The ego and the self

ego and the self
Like two golden birds perched on a tree,
the ego and the self are united companions:
one eats the sweet and sour fruits of the tree,
while the other looks on without eating.
As long as you identify with the ego,
you will feel attached to both joy and sorrow.
But if you know that you are the self, the lord of life,
you will be freed from suffering.
You will transcend duality
and move into a state of Oneness.

Bhagavad Gita