The ego is interested in its own nourishment.
Because the ego wants only that what the ego values, not which is absolutely valuable.
Getting tired of getting hurt is a rare happening. Man is extremely resilient. We keep on getting hurt again and again, at the same place and yet we are hardly ever tired of repeating the same processes, the same actions that bring us to hurt.
You can call it a stage of demolition. The old patterns are seen as worthless and hence given up.
In the first level, the ego gives, and this giving is of a nature that strengthens the ego. In the second level, the ego gives up its trust in itself and hence gets diminished.
In the third stage giving up does not happen. The third stage is of pure giving.
You just give. Meaninglessly, purposelessly, reasonlessly. You don’t even give, you are just being what you really are.
And when you just start giving, since you are giving to yourself, you start receiving a lot.
Tremendously bored we are with everything, that even an invitation to get rid of boredom sounds boring.
Your mind is already afraid of death, and Rumi is just exposing, or at worst exploiting that fear.
Given the way we are, fear is our reality. Wherever there is body identification, there would also parallely be the fear of the loss of the body.
Everything is done for a purpose, for a reason, with the expectation of gain. And where there is the expectation of gain, there is also the parallel fear of loss.
Because an action that arises from fear can never eliminate fear.
Take care of the ‘first’ in the ‘first place.’ Do not let the disease guide your actions. Rather, the first action should be to eliminate the disease. And these are the only two ways of living.
Read the complete article: Acharya Prashant on Rumi: The three levels of giving