Relationships and the Self Image - Second Lecture
Prabhuji Ramakrishnananda highlights a fundamental aspect of the images we have about ourselves, though few see it so clearly. Our personal opinion about ourselves, he explains, is our opinion of the ideas that others have about us. In other words, it’s what we think others think about us. Our parents, friends, neighbors and colleagues have readily contributed their opinions and judgment on this imaginary image that we have turned into own identity. They, in turn, built their own images the same way. In this way, we make ourselves a result of society, products of humanity. Out of discomfort and fear, we superimpose images on others as the mystery of our own true identity threatens our minds, we fear the unknown. This self-image is an escape from pain as we go after our desires.