By county diary
Ordinarily, we only care about what really matters to us. As long as we are identified with the body-mind, that’s all we will care about in ourselves and in others. Without self-realization, all we do is selfish, in one way or another
Hence, our interest in others is egoistic, self-concerned, self-oriented. We are not interested in others as persons, but only as far as they enrich, or ennoble our own image of ourselves. This is basically what selfishness is: using others as a means to an end.
And the ultimate in selfishness is to care only for the protection, preservation, and multiplication of one’s own body. By body I mean all that is related to your name and shape — your family, tribe, country, race, etc. To be attached to one’s name and shape is selfishness.
Yet, we do all this under the cover of “it is for your own good”. Parents are always doing this to their children. Husbands and wives are always doing this to each other. No one seems to love another for the sake of just loving. Others must reflect us in good light, if not, we don’t want them around us. Pastors are always chasing followers away who sin or reflect a bad image of their congregation.
A man who knows that he is neither body nor mind cannot be selfish, for he has nothing to be selfish for. Or, you may say, he is equally ‘selfish’ on behalf of everybody he meets; everybody’s welfare is his own. The feeling ‘I am the world, the world is myself’ becomes quite natural; once it is established, there is just no way of being selfish. To be selfish means to covet, acquire, accumulate on behalf of the part against the whole.