The ego started from that fine current at the superconscious level, and as it became more and more gross it became more and more individualized, and that is what we call the human responsibility—that is what we call the human ego. Man does not possess an ego, he is the ego.
When we get immersed in this ego, we become self-centered and start believing that the whole world revolves around us. We believe that we are the center of the universe and everyone must pay attention to us.
Stop being self-centered, rather be centered in the Self.
When a person says that he needs no outside assistance, it is not the true Self that says it, but the ego-self. The ego self assumes a self-importance that, “I am it all, and nothing is greater than me,” and when the ego self thinks that it is self-sufficient, then no progress is ever made.