Thursday, May 28, 2015

Torment of Sanctification

"Just as Christ through the torment of sanctification subjugated the flesh, so the God of this time through the torment of sanctification will subjugate the spirit. Just as Christ tormented the flesh through the spirit, the God of this time will torment the spirit through the flesh. For our spirit has become an impertinent whore, a slave to words created by men and no longer the divine word itself. " .....................Carl Jung, Liber Novus, Page 300.

These are very strong words from a person who, I personally consider, understood the mind body connectivity at a very deep level. In the classification of the levels of consciousness, Jung could see the borderless and seamless connection between the waking consciousness, dream state and the universal unconsciousness.

From the time of early Greek philosophers and with clear pronouncement, it was Plato who introduced the duality of Body and Soul. In Phaedo, Socrates explicitly appeals to the idea that it is the soul that animates the body of a living thing. His argument is closed with the statement:
"What is it that, when present in a body, makes it living? — A soul."
Plato in The Republic also puts forward a new theory of soul, which involves the claim that the embodied human soul has (at least) three parts or aspects, namely reason (mind), spirit and appetite (potentiality). This I am able to see evolving into our current knowledge as an inherent classification within the "Body-Mind-Spirit" matrix. While the physical body is the portal of expression which we call life, this life is the integral aspect of mind or consciousness which  derives its potentialities from the Spirit or Soul.
The reason why I have introduced the Greek thought is that most of the Biblical text are influenced by Greek philosophical thought. St. Paul is definitely classified as Neo-Platonic and Thomas Aquinas and his "Summa Theologica" has a deep Aristotelian influence.

Having said the above, the first misconception that must be removed is the duality of flesh (body and mind) and soul or spirit.
All manifestations in creation are the expression of the Divine spirit which is beautifully call Paramatma (Divine soul). The individual atma or soul is a limited perception within the created consciousness.

let us return to Jung's observation on the subject of "Theology of Suffering"
The word sanctification comes from two Latin roots "sanctum" which means "holy" and "facere" which means "to make". When we move away from our embedded mindset that suffering denotes an experience of injury, illness, pain, etc., which are mostly associated with the body or mind, the soul is excluded from this category of experience.
Kahlil Gibran poetically points out the meaning of pain in his book "The Prophet"

"Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. Therefore, trust the physician and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility."

Now with this new perception if we look at what Jung says.
Subjugating the flesh through torment means peeling away the layer of consciousness that gives rise to a mental positioning of the lower levels of functioning of the body in ego gratification. When Christ is stripped of his garments and his flesh torn to pieces in scourging and crucifixion to a horizontal dimension (dimension of creation), we attach too much meaning to the physical suffering. Salvation or making holy means transcending from the lower self to the status of the Sons and Daughters of the Father or the Higher Self.

Now we move to the next statement that Jung makes that ".......Just as Christ tormented the flesh through the spirit, the God of this time will torment the spirit through the flesh. For our spirit has become an impertinent whore, a slave to words created by men and no longer the divine word itself."

When we want to be Christ like or be the Sons and Daughters of the Father, we are faced with a different proposition at our spiritual level. Our spirit is so corrupted that the torment of the flesh is no longer possible at the current level of our spirit but the spirit itself has to be tormented, broken up, stripped naked and crucified to the vertical dimension (Cosmic or divine dimension). This is only possible by raising our spiritual potential through the grace of God of our times or the divine Father

Jung concluding justification for this revised process of sanctification put the last nail in the coffin. The reason for the current level of corruption of the spirit is put in a very strong statement that the spirit has become a prostitute by communing with diverse words of men or the plurality of objective essence derived purely from dogmas, rituals and convenient interpretation so much so that the Divine word or Logos is unrecognizable and lies buried deep and enslaved to corrupting elements. A new mindset, derived from our mind-body matrix, denoted as flesh, is required and this is what Jung calls: "........... torment the spirit through the flesh."

Contemplate deeply on what Jung says and if my writing has enabled you to get a deeper insight, I am greatly blessed.

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Love to you all.

5 comments :

  1. Sir,
    Excellent insight.
    Body-Mind feels and
    Soul Experiences.

    Anything happening around us with this body for the present time, Soul has taken, fulfills this purpose.

    Sir, the Podcast page says that my account doesn't have access to view the page.

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    1. Dear Ram,

      Thank you Ram. I will try to sort out the visibility problem as others have not reported any problem and I am able to open from my iPhone and also from a different computer without signing into Google or any other account.

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  2. Sir,
    Just now i visited the page again and i am able to see the podcast.
    Thank you sir for the feast of seeing and listening you.

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  3. Sir,
    Just now i visited the page again and i am able to see the podcast.
    Thank you sir for the feast of seeing and listening you.

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    1. Thank you Ram.
      I sincerely hope this addition of podcast will provide a personal touch to what I do.
      With lots of love to you & Prabha.

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