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About “The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil”


Vladimir Antonov

Translated from Russian
by Mikhail Nikolenko


This is the chapter from the book
"Ecopsychology"

Published by CreateSpace, 2008

ISBN: 978-1438257235

© Antonov V.V., 2008



Those readers who are familiar with my books Ecology of Human Being in Multidimensional Space and The New Upanishad: Structure and Cognition of the Absolute must have seen the scheme for studying the structure of the Absolute. This scheme shows, in particular, those parts of space through which we can most easily penetrate into various “layers” of the Absolute. They are something like windows, or doors, or gates into “other worlds”. The main “door” leads to the Abode of the Creator. It is this “door” that Jesus called “the Sun of God” because of its intense, most tender and subtle shining, which resembles the light of the giant morning sun. Through it the spiritual seekers can enter the Abode of the Creator if they have learned and mastered everything that is necessary.

Also on this scheme one can see that souls are begotten by the Creator in paradise, though they cannot be called not human souls at this stage; they are rather a kind of embryos which are incarnated first in vegetal and animal bodies. (This truth got reflected in the biblical story about Eden).

Some souls in the process of evolving in the world of matter, — thanks to the free will that they are given (for the purpose of better development of the evolutionary process) — preserve their purity from negative emotions.

Others “attach” themselves to material objects, including their own bodies. This attachment gives rise to egocentrism and hostility toward other creatures, which are considered as rivals with whom one has to compete for possession of food, luxury items, and objects of sexual lust. Some people even assume the right to kill animals for the sake satisfying their gluttony.

Such a choice between good and evil can be represented schematically as a fork, like that on a branch of tree. It is the choice of the way of evil that is called in the Bible “the fall of man”.

God always offers each soul an opportunity to make a choice in ethically important situations: either to act for one’s own sake and to detriment of others — or to sacrifice something of one’s own for the sake of others. That is, to do evil — or to do good. In this way each soul draws the graph of its development — with many branchings where one always has to choose only one direction. This graph can be likened to the image of a tree.

As a result of moving along these trajectories, some souls come to the Abode of the Creator, others — to the hell that they have chosen.

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There is another interpretation of the story about the “tree of knowledge of good and evil” — it is also correct and supplements the first one.

The error of people consisted in forgetting that God controls everything that enters our lives; and in that respect good and evil that come to us are equal. They both are manifestations of pedagogical measures of our loving and wise Parent. Therefore, we should consider everything as boons coming from Him. (But it does not mean that we may stop noticing and preventing our evil thoughts and deeds, as well as spotting them in other people so that we may in a tactful and soft manner help these people to cleanse themselves of their inner evil).

So, when evil comes to us we should try to see the intention of God behind it. And having realized it, having discovered its reason in ourselves, we should strive to become better.

One can react in a wrong way due to one’s religious ignorance — and try to revenge oneself upon the offender, having forgotten about the Master of our destinies — God. Or sometimes in some originally primitive or degraded religious movements — in order to explain the roots of evil — people create a “rival” to God, almost equal to Him. They call him Satan, Lucifer and by other names. (Such primitive religious conceptions can appear when people reduce the Boundless Universal God to an old man flying a cloud.)

 

The correct understanding of the latter truth is very important from the methodological standpoint. It concerns not only the correct understanding of the essence of the Divine. One should say not only about that we should learn to live permanently in the state of love. But there is a mechanism of self-transformation that consists in the attunement of the consciousness to the state of an object.

If we attune to the beauty of the rising sun in quiet tender morning or to the singing of morning birds, then we fill ourselves with subtlety and harmony of nature.

If we seek the Creator and try to attune to Him — we approach Him. And He helps us in this.

If we fix our indriyas of consciousness at some embodied or unembodied filth, we automatically attune to its state — hellish state — and become similar to it by our emotional status. And if we leave the body before we have reformed ourselves, then we go to hell after that filth…

This is why Jesus Christ taught not to revenge oneself, not to damn the offenders, but to forgive them sincerely and feel compassion for them. And not to demand back what we were bereft of — it is better to give to the robbers even more — but not to exit from the state of love!

I was deceived and betrayed. I was even killed by such human filth and was painfully dying for many months.* But I remained a Christian: I neither revenged myself, nor I attuned to them. I continued to seek the Mergence with God — and have won. I have helped many others on this path and will help more.

You can do the same — and win!