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Theos-World Jung's Views

Mar 17, 1999 06:43 AM
by Gerald Schueler

>>Regarding Jung and his views. Did he ever conceive of an immortal Ego
within the personal Self ?  What responsibility did it assume for the
directing of the life and choices of individuals?>>

Exactly the opposite: there is an immortal Self above/over the mortal
ego. Jung taught that the archetypal Self pre-exists the ego, which is
born with the body and grows with it and dies with it.
The archetypal Self is timeless and spaceless. Its primary symbol is the
mandala. It communicates with the ego in several ways, but primarily
through dreams.

>>What and how was the ethical nature of man the actor considered ?>>

Jung was greatly concerned about ethics and morals. His theory of the
persona and shadow are the foundations of how good and evil come about.
Addressing the shadow, and the whole question of ethical and moral
behavior is the very first step of his individuation process. I also
consider it to be the very first step in any meaningful spiritual Path.

>>Why do people get hailed into Court?  What is a crime ?  and who dos
it ?

Crimes, courts, laws, and social behaviors have been studied in great
depth by modern psychology, and a great deal is now known. However, this
is all surface stuff, and has nothing at all to do with Theosophy, the
spiritual Path, reincarnation, liberation, and so on.

Did you know, for example, that if a baby is not hugged and changed and
fed regularly, especially after it cries out for help, then it can
develop an anti-social personality later in life (i.e., its conscience
will never be allowed to develop)? How does this tie in with
reincarnation and karma? Perhaps it is the karma of some babies not to
receive proper care? 

Modern psychology has demonstrated rather conclusively that both nature
and nurture, both genes and environment, are essential for human
development. In short, we can say that both reincarnation (expressed as
genetic inheritance) and karma (expressed in the environment as the
meeting of needs) both play significant roles in human development.

Jerry S.

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