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Monday, May 30, 2016

Some Carl Jung Quotations XXXIX





The West is always seeking uplift, but the East seeks a sinking or deepening. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 396.



The European seeks to raise himself above this world, while the Indian likes to turn back into the maternal depths of
Nature. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 396.



The fact that the East can dispose so easily of the ego seems to point to a mind that is not to be
identified with our “mind.” ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 775.


In the East, mind is a cosmic factor, the very essence of existence; while in the West we have just begun to understand
that it is the essential condition of cognition, and hence of the cognitive existence of the world. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 768.



There is no conflict between religion and science in the East, because no science is there based
upon the passion for facts, and no religion upon mere faith; there is religious cognition and cognitive
religion. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 768.


With us, man is incommensurably small and the grace of God is everything; but in the East, man is God and he
redeems himself. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 768.


The philosophy of the East, although so vastly different from ours, could be an inestimable treasure for us too;
but, in order to process it, we must first earn it. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 961.


While the Western mind carefully sifts, weighs, selects, classifies, isolates, the Chinese picture of the moment
encompasses everything down to the minutest nonsensical detail, because all of the ingredients
make up the observed moment. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 969


We believe in doing, the Indian in impassive being. Our religious exercises consist of prayer, worship, and
singing hymns. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 911.



The Indian’s most important exercise is yoga, an immersion in what we would call an unconscious state, but
which he praises as the highest consciousness. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 911.


Yoga is the most eloquent expression of the Indian mind and at the same time the instrument continually used to
produce this peculiar attitude of mind. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 911.


The goal of Eastern religious practice is the same as that of Western mysticism: the shifting of the center of gravity from the ego
to the self, from man to God. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 958



We cannot tell whether God and the unconscious are two different entities. Both are border-line concepts
for transcendental contents. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 757


The numinosum is either a quality belonging to a visible object or the influence of an invisible
presence that causes a peculiar alteration of consciousness. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 6


Holiness is also revelatory: it is the illuminative power emanating from an archetypal figure. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 225.


But, fortunately, the man [Wolfgang Pauli] had religio, that is, he “carefully took account of” his experiences and he
had enough pistis, or loyalty to his experience, to enable him to hang on to it and continue it. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 74.


There is religious sentimentality instead of the numinosum of divine experience. This is the well-known characteristic
of a religion that has lost its living mystery. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 52


But the fact is that the approach to the numinous is the real therapy and in as much as you attain
to the numinous experiences you are released from the curse of pathology. ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. I, Page 377


Religion is the fruit and culmination of the completeness of life, that is, of a life which contains both
sides. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 71.


It is also a fact that under the influence of a so-called scientific enlightenment great masses of
educated people have either left the Church or become profoundly indifferent to it. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 34.


I am not, however, addressing myself to the happy possessors of faith, but to those many people
for whom the light has gone out, the mystery has faded, and God is dead. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 148.


Myth is not fiction: it consists of facts that are continually repeated and can be observed
over and over again. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 648.


It [myth] is something that happens to man, and men have mythical fates just as much as the Greek
heroes do. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 648.


Man is not so much delivered from his sins, even if he is baptized in the prescribed manner and thus washed clean,
as delivered from fear of the consequences of sin, that is, from the wrath of God. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 659.


What is ordinarily called “religion” is a substitute to such an amazing degree that I ask myself seriously whether this kind
of “religion,” which I prefer to call a creed, may not after all have an important function in human society. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 75.


In my profession I have encountered many people who have had immediate experience and who would not and could not
submit to the authority of ecclesiastical decision. ~Carl Jung, CW 11, Para 76

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