Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 05 Aug 2022


Can taking pride as being the slave of God give rise to ego?

[Smt. Chhanda Chandra asked: Swami, Ramkrishna Paramhansa told that we can take pride (actual word was Abhimaan) in being the slave of God as we cannot do any harm to others by thinking in this way. But Swami, by taking pride in ourselves, will it not again give rise to ego and distract us from the spiritual path? Please explain this. At Your divine lotus feet Chhanda.]

Swami replied:- You can take a piece of sweet, which will not harm your health. But, if you take lot of sweets, it will lead to diabetes disease. To feel that you are the servant of God is like taking sugarless sweet. Anything within the limit is not harmful and anything above the limit is harmful. Pride is one of the six vices. All the six vices can become good qualities if they are turned towards God. This is an example of one of the six vices called pride (mada) being turned towards God to make it a good quality. Any quality turned towards worldly bonds is a bad quality and any quality turned towards the devotion to God becomes a good quality.