Glossary of Spiritual Wisdom
Excerpts about Jabba the Hutt
The Sense of the Ego’s Counterpart of the Divine Being
All ego-selves include this structure; human beings differ only in the degree to which it dominates their overall sense of self. It is the ego structure expressing exclusive cathexis of the physical world, where the soul is caught by the illusion of the world, believing the reified world can satisfy her needs. We can say that in some sense it is the ego’s counterpart of the divine being, the boundless richness and abundance of the dimension of divine love. It is an attempt to be rich and self-sufficient, to have abundance and plenitude but from within the materialistic worldview of the ego. An apt image for it is that of Jabba the Hutt, from the Star Wars film series created by George Lucas. Jabba is a ponderous, very fat semi-humanoid creature, having the body of a slithery worm-like animal with semi-human face and upper body. He is grossly fat, insatiable in his greed, and dangerous in his treachery. He likes to collect slave girls, dancing girls, and different kinds of aliens and animals to serve him, protect him, and satisfy his sensual desires. In the actual experience of this structure one feels like a shell made of fluffy fat, but empty and greedy. One is only interested in things of the world, and things of the spirit hold no interest. But the emptiness points to the inauthenticity and unreality of such form, revealing it as a psychic structure. Recognizing this, one may then see that the world one relates to from this perspective is itself empty and devoid of any real significance or substance. It lacks all the characteristics of divine love. It lacks richness, abundance, beauty, fullness, love, benevolence, softness, vividness, and color. This turns out to be the condition of the material world, for it is a world alienated from its true nature, and hence empty of all of its beautiful features. ……..We have discussed the issue of Jabba the Hutt only in order to highlight the fact that since divine love is the dimension of the richness and abundance of true nature it will spontaneously challenge sectors of ego structure that specifically contradict such properties.