Naga Panchami and Egoistic Nature of HumansNormally, ego is an inherent part of a human being and it lies on the individual to suppress the ego before it rears its ugly head. Although ego in a subtle form is vital for the existence of a person, it should be diverted in a subtle way so as not to offend another person. Ego also prevents a person from seeing the truth and accepting basic human faults which everyone is prone to. Many philanthropic persons, who would normally be hailed as generous, often acquire a bad reputation by advertising their charitable deeds in a fit of vanity. Humility does not just stop at being non-egoistic; it can also be practiced by being courteous and respectful to our fellow brethren. Just the simple act of greeting a person and enquiring about the welfare of others with selfless intent signals the true nature of a person and endears him/her to others.
Naga Panchami: Time to Kill NegativityThe festival of Naga Panchami, which falls on Chaturmas, a period when one is prone to a negative state of mind, is the right time to practice humility and reform oneself. In Hindu mythology a snake represents the human ego which can destroy a person physically and spiritually. It is thus considered vital to suppress this vile virtue and instead focus on understanding the inner self. By worshipping the Snake-God during this period, we can overcome our instincts and achieve a higher mental plane of consciousness.