I have been contemplating about the ego for a few days now. That, along with non-duality. Pretty heavy, uh?
In keeping with simplicity, I invite you to do your own personal research regarding these. My belief is that whatever conclusion you may come to regarding these two subjects, will be a personal one.
My view on the ego is that I have not studied this much in my life, probably should have, but have not come to that point until now, if memory serves me. I have crossed paths with those who were somewhat "egotystical"...meaning that they carried a chip on their shoulders and thought they "knew it all" and would even say so...they were right and everyone else in the world was wrong.
I myself at one time in my life was probably like that, I wanted to be right about everything. Why? In order to be accepted and loved. Not the correct way to go about obtaining those, but was all I knew at the time.
Do I believe the ego can be put to death? I don't know. I think it might be possible if you are living one moment at a time or maybe on an island by yourself. But, that doesn't mean that we can not try to overcome the ego by developing a non-duality lifestyle.
Non-duality to me is literally not two.
"To the Nondualist, reality is ultimately neither physical nor mental. Instead, it is an ineffable state or realization. This ultimate reality can be called "Spirit" (Sri Aurobindo), "Brahman" (Shankara), "God", "Shunyata" (Emptiness), "The One" (Plotinus), "The Self" (Ramana Maharshi), "The Dao" (Lao Zi), "The Absolute" (Schelling) or simply "The Nondual" (F. H. Bradley). Ram Dass calls it the "third plane"—any phrase will be insufficient, he maintains, so any phrase will do. The theory of Sri Aurobindo has been described as Integral advaita."
Now that is some deep stuff there. I have already adapted a partial nondualistic belief....we are one, no one thing in the Universe is separate from the other.
How is it as a country we can not or refuse to see this principle was taught way before Christ? But yet, we are quick to judge others when they reject the Christian way of life and choose to follow basically the same principles, just under another heading.
Can you imagine the egos involved when writing the Bible? I can. The older books, before the Bible, that tell of a non dualistic way of life I have read or studied doesn't seem to "demand" that one should follow what they are saying, or be doomed to hell. Or maybe it is between the lines and I don't see it. There are no arguments or fighting mentioned. I am sure there are some that do, but, for me, I love peacefulness, within and outside of me.
I certainly don't intend to offend anyone, we have the freedom of choice to believe as we please....which is a great Blessing to have!
Guess it is really all about perception. I have never read A Course In Miracles, but I understand that it teaches nondualism. And that has been around for a long time....