is the biblical paradise described in the Book
of Genesis chapters
2 and 3. The "garden of God", not called Eden,
is mentioned in Genesis 13, and the "trees of the garden"
are mentioned in Ezekiel 31.
Traditionally, the favored derivation of the name "Eden" was
from the Akkadian edinnu,
derived from a Sumerian word
meaning "plain" or "steppe" which does not make much sense. A
number of experts believe it to be derived from the
same source as the word Adam (thus, of adam).
The story of Eden echoes the Mesopotamian
myth of a
king, as a primordial man, who is placed in a divine
guard the tree
of life.In the Hebrew
and Eve are
depicted as pubescent beings walking around the Garden of
Eden naked due to their innocence.
Eden and its rivers may signify the real Jerusalem,
of Solomon, or the Promised
Land. It may also represent the divine garden on Zion,
and the mountain of God,
which was also Jerusalem. The imagery of the Garden, with
its serpent and cherubs, has been compared to the images of
the Solomonic Temple with its copper serpent (the nehushtan)
and guardian cherubs.
Most see the
the Garden of Eden as just an allegory, not
to be taken literally. But could it be a true account,
just not referring to what most people think it is talking
about. The first chapters of Genesis are not
speaking of the creation of the Earth nor a single man and
God caused a deep sleep to
come upon Adam/Christ (a sleep in which he remains to this
day) and took a half-part of him and made it open to color,
shape and form. And when Adam became aware of this part of
him, he said, This is the substance of my being, and the
flesh of my body. (Genesis 2:23)
was a spiritual being. The half-part which God took
from Adam was astral in nature, able to experience color,
shape and form. Compared with spirit, astral
(soul) is almost physical. It does have color, shape
and form. It was through Eve that Adam was able to
experience the lower realms of existence.
And Adam called his wife's name
Eve because she was the source of all life. (Genesis
Eve is Mother Nature, the soul of all
physical and astral creation
Eve is the astral, more physical, part of Adam/Christ who is
the source of everything. God determined that alone,
Adam was of little value, so he cut him in half and made the
new half open to color, shape and form. Eve was
thus able to see and experience the astral world on a
sensual level that Adam could not. Thus when she saw
the fruits of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil she
saw that it was good for experience, and that it was
pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to make one understand
partook of it and, of course, Adam partook of it through
her. Many elements in the narration were added to
complete the fable. Thus we have Adam and
Eve hiding from God and God walking in the Garden in the
cool of the day.
What did occur was that upon
partaking of the fruit, Adam and Even began to experience
desire and aversions (the knowledge of good and evil), this
quickly led to a state of shame and guilt. Thus they
separated themselves from God. This "Sin of Adam"
(shame) is the result of our conditioning from birth to see
and experience things as being good or evil.