Many people believe the Garden of Eden’s Tree of Knowledge is a physical location on earth. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Tree Knowledge is found when someone turns within as Jesus has stated. It also is associated with the Bible’s Baptism by Fire and can be verified by at least two other religions– Buddhism and Taoism.
Tree Knowledge is gained when a person successfully is able to completely leave this world behind through the proper use of meditation or centering prayer.
During the experience of passing through the symbolic Garden of Eden.The point represented by eating the apple from the Tree of Knowledge, is the exact moment the veil goes up between God and the Soul.
The Tree Knowledge acquired at this point is the soul gaining a sense of self as being separate from God.It is where God cuts the Soul loose to live in the world. This fact is easiest understood by the person having this type of experience, over someone who has not.
Tree Knowledge at this point is also Jesus’ Baptism by Fire. Because other than the Soul becoming separate from God, the Soul is also given the five senses to live in human form in the physical world.
The Tree Knowledge relating to the Baptism by Fire is based on the feeling created after the five senses are placed into the Soul. The feeling is that of being totally bathed in an uncontrollable burning desire to want everything and anything that will present itself.
One should understand that this is a very primal desire, as the Soul is burning with uncontrollable want, when no-thing has yet presented itself to the Soul, as an object of that want.
The Tree Knowledge from the view of the Soul is that movement has now begun as the Soul begins to head quickly toward the physical world.
Someone not experienced in these matters, like myself, when going through this is rocketed forward by burning desire, holds on and will go where ever the Soul ends up.
A person who is experienced with what goes on when passing through this part of the Garden of Eden, can remain calm, as that statement is associated with controlling desire or want.
By not letting the desire build within the Soul or a better way to make the point would be to say ‘not become overwhelmed with desire to want,’ can stop the process and return back into the Kingdom of God. This is Tree Knowledge.
Though Buddha doesn’t mention the place that he obtains this knowledge, he none the less gave a Fire Sermon on the power of desire and how it burns within us all; affecting everything we do in this life, which is the result of our constant sorrow.
Buddha’s warning as it relates to not eating of the apple for Christians is to not get attached to the dualistic way life plays with our desires to satisfy the urge of the five senses.
His Tree Knowledge is that the five senses are a perfect match for every object associated to each of the five senses. This causes us to burn with desire for sensual satisfaction, which cannot ever be controlled unless a person puts more strength and effort into going within through meditation or prayer, rather than allowing the senses to keep the person attracted to the physical world.
From ‘The Secret of the Golden Flower,’ the Taoist Tree Knowledge has the point of eating the apple being compared to eating spirit-energy, which causes a man to be born. The Taoists also mention that the movement out into the physical world can be reversed, causing the Soul to again merge with its higher self.
The spirit-energy corresponds with fire mentioned in Christianity, as it is associated with the Taoist symbol for clinging. Fire in Christianity, as it related to Baptism by Fire has everything to do with being bathed completely in desire, which is the same desire needed to fuel the desire to live.
The Tree Knowledge to take from this material is this. Thinking about God focuses a person’s interest back again to the territory within, where the Kingdom of God is located. This is done by focusing your attention on your deepest self (the self behind all you think and do). This is the definition of God as he exists in you.
To ignore God causes us to focus our attention on the only place it can be placed–out into the physical world. This causes you to forget the importance of who the self/ you is. When the self is forgotten, so is respect for the self/ God, which is identical in others. This causes the divide between humans resulting in the rippling effect of separation in our world community.
For more information on this subject, stop by and visit us to watch the video.This video is part of our Human Soul Series of videos. This concludes Tree Knowledge of why we should not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge.
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