The tree of knowledge of Good and Evil/ The tree of Life
The letter of the Law and the Spirit of the Law
The Basis foundation and purpose of religion, spirituality should be Coming closer to God, repentance or in Hebrew called teshuva (which literally means returning), but commonly today we find people think it revolves around encouraging one to become more and more religious. The problem is that the definition of religion being emphasized is one of ethnicity and culture and has little if anything to do with real spirituality and drawing close to Heaven.
The two Trees (and their “fruits”) materialize as forms of information and knowledge (Dat) here on Earth.
Elohim (G-d) created the Heavens and the Earth. Elohi”m (God as found in the story of creation) in Hebrew is equal in numerical value to the Hebrew word for “nature” (HaTeva). G-d is found in what is natural and normal. We lost contact with this, became distracted and lost by our continual “eating of the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge, Good and Evil.”
It is said in the beginning, Eve and Adam ate of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. This story for millennium been viewed as being literal. Any such reading of Biblical stories is a terrible injustice. Fables and stories are appropriate for children and adults who never mature. Yet, for those who seek to discover truth and the reality, we have to “peel away the surface layers” in order to get fruit.
The two “Trees” in the Garden were not the kind of trees we know. The fruit of the trees was not an apple, fig, date or grape. Any reference to these by our Sages is purely metaphorical with the intent of teaching moral lessons, as did Aesop in ancient Greece. The Bible speaks with child-like simplicity. To those who have minds like children. Those who are more educated realize this and see through the fable-like language to the real essence of the story.
One tree is called the Tree of Life, the other is called the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. If one eats of its fruit unprepared it brings death, Eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge becomes a poison if one does not first eat of the fruit of the Tree of Life. Obviously knowledge in and of itself is not a bad thing. All depends on the perspective by which we view and act upon this knowledge. Adam and Eve were commanded not to eat of the Tree of Knowledge, but they were never forbidden to eat from the Tree of Life.
If Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Life first, they would have “lived forever.” They needed to properly connect themselves to the upper world, Aden and the source of life there, the Tree of Life. Then could have eaten of the Tree of Knowledge and it would have only been good.
Know, Adam in the Garden of Aden was not yet a being of physical form. His body was light. Made of what we call energy. This energy body fed on energy. Energy is in thought, knowledge or (in Hebrew Dat) this essentially is the “food” of The Garden of Aden. The Tree of Life was the original source of this energy. The Tree of Knowledge is the vessel for this energy. If one embraces first the source, the Tree of Life, then one can properly embrace the vessel, the Tree of knowledge. However, if one first embraces the receptacle before it is filled, one is left with an empty shell. One must first nourish from the source which is the secret of spirituality. Which is the “Spirit of the Law” , the Way of God. Otherwise all they have are empty rituals. The physical nature of religious law alone makes one drawn towards a physically materially orientated consciousness. Knowledge of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil is information about the physical and spiritual laws that dominate and impose order in this world. Knowledge of the Tree of Life is information about the spirituality of the law all aspects of wisdom of the mechanisms behind the spirituality that supports and sustains the existence of the many worlds.
Eve and then Adam were sucked into this physical plane by eating from the Tree of Knowledge unprepared to deal with it. They were not bound to the spiritual domain, Aden and its consciousness by eating the fruit of the Tree of Life, Spiritual consciousness. Adam and Eve were thus sucked down a vortex and into our physical world. Our conscious minds are essentially trapped here in this physical domain, and we grow to believe that this reality is the only reality. Thus we are stuck down here.
There is much more to the human mind than the conscious awareness of our brains. For although we were sucked down the black hole out of Eden and into this physical world, part of us remains up there in our source domain. We call this part of ourselves, our higher selves. It is the surrounding lights of our souls. We experience this within our lower selves as the unconscious part of our human minds.
Heaven has not abandon us. Although we were not bound to Aden, there is a way back.
