Illumination page 154


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The citation is from chapter 4 verses 7-8, where Krishna is instructing Arjuna concerning the nature of truth. The citation implicitly identifies Philemon with Krishna. Jung described Philemon as follows: “Philemon was a Pagan and brought with him an Egyptian-Gnostic-Hellenistic atmosphere with a Gnostic coloration. It was he who taught me psychic objectivity, the reality of the psyche… Psychologically, Philemon represented superior insight.” (Memories, pp. 207-8.)


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“Father of the Prophet, beloved Philemon.”

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“The bhagavadgita says: whenever there is a decline of the law and an increase in iniquity, then I put forth myself. For the rescue of the pious and for the destruction of the evildoers, for the establishment of the law I am born in every age.”

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The Red Book by C. G. Jung © 2009 by the Foundation for the Works of C. G. Jung, Zurich.
Notes © 2013 Sonu Shamdasani. Translations from The Red Book © 2009 Mark Kyburz, John Peck and Sonu Shamdasani.
The Red Book by C. G. Jung is a W. W. Norton & Company publication by arrangement with the Foundation for the Works of C. G. Jung, Zurich.