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Keep “I” On Self, Not Ego

Book cover Ego

Identify with Self, Not Ego

  • Ego will help you to recognize, remove, and replace your ego: a.k.a. self-esteem

  • The following principles can help with keeping the “I” on who you really are.


  • “Be the host, not the hosted.”
  • “Be the container, not the contents.”
  • “Be the amplifier, not the amplified.”
  • “Be the magnifier, not the magnified.”
  • “Be the transceiver, not the transceived.”


  • “Be your alertness, not what you are alert for.”
  • “Be your awareness, not what you are aware of.”
  • “Be your sensitivity, not what you are sensitive about.”
  • “Be your attention, not what you are paying attention to.”
  • “Be your consciousness, not what you are conscious of.”


  • “Be your perceiving, not your perceptions.”
  • “Be your sensing, not what you are sensing.”
  • “Be your mindfulness, not what you are mindful of.”
  • “Be your wakefulness, not what you are wakeful for.”
  • “Be your watchfulness, not what you are watchful for.”

Related Pages

  1. J. Krishnamurti: List of External Links
  2. 5 Step Solution to Self-Esteem
  3. Choose Higher when Tempted by Lower
  4. Focus on 3 Truths for Right Identity
  5. Meditation Simplified
  6. Temptation: A Strategy to Overcome
  7. Three Kinds of Meditation
  8. Yoga Practice Points

Quotations from Various Sources

Organized Alphabetically

“After all, conflict arises, does it not, through the desire to be something, to be other than what is.” —J. Krishnamurti, The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Volume V, p. 349 

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” —Romans 3:10 

“But inwardly we are as corrupt as the person who sits in an office and plans war–because, we want to be somebody in the family, in a group, in society, in the nation.” —J. Krishnamurti, The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Volume V, p. 339 

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” —Ephesians 2:8 

“He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” —Matthew 10:39 

“I never had the ambition to be something. I had the ambition to do something.” —Walter Cronkite, famous USA newscaster 

“In the pursuit of learning, every day something is acquired. In the pursuit of Tao, every day something is dropped.” —Lao Tzu 

“Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.” —I Timothy 6:5 

“The becoming still can never be the being still; only with the death of becoming is there being.” —J. Krishnamurti, The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Vol. IV, p. 25 

“The philosophy behind much advertising is based on the old observation that every man is really two men–the man he is and the man he wants to be.” —William Feather 

“The way to do is be.” —Lao Tzu 

“Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.” —Matthew 23:26 

“Unless, of course, you insist on identifying yourself with the people and things you love; and thereby seriously disturb yourself.” —Albert Ellis and Robert A. Harper, A Guide to Rational Living, Third Edition, p. 175 

“You never exist quite so much as when you are not thinking.” —Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher