Psychology and Religion

Psychology and Religion

West and East

Book - 1958
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Publisher: [New York] : Pantheon Books, [c1958]
Characteristics: xiii, 699 p. front
Additional Contributors: Hull, R. F. C.

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" ' If thou seekest Buddhahood by thus sitting cross-legged, thou murderest him. So long as thou freest thyself not from sitting so, thou never comes to the Truth.' ' Zen demands intelligence and will power, as do all great things that want to become realities.' " " The book of Job places this pious and faithful man, so heavily afflicted by the Lord, on a brightly lit stage where he presents his case to the eyes and ears of the world. It is amazing to see how easily Yahweh, quite without reason, let Himself be influenced by one of His sons, by a doubting thought, and made unsure of Job's faithfulness.With His touchiness and suspiciousness the mere possibility of doubt was enough to infuriate Him and induce that peculiar double-faced behaiour of which He had already given proof in the Garden of Eden, when He pointed out the tree to the first parents and at the same time forbade them to eat of it." "In Persian tradition, AHRIMAN proceeded from one of ORMUZD's doubting thoughts." " Satan is presumably one of God's eyes which ' go to and fro in the Earth and walk up and down in it.' " Yahweh forgets His son Satan, to whose wiles even He occasionally succumbs. How then could He expect man with his limited consciousness and imperfect knowledge to do any better?" " '1 Cor. 2:10; Genesis 22; Exodus 22:29; Ezekiel 1:26; Daniel 7: 13; Enoch 7: 2; Enoch 7: 3-6; Enoch 9: 5-11; Enoch 40: 7; 46: 1-3; 47: 4; 48:1; 48: 4, 6-7; 49: 1-3; 51: 1,3; 54: 6; 60: 10; 71: 5-6; 71: 14; 71:17; Genesis 5: 24; Job 19: 25; John 10:35; 1John1: 5,2: 1-2, 3: 9; Revelations 1: 16-17, 2: 5, 3: 3, 3: 19, 4: 3, 5: 6, 6: 10, 12: 1, 11: 19, 12: 5, 12: 9' " " As a totality, the self is always a 'complexion oppositorum,' and the more consciousness insists on its own luminous nature and lays claim to moral authority, the more the self will appear as something dark and menacing." " In China, Heaven is round and earth is square." " One can love God but must fear Him." " The God concept, as the idea of an all-embracing totality, also includes the unconscious, and hence, in contrast to consciousness, it includes the objective psyche, which so often frustrates the will and intentions of the conscious mind." "Gott ist selig in der seele." " Since the Apocalypse we know that God fills us with evil as well as with good and because He wants to be Man, the uniting of His antimony must take place in Man. Man can no longer remain blind and unconscious . He must know something of God's nature and of metaphysical processes if he is to understand himself and thereby achieve 'Gnosis of the Divine.' "There is no conflict between religion and science in the East, because no science there is based upon the passion for Facts, and no religion is based upon mere Faith; there is religious cognition and cognitive religion. With us, man is small and Grace of God is everything; but in the East, man is god and he redeems himself. Scientific Materialism has merely introduced a new hypostasis, and that is an intellectual sin. Matter is a metaphysician's malgre lui. Materialism is a metaphysical reaction against the sudden realization that cognition is a mental faculty and, if carried beyond the human plane, a projection." Jung wrote a particularly wonderful volume here, his 11th out of his collected works. I can open it at any place, and find deeply profound reflections of the subject matter. He quotes Hui-Neng here, from his introduction to D. T. Suzuki's INTRODUCTON TO ZEN BUDDHISM. And, he is quite sympathetic and understanding toward the claims to REALITY of I-Ching. If, in fact, you wish to understand just how I-Ching is supposed to work, the answer is clearly understandable, here. He also does some good writing on our spiritual tradition, i.e., the Holy Bible. This is a valuable book; I hope the library system continues to safeguard its existence!

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