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Saturday, June 2, 2018

Discovery or Manifestation

"'Homo creatus est' means that man was created. We are inclined to turn our backs smilingly on such a statement, thinking naturally enough of the first chapter of Genesis. But it is really a psychological declaration of the first importance: does man feel himself to have been created or not? Do we feel that we have created ourselves or have we rather found ourselves? Most people feel the latter, one day we found ourselves and said "I" for the first time. But had that "I" been created or did it just happen? This is quite a different question and a very difficult one. Our feeling gives us no answer. We can only say that we gradually discovered ourselves with our gifts, our vices, our qualities and our imperfections. No proofs lie to our hand whether this conglomeration had a purpose, an intention, behind it, or whether it was the result of blind chance." ………………….C.G. Jung, ETH, 01/12/1940
The creation stories of many traditions of mythologies project a self-emanation of the created world, including, man, from the Godhead. This leads us to the query as to how a material perishable created complex can be an image of God. But God declares His intention of creating man in his image in the Judeo-Christian as well as in the Vedic texts.
“The "Sātapatha Brāhmana" relates the creation of men and animals. "Prajāpati was formerly this (universe) only. He desired, 'Let me create food, and be propagated.' He formed animals from his breaths, a man from his soul, a horse from his eye, a bull from his breath, a sheep from his ear, a goat from his voice. Since he formed animals from his breaths, therefore men say, 'The breaths are animals.' The soul is the first of breaths. Since he formed a man from his soul, therefore they say, 'Man is the first of the animals and the strongest.' The soul is all the breaths; for all the breaths depend upon the soul. Since he formed man from his soul, therefore they say, 'Man is all the animals;' for all these are man's."[1]
The ‘Enuma Elish’ (also known as The Seven Tablets of Creation) is the Babylonian creation mythology, is more elaborate and Marduk, the chosen leader of the younger Gods is assigned to defeat the progenitor of Chaos and darkness, Tiamat and her divine assistant, Quingu. Both Tiamat and Quingu are killed and out of the blood of Quingu, man is created. Why I have elaborated on this myth is the clear demarcation on the two natures of man, the lesser state of the  Ego which is the lower consciousness of chaos in the precreation state of darkness and the innate higher nature of the Self.
In the Genesis, man as the pure image of God in the Garden of Eden before the awareness of his Ego through a separated state of the Anima symbolised by Eve. This is stated in:
“So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” ………Genesis 1: 27
And the fallen (lower Ego state of consciousness) Adam, as per Judaic Kabbalah a descent from the state of ‘Adam Kadmon’ to a state of “Malchut’ in the tree of life.
Now we can see from where Jung is coming as to the self-discovery of the created human as ‘I’. It is our predominant objective awareness as ordained reality that prompts us to declares ‘I am’. This is a position which we find difficult to comprehend as our subjective consciousness of our true nature is dulled into dysfunction due to layer of conditioning that we have been subject to through evolutionary, karmic and socio-religious prompting.
In his encounter with the Divine in the book of Exodus 3:14 when Moses asks God who he is, God replies "I AM WHO I AM". This is a powerful statement which asserts the nondual nature of the Godhead. This is a radically different positioning from a discovery of humans as “I am” in a purely dualistic perception.
This provides us with a platform to answer the question “Are we created? Do we feel that we have created ourselves or have we rather found ourselves?”.
Both answers are correct in as much as that we find ourselves in the psychological dimension with a self-identity at early childhood and continue to assert this discovery in the psychological realm to fortify our Ego. But the true purpose of our creation is to manifest our primal nature which is the unmodified Divine consciousness in which we were created.
Mythology and sacred writings have pointed out this through their stories. The Epic of Gilgamesh and the Acts of Thomas have told us these ‘stories of return’ which I had quoted in some of my earlier articles.
This is life long process of shifting our limited awareness from a purely objective and conditioned orientation to one of self-awareness rooted a subjective domain.
Love to you all.

[1] Hindu Mythology, Vedic and Puranic, by W.J. Wilkins, [1900],