I see the discussion has proceeded taking different (and necessary) directions….
I’m apt to think in your line regarding emotions, so I think your question here has more importance than what Sivaram has asked.
(https://forum.kinfonet.org/u/sivaram: I’m replying here to you too, I hope you don’t mind)
Character or personality may vary but fundamentally the human psychological structure is the same, so I think we should focus on the common features instead than on the small differences.
And we ought to try to be simple in our discussion. When the discourse gets too complicate one loses the smell.
I was going to talk about emotions because it’s an important aspect of ourselves. If we are really exploring the self, the ego, in ourselves, during this discussion, that means we are observing our reactions to what is being said (or to what will be said).
I want to give a kind of warning here: if we really feel involved personally in this exploration of the self, if we talk in first person, emotions are bound to arise. That is why usually in forums it is advised not to go personal. But if we want to have a real dialogue as K meant it, and to make meaningful discoveries, we ought to go personal, with all the risks it involves.
So let me go back to the initial posts where we started examining the “I”, that is us.
We start defining what the I is, in order to understand it, in order to set in which direction we have to look. This implies not only the “I, me, mine,” stuff but also the actions, or better the reactions, because the ego is always reacting. Have you observed in yourself, yesterday, those reactions? If we really point our finger to the actual ego, the one we have, it will immediately react. If there are no reactions that means we are not touching the actual thing. The reactions can be subtle or great, and to be aware of them is the most important part or aim of this dialogue. I personally had a variety of small and big reactions yesterday.
This I think could be the main theme of this thread: we are egos who have come in contact with K, egos which want stubbornly to continue to exist and operate in the world, to get more and more gratifications, to accumulate more and more either material possessions or experiences both mundane or “spiritual”. Egos which by nature feel they are important, all that count in life. How those egos, our egos, reacted to K? Can we have the necessary simplicity, sincerity and honesty to reply to this question?