THE HOLIEST THE HOLIEST BOOK, HOLIEST ONE
"And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden." (Genesis 3:8)
<1>Now humans had created bad karma (violated the Laws of the universe). Therefore, they tried to hide from the presence of the Lord (which is innocence and only the innocent can see Him). In fact, the moment a bad karma is created, a veil of separation is created between a unit consciousness and God.
<2>"In the cool of the day":The sunrise and sunset are two times which are "the cool of the day," and are the best times for meditation and prayer.
"And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself." (Genesis 3:10)
<4>With the feeling of guilt from doing wrong, fear automatically came in. That is why for the first time humans became fearful. This led humans to look down upon themselves and to feel unworthy to be in the presence of a higher being like God, or even reject the existence of God because of it.
"And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?" (Genesis 3:11)
<5>And God said, "Who told you that you should be afraid and feel unworthy of being in my presence?" And God knew that this could only happen to man when he has created feelings of guilt through doing things that are not according to the Daharma or the Laws of the universe. <6>Only a guilty consciousness has fears.
"And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat." (Genesis 3:12)
<7>Now man was trying to direct his guilt and the result of his actions toward someone else. Man was trying to reason with God that it is His fault because He gave woman to be with man and it was woman who made man eat from the tree. In other words, he was saying that he was tempted by his lower nature and was powerless in opposing it.
<8>With this reasoning, man thinks he can escape from the result of his actions. But as we can see later, he will receive punishment for the action that he has done, even if it is imposed on him through temptation. <9>Therefore, each individual is responsible for the result of his actions and cannot escape from them by reasoning that, "I was misled" or "I was ignorant." <10>That is why each person is responsible to search, pray, seek His Grace, find the truth, and understand the Laws of the universe if he wants to become pure enough to reach the presence of God and escape sufferings.
<11>Now the woman (lower nature, or the one who misguided others to do the forbidden action) was questioned. However, she was also trying to escape from the result of her actions and said that it was the power of the temptation that misguided her.
<12>She did not bring out the previous reasoning that the fruit was good and would make men wise, so they should eat it. She accepted the wrongdoing because when you are in the presence of God, you cannot lie. He knows everything, and you intuitively know that what you have done was wrong. <13>That is why in meditation man comes face-to-face with truth and has no choice but to accept his wrongdoings. That is also why sometimes a great sadness is created in the person because he intuitively desires to correct his wrongdoings and is sad for what he has done or is. That sadness is the process of purification. <14>Of course many try to not see the wrong in themselves, as the woman in this case also who tried to escape the blame.
"And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:" (Genesis 3:14)
<15>That is why there is such controversy about the second chakra. All through history the power of sex and sexual relationships have been the most cursed and are the cause of much confusion in the world.
<16>This is because temptation (attraction to Maya) will result in doing forbidden actions. This results in guilty feelings which bring man down more to the lower nature. That creates more attachment, the attachment accelerates desires, and the desires create more temptation. This cycle goes on and on and makes man fall more. That is why temptation is so cursed.
"And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." (Genesis 3:15)
<18>That is why the human should fight ceaselessly with this temptation, and temptation should fight back to try to tempt the man.
"Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee." (Genesis 3:16)
<19>Here the relationship of the serpent force with sexual energy becomes very clear. It is this part which will bring sorrow to humans and is symbolized by the sorrow of women delivering children. <20>The concept of woman has been used in these verses as the lower nature of the human, and the concept of husband as the higher nature. <21>Therefore, whoever is a slave of his desires and is drawn to the temptations of the second chakra will be lost in the battle of life and ruled by whomever overcomes his lower nature (temptation).
<22>Also one of the Laws (forbidden fruits) is not to be promiscuous which results in impurity, destruction of the family, and eventually the fall of the society. This is also related to the second chakra and temptation of doing this forbidden action. If done, then the person, family, and society will be thrown out of Eden (being in the presence of God, from His Grace) to sorrow and suffering.
"And unto Adam he said, Because thou has hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;" (Genesis 3:17)
<23>Therefore, Adam (the higher nature of the human or higher self) has been punished, although he was misled by his wife (lower nature or lower self) to do the forbidden action. He should have been so strong in God that the lower nature (woman) could not have been able to mislead him. That is why each person should overcome the lower nature, by submission to God (His Laws), to overcome suffering.
"Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;" (Genesis 3:18)
"In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return into the ground; for out of it wast thou taken:for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return." (Genesis 3:19)
<25>That Soul or higher self which listens to the lower self (lower chakras) is bound to the demand of the basic things of life. The second chakra controls thirst and hunger, and a man who is bound by this chakra will ceaselessly pursue satisfaction of this part of his existence. Therefore, this low-natured human will die and will return to dust until he comes back again and works on his evolutionary process to reach higher consciousness.
<26>Wife, woman, and Eve all symbolize the lower nature of man which is present in all humans. The higher self can be reached by going through this lower self first. <27>That is why Eve is called the "mother of all living," because humans must go through this lower self to be born again as a higher Soul ("living"). That is why it is said that all men have sinned -- have gone through their lower natures (Eve), except the First Begotten Son who reached Pure Consciousness before flesh (creation).