MAN AND WOMAN AND CHILD
Harold W. Percival
THE HUMAN BEING FROM ADAM TO JESUS
The Story of Adam and Eve: The Story of Every Human Being
The story is brief. It is as brief as the history of the universe told in the first chapter of Genesis. The Bible story is like the headlines of a newspaper story— without the story. It is high time that the essence of the story, which was not told in the Bible, be known: that is, that each human being on earth was in the distant past a sexless Adam, in “Eden.” Adam’s sexless body was divided into a man body and a woman body, the twain Adam and Eve. Later, because of the “sin,” the sexual act, they were expelled from Eden, and they came from the interior of the earth through the “Cave of Treasures” onto the outer surface of the earth. It is necessary that men and women should know of their origin, in order that the conscious selves in their human bodies can learn of and find the way back to Eden, The Realm of Permanence.
To appreciate the meaning of the story, let it be understood that in the Bible the term “God” means the intelligent incorporeal unit, here called the Triune Self, as Knower-Thinker-Doer; that “Eden” means The Realm of Permanence; and that “Adam” means the original pure, corporeal, sexless physical body which was the first temple of man.
In the Bible it is said: “And the Lord God (Thinker-Knower of the Triune Self) formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (See Genesis 2, verse 7.) That is to say, the incorporeal Thinker-Knower of the Triune Self “breathed” its Doer part, as desire-feeling, into the pure, corporeal, sexless Adam body, composed of balanced units, which was formed “of the dust of the ground”; that is, of the units of physical matter. Then the Bible story tells that God took a “rib” from the Adam body, which “rib” by extension from Adam became an Eve body. And the Adam body was a man body and the Eve body was a woman body.
Let it be understood that “God” or the “Triune Self” is incorporeal; and, that “Adam” or “Adam and Eve” were composed of the “dust of the ground” which is of the unintelligent units of nature. Therefore it should be plain that the unbalancing of the balanced units of the Adam body into the Adam body and the Eve body, could not affect the one-ness of “God,” the Triune Self unit. The Triune Self is a unit of three parts, an individual trinity. Therefore, the feeling part of the Doer was not actually cut off from the desire part of the Doer when it was, so to say, extended into the Eve body. As long as the Doer of the Triune Self thought of itself as desire-feeling it was and could not be other than its desire-feeling part. But when it allowed itself to think under control of its body-mind, it was hypnotized and deluded and identified itself with the unbalanced Adam and Eve bodies instead of with its Triune Self. Then from the desire-feeling in the Adam body went its feeling into the Eve body, and the desire in the Adam made of Adam a man body, and the feeling in Eve made of Eve a woman body.
Then the Thinker-Knower (Lord God) of the Triune Self said to its Doer part, as desire in Adam and as feeling in Eve—in words like as of the Bible—: “You are one Doer as desire-feeling in your twain bodies. You are to rule and govern your bodies as two apparently distinct, but nevertheless inseparable bodies which are to be as one body—just as each pair of hands acts for its body. Do not let your divided body serve as the means of beguiling you into believing that you are not one Doer acting for one body, else your divided body cannot re-unite as one inseparable desire-feeling within one undivided body.
“Your bodies are your Adam and Eve garden in which I have placed you for a while to live in the land of Eden. You as desire-feeling, are to be my Word, and as such you are to create and give life and form to all creatures through the air, in the waters, and on the land. Do as you will with anything in your garden (bodies). What you do in the bodies which are your garden, even so shall it be through the land of Eden; for you are to be the keeper and the gardener in the land of Eden.
“In the center of your garden bodies is the Tree of Life in your Adam body, and the Tree of Good and Evil is in your Eve body. You, desire in Adam, and you, feeling in Eve, must not for your own pleasure partake of the Tree of Good and Evil, else you will leave the land of Eden and your bodies must thereafter die.”
