One day, a disciple went to his guru and told him that he wanted to have a cat as a pet. He requested the guru to give a name to it, and the latter suggested that it be called ‘Ego.'
Accordingly, the man named the cat as ‘Ego.'
As a kitten, ‘Ego' was cute and not very troublesome. But when it grew up, it began giving the man a lot of trouble. It drank all the milk in the house and cried throughout the night.
So the man went to the guru and asked him what he should do with it. The guru told him to get rid of it by taking it to the forest and leaving it there.
The man did so as per the guru's advice. But the cat reached the disciple's house before the disciple himself!
The guru then told him that he should put the cat in a sack and take it deeper into the forest and leave the sack there.
The man did so, but was unable to find his way back. So he was forced to let the cat out and follow it home.
The moral of the story is that if we do not curb our ego, we are enslaved by it.
From: Enslaved by ego