ADAM AND EVE
Meher Baba, as dictated to Bhau Kalchuri
In the story of Adam and Eve,
the creative relationship between Infinite Unconsciousness
and the Nothing is again portrayed.
The All-Pervading King (Sarvasva) is Adam,
Maya (Vaikunth) is Eve, and they once
slept happily together in the Paradise of the Beyond-Beyond.
God is the All-Knowing (Sarvagna).
Adam and Eve were created by God in the very beginning
and they lived together naked in Paradise, Eden.
In Paradise their life was harmonious, beautiful and blissful,
and God Whom they had never seen
cared for them in every way.
But in turn, Adam and Eve had to obey one command:
God forbade them to eat from a certain tree in the Garden.
One day a snake came to Eve and convinced her
to offer the forbidden fruit to Adam, which she did.
Adam hesitated, but Eve convinced Him to eat the fruit.
Adam ate of the fruit, ate it all;
and God, angry with them for disobeying,
for breaking His only command,
threw them out of Paradise!
Although it is claimed in GENESIS
that God threw Adam and Eve out of Paradise,
the fact of the matter is
they came into creation out of sleep.
Adam entered creation from the state of sleep
because of His ignorance of His own nature.
Because Adam was ignorant,
the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge
very much attracted Him, though He hesitated at first.
The forbidden fruit contained the knowledge of good and evil,
the opposites; it contained consciousness,
the knowledge of consciousness and unconsciousness.
The snake represents illusion,
and illusion, though it is not real is convincing.
Illusion which has no substance of its own,
but to which the Nothing is very susceptible, is the snake
which convinced Eve to tempt Adam
or stirred Vaikunth to desire a child.
The fruit from the tree of knowledge
represents the object that creates desire
through temptation, Eve's powers of seduction.
Eden is the Beyond-Beyond state of God,
the original state of everything (Adam, Eve, and the snake)
latent before the beginning.
Adam entered creation because of the desire
created by tasting the fruit;
the more He ate the more He desired to know Himself.
The taste of fruit gave Adam knowledge of good and evil,
meaning He knew the difference between being conscious
and being unconscious; He desired to be conscious (to know).
In Meher Baba's book, GOD SPEAKS,
this desire in Adam to know Himself
is referred to as the Original Whim (Lahar), "Who Am I?"
GOD SPEAKS is dedicated to the snake, illusion,
since without that snake
Adam would not have become conscious
(that same snake is called by Hindus SHESH NAG).
Adam's being thrown out of Paradise indicates the force of the Whim,
the force of the movement of the whole creation;
that force is called the pasara expansion,
and it is continually spreading out moving.
Adam's purpose of coming into creation
was to realize Who He was,
but He could not without desire,
and that desire is called sanskara.
From that original desire to know
came innumerable desires, sanskaras,
which make up the illusory consciousness of everyone
and everything in creation.
In the beginning Adam and Eve were naked,
meaning they had no sanskaras, but without sanskaras
there is no development of consciousness.
Eve desired Adam, and Adam desired the fruit of knowledge.
Adam could not realize Himself without the DESIRE TO KNOW
the fruit was the cause of His desire for knowledge.
As He ate and felt the grip of the sanskaras He desired more.
It takes time to know the Self
in the long process of evolution, reincarnation, and involution.
The hesitation on Adam's part was the stirring in the Ocean
of the Whim of desire before any manifestation occurred.
In the Hebrew and Christian tradition,
this story is told that Adam was thrown out of Paradise
by a wrathful God after eating the fruit;
but the meaning has been lost.
Actually Infinite Unconsciousness came out of the Beyond-Beyond
and into creation because of Its own desire
the desire to be conscious.
God's wrath is the same as Sarvasva's anger
when He was awakened by Vaikunth.
In Islamic tradition the same story is told,
but Satan enticed Adam (instead of Eve)
to eat forbidden wheat,
and so God threw Adam out of Paradise.
Adam is the First One, and it is He
Who realized Himself as God first
(Adam is none else but that Mischievous Chicken
Who ate all the wrong things before He ate Himself).
Eve followed Adam out of the Garden,
she followed because she was His shadow
(as the gas followed the Chicken).
When Eve said to Adam, "Eat this,"
it is the same as when Imagination said to the Chicken,
"Eat all you want."
In this way both Adam and the Chicken were deceived,
but this deception is necessary
to know Knowledge as Knowledge and Ignorance as Ignorance.
THE NOTHING AND THE EVERYTHING, pp. 128-130
Copyright 1981 Lawrence Reiter