Jung’s Psychology of the Living God

This preface is an introduction to what turned out to be a nine part series on Jung’s Psychology of the Living God and Transformation of Individual and Community although it also stands on its own. I open with a discussion of the fact that a dark cloud has been cast over Jung and his approach to psychology amongst disciples of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. In response, I introduce the notion that Jung’s understanding of the science of psychology is in perfect harmony with that of Sri Aurobindo.

In my essays, I often quote Sri Aurobindo and the Mother in order to show the compatibility of their thinking with Jung or make direct comparisons, but occasionally, also, I contrast their view from his. I also suggest that the voices denigrating Jung are mere opinion, doxa, and not based on reason. I argue that the psychic being has been central to Jung’s psychology from the beginning, and I give an example of its influence in his life in his choice of profession/vocation. Finally, I discuss what he means by the ego, which, in fact, is close to the meaning of the Hindu purusha.

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