After the momentous speech at the inauguration of Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birthday celebration, and the historical event at the Delhi Red fort area, Amma soon returned her attention and time to us, Her darling children travelling with Her, and Her Delhi devotee children.
Amma called us to the auditorium on the top floor of the Amma School in Pushp vihar where we were staying. Amma served us dinner Prasad. As She served, like She always does, She wanted to do several other things at the same time, saving time or rather utilizing time for more than one activity, Amma asked for jokes and experiences. One western daughter had saved a special doormat to show Amma on such an occasion. She showed it, and on it was written, “Egos and Footwear Outside, Please”.
All of us broke into laughter, seeing egos equated with something despicable like footwear.
But Amma is awareness incarnate all the time. She enjoyed the joke but provided further clarification, in Her unique Satsang.
Egos are despicable at all times. Footwear however have a role to play, are useful when we are outdoors, though. In Sanatana dharma nothing is unimportant. We use footwear and get protection from dirt, thorns etc. Once we return, we give it its place outside our doors. Not so with Ego. It is always despicable. At no time can Ego be entertained. Amma explained.