Then the Thinker-Knower (Lord God) of the Triune Self said to its Doer part, desire-feeling in the Adam and Eve bodies: “Your original undivided Adam body was formed on two spinal columns, which are as two trees; the front column tree and the back tree or column. The lower part of the front column, below what is now the sternum, was taken from the Adam two-columned body to make the Eve body. The front column, the nature Tree of Good and Evil, is for the forms of all living things which are, or which may be. The back column, the Tree of Life, is for Eternal Life in Eden, when you, the Doer as desire-feeling, will then be inseparably joined. To be inseparably joined it was necessary that your sexless Adam body be temporarily divided into an active-passive Adam body and a passive-active Eve body, as male and female, so that the bodies could serve as scales in which your active desire and your passive feeling could be weighed and adjusted in balanced union. When you are balanced you will not be active-passive or passive-active—you will be joined in perfectly balanced equilibrium, and will be the model and pattern for nature. The balancing is to be done by your right thinking in union, that is, by the thinking of desire in your male Adam body and the thinking of feeling in your female Eve body, balanced in right relation to each other as one; and your twain bodies are the scales for the balancing. The right thinking for the balancing is for you, desire-feeling, while in your Adam and Eve bodies, to think in unison as being indivisible desire-feeling, irrespective of the divided physical body. The wrong way of thinking is for you, as desire-feeling, to think of yourself as two beings, as a desire-man-body, and as a feeling-woman-body, to be sexually related to each other.”
Then the Thinker-Knower (Lord God) of the Triune Self said to its Doer, desire-feeling (the Word): “You have a desire-mind and a feeling-mind and a body-mind. You with your desire-mind and feeling-mind are to think together as of one mind, and independently of your body-mind. Your body-mind is to be used by you for the control of nature, equally balanced through the four senses. If you think together as one governing desire-feeling, your body-mind can have no power over you. Your body-mind will then be your obedient servant, for your control of nature by its thinking through the senses. But if you harken to the body-mind, which can think only through the senses for nature, then you will be self-hypnotized and will partake of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil; you will be guilty of the thought of sex, and, later, of the act of sex, sin, the penalty of which is death.”
Then the Thinker-Knower (Lord God) withdrew, so that its Doer, as desire-feeling in the Adam and Eve bodies, could be tested and weighed in the two bodies which served as scales, for the balancing of nature by the body-mind, and so to determine whether desire-feeling would control the body-mind and the senses, or whether the body-mind and senses would control desire-feeling.
Notwithstanding this warning, the thinking of the body-mind through the senses caused desire in the man body of Adam to look at and to think of its feeling, expressed through the woman body as Eve; and caused feeling in the Eve body to look at and to think of its desire, expressed through the man body of Adam. While desire-feeling thought as itself, without considering the relation to its bodies, each was the other in and as itself, undivided; but while desire-feeling looked at and thought of the man and woman bodies, the body-mind caused desire-feeling to think of itself as of two sexual bodies.
In many—those that subsequently became human beings—thinking of the body-mind through the senses prevailed over the thinking of desire-feeling as itself. The thinking of desire-feeling was thus deceived, deluded and separated by the sexes of the bodies. Then desire-feeling was conscious of guilt, of wrong, and was consciencestricken. As desire and feeling they lost clear sight, and their hearing was dulled.
Then the Thinker-Knower (Lord God) of the Triune Self spoke to its Doer, desire-feeling, through the hearts of Adam and Eve, and said: “O, my Doer! I made known to you as rightful Governor of yourself and of your body that as desire-feeling it was your duty while in the Adam and Eve bodies to qualify as Governor in the land of Eden by thinking of the one-ness of desire-feeling in union, as yourself. By so thinking and doing you would be the tried and proven true Governor of yourself and would have reunited the Adam and Eve twain bodies as a balanced and immortal perfect physical body to be one of the governors in the Realm of Eden. But you have submitted yourself in thinking to be guided and controlled by the body-mind for nature through the senses, as man and as woman. Thereby you have put yourself in bondage and servitude to unbalanced nature, to leave the Realm of Eden and to be in the human world of life and death; to pass through and suffer death, and again and again to live and to die, until you learn and at last do what you should at first have done. Then the penalty of your sin will have been expiated; you will have atoned, redeemed yourself from sexual life as sin, and thereby abolished death.
