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Mar 17, 1999 04:46 PM
by W. Dallas TenBroeck
March 17th Gerry: All you say below are things I have heard described. Theosophy deals with the whole individual and not only with the personality and its emotional, and desire-nature whims, quirks and problems as they may or may not have developed based on early childhood or up-bringing problems. Some of the worst offenders within my observation have been the children that have been pampered and coddled and who have grown into adulthood with the idea that mama and papa will fix it all for me, because they love me. If there is anything more anti-social ! However each of us (and them) is endowed with an INDIVIDUALITY consisting of the Immortal Spirit-Soul and while this is set aside by modern psychology the ancient psychology of India, China, Persia, Kabalah, etc. -- now called Theosophy, say this is the most important factor. If this is not integrated then there is constant misunderstanding and there is reconciliation only with the greatest difficulty, as all the missing links have to be filled in again. The Immortal SELF, also called the MONAD (Atma-Buddhi) employs the Mind to contact the personality. The personality either welcomes of jibes at this. And then there is a battle royal between the mind and the emotions. Since the Mind is superior, it may take a long time, but eventually the emotions become the servants of the Sage. Our western psychology as I see it is designed to apologize and forgive the personality for its errors and ignorance. But the law courts do not entirely agree. They speak of a responsibility and designate this not purely as a result of legislating, but as something innate to each human and act accordingly. Why is that ? Best wishes, Dallas ================================== -----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Gerald Schueler Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 1999 6:38 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Theos-World Jung's Views >>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 ? Dal>> 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. -- THEOSOPHY WORLD -- Theosophical Talk -- email@example.com Letters to the Editor, and discussion of theosophical ideas and teachings. To subscribe or unsubscribe, send a message consisting of "subscribe" or "unsubscribe" to firstname.lastname@example.org. -- THEOSOPHY WORLD -- Theosophical Talk -- email@example.com Letters to the Editor, and discussion of theosophical ideas and teachings. To subscribe or unsubscribe, send a message consisting of "subscribe" or "unsubscribe" to firstname.lastname@example.org.