Rupert Spira: Difference between “Ego, or Separate Self” and “Finite Mind”

In this video Rupert clarifies the differences between “ego, or separate self” and “finite mind”:

“It is true that in order to have objective experience, it is necessary for infinite awareness to know experience through the agency of a finite mind; (but) it is not necessary to believe that I am that finite mind.

So the ego, or the apparently separate self, is a belief, it is not simply the functioning of the finite mind.

The finite mind is the character, the clothing that infinite consciousness assumes in order to have objective experience; identification with that finite mind is not necessary, that identification is the activity that I refer to as ego or separate self .

In other words the ego or separate self is not itself an entity, it is the (illusory) activity of believing and feeling I am temporary and finite”.


What’s the meaning of Zen?

Someone asked to a Zen monk:

What’s the meaning of Zen?

The Zen monk replied:

Oh, that’s easy: no self, no problem.

That’s it 🙂

-Eckhart Tolle