Paradise, the First Sin, the Fiery Sword, and the Path to Rectification

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….

The Spring, Adam and Eve in Paradise, Nicolas Poussin, 1660-1664, oil on canvas

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.

Adam and Eve in Worthy Paradise, Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) and Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568-1625) collaborative painting, oil on canvas

The story of the Garden of Eden and the expulsion from Eden shows that greed, vanity and pure folly with sensuality yoked to these are what keeps most of humanity from experiencing the pure bliss of paradise.There were two trees in the center of the garden. The Tree of Life and The tree of knowledge of good and evil.. not just knowledge, but knowledge of good and evil. Big difference…

Fall and Expulsion of Adam and Eve, Michelangelo, fresco,  1510

In the garden, Eve is approached by the snake.
Mr. S.: You’ve been lied to. How can you be happy with what you have. Don’t you want more?
Eve: Hmmm. Maybe I do…
Mr. S.: Then do this thing that you were told not to do because it would lead to suffering. Just do it anyway. You won’t suffer.
Eve: Okay.
[Then she does it, starts to suffer, feels fear. So what does she do? Well, misery loves company…]
Eve: Hey, Adam, try this awesome fruit. Mr. S says we were duped, and that eating this makes everything even more wonderful, and it’s not bad at all. It tastes pretty good to me right now, but I feel kind of scared.
Adam: Okay, Eve, might as well… more awesomeness sounds great. Are you sure?
Eve: Well, no, but I don’t want to be alone, because I’m scared.
Adam: Alright baby. I’m here for you. It looks good.  Mmmmm. Tastes good.
Note that after the fruit, they were both overcome by fear…. Conquered by their own greed, vanity, and folly they fall under sway of time, death, pain and fear, and cannot face God directly and become very afraid of God and afraid of punishment. They are then expelled from paradise.

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.

4 thoughts on “Paradise, the First Sin, the Fiery Sword, and the Path to Rectification

  1. In the years of Christianity several denominations tried to get more power by making people afraid of dark unknown places and presenting torture in fire as an eternal punishment, while God had clearly said that punishment for our sins would be death. Once death everybody shall have paid for their sins. God is not demanding a second payment or even not a third payments, as some Christians present with their idea of purgatory, hell and afterwards still an other judgement by Jesus Christ when he returns. It is true, according the Bible Jesus shall return to judge the living and the dead. So in case they would have received their judgement already when they died, there shall be nobody to judge because they would be already in purgatory, hell or be lucky for eternal in heaven. But according the Scriptures, real followers of God shall be blessed by being allowed in the Kingdom of God (here on earth) or when they are belonging to the special chosen 144 000 selected they shall be able to govern with Christ in heaven, until Christ Jesus (Jeshua) shall hand over the Kingdom of God back to his Father, Jehovah, the only One God.

    A god the son, a purgatory and hell are such lies brought in to be in accordance with human ideas and pagan rules and mysteries. Those that believe in God, should find enough reasons to trust Him and look forward to a better life, and taking all the troubles and difficulties of this life a a passing experience to strengthen them and to prepare them for better.

  2. Interesting take on it Marcus. My mother taught us something similar. She said Hell is in the mind. Many people are in Hell and Purgatory in their minds. I certainly know what she means, because negative or poisonous thoughts are Hell. She also said to read the Bible as a person of spirit, not of clay, a perfect emanation. So, flesh is the thought of God, here, this flesh, this emanational soul, and in the bread, the food, which is the Word. Rising in the Word = rising in the sound, rising in the body, in the AOM, or the Alpha and the Omega.. In Kabbalah, we put on the Torah as a coat. So we rise within the protective mist of the Holy Spirit. Schekina sounds much like Skeena in Tsimshian, and they both have the same meaning, ‘River of Mists” or “Rainbow River.” or the dove which descends when Jesus is Baptized. As I mentioned in the other piece, Tsimshians also believe in a resurrection in the flesh. It’s also in the Upanishads— an ancient Hindu belief as well. Well, I suppose we both have seeds for our next pieces just in these comments. Thank you for sharing that. Blessings.

  3. Interestiing perspective. Thank you. I don’t understand Christianity, or Judaism, but you make them sound very comprehensible. These religions do not seem so different as they may at first seem. _/\_

    1. They were part of my upbringing, but yes, they were not so comprehensible to me either without knowing a little Hebrew and doing some studying of other religions. AND also re-reading over and over and meditating on passages in the Bible. There are thousands of levels of meaning to each verse they say, and this seems very true.

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