About “The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil”
Those readers who are familiar with my books “Ecology of Human Being in Multidimensional Space” and “The New Upanishad. The Structure of the Absolute and Its Cognition” [5,6] must have seen the structure of the Absolute scheme. In particular, this scheme shows those parts of space through which we can most easily penetrate into various “layers” of the Absolute. These objectively existing parts of the human multidimensional organism are something like windows, or doors, or gates into “other worlds”. The main “door” leads to the Abode of the Creator. It is this “door” that Jesus called “the Sun of God” [7,13] because of it's tenderest and subtlest bright shining which resembles a light of a giant morning sun. Through it the spiritual seeker can enter the Abode after he has learned and mastered everything that was necessary.
Also on this scheme one can see that the souls are conceived by the Creator in the Paradise, though they cannot be called not human souls yet but rather a kind of embryos which will be incarnated first in vegetal and animal bodies. (This truth got reflected in the biblical story about Eden).
But some souls, incarnating and evolving in the world of matter, — thanks to the free will that they are given (for the purpose of better development of the evolutionary process) — preserve their purity from negative emotions. Others “attach” themselves to material objects, including their own bodies. This attachment gives rise to egocentrism and hostility towards other creatures, considering them rivals with whom they compete for possession of food, luxury items and objects of their sexual lust. Some of them even assume the right to kill animals for the sake of satisfaction of their gluttony.
Such a choice between good and evil can be represented schematically as a fork, like that on a tree branch. The choice of the way of evil is what Bible calls “the Fall of Man”.
Subsequently God offers each soul an opportunity to make a choice in ethically important situations: to act for the sake of himself and detriment of others or to sacrifice something of himself for the sake of others. That is, to do evil — or good. In this way each soul draws the graph of its development — many branchings where one always has to choose only one direction. This picture is where image of a tree originates from. As a result of moving along these trajectories of choice some souls come to the Abode of the Creator, others — to hell that they have chosen.
There is another interpretation of the story about the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” — it is also correct and adds to the first one.
The error of people consisted in forgetting that God controls everything that enters our lives; and in that respect good and evil that come to us are equal. For they both are manifestations of pedagogical measures of our loving and wise Parent. And thus we should consider everything as a blessing coming from Him. (But it is not to say that we should stop tracing and preventing our evil thoughts and deeds, as well as spotting them in other people so that we could in a tactful and soft manner help them cleanse themselves of their inner evil).
So, when evil comes to us we should try to see the intention of God behind it. And having realized it, having discovered its reason in ourselves, we should strive to improve.
One can react in a wrong way due to one’s religious ignorance — and try to revenge oneself upon the offender having forgotten about the Master of our destinies — God. Or sometimes in some originally primitive or degraded religious movements in order to explain the roots of evil people create a “rival” to God who is almost equal to Him. They call him Satan, Lucifer and by other names. (Such primitive religious conceptions can appear when people reduce the Boundless Universal God to a flying old man riding a cloud.)
From the methodological standpoint it is very important to correctly understand the latter truth. The issue is not only the correct understanding of the essence of the Divine. And not even that one should learn to permanently live in the state of love. There is a mechanism of self-transformation that consists in the attunement of consciousness to the state of a certain object.
If we attune to the beauty of the rising sun in the quiet tender morning, or to the singing of morning birds then we fill ourselves with subtlety and harmony of nature.
If we seek the Creator and try to attune to Him — we approach Him. And He helps us in this.
If we fix our indriyas of consciousness at some embodied or disembodied filth we automatically attune to its state — a hellish one — and become similar to it by our emotional status. And if we leave the body before we have improved then we will go to hell along with it...
This is why Jesus Christ taught not to revenge oneself, not to damn the offenders, but to forgive them sincerely and feel compassion for them. And not to demand back what we were bereft of — it is better to give to the robber even more than he wants to take from us — but not to going out from the state of love!
I was deceived and betrayed — big time. I was even killed by such human filth and was painfully dying for many months [2,3]. But I remained a Christian — I neither revenged myself, nor I attuned to them. I continued to seek the Union with God — and I won. And I have helped many others in this. And will help more.
You can do the same — and win as well!