Heaven lowered us a life preserver. This is Torah. The Torah is the fruit of the Tree of Life it channels into our world the power of Aden. It opens a doorway, like a ladder through which movement, communications and the passage of knowledge can occur. This is the ladder that Jacob saw in his dream. And this is the meaning of the verse that says about Torah that, “it is a Tree of Life to those who hold on to it.” one has to grab it and hold on tight; only then can one use it to climb up and out.
The most important pursuit anyone can be involved with is the active Development of one’s spiritual awareness. philosophical religious pursuits of many schools have blinded eyes from seeing and pursuing what is real. They see religion but they do not see and actualize. We see extremism of all types. Because they do not know the way to accomplish the desired goal of connection with Heaven. So many are trying so desperately to become so Heavenly-minded that they end up no earthly good at all.
“The tree of life … and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.”
God created two magic trees: the tree of life and the tree of knowledge. Eat from the the first, and you live forever (3:22); eat from the second and you’ll die the same day (2:17).
That’s what God said, but……
Adam ate from the tree of knowledge and lived for another 930 years or so (5:5).
But he never got a chance to eat from the tree of life. God prevented him from eating from the tree of life before Adam could eat from the tree, become a God, and live forever.) 2:9
This is the full deep answer, I will will give the simple easy shallow answer, God willing in Part 2 later. I myself am looking forward to meditating on this teaching. Think about it and ask the God to reveal to you the meaning of what is written here. The Holy teaching comes from the printed word, but its not exactly it. It come from it to you mind as a flash of revelation. Its as the white spaces on the page…………………………..
The sin of the golden calf and the sin of the “Tree of knowledge of good and evil “ is all in God’s will. One needs to look at all things from the perspective that they are occurring before the Creator, and know it is all part of “tikun”. (fixing of the worlds) All is in the will of GOD. Thinking that the “fallen kings” (source of evil) is a separate thing from what GOD intended and wanted was the error that caused Nimrod and his contemporaries to fall. There is nothing that happens in the world outside of the will of GOD.1
1sulam on zoharHakdamah Tikunim p.349,Avodat Yisrael p.21,45
There were 8 blemishes to our consciousness created by Adam and Eve eating from the “Tree of knowledge”: I will not explain the damages here, this would take a book in itself to do that.
Rabbi Nachman Teaches issues of “doubt“ are a aspect of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which is “klippa Noga” (the shiny shell-trapped light). In the midst of the Torah is the “Tree of Life”. You got to get the sparks of light away from the “evil shells” which create doubts concerning the Divine things. Then you can nourish from the Tree of life, the essence of God’s Torah.
GOD created Adam in Asiyah ,( the lowest, the physical world) where all the lights descend to. So that he understands all worlds binding them together yielding the power to purify all of the “the Tree of knowledge of good and evil” meriting revelation and bringing joy in all worlds.1
1aor enym-kamarna Rebbe p.10
The field outside of the Garden of Eden is Malchut (God’s presence). In this field is the ” tree of knowledge ” of good and evil. Inside the Garden of Eden itself is the “Tree of life”.1
1Lekutey Maharon p.84
It’s brought down by the kamarna Rebbe that our bodies are from the firmaments of heaven, being of klipa noga (the shiny shell-trapped light), being good and evil mixed. There is also another spiritual body of “chasmal” (a surrounding light) that is “zach” (pure and bright) . Noga (the shiny shell-trapped light) corresponds to the name Ahy”h. The tree of knowledge of good and evil goes out from the light of “Noga” (the shiny shell-trapped light).