“O, my Doer! I will not forsake you. Though you are a part of me, I cannot do for you what you alone must do and be responsible for as yourself, as my Doer. I will guide and guard you in so far as you will that I should guide you. I told you that which you should do, and that which you should not do. You are to choose what you will do, and then do that; and to know what you should not do, and not do that. In the human world you must abide the consequences of your choice made in Eden. You must learn to be responsible for your own thoughts and acts. As Doer of desire-feeling, your desire lives in the Adam body and your feeling lives in the Eve body. When your bodies die in the man and woman world, you will not again live in two separate bodies at the same time. You will be together in a man body or in a woman body. As desire-feeling you will enter and live in a male body, or as feeling-desire in a female body. You have made yourself the servant of your body-mind. Your body-mind cannot think of you or for you, as desire-feeling or as feeling-desire, as you really are; your body-mind can think of you only as a man body or as a woman body of unbalanced sexual nature. As desire-feeling in a man body, your desire will be expressed and your feeling will be suppressed. In a woman body your feeling will be expressed and your desire will be suppressed. Therefore in a man body your suppressed feeling will seek union with its feeling side which is expressed in the body of a woman. In a woman body your suppressed desire side will seek union with the desire expressed in the body of a man. But never can you have union of yourself as feeling-desire by sexual union of bodies. Union of bodies tantalizes and tortures and prevents desire-feeling from union with and in itself, within the one body in which it then is. The only way by which union can be brought about and realized will be for you as Doer to think together as of one mind in the man body or the woman body in which you then are—to be not as one and the other, but to think only as one. Eventually, when you in some one life, as desire-feeling in a man or as feeling-desire in a woman refuse to think of sex and will think as one only, by so thinking the body will be regenerated and transformed to become and be a perfect sexless physical body in which you, as desire-feeling, will return to Eden and be again consciously at one with me (Lord God), Knower-Thinker-Doer, as one Triune Self complete, in The Realm of Permanence.”
To repeat: The foregoing is an adaptation of Biblical language to describe in a similar manner events that it took ages of earth time to transpire.
Here follows the talk of God with Adam and Eve after their departure from Eden, as recorded in “The Forgotten Books of Eden,” as evidence of the truth of the admonition of God to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, recorded in the Bible (King James’ version); and the additional evidence, in corroboration and furtherance of the colloquy between God and Adam and Eve. “The Forgotten Books of Eden and The Lost Books of the Bible” are published in one volume by The World Publishing Company of Cleveland and New York. They gave permission to THE WORD Publishing Company of New York for the extracts published in Thinking and Destiny which are in part here repeated.
THE ADAM AND EVE STORY, AFTER LEAVING EDEN,
The Conflict of Adam and Eve with Satan
“This is the most ancient story in the world—it has survived because it embodies the basic fact of human life. A fact that has not changed one iota; amid all the superficial changes of civilization’s vivid array, this fact remains: the conflict of Good and Evil; the fight between Man and the Devil; the eternal struggle of human nature against sin.”
“The version which we give here is the work of unknown Egyptians (the lack of historical allusion makes it impossible to date the writing).”
“One critic has said of this writing: ‘This is we believe, the greatest literary discovery that the world has known.’”
“In general, this account begins where the Genesis story of Adam and Eve leaves off. Thus the two cannot well be compared; here we have a new chapter—a sort of sequel to the other.”
The plan of Book I is as follows:
“The careers of Adam and Eve, from the day they left Eden; their dwelling in the Cave of Treasures; their trials and temptations; Satan’s manifold apparitions to them. The birth of Cain, of Abel, and of their twin sisters; Cain’s love for his own twin sister, Luluwa, whom Adam and Eve wished to join to Abel; the details of Cain’s murder of his brother; and Adam’s sorrow and death.”
It will be well to allow Adam and Eve to speak for themselves and God’s voice to them:
Chapter 5, verses 4, 5: “. . . O God, forgive me my sin, the sin which I committed, and remember it not against me. For I alone caused Thy servant to fall from the garden into this lost estate; from light into this darkness; and from the abode of joy into this prison.”
Chapter 5, verses 9 to 12: “For Thou, O God, didst cause a slumber to come upon him, and didst take a bone from his side, and didst restore the flesh in the place of it, by Thy divine power. And Thou didst take me, the bone, and make me a woman, bright like him, with heart, reason, and speech; and in flesh, like unto his own; and Thou didst make me after the likeness of his countenance, by Thy mercy and power. O Lord, I and he are one, and Thou, O God, art our Creator, Thou are He who made us both in one day. Therefore, O God, give him life, that he may be with me in this strange land, while we dwell in it on account of our transgression.”
Chapter 6, verses 3, 4: He, therefore, sent His Word unto them; that they should stand and be raised forthwith. And the Lord said unto Adam and Eve, “You transgressed of your own free will, until you came out of the garden in which I had placed you.”
Chapter 7, verse 2: Then God had pity on them, and said: “O Adam, I have made My covenant with thee, and I will not turn from it; neither will I let thee return to the garden, until My covenant of the great five days and a half is fulfilled.”
Chapter 8, verse 2: Then God the Lord said unto Adam, “When thou wast under subjection to Me, thou hadst a bright nature within thee, and for that reason couldst thou see things afar off. But after thy transgression thy bright nature was withdrawn from thee; and it was not left to thee to see things afar off, but only near at hand; after the ability of the flesh; for it is brutish.”
