For many years my ego did my sadhana for me, striving to become ‘enlightened,’ as though the final result would be an enlightened ego. Then the ego could say, ‘I did it all myself; I didn’t need anyone’s help along the way,’ as though there were ‘others’ to be impressed by our great attainment. Ego can impress ego, but what’s the point? Ego can do sadhana to a point, but eventually sadhana comes down to freedom from ego. Then the form of sadhana changes into something we never thought would be sadhana. Ego is such a small little section of Self, yet it thinks it’s everything.
— D.R. Butler (via shaktilover)