I think too many people don’t understand the depth of the story of Adam and Eve and the symbolism behind this. That’s why I want to share the truth that I found with you.
The tree of life is the human body. The spinal cord is like an upturned tree, with man’s hair as its root, and efferent and efferent nerves as branches. The tree of the nervous system bears man enjoyable fruits, or sensations of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. In these, man may rightfully indulge, but he was forbidden to experience sex, ‘the apple’ at the center of the body. ‘The serpent’ represents the coiled-up spinal energy (or Kundalini) that stimulates the sex nerves. (Without sexual energy, there can’t be spiritual growth). ‘Adam’ is reason (Masculine energy) and ‘Eve’ is feeling (Femenine energy). When the emotion or Eve-consciousness in any human being overpowered by the sex impulse, his reason or Adam also succumbs.
God, Universe, Life, … created the human species by materializing the bodies of man and woman through the force of His will; He endowed the new species with the power to create children in a similar ‘immaculate’ or divine matter. Because His manifestation in the individualized soul had hitherto been limited to animals, instinct-bound and lacking the potentialities of full reason, The Universe, God, Existence, … made the first human bodies, symbolically called Adam and Eve. To these, for advantageous upward evolution, He transferred the souls or divine essence of two animals. In Adam or man, reason predominated; in Eve or woman, feeling was ascendant. Thus was expressed the duality or polarity that underlies the phenomenal worlds. Reason and feeling remain in a heaven of cooperative joy so long as the human mind is not tricked by the serpentine energy of animal propensities.
The human body was therefore not solely a result of evolution from beasts, but was produced through an act of special creation by Life, God, Existence, … The animal forms were too crude to express full divinity; man was uniquely given the potentially omniscient ‘thousand-petaled lotus’ in the brain, as well as acutely occult centers in the spine.
The Divine Consciousness present with the first created pair, counseled them to enjoy all human sensibilities, with one exception: sex sensations. These were banned, lest humanity enmesh itself in the inferior animal method of propagation. The warning not to revive subconsciously present bestial memories was unheeded. Resuming the way of brute procreation, Adam and Eve fell from the state of heavenly joy natural to the original perfect man. When ‘they knew that they were naked’, their consciousness of immortality was lost, even as God warned them; they had placed themselves under the physical law by which bodily birth must be followed by bodily death.
The knowledge of ‘good and evil’, promised Eve by the ‘serpent’ refers to the dualistic and oppositional experiences that mortals under maya or illusion must undergo. Falling into delusion through misuse of his feeling and reason, or Eve-and Adam-consciousness, man relinquishes his right to enter the heavenly garden of divine self-sufficiency. The personal responsibility of every human is to restore his ‘parents’ or dual nature to a unified harmony or Eden.
I’m reading this book: autobiography of a yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda. I was just amazed by this passage. I highly recommend this book!