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Re: Theos-World People in the know (gnosis that is): Jung and Yeats

Nov 29, 2002 11:16 AM
by Steven Levey

Netemara-Thank you for your input regarding Jung, Buber and Theosophy- Please continue with it, it is most provocative.-Steven Levey

----- Original Message -----
From: netemara888
Sent: Friday, November 29, 2002 9:56 AM
Subject: Theos-World People in the know (gnosis that is): Jung and Yeats

Part I: Carl Jung

"H. P. Blavatsky and her Theosophical Society wrote the book on  
secret traditions. Most esoteric movements ever since have found it  
almost impossible to step outside of her (sometimes unconscious)  
influence. A few groups calling themselves Gnostic have appealed to  
an underground yet pervasive `gnosis' rather than to the ancient  
historical Gnostic sects…

Indeed in our century there have been several appropriations of  
Gnostic motifs. The psychologist, C. G. Jung, continually refers to  
the Gnostics in his writings and was often photographed `wearing his  
Gnostic ring.' His lifelong interest in the subject was rewarded in  
1952 when the Jung Institute in Zurich…presented him with a recently  
discovered Gnostic papyrus manuscript. This `Jung Codex' is now our  
Nag Hammadi Codex I…In 1916…he believed his house to be filled with  
paranormal phenomenon…in the early 1950s Dr. Jung defended himself  
against an attack by Martin Buber (a Jew). Under discussion was the  
entire body of Jung's work, but Buber pointed a particularly snide  
finger at `his little Abraxas opus.' The criticism was that Jung had  
overstepped the boundaries of psychology into religion, and had  
located God in the unconscious (rather than in Buber's transcendent  

Jung took all of this seriously "Why is so much attention devoted to  
the question of whether I am a Gnostic?"

>From :"The Nag Hammadi Library" The definitive new translation of the  
Gnostic scriptures. James M. Robinson – general editor


Comment: Jung is undoubtedly one of the biggest voices of influence  
in psychology even today. He DID mix psychology with religion. He was  
influenced by Theosophy without a doubt. HE was the antithesis to  
Freud's belief in a Godless voice. They were to part ways. Jung's  
commentaries on spiritual works from Eastern quarters have become  
classics in their own right. Why did Martin Buber have a problem  
with Jung bringing God into psychology? Did he then have no problem  
with Freud leaving God out of the mind of man?


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