The shortest path to eradicate Mana (self-view) is to bow down to someone!
It’s from Vinaya
“We, Lord, are Sakyans, we are proud. Lord, this barber, Upāli, has been our attendant for a long time. May the Lord let him go forth first. We will greet him, rise up before him, salute him with joined palms, and do the proper duties. Thus will the Sakyan pride be humbled in us Sakyans.” Then the Lord let Upāli the barber go forth first, and afterwards these young Sakyan men.
Vin 2.183; BD 5.257.
This is how the ven. bhikkhu Bodhi has explained the difference between the conceit ‘I am’ (asmi-māna) and the view of self (sakkāyadiṭṭhi):
“The view of self affirms an enduring self existing in relation to the five aggregates, either as identical with them, or as their inner core, or as their owner and master. But the conceit “I am” lacks a clear conceptual content. It lurks at the base of the mind as a vague, shapeless, but imperious sense of the “I” as a concrete reality. Though the view of self is already eliminated at the stage of stream-entry, the conceit “I am” persists in noble disciples even up to the stage of nonreturner. This is the point of the incisive Khemaka Sutta…” -In the Buddha’s Words (2005:380).
It is like, even if you wash a cloth thorougly with soap powder you still have the smell of the soap powder. So you have to add some sents to make a sense of more purity.
Deava and Bahma has a very subtle pride.
It’s like knowing for the first time smoking is bad for you. You keep at it despite the right view, as craving and attachment is still intact. Vipallasa are removed at level of views first, then at mind/defilements level and finally at sanna level, sort of…
Defilements are irrational! But apart from that the stream entrant attains right view and yet her cravings remain intact. The tenacious nature of defilements shouldn’t be underestimated.
“When there is the eye, bhikkhus, by clinging to the eye, by adhering to the eye, the thought occurs: ‘I am superior’ or ‘I am equal’ or ‘I am inferior.’ When there is the ear … When there is the mind, by clinging to the mind, by adhering to the mind, the thought occurs: ‘I am superior’ or ‘I am equal’ or ‘I am inferior.’
They regard form as self, self as having form, form in self, or self in form.
consciousness as self, self as having consciousness, consciousness in self,
or self in consciousness.
viññāṇaṃ attato samanupassati,viññāṇavantaṃ vā attānaṃ; attani vāviññāṇaṃ, viññāṇasmiṃ vā attānaṃ.
That’s how identity view comes about.
”Evaṃ kho, bhikkhu, sakkāyadiṭṭhi hotī”ti.