reply to post by windword
One can only speak of the abstract nature of existence through metaphor because a) its poetic, and looks nice and b) every human being repeats the
experiences in the book of Genesis.
The book of Genesis is a spectacular book of metaphysics. If only people were more interested in the Bible - and its elusive stories, and less
interested, or perhaps, only interested in eastern philosophy and occultism, this issue wouldnt come up.
I could start a thread probing the inner meaning of the bible. I suppose many people could benefit from it. Maybe ill do that. It would require ALOT
of writing, since the myths of the Torah are many.
As for the story of Adam and Eve.
God is the creator, and former of reality. The name used in the Torah in the creation of the cosmos is Elohim, which connotes something very different
from the other name used, YHWH.
Christians, or others who study the Torah from a gnostic perspective, and so regard the Jewish God as a "demiurge" come away with a very twisted
understanding of the "old testament"; its a shame they dont seek a deeper meaning, being satisifed with what they have. Which is fine. But dont assume
that what you think you know about the Torah is correct.
Elohim is the creator of reality; he is the artificer of the world, and so the very name Elohim, could be translated simply as "cosmos". Infact, this
name has the same numerical value as the Hebrew word for Nature - Hateva. Hateva also means "word", as well as "ark". It connotes a contraction, of
whats inexpressible, to become expressed, and so would correspond to the stoic Logos - the word.
But BEHIND this name, of Elohim, is a greater name; Gods true
name, which is YHVH. Elohim, as said before, connotes contraction, and so Elohim
is responsible for the creation of the 'ego'.
YHVH conversely is formed of the 3 unique letters; yod, heh and vav. These three letters form the words was, is and will be in the Hebrew language.
This name thus connotes "being", or "eternity". There is simply nothing beyond this conception of God that the mortal mind can comprehend. Later, as
we read in the book of Exodus, the Creator tells Moses when he asks for his name, the creator says, Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh, which contrary to its usual
interpretation of "i am that i am", actually means, according to Hebrew grammar, "i will be that which i will be", essentially saying the self is
always the same, and yet in a constant state of transformation. It is, in essence, eternal becoming.
Im a little annoyed, i hope you can understand, with the treatment the bible has suffered from ignoramuses - who know nothing of its inner philosophy,
or pseudo mystics, who think they understand its inner meaning.
Adam and Eve reflect two aspects of creation. The masculine, and the feminine. Why did God split them up??? For what purpose? In order that the Man
may unite with another.
This is the main issue, in my opinion, between Hebraic and Pagan philosophy. Pagan philosophy, as in the Christian Gnostic tradition, considers this
world a mistake. According to the Hebraic tradition. Not so. God wants to translate what exists in the higher worlds; complete union between masculine
and feminine, and bring it into this world, in which the male and female imitate, or incarnate, what exists above in abstract, in human society.
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