August 2013

* when the elephant falls

To capture an elephant, a hunter can cut part way through a tree; when the elephant leans against it, the tree breaks and the elephant falls. Unable to rise, the beast cries out, and a large elephant tries to lift it up, but fails. In some accounts, twelve elephants next attempt to lift it, and also fail. Finally a small elephant comes and succeeds in raising the fallen one.

The elephant and its mate represent Adam and Eve. When they were still without sin in the Garden of Eden, they did not mate, but when the dragon seduced them and Eve ate the fruit of the tree and gave some to Adam, they were forced to leave Paradise and enter the world, which was like a turbulent lake of pleasures and passions. The elephants mated and she conceived, and "gave birth on the waters of guilt." The big elephant represents the law, which could not raise up mankind from sin, nor could the twelve elephants, which represent the prophets. Christ is the small elephant who succeeded at raising the fallen. The burning skin and bones of the elephant represent the commandments of God, which allow nothing evil to enter the pure soul.

Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.

The elephant
that is stuck
in the mud
will tear down
the tree with it.



Krsna said to the herding folk: "Indra is no supreme deity. Though he be king in heaven; he is afraid of the titans. Furthermore, the rain and prosperity for which you are paying depend on the sun, which draws up the waters and makes them fall again. What can Indra do? Whatever comes to pass is determined by the laws of nature and the spirit." Then Krsna turned their attention to the nearby woods, streams, and hills, and especially the mountain. The mountain was more worth their honey than the remote master of the air. And so they offered flowers and fruits to the mountain.

Krsna assumed a second form: he took the form of a mountain god and received the offerings of the people, meanwhile remaining in his earlier shape among them, paying worship to the mountain King.


The wolf is the animal of Apollo - a very intelligent animal. But its weakness is greed. It wants something, and often it doesn't know what it wants. It's an energy that wants more and more and more. Now if that goes in a negative direction, it wants more food, more alcohol, more sex, more money, more of anything that is concrete. If it goes in a spiritual direction, it can be extremely creative. So you see, all these archetypes have two sides, and if you get on the concrete side, it's a perverted energy. If you get on the spiritual side, it's creative.
(Marion Woodman, Jungian analyst)



Indra was enraged at Krsna, and sent for the King of the clouds, whom he commanded to pour rain over the people until all should be swept away. A flight of storm clouds drew over the district and began to discharge a deluge; it seemed the end of the world was at hand. But the lad Krsna filled the Mountain with the heat of his inexhaustible energy, lifted it with his little finger and bid the people take shelter beneath. The rain struck the mountain, hissed and evaporated. The torrent fell seven days, but not a drop touched the community of herdsmen.

Indra then realized that his opponent must be an incarnation of the Primal Being.


Living by principles is not living your own life. It is easier to try to be better than you are than to be who you are. If you are trying to live by ideals, you are constantly plagued by a sense of unreality. Somewhere you think there must be some joy; it can't be all "must," "ought to," "have to." And when the crunch comes, you have to recognize the truth: you weren't there. Then the house of cards collapses.

(Marion Woodman, Jungian analyst)