The Chashmal (a surrounding body of light) is the ark to the ” the tree of knowledge of good and evil “.1
1Sulam on Zohar Tikunim P.192, Shar bait Hacavanot
Demons are “chitzon” (external). They are called “yetzer hora” (evil inclination). They go out of the ” the tree of knowledge of good and evil “. 1
1Aor enyim p.114
From the north will come evil until it is complete. When the north is complete the “ tree of knowledge ” will return to be the “Tree of life”.1
1zohar tikunim-perush metak mdavash p.848
The Tree of knowledge of good and evil is the angel Mato’t and ס”ם. (the accuser) Moses is the “good” of the Tree of knowledge of “good and Evil”. From “teshuva” (repentance) there will be given to you the Tree of life, which is the “ו” son of י”ה . Then you will be no longer called Servant, but “son of GOD”.1
1Sulam on Zohar Mishpotim p.115a, Kadoshim p.83a
Concerning this Holiness we learn that. “Tree of life” is Z’a (source of out emotional souls called ”ruach”), “tree of knowledge ” is Nakavah (the Divine presence in the physical, the lowest level). One is life the other is death. Whoever involves themselves with them, but gives more consideration to Nakavah when She is separate from Z”a causes to himself death in this world and “olam Haba” (the world to come).1
1Sulam on Zohar Shalach Lecha p.127a
Masters of Kaballah (spirituality) have qualities from Z’a (source of out emotional souls called ”ruach”) which are from the “Tree of life”. Revelation of Z’a (The source of the emotional soul) is called man. The rest of the people are from “the tree of knowledge of good and evil”. This is the angel Matto”t He is the “Markava” (chariot) to Malchut (Nakavah (the Divine presence in the physical, the lowest level), and includes the 4 “Chayot” (angels of the world of Yetzera-formation). Those of the “cattle” eat the “Omer” of barley, which is the 6 orders of the Mishnah.1 (The only have religion and not spirituality), both are needed.
1Zohar p.-aa#365,Sulam on Zohar Emor p.98a,Avodat Yisrael p.21
The bread the king eats is made of fine flour. This He gives to those He loves, those near to Him. This food is from the side of the Tree of life, it has no waste matter. Average flour is from the “Tree of knowledge Good and evil”, it contains waste matter.
On this subject the Zohar concludes saying woe to those who eat chaff and ears of of grain of Torah. Torah having both both good and evil, food and klippa. Such a man knows nothing of the mysteries of the Torah, only its physical aspects called wheat. The “Tree of knowledge” is wheat.1
1Sulam on zohar Ki tzeze p.275b
After Adam ate from the ” the tree of knowledge of good and evil” there was drawn the first 3 sefirot (of Z’a- The source of the emotional soul) below the chest to the 6 corners of Asiyah (physical world). (the first 3 sefirot of Z’a was separated from nh”y Ima (source of soul of Divine intellect-chasmal) This is beneath the “parsa” (filter ) that is called Chasmal (a surrounding body of light) of Imma (source of the soul of intellect called Nashama). This caused the removal of the Chasmal (a surrounding light body) of Imma from the skin of Z’a (Z’a no longer having a aspect of Chasmal, covering it as shoes) . The skin fell to the klippot, leaving it to only the 3 klippot (as it no longer has protection of Chashmal). It also dresses to Bina that surrounds it. This is the secret of the 288 sparks. They are the aspect of Chasmal that is between Z’a and Nh”y of Imma and the “achryim” of Imma (these 288 sparks are in the klipot noga). Becouse of Chasmal klippot are not able to nourish. But if Imma goes away from her young which is Z’a, then there is nourishing from the “sitra Achra” from the “aor penimi” of Zu’n. Chasmal covers from all sides, even beneath the feet, which is the aspect of shoes. This covering by Chasmal is accomplished through the names of Binna, the variations of these name Ahy”h that have numerical values of קס“א which is the first 3 sefirot , קמ“ג the middle andקנ“א is the last 3 sefirot of Binna (Divine understanding) and are called the “lock”. This “lock” is the “mesach” (filter) from Atzilut (world of emanation) to Bria (world of creation). This Chasmal (a surrounding body of light) is called the lock.ץ
1Pre Tree of life p.5
From “yichud” (unification) of GOD there is complete Revelation. This is seeing the connection of the Divine in all things. All the worlds are created in levels of holiness for all things to be guided by them. “Tefilla” (Prayer-meditation) is complete “tikun” (fixing) by your “yichud” (unity of GOD). “yichud” of GOD rises every thing in YHV”H . Even if some names are of the right side others are of the left they all go to one place. אלהי”ם made man “yoshar” (upright) with the Shechinah (Divine Presence) upon his head. This is the crown on the head of the “Sadeek” (Righteous man). When he is “yoshar” (upright) he rises on all levels with the “Tree of life” from י”ה (Ya”h). By this is arroused עליון צלם (supernal image) of YHV”H . A sadeek (Righteous man) is the place of oneness. With him is 13 covenants.(all the powers of Divine mercy). 1
1Tefilot Ramchal vietchanon,#507
“Sedek” (Righteous) is “The tree of life ” it arouses against death, and delivers those attached to it.1
1Zohar Bahar p.111a
In Tikunim it is taught when the mouth and heart are equal we say take the Tree of life and live forever. This is because there are two thrones. the thrown of bina (Divine understanding) is the heart.
