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Rob Borås, “Ego-Loss”, Drawing

 

 

 

 

Rob Borås: Ego-Loss

To me, this image of Ram Dass--the spiritual guru and author--represents the destruction of the ego. He considered thoughts as "distractions" from liberation, and encouraged passive and apathetic responses to mental activity. In Dass' teachings, this passive response is achieved through the "bardo": liminal, transitional states of being, such as those intermediate places of existence between life and death that are recorded in the Tibetan Book of the Dead. His methods include the use of LSD to bring people to an understanding of the "clear light." Enlightenment through chemical manipulation seems to me to be potentially sinister, creating void mental states in individuals, leaving them vulnerable to control. He replaced personal individualism with his own dogmas and theories of a "one mind" state. This type of control has been perpetuated by others who are more overtly villainous: it is evident in the techniques of Charles Manson, for example, or of those who instigated the "mind cleansing" that occurred during the Korean war.

 

 

 
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