Egolessness Is Beauty

Egolessness = Haumai-lessness or the consciousness of no-Haimai

Ego or Haumai is ugly. Therefore, when the consciousness of Ego or Haumai predominates in someone, ugliness is also predominant for sure in him.

  • ਮਨਮੁਖ ਮਰਹਿ ਅਹੰਕਾਰਿ ਮਰਣੁ ਵਿਗਾੜਿਆ ॥: The Manmukhs (ego-being, mind-willed, material being …) die in egotism, even their death is ugly (ਭਾਵ, ਦੁਖੀ ਹੋ ਕੇ ਮਰਦੇ ਹਨ , they degrade even their death – they die an ignoble death) (sggs 86).
  • ਪ੍ਰਥਮੇ ਤੇਰੀ ਨੀਕੀ ਜਾਤਿ ॥ ਦੁਤੀਆ ਤੇਰੀ ਮਨੀਐ ਪਾਂਤਿ ॥ ਤ੍ਰਿਤੀਆ ਤੇਰਾ ਸੁੰਦਰ ਥਾਨੁ ॥ ਬਿਗੜ ਰੂਪੁ ਮਨ ਮਹਿ ਅਭਿਮਾਨੁ ॥੧॥: Prathame teree neekee jaati …: First, your status (of human life – ਮਨੁੱਖਾ ਜਨਮ ਵਾਲਾ) is high. Second, your lineage (ਖ਼ਾਨਦਾਨੀ) is honored. Third, your abode (body, place of living, place of birth, etc.) is beautiful. But you remain ugly, (because of) the self-conceit in your mind. ||1|| (sggs 374).
  • ਮਨਹੁ ਜਿ ਅੰਧੇ ਕੂਪ ਕਹਿਆ ਬਿਰਦੁ ਨ ਜਾਣਨ੍ਹ੍ਹੀ ॥ ਮਨਿ ਅੰਧੈ ਊਂਧੈ ਕਵਲਿ ਦਿਸਨ੍ਹ੍ਹਿ ਖਰੇ ਕਰੂਪ ॥: Those (people) whose minds are like deep dark pits (i.e., closed, utterly ignorant or foolish) do not understand the purpose of life, even when it is explained to them. (Because) they are mentally blind (ignorant) and they have their heart lotus inverted (from Dharma, Virtues, Giaan, etc. and their minds) look extremely ugly (“karoop”). (sggs 1246).
  • ਮਨਮੁਖੁ ਕਾਇਰੁ ਕਰੂਪੁ ਹੈ ਬਿਨੁ ਨਾਵੈ ਨਕੁ ਨਾਹਿ ॥: Munmukh kaair karoop hai bin naavai naku naahi: The Manmukh is cowardly and ugly (impure within); lacking the Divine Name, his is akin to a person whose nose is cut off in disgrace (sggs 591).

Thus, in life, ego or Haumai turns everything good, beautiful, and auspicious into ugliness, for it is inherently ugly and unpleasant.

A person may be well educated, smooth talker, skillful, good looking, talented, majestic, etc., but there will be something ugly and repulsive about him if he has a grossly inflated ego in him.

By its inherent nature, ego or Haumai can only hurt and cause destruction.

The consciousness of egolessness or no-Haumai is the very embodiment of humility, simplicity, divinity, Beauty, and complete surrender. Such person (the Gurmukh) is Pure consciousness (Joti-Svaroopa).

As we can see, there is a tremendous difference between the egotism (Haumai) and Pure Consciousness (i.e. the Manmukhataa and the Gurmukhataa).

Accordingly, the Gurbani time and again urges all of us to eradicate egotism (Haumai) and become the Gurmukh.

  • ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਵਿਚਹੁ ਹਉਮੈ ਜਾਇ ॥: Gurmukh vichahu houmai jaai: By becoming the Gurmukh, egotism (Haume) departs from within. (sggs 230).
  • ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਹਉਮੈ ਮਾਰੀਐ ਮਨੁ ਨਿਰਮਲੁ ਹੋਈ ॥: Gurmukh houmai maareeai manu niramal hoee: By becoming the Gurmukh, the egotism (Haume) is killed, and (consequently) the mind becomes immaculately Pure (sggs 424).
In nutshell, according to Gurmat (Wisdom, Giaan, Upadesh or Way of the SGGS) (1) the real Beauty is in one’s good thoughts, words, and actions (i.e., mind, Soch-ਸੋਚ), character, conduct or behavior, ਚੰਗਾ ਕਿਰਦਾਰ, etc. (2) NOT in one’s gross body-frame which is nothing but a bundle of bones, skin, blood, and filth.

  • ਇਹੁ ਮਨੁ ਸੁੰਦਰਿ ਆਪਣਾ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮਿ ਮਜੀਠੈ ਰੰਗਿ ਰੀ ॥: (Dye) this mind of yours with the Majeeth-like (strong, lasting) color of Hari Naam  (Wisdom, Virtues, Truth…). (sggs 400).
  • ਕਬੀਰ ਗਰਬੁ ਨ ਕੀਜੀਐ ਚਾਮ ਲਪੇਟੇ ਹਾਡ ॥: Kabeer, do not be so proud of your (body, after all it just a bundle of) bones wrapped up in skin. (sggs 1366).


  1. The “homelss” ego (Haumai) has made our mind home because our Manmukh-mind (crooked, worldly, Mayaic, corrupt, devoid of sincere Shabad-Vichaar, and so on) does not want to give up the egoistic love of itself and its crooked or false ways. It does not want to put forward the sincere self-efforts (“Uddam”) to inquire (Shabad-Vichaar) into its Real Source (Mool, etc.) as Joti-Svaroopa. In other words, the Manmukh mind does not sincerely want to understand the Aatmic-Giaan contained in the Gurbani. The moment it understand the Aatmic-Giaan, it becomes the Gurmukh (Aatm Giaanee, True Being, etc.) and it’s false ego-sense folds it’s tent and leave, never to come back again. However, as the Gurbani indicates, the Gurmukhs are very “rare”. For a Manmukh finds the Gurmukh Lifestyle (Divine Life) unappealing. So instead of taking a plunge into the River of Aatmic-Giaan, it just stands at the shore, full of doubts (Bharam-Giaan), excuses, foolish concepts, idle talks, etc.

    ਬਾਣੀ ਬਿਰਲਉ ਬੀਚਾਰਸੀ ਜੇ ਕੋ ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿ ਹੋਇ ॥: By becoming a Gurmukh, a rare one contemplates (ਵਿਚਾਰ, Refletion, spiritual Inquiry, etc.) the Bani (sggs 935).
    ਹਉਮੈ ਰੋਗੁ ਗਵਾਈਐ ਸਬਦਿ ਸਚੈ ਸਚੁ ਭਾਖੁ ॥੮॥: Houmai rog gavaaeeai sabadi sachai sachu bhaakhu ||8||: Eradicate the disease of egotism chanting the True Naam (through Shabad-Giaan, living a life of Divine Virtues, etc.) through the True Shabad (Shabad-Vichaar, Guru’s Teaching or Giaan, etc.). ||8|| (sggs 62).

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  2. Sri T Singh ji,
    I agree with you about the ego.
    You said “Accordingly, the Gurbani time and again urges all of us to eradicate egotism (Haumai) and become the Gurmukh.”

    The ego cannot and will not eradicate itself because it is a projection of the Supreme Self or God. When does God or the Supreme Joti Swaroop within us decide to eradicate or destroy the ego and take over the body completely?

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