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Friday, March 19, 2010

Genesis Revised

Genesis 1:2

A blue river flowed into Eden to water the garden.  It came from the tops of the mountains collecting ice and snow until the water shone like the stars in the sky, and there it divided and became four rivers. And these four rivers circled the earth and brought forth trees and flowers. Then The Creator took man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.  His name was Adam Kadmon. 

As the man who was the first man, he alone, of all creatures, had a soul, a heart, and a desire for knowledge.  He saw the tree and said, You are tree.  He saw the river, and I said, You are river. And thus he continued for many nights and many days naming all the things that crept and crawled along the earth, all the things that swam in the river. All the things that flew over the mountains; the hawk, the raven and the dove.  He named the rain, the wind and the sky.  And on the 7th day he wept for although he named everything, he had nothing.

The Creator saw this and took pity upon him, and said,

"I will send you woman, and she shall be called Eve and she will be the first woman of all women." 

And so it came to pass that Eve was a born in the opaque light of the moon.  She slowly took shape from the dust of the stars and the ice from the mountains, until she stood tall in the light.  Adam Kadmon said to her:

"You at last are flesh of my flesh."

Genesis 1:3

Yet the serpent was more subtle than any other wild creature that the Creator had made.  He said to the woman:

"Come eat from the Tree of Knowledge.  See how the apple shines in the light.  See how round.  See how bright"
And indeed Eve was beguiled for the apple was both round and lush.  Above all living things in the garden; the cool river, the wild creatures, the tall grass filled with flowers and insects, none were as enchanting as the apple that hung from the Tree of Knowledge.  She had only to lift up her hand, and pick it.  It hovered in the air over her head, twisting in the light of the sun, glittering like a jewel.

"Come," said the Serpent, "What harm?  Surely you desire knowledge. The Creator knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like the Creator, knowing all good and all evil."

Eve saw that the tree was good for food, and that is was a delight to her eyes, and the tree was to be desired to make one wise, so she took of its fruit and ate it.  She bit into the skin and the juice dripped from her mouth, and she saw that it was indeed sweet.  She ate the whole of it, slowly, slowly until it was gone, and said to the Serpent:

"I am not as I was before."  And indeed she had been transformed.

At that moment, Adam Kadmon came into the glade and saw that Eve had eaten from the Tree of Knowledge.  Eve picked another apple, and he, too, partook of its flesh, and he too saw that it was sweet.  He said,

"We have eaten from the Tree of Knowledge, and now we shall eat from the Tree of Life, and we shall live forever.  We will be like unto the Creator, boundless in our existence, in our wisdom."

Then the Creator appeared and said, "Behold, man and woman has become like one of us, knowing good and evil, now lest you put forth your hand and take of the Tree of Life and live forever--- you will now return to the earth to till the ground from which you were taken."

He cast out both man and woman, and at the east end of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the Tree of Life.  Outside the Garden, the air was cold, and they covered their bodies with leaves and vines.  After they had slept, they made their way through other gardens, through mountains, and fields of wheat and corn.  They traveled for many days and many nights 

Finally, at the mouth of the blue river, the source for all the other rivers, they lay down together as man and woman. And so it came to pass, outside the Garden of Eden, that the first child, a daughter, was born.  Her name was Lilith.  And she was like unto her parents; eternally human, wise, and mortal.  And no man, woman or child has ever again beheld the Tree of Life for the way to the Garden of Eden had disappeared into the shadows of night.

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