Demian – Abraxas


“My dear Sinclair, our god is called Abraxas, and he is God and Satan both, he contains the world of light and the world of darkness. Abraxas does not reject a single one of your thoughts and dreams. Never forget that. But he will leave you if you ever turn normal and irreproachable. Then he will leave you, and look for another pot to cook up his thoughts in.”

Demian, Hermann Hesse

“Abraxas is the god whom it is difficult to know. His power is the very greatest, because man does not perceive it at all. Man sees the summum bonum (supreme good) of the sun, and also the infinum malum of the devil, but Abraxas he does not see, for he is undefinable life itself, which is the mother of good and evil alike.”

The Seven Sermons to the Dead, C.G. Jung, trans. Stephan A. Hoeller

“He learns of the Persian god, Abraxas, who incarnates the universe, including good and evil, light and dark, masculine and feminine.”

-Introduction to Demian, Ralph Freedman

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