Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Money Wisdom #346

"God does not go for personalities; nor does the Last Judgement consist in the award of prizes to personalities for the performance of their parts. The performance principle must go; the show must not go on. The parts are not real: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus; he is not your personal Saviour. In the Last Judgement the apocalyptic fire will burn up the masks, and the theater, leaving not a rack behind. Freud came to give the show away; the outcome of psychoanalysis is not 'ego psychology' but the doctrine of 'anatta' or no-self; the ego is a 'me-fabrication' (ahamkara), a piece of illusion (Maya), which disintegrates at the moment of illumination: 'the self has been completely understood, and so ceases to be.' And with the doctrine of no-self goes the doctrine of non-action: action is proper only to an ignorant person, and doing nothing is, if rightly understood, the supreme action.

Cf Powell, Zen and Reality, 49, 69, Nikhilananda, Bhagavad Gita, 15, Durckheim, The Japanese Cult of Tranquility, 88-89. Marcuse, Eros and Civilization, 44, 75, 89. Mauss, 'La notion de personne,' 348."

Norman O Brown Love's Body (1966) p.105

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