Part 5, "You, Me, Jung & the Kabbalah of the Continuing Incarnation"

We've seen that the context of C. G. Jung's Answer to Job is what he calls the "continuing incarnation and transformation of God." Here, Jung posits the remarkable notion that God, out of his encounter with the Biblical Job, realizes that He is morally inferior to his creation. Furthermore, in order to "catch up" with man, and re-own the moral sense He implanted in him, God must "experience" humanity by incarnating in it. Thus begins a series of intentional incarnations of God, beginning with Jesus and extending throughout his subsequent brothers and sisters, by which He is transformed from the "amoral and brutish Yahweh," as Jung calls Him, into the (seemingly) moral and loving "Father" of the Christian Gospels.

Moreover, inherent in this radical proposition is the even more radical notion that God chose to suffer and die on the Christian cross not only to redeem the sins of mankind, but to atone for His own sins against humanity, as culminated in his grossly unfair treatment of Job. Thus, both man and God are redeemed by the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross. In this regard, Jung writes:

"For every thinking person the question arises: What about God's omniscience? What, above all, about his morality? He dickers with the devil, lets himself be bamboozled by him and torments the wretched Job simply because he is unsure of himself." (Collected Letters, Vol. 1, p. 396)

With his theorem of the Continuing Incarnation, and the process by which it is enacted from generation to generation, Jung provides a universal and practical paradigm for the Realization of God that has application to all esoteric religious systems, including (and even most particularly) that of Kabbalah. For example, he writes:

"I only wish the [Christian] theologians would accept the Kabbalah . . .so as to proclaim still more clearly how God reveals himself [in man]." (ibid, p. 392)

Thus, we come to the cause of our concern, as Kabbalists and Sabbatians, with Jung's religious philosophy in general and Answer to Job in particular. That is, Sabbatai Zevi, like "Jesus" before and Sri Ramakrishna after him, is an example of the "Avatar" in the Jungian sense: a man in whom the "Self" (or, if you prefer, "God") has broken free from the darkness of the Unconscious into the light of the Conscious and is thereby transformed. These Avatars, therefore -- whether they are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, or whatever -- become living templates for our own progress toward Self-Realization. All of them, therefore, including Sabbatai Zevi, are less important as objects of religious worship than they are as exemplars of spiritual transformation. That is, by studying and understanding them we, too, can become vessels for the continuing incarnation and transformation of God.

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| Sabbatai Zevi | Jacob Frank | Reb Yakov Leib HaKohain |
| A Critical Re-Assessment of Sabbatai Zevi |
| Reb Yakov Leib HaKohain's Professions of a Holy Sinner |
| The Zohar |
| Knowing the Unknowable |
| A Brief Note on Enlightenment |
| A Neo-Sabbatian Discourse on the Son of God |
| A Primer of "Yalhakian" Neo-Sabbatian Kabbalah |
| Participating in the Continuing Incarnation of God |
| Sabbatai Zevi's 'God of the Faith' | Evolution of the Ego |
| Two Torahs of Kabbalah: Torah D'Atziluth & Torah D'Beriah |
| On the Limits of Antinomianism | The Transformation of God |
| Commentary on the 13th Century "Treatise on the Left Emanation" |
| A Selection of Neo-Sabbatian Quotations Culled from Various Sources |
| Commentaries on Rabbi Azriel of Gerona's 12th Century Text, "Explanation of the Ten Sefirot" |
| Kabbalistic Genetics of the Holy Seed & Reclaiming the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel |
| A Commentary on the Book of Job | Kabbalah and the Interpretation of Dreams |
| To Die for the People: A Kabbalistic Reinterpretation of the Crucifixion of Jesus |
| The Shemot Shel Katzar Tikkunim: Revealing the Concealed Names of God |
| The Christian Myth of Melchizedek vs. Hereditary Jewish Priesthood |
| The Apocrypha of Jacob Frank | The Tikkun of Raising Animals |
| Appointment in Smyrna: A Neo-Sabbatian Odyssey |
| Sabbatai Zevi and the Mystery of the Red Heifer |
| The Kabbalah of the Hindu Mantra "OM" |
| The Mystery of the Middle Column |
| The Hidden Structures of Water |
| Exegesis on the Rod of Aaron |
| Book of Silence |
| Ten Sefirot of Jewish Kabbalah | Sufi Lion of Bektashi Islam |
| Mandala of Tibetian Buddhism | Seven Chakras of Tantric Hinduism |
| Ox-Herding Pictures of Zen Buddhism | Rosarium Pictures of Christian Alchemy |
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