And Adam said:
Chapter 11, verses 9, 11: “. . . Remember, O Eve, the garden-land, and the brightness thereof! . . . Whereas no sooner did we come into this Cave of Treasures than darkness compassed us round about; until we can no longer see each other . . .”
Chapter 16, verses 3, 6: Then Adam began to come out of the cave. And when he came to the mouth of it, and stood and turned his face towards the east, and saw the sun rise in glowing rays, and felt the heat thereof on his body, he was afraid of it, and thought in his heart that this flame came forth to plague him. . . . For he thought the sun was God. . . . (verses 10, 11, 12) But while he was thus thinking in his heart, the Word of God came unto him and said:—“O Adam, arise and stand up. This sun is not God; but it has been created to give light by day, of which I spake unto thee in the cave saying, ‘that the dawn would break forth, and there would be light by day.’ But I am God who comforted thee in the night.”
Chapter 25, verses 3, 4: But Adam said unto God, “It was in my mind to put an end to myself at once, for having transgressed Thy commandments, and for having come out of the beautiful garden; and for the bright light of which Thou hast deprived me . . . Yet of Thy goodness, O God, do not away with me altogether; but be favourable to me every time I die, and bring me to life.”
Chapter 26, verses 9, 11, 12: Then came the Word of God to Adam, and said unto him, “Adam, as for the sun, if I were to take it and bring it to thee, days, hours, years and months would all come to naught, and the covenant I have made with thee, would never be fulfilled. . . . Yea, rather, bear long and calm thy soul while thou abidest night and day; until the fulfilment of the days, and the time of My covenant is come. Then shall I come and save thee, O Adam, for I do not wish that thou be afflicted.”
Chapter 38, verses 1, 2: After these things the Word of God came to Adam, and said unto him:— “O Adam, as to the fruit of the Tree of Life, for which thou askest, I will not give it thee now, but when the 5500 years are fulfilled. Then will I give thee of the fruit of the Tree of Life, and thou shalt eat, and live for ever, thou, and Eve . . .”
Chapter 41, verses 9, 10, 12: . . . Adam began to pray with his voice before God, and said:—“O Lord, when I was in the garden and saw the water that flowed from under the Tree of Life, my heart did not desire, neither did my body require to drink of it; neither did I know thirst, for I was living; and above that which I am now. . . . But now, O God, I am dead; my flesh is parched with thirst. Give me of the Water of Life that I may drink of it and live.”
Chapter 42, verses 1 to 4: Then came the Word of God to Adam, and said unto him:—“O Adam, as to what thou sayest, ‘Bring me into a land where there is rest,’ it is not another land than this, but it is the kingdom of heaven where alone there is rest. But thou canst not make thy entrance into it at present; but only after thy judgment is past and fulfilled. Then will I make thee go up into the kingdom of heaven . . .”
What in these pages is written about the “Realm of Permanence,” may have been thought of as “Paradise” or the “Garden of Eden.” It was when each Doer of its Triune Self was with its Thinker and Knower in The Realm of Permanence, that it had to undergo the trial to balance feeling-and-desire, in the course of which trial it was temporarily in a dual body, the “twain,” by the separation of its perfect body into a male body for its desire side, and a female body for its feeling side. The Doers in all human bodies gave way to the temptation by the body-mind for sex, whereupon they were exiled from The Realm of Permanence to re-exist on the crust of the earth in man bodies or in woman bodies. Adam and Eve were one Doer divided into a male body and a female body. When the two bodies died, the Doer did not thereafter re-exist in two bodies; but as desire-and-feeling in a male body, or as feeling-and-desire in a female body. All Doers in human bodies will continue to re-exist on this earth until, by their own efforts, by thinking, they find The Way, and return to The Realm of Permanence. The story of Adam and Eve is the story of each human on this earth.
Thus can be epitomized into a few words the stories of the “Garden of Eden,” of “Adam and Eve,” and of the “fall of man”; or, in the words of this book, The “Realm of Permanence,” the story of “feeling-and-desire,” and that of the “descent of the Doer” into this temporal human world. The teaching of the inner life, by Jesus, is the teaching of the Doer’s return to The Realm of Permanence.
That the Bible story of Adam and Eve is the story of every human being is clearly and unequivocally stated in the New Testament, as follows:
Romans, Chapter 5, verse 12: Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.
Copyright 1979 by The Word Foundation, Inc.