Ah, Adam and Eve in paradise. In love, blissfully happy, without a care in the world, living in peaceful harmony with nature and all beings….
There is an Inuit parable:
Inuit to Priest: If we don’t know about good and evil we don’t go to hell?
Priest: No. Not to hell if you don’t know.
Inuit: Then why did you tell me?
This is actually a statement on greed and vanity.
Minion minds are low minds, blinded and laden with attachments. Greed is the lowest form of mind. Vanity is the second lowest.
How are mindless, ignorant minions created?
Pander to greed and vanity in the person. Then yoke it to the fundamental urge to create, or survive, the impetus and power to move in the body, i.e. the lower chakras or energy centers, the kundalini, or the snake. This creates an ignorant and deluded mindset that makes it very difficult to see and understand clearly or experience a life of joyful freedom.
Fall and Expulsion of Adam and Eve, Michelangelo, fresco, 1510
In the garden, Eve is approached by the snake.
[Then she does it, starts to suffer, feels fear. So what does she do? Well, misery loves company…]
Adam and Eve Expelled from Paradise, Auguste Rodin, marble, 1887
Blaming or judging or punishing Eve, Adam or the snake doesn’t open the gates back up. Removing greed and vanity does.
Greed is a predator mind. It does not feel complete, so it seeks completion in things and other living beings.
Vanity is a prey mind. It allows terrible attachments to prey on it in order to feel accepted.
Fear of punishment is the driver behind these mindsets. Fear of punishment is how the minion mind is controlled.
Anger is punishment itself, and minions live in a world of suffering which arises from their own uncontrolled, violent anger, passions, and poisons of the mind.
Adam and Eve sculptures by Auguste Rodin. sculpture, 1881 and 1886
Rodin created these to flank his Gates of Hell sculpture. A bronze of this sculpture is located at the B. Gerald Cantor Rodin Sculpture Garden at Stanford University. The sculpture of Adam stands at left of the gates, the sculpture of Eve at right. (Here, sitting between Adam and Eve was where I first read Dante’s Inferno, for a Cultures Ideas and Values class my freshman year.)
We must walk past the burning sword to reenter the garden they say. That sword is the Word, holy books, dharma, or even the fire of torment and punishment, i.e. those things which remove attachments. We must allow wisdom or karma to cut away all remnants of wanting so that we can experience true happiness. It’s not about acting upon things or living beings and expecting results, rather acting upon the self, removing judgment and fear of punishment and all other forms of fear in order to know ourselves as not just things of clay that are born and die, but beings of love that go beyond time and space.
The easiest and most effective way to remove attachments of mind is to cultivate joy, lovingkindness, compassion and equanimity. These are the gatekeepers. After we remove greed and vanity and open our hearts, a wonderful joyful experience of beatification, samadhi or great bliss arises. Love and the experience of joy itself (not connected to objects and things) and the gatekeepers protect the bliss and the love in our hearts as we progress along the path. These are what keep us from being expelled from paradise yet again, and the mind free from attachments is the mind that can remain consistently in this state.