(by S.A.) Rama teaches that we’re born as luminous beings. Yet, from birth we become molded – away from our true luminous nature. We’re taught to look at ourselves in certain ways, to respond as we’re taught. Even if we rebel, we’re rebelling with a set of reactions that become our conditioned behavior. Then our lives turn into a series of patterns of reaction. And we see ourselves based on ideas we formulate internally about who we are. This is ego, and it's strengthened by our desires.