Taking Responsibility or Feeding the Ego?


The words “taking responsibility for yourself” can be confusing. How do I know that doing what feels good to support myself is it not a way of feeding my ego? And where is the limit between taking responsibility for oneself and feeding the ego by fulfilling its tendencies?

“There is no limit for taking responsibility for yourself.

“The question has arisen, and not only this question, many questions arise because you only think about them; they are not your existential experiences. If you take responsibility for yourself you cannot be an egoist, because to be an egoist simply means you are fast asleep and you cannot take any responsibility. Responsibility comes with awareness, alertness.

“You are asking an intellectual question like, ‘When we bring light into the room, what are we going to do with the darkness? Where have we to throw it?’ Intellectually it is perfectly right. There is darkness in the room and you say, ‘Bringing light into the room, the question arises: where then has the darkness to be pushed? Where has it to be thrown? In what way?’

“But it is not existential. Just try to bring light in and there will be no question about darkness. There will be no darkness!

Responsibility and ego cannot coexist

“Responsibility is awareness, alertness, consciousness. Ego is just unconsciousness. They cannot coexist.

“As you grow more conscious you grow more toward light, and anything belonging to the world of darkness starts disappearing. Ego is nothing but darkness.

“So remember one thing: try to ask questions which are existential. Intellectual questions may look logical, but are really absurd. Try responsibility, and by being responsible you will have to be conscious and alert.

“Remaining responsible, you will create the light that automatically dispels the darkness of the ego.”

Osho, Beyond Psychology, Talk #3