One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star. ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton
What is the difference between “Ego” and “ego?” Is there a difference at all? Are we simply just playing a word game here, to try and prove who’s right and who’s wrong? We’ve been using this word for so long now, that there should be no difference but a simple matter of grammar. Here, I present to you an article based on this subject.
In Theosophy, “Ego” is that which incarnates lifetime after lifetime, and the “ego” is our personality in this lifetime. However, in Latin, “Ego” is pronounced “aygo.” With the small “e” it is pronounced as we are accustomed to, which is pronounced: “eego.” Also, when it comes to the Latin pronunciation, “aygo,” only has one meaning, and does not have two like that in Theosophy. What’s also interesting is that Aeygo (slightly different spelling) is a Korean word derived from the Chinese characters: “love (ae) and “beautiful (gyo). The closest English translation to aeygo would be winsome: cheerful, pleasant and appealing.
Not to side-track too much, but as I was researching more on the word aygo, I’ve noticed that the Toyota Aygo was dominating my search results. The Toyota Aygo is supposedly a city car sold by Toyota in Europe since 2005. They state: “the name aygo comes from “i-go,” symbolizing freedom and mobility.” Okay, is “i-go” Latin as well? Jeez, thanks a lot; tell us anything.
According to the Journal of Medical Science, it states:
Hence, the Latin is deformed; short syllables are made long, and the whole analogy with modern speech is lost. The word mihi, or michi, is made into “myhigh;” “Ego” into “ego;” “ago” into “aygo.”
Could it be that the word “Ego” has relation to the word “Ago?” If we are considering that “Ego” is that which incarnates lifetime after lifetime is a thing of the past, then what are we? Are we purely just “ego” (personality) or a false sense of self? Yes, “ego” is important; its what drives us and help’s us to relate to others, but without the essence we are pure animals.
Why all of the past confusion?
Theosophy and Gnosis are two huge leaders in the thought realm. As mentioned earlier; Theosophy has two different meanings for “Ego” and “ego,” and two different sounds. “Ego” is related to the Higher Self, while “ego” is related to the lower self.
I remember sitting in a Gnostic lecture, and a good friend of mine mentioned what Theosophy says about the differences of “Ego” and “ego.” The instructor said in reply (not exact words) that ego is the false self that we must crystallize no matter how you say it or spell it—we simply do not refer to it in any kind of higher consciousness, unless it is crystallized. Gnostics also do not use the word “aygo,” not any that I know of. So, a little bit of confusion may have started.
When it comes to philosophy, I like to recreate my own way of understanding certain things, I like to believe that we already know the truth, as we live it everyday; although unconsciously most of the time. For instance:
The Ego is like a puzzle that is connected.
If you were to shatter a puzzle into many pieces (personalities), those individual pieces would then become known as the ego or ego’s. Each of these ego’s has their own unique story to tell, but they also have something to say about the greater whole. The greater whole, or the Ego is often unseen or ignored because we often move from piece to piece in a desire to relate effectively among others, or to be like others. The “Connected,” “Universal Consciousness” or God is the “Ego” in us.
You can also spell Yoga out of the same letters as aygo.
The game reached Japan in the 7th century CE—where it is called go (碁?) or igo (囲碁?)—the game became popular at the Japanese imperial court in the 8th century. Source
The surname of IGO is an Italian nickname for a foundling or bastard, derived from the Italian IGNOTO, unknown, unacknowledged, the child of an unknown father. Source