THE ULTIMATE BOON

“The infant reacts with a temper tantrum and the fantasy that goes with the temper tantrum is to tear everything out of the mother’s body…. The child then fears retaliation for these impulses, i.e., that everything will be scooped out of its own inside.”   140

Cont’d… Anxieties for the integrity of its body, fantasies of restitution, a silent, deep requirement for indestructibility and protection against the “bad” forces from within and without, begin to direct the shaping psyche; and these remain as determining factors in the later neurotic, and even normal, life activities, spiritual efforts, religious beliefs, and ritual practices of the adult.  1000 faces, pg 149

 

(picture)  Brahma, Visnu, and Siva, respectively Creator, Preserver, and Destroyer, constitute a trinity in Hinduism, as three aspects of the operation of the one creative substance.  After the seventh century B.C., Brahma, declining in importance, became merely the creative agent of Visnu.  Thus Hinduism today is divided into two main camps, one devoted primarily to the creator-preserver Visnu, the other to Siva, the world-destroyer, who unites the soul to the eternal.  But these two are ultimately one.  In the present myth, it is through their joint operation that the elixir of life is obtained.  1000 faces, pg 153

 

All things are in process, rising and returning.  Plants come to blossom, but only to return to the root.  Returning to the root is like seeking tranquility.  Seeking tranquility is like moving toward destiny.  To move toward destiny is like eternity.  To know eternity is enlightenment, and not to recognize eternity brings disorder and evil. 

 

      Knowing eternity makes one comprehensive; comprehension makes one broadminded; breadth of vision brings nobility; nobility is like heaven.

 

      The heavenly is like Tao.  Tao is the Eternal.  The decay of the body is not to be feared.  165  1000 faces, pg 163

 

The gods only laugh when men pray to them for wealth.

Japanese proverb. 1000 faces, pg 16

 

The boon bestowed on the worshiper is always scaled to his stature and to the nature of his dominant desire: the boon is simply a symbol of life energy stepped down to the requirements of a certain specific case.  The irony, of course, lies in the fact that, whereas the hero who has won the favor of the god may beg for the boon of perfect illumination, what he generally seeks are longer years to live, weapons with which to slay his neighbor, or the health of his child.  1000 faces, pg 163

 

The agony of breaking through personal limitations is the agony of spiritual growth.  1000 faces, pg 163

 

Cont’d … Art, literature, myth and cult, philosophy, and ascetic disciplines are instruments to help the individual past his limiting horizons into spheres of ever-expanding realization.  1000 faces, pg 163

 

Buddha

With the sword of his mind he pierced the bubble of the universe – and it shattered into nought.  1000 faces, pg 164

 

FYI - (JUNG) They see aspects that the man does not see.  That is why no woman has ever been convinced that her husband is a superman!   MDR 134