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Lessons of the Ego. A Sonnet , by Manatita

Updated on December 29, 2014
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Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.

The Flames of Ego


Wisdom ne’er did I discern, having tran-si-to-ry fun;

My Spirit burned.

Played an everlasting game; entered world of Name and Fame.

Alas! Now I am not the same,

Made my name; yet scorching as a flame.

Ego now my only Friend, too busy with what fame did send;

Stabbing others with my pen.

Lives a solemn life of fear; lost like sheep inside a lair.

Yet the Players hold my Soul - a scored ‘own goal’.

Awake at last I see the Light; despondency has lost its might,

‘Tis inner Light; the things within,

I need to keep me safe; pristine.

O Pride, Dark Lord, and vain Supreme,

This peace within, my only dream.

-Manatita, Bard of Solace, 24th November, 2014. ©Copyrighted.

~ Word crafted Wisdom. Awakening the Light Within ~


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    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from london

      Yes, Deb.

      One of many. You're so right. Much love.

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      And this is only one dream of many.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from london

      I hear you, Sister. Food for thought. Thank you and much peace.

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      Yoleen Lucas 

      4 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      Ego must be controlled, but being overly concerned with it can make one egotistical...

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      4 years ago

      Thanks Ryem,

      And I like your poetry. Cool.

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      4 years ago from Maryland

      This poem is an artistic reminder that we all need to keep our egos in check. I love your insight here. Thanks for sharing!

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      4 years ago from london

      Yes, Suzette,

      You're so right. God bless this and all weekends to come. Peace.

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      Suzette Walker 

      4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Beautiful sonnet! Ego is something we have to watch out for continually on our journey through life. It loves to rear its ugly head. I suppose there are times when it is a good thing - it can motivate us on in life. But, for the most part it destroys rather than helps. Well said in your sonnet.

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      4 years ago from london

      Thank you my sweet Faith.

      God bless you this weekend and always. Salaam!

      Thanks Kathleen. You seem to have a decent plan or approach. Much appreciation for your contribution.

      Yes, Brother Harishprasad, vigilance indeed! Much discernment here. Om Shanti!

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      Harish Mamgain 

      4 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Dear brother manatita, you remind us of always being aware of movement of our mind. As the Srimatbhagwatgeeta says that we are our own friend and also our own enemy. Since the choice is ours, we have to remain vigilant and choose the best for ourselves.

      Thanks, brother, kindly keep flowing this river of wisdom on. Voted up and shared.

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      Kathleen Kerswig 

      4 years ago

      I have noticed that my ego can get in the way very easily. I have learned to accept my human condition (my ego) and this acceptance allows me to laugh at the ego and then make the best choice for the highest good. Thank you so much for sharing this piece. Great job! ~ KK

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Powerful piece of writing here on the ego! Yes, when that ugly beast raises its ugly head, watch out, for as the saying goes, "Pride cometh before a fall ..."

      This is great writing, carrying with it a great message for all to heed.

      Up ++++ tweeting, pinning and sharing

      Blessings always

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      4 years ago from london

      Thank you Vellur.

      Nice way of putting it. Good that you recognise the need for alertness. Salaam.

      Victor, I agree. Humility is the key. We seek His grace on bended knees. Much peace.

      Thanks DDE. I will write to you. Gratitude.

      Vocal Coach,

      I thank you. Your sentiments are worthy and full of wisdom, and I appreciate it in this same spirit of Love. Infinite gratitude.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A very interesting insight to this valuable hub. I like how you put all the information together. About your book on please can contact me via email: thank you.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      This is an amazing piece of work my friend. You have managed to 'make a difference' by bringing the ego to the fore-front. Awareness is the key, as explained in the Deepak Chopra video.

      You are a powerful teacher and this lesson is eye-opening.

      Most of my life was being exposed to the entertainment world. I loved being an entertainer and the fulfillment that it brings. But at the same time, the entertainment industry is filled with egos. For me, the ringing applause from my audiences were mis-interpreted as love. It's a fine line to live.

      Thank you for bringing this 'light' to us all. I'll be listening to my inner voice for signs of vanity and pride.

      Voted up, useful, beautiful, awesome, interesting and will share.



