C.G. Jung Letters, Vol. 1: 1906-1950

To Boshi Sen 24 February 1938

Thank you very much for the two excellent pictures which I greatly enjoyed.

They vividly bring back my visit at Bosepara Lane.

I never mind an argument.

Presumably you mean the eternal continuation of existence.

India is keen on such speculations.

I am as modest as an earthworm when it comes to such things.

I assume nothing at all about it.

As long as it is so difficult for us to understand the secrets of an atom or of the living protoplasm, we are surely not fit to touch upon a question like that of a continuation of life beyond material visibility.

We don’t even understand it when it is in matter, how could we hope to have any insight into it without matter?

I also don’t know whether continuation of life beyond earthly existence would be a good or bad thing.

In such big matters I always argue that we are here and now and whatever the future here and now is will be seen when it is there.

If we should discover ourselves in a new garment and in a new place we shall say: Alas, once more!

And we shall crawl through it as we have done hitherto. . .

The two greatest things of India, in my humble opinion, are the earth of the great mountain in the North and the spirit of Buddha in the South.

Please give my best regards to Mrs. Sen.

I remembered her request on the way back, but I didn’t feel equal to the task of writing something about India.

I was still too much in it.

But I will try now to formulate some of my impressions.

Thus later you will hear of me again.

Cordially yours,

C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. 1, Pages 241-242.