Wednesday, December 26, 2012

adam, eve and the pomegranate



Adam & Eve
picture kindly provided by Sue Hasker

would you like a pomegranate, i asked my wife
oh yeah! i did not know we had one she answered....

as i cut into it, peeling off  the skin, and the seeds painfully one by one with my fingers and thumbs,
with red ink splattering all over the kitchen,
i am thinking to myself, i hope she does not come into the kitchen before i get to clean it.

i asked my son if he knew about the story of Adam and Eve,
he said he did and he started narrating it to me,

that Adam was in paradise,
he was alone, so he asked God for a mate,
God made Eve out of a rib of Adam,
Adam and Eve both enjoyed each other's company in paradise
God told them not to eat from the tree of knowledge in the garden of paradise,
but Eve was tempted by the serpent, she offered the apple to Adam...

that's where i corrected my son, no legend has it was not a apple, but a pomegranate, don't you think that it does look more like an inside of a brain than an apple does i asked...

it sure does he said, and he went on to finish the story:

after eating from the apple no pomegranate!, they were ashamed that they were naked, and got leaves to cover their privates, they feared God's anger, and hid, disappearing from the garden of paradise forever...they went on to populate the Earth, with nothing but a distant memory of paradise...

very good, i said to him now do you know the real meaning of that story, he said no...

i explained to him that before they ate from the tree of knowledge, they had no knowledge of themselves as being separate from God, they were ignorant that they were with God, although totally blissed out...

having eating from the tree of knowledge, they took on the sheath of the mind, emotions, fear and ego....knowing oneself as independent, knowing a full range of emotions other than love, knowing the sensual pleasures for the first time, free to make own choices and reap the consequences as such under the law of Karma...and being entrapped by it...

however now, for the first time they are able to recognize the beauty of what once was like looking at the mountain from far away....the gift that may be worth eating the pomegranate for, maybe thats why God did  not stop them in the first place...surely being all-knowing God could have...

i carefully scrubbed the remains of what i could find off the kitchen table, floor, the water filter...my wife has got a keen eye, i am sure i missed something...maybe with that extra rib that God took out of Adam, he took some brain cells too and a lot of attention to detail :) LOL...

my daughter and my wife loved the pomegranate, my son quickly scattered upstairs, before i could give him a long lecture on Karma....







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