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      Victor W. Kwok 

      4 years ago from Hawaii

      I'll always root for humility. Another amazing work, Manatita!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 years ago from Dubai

      Beautifully expressed, the ego can get out of hand and must always be on a leash so that we can restrain it when it blows out of proportion.

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      4 years ago from london


      Thank you so much. Your understanding is beautiful! God bless your loving heart.

      Yes, Lady Guinevere,

      Solid reasoning. The inner voice, with a little bit of training so as to listen, will tell us all. Much peace.

      Thanks Bill,

      Seeing Health Practitioner's Tuesday. (smile) Came out in one piece. Surprise, surprise! Gratitude as always, Bro.

      Thanks Janshares.

      Your sentiments are wise and at the same time very loving.

      Ego is one of the five cardinal vices in the East, and one of the seven deadly sins in the West. We tend to refer to it as Vanity or Pride. Yes, it is and can be useful, but the Devotee is ever alert. In fact the inner voice nudges us when things are not what they should. Much peace.

      Buildreps, nicely put. Thank you my friend.

      Yes, Jamie, my good Friend.

      I know you love them. Still, you seem to be in pretty deep. This is awesome! I dare say that you are right, Bro.

      I do not know in which category I fall. I am so creative! I have refused time and time again to take lessons. I feel intuitively, and draw from within. I do not like the boxes. My Teacher was very much like that. In the spiritual life, nothing is ever the same.

      Every day is a new dawn and full of infinite possibilities. All that's written is valid, sure, but the ever new is evolving with myriad unfolding Truths. The esoteric poets knew and know this and draw from the ether. In Love and Light.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The ego, powerful but can be contrilled. This is one of your best. Loved it..

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      4 years ago from Reno NV

      As I read this I thought...."I have been there! I have seen this." Bill is right life seems to be so much better when humility wins. But sometimes that EGO can get a little ahead of it's self. I love how you have been writing in sonnets. I love them, but you already know that. I was reading some Pound and he was talking about how we should choose the sonnet when the form fits the sentiment. This is not what I have found, I have found you can move any story or sentiment in the direction created by the sonnet. Anyway, your friend....Jamie

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      4 years ago from Europe

      Beautiful Manatita. The ego is always on the prowl to concur back lost terrain.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      This is a moving piece, Manatita44, depicting a man in touch with his awareness of and struggle with his own ego. We often complain about the conflicts we have with someone else's ego, but not the challenges presented by our own. In the poll, I checked "Necessary for the journey, but . . .," after almost picking "Always." In some measure, the ego is important if it can be tempered in the form of "self-confidence" but there is indeed a thin line which causes one to be too confident and thus, self-absorbed. To be better people and better souls, confronting the ego is necessary for the journey. Thank you for this beautifully expressed lesson. You are a marvelous teacher. Voted up, useful, and beautiful.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The eternal battle of Ego vs Humility. I know I'm happier when ego loses that battle. :) Beautiful as always my friend.

      Happy Tuesday to you.

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      Debra Allen 

      4 years ago from West By God

      Your summary on your hub caught my eye. This was an exquisite poem. Thanks for sharing. Ego is bad if it is taken too far. Taking care of the self, the body, the emotions that are within that body and the thoughts are one thing, and some religious takes that to the extreme when they think that they are holier than thou. Then society tells you differently and it is us who ultimately have to decide how far is too far. Listen to the tiny voice insde of you and not to the loud voices outside of you.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Manatita, you have written about what we all must be aware of at all times. Ego so often can get in the way of truths and self-awareness, especially when one is striving to follow a spiritual path. Years ago I allowed ego to get in the way of what could have been a better beginning to my spiritual path. It was difficult to overcome, so it slowed me down quite a bit. I have since been humbled and now follow a Higher Way with the help and guidance of the Divine Mother. Thanks for writing this reminder of the dangers of ego. Blessings to you, my dear friend.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from london


      You're one of my favourite friends here. One I've known for a while also. I know that you understand and can rely on your discernment. Om Shanti!

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Manatita this one is superb. How easily some are tempted by Ego! You make such valid pride or vanity will make you happy. Peace within comes without them!

      Voted up, awesome, and beautiful.


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