'I am Better' &
other false conceits arise from Attachment!
The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, when what exists, by clinging to what, by holding badly on to
do such thoughts occur: 'I am superior' or 'I am equal to' or 'I am inferior'?
Venerable Sir, our understanding are rooted in the Blessed One, guided by
the Blessed One, is initiated by the Blessed One. It would indeed be good if
the Blessed One would explain the meaning of this subtle question in detail.
Having heard this from the Buddha, the bhikkhus will remember & preserve it!
When there is the eye, the ear, the nose, the tongue, the body & the mind,
bhikkhus, by clinging to, by adhering to eye, ear, nose, tongue, body & the
these thoughts occur: 'I am superior' and 'I am equal to' and 'I am inferior'!
What do you think, bhikkhus, is the eye permanent or impermanent?
Impermanent, Venerable Sir...
Is the ear permanent or impermanent? Impermanent, Venerable Sir...
Is the nose permanent or impermanent? Impermanent, Venerable Sir...
Is the tongue permanent or impermanent? Impermanent, Venerable Sir...
Is the body permanent or impermanent? Impermanent, Venerable Sir...
Is the mind permanent or impermanent? Impermanent, Venerable Sir...
But without clinging to what is impermanent, suffering, & subject to change,
could these thoughts occur: 'I am superior' or 'I am equal' or 'I am
No, Venerable Sir...
Understanding this, the intelligent noble disciple is disgusted with the eye,
ear, the nose, the tongue, the body & the mind... Disgust produces disillusion...
This disillusion induces by detachment a
When detached the mind is unagitated! Being entirely imperturbable
Awakening right there & instantly understands: This mind is eternally
Rebirth is ended, this Noble Life is
done is what should be done,
there is no state beyond or exceeding this...
The blessed Buddha
Blissful is the overcoming of all
Blissful is dwelling in complete harmlessness.
Blissful is solitude for one content & learned.
highest is the bliss of uprooting the conceit 'I am'!
Udana - Inspiration: II - 1
More on this
deepest self-deception: The conceit that "I Am!" (Asmi-māna):
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. Book IV 88
The 6 senses section 35. Thread on 'I Am Superior': Seyyo Sutta (108)