In the Zohar it is explained the mouth “hph” in Hebrew is gematria “malach” (angel). The mouth is called malchut (Divine presence) when it dresses “elokim chym” (the living God), words of Torah. It’s called “Tree of life “
When the “Ruach” emotional soul nourishes from Divine creative wisdom it is called Tree of life. So the Tree of Life is when our emotional souls are enlivened by Divine creative wisdom, divine creativity.
The sun radiates z’a (source of the “ruach” emotional soul) of Bria (world of creation), while the moon radiates nakavah (source of “Nefesh” animal soul-it is a high level) of “bria”. The sun is Dat (Divine Knowledge) of Z’a, it radiates the Tree of life. When Malchut (the Divine Presence) is attached to Dat of Z’a its called lower Divine creative wisdom.1
1zohar tikunim-perush metak mdavash p.143,Sulam on parsha Balak
While Mashiach ben Yosef (The Messiah from Joseph) is from the letter “v” of YHV”H, and is the horn of the ox.1 An aspect of parzuf Rachel (the trained animal soul) called “Tree of knowledge”. David is “tikun” (fixing) of “ruach ha kodesh” (the spirit of holiness)2, and “kodesh” (Holiness) is gematria (numerical value) “dat” (knowledge).3
1sulam on zohar Tikunim p.185
2shar mimori rasb’y-ar’i p.58
3sulam on zoharTikunim p.228
Mashiach ben David (The Messiah) arises from Divine creative wisdom of divine providence of the letter “Y” (of YHV”H), He is the foot of the ox. An aspect of parzuf leah (source of the soul’s Divine intuition) called “Tree of life”1
1shar mimori rasb’y-ar’i p.232
The rod of Moses is the “tree of knowledge” of good and evil. When givurot (forces of severity) decend before chassadim (powers of giving) the s’m (the accuser) feeds upon givurot (forces of severity). “Klippot Noga” makes the “tree of knowledge” of good and evil.1 GOD said not to eat from the “Tree of knowledge ” so to not contemplate the first 3 “middot” (qualities) called ג “ן — ע “ ץ — כ” ל they are the ” ו ” of the divine name and the crown.2
1aor enym-kamarna Rebbe p.89
2safer ha paliyah
It is Noga ” (the shiny shell-trapped light) that surrounds the crown (Yesod, gate way of Divine energy) within which is מ “ל which is essence of “chasmal” (parzuf בשר -flesh of Atzilut). This is the aspect of the “tree of knowledge of Good” of Atzilut. (in the world of Atzilut the tree is only Good) “This Chasmal” is “chayot” of consuming fire. 2 “makiffim” on the head of Z’a called of מ “ל of צל“ם (Netzauch and Hod, Yesod is penimi). There are 7 “makiffim” to Z’a. These are drawn with great force.