disciplined character: and then the dying master opened his eyes and he said, “Nobody is saying anything about my humbleness?”
Then humbleness becomes the ego. Then humility becomes the garb of the ego. Then ego becomes pious. And when any poison becomes pious it becomes more poisonous.
So if you understand me rightly, please don’t start condemning the ego. Otherwise you will create a superego, and then you will feel a disquiet because divided, continuously topdogging yourself, how can you be at ease? Drop condemnation. Stop topdogging yourself. Accept as you are. Not only accept, welcome. Not only welcome, rejoice in it. And suddenly you will see there is no ego, there is no superego. They have never been there. You were creating them: you were the creators of them.