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Hi Mark,

You asked the question:
>>How, in light of through whom the "fall" is purported to have come, was Eve
ever to be a help "meet" for Adam? She did seem to have a way with serpents

I think it's as simple as giving adam something other than himself to love..... in the focussing of ones love on another, we lose the "ego-trip" bit, without losing the self (I'm talking about absolute Love here lol, the kind that we pay lipservice to these days).

>>But such an approach to self knowledge, to me, seems interminable. To me it
seems a trap of the Ego. Ego is sly and crafty.

Yes, I agree 100%. The only way to get rid of "ego" is to forget about fixing oneself and just get on with living the best we can - if we focus our lives on getting rid of ego, we are in fact so totally absorbed in ourselves that we can't see further than our own ego! To even assume that we can fix ourselves is egotistical in the extreme.

In fact, one should define ego here, in order to discuss this constructively (people seem to have very different ideas these days as to the Real meaning of words). According to the Oxford dictionary:

ego : (Metaphysical)concious thinking subject;(Psych.) part of the mind that reacts to reality and has sense of individuality; self-esteem.

and interestingly -

ego-trip:

activity etc. devoted to one's own interests or feelings

Now I have no problem with ego as defined by the dictionary, but I do have a problem with the ego-trip! In fact I would in the metaphysical sense, like to improve my "ego" ie concious thinking part as oposed to my subconcious. And, psychologically, I believe this raising of conciousness will improve the way that I react to reality. The Psychology definition reminds me of the scene in the Matrix where Smith has multiplied into a whole host of Smith's whose motivation is to turn everone else into a Smith.... no individual's and that to me is horrific. The Smith's are threatened by anything that isn't Smith. I love the differences in people (even their ideas) - they inspire me and make me think deeper. In fact if everyone were identical, there would be no point in anything... would there?

As far as ego-trip goes, I think this is what we are actually referring to here when we say "ego" is bad and from the definition, it would seem that your statement:

>>But such an approach to self knowledge, to me, seems interminable. To me it
seems a trap of the Ego. Ego is sly and crafty. >>

is spot on. This focussing on the self is the absolute ego-trip.

What I find interesting is the Hebrew word that we have translated as "naked"

Genesis2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

The word is : arom aw-rome and is written the same way as aram aw-ram which means:

1) to be subtle, be shrewd, be crafty, beware, take crafty counsel, be prudent
1a) (Qal) to be crafty, be subtle
1b) (Hiphil) to be crafty, be or become shrewd

and is in fact used here as a past participle to describe the serpent:

Genesis3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.

So the subtlety of the serpent and the nakedness of man was the same thing!

The word serpent is also very badly transliterated. The word translated as serpent is nachash naw-khawsh’ and indeed does mean:

1) serpent, snake
1a) serpent
1b) image (of serpent)
1c) fleeing serpent (mythological)

But the word nachash is from an earlier root word nachash naw-khash’ which has a different meaning, but is written identically:

1) to practice divination, divine, observe signs, learn by experience, diligently observe, practice fortune telling, take as an omen
1a) (Piel)
1a1) to practice divination
1a2) to observe the signs or omens

The two words are identical even though they are translated differently. The latter being the older meaning of the word serpent and hence, I believe, the more correct interpretation since the story of the fall is the oldest in human history and would hence have used the earliest form of the word. When Adam said Nachash, he would had used the earliest meaning.

This ‘serpent’ is an intelligent being with “supernatural” powers and not a slithering reptile.

Another word of interest is ‘beguiled’:
nasha’ naw-shaw’
AV-deceive 12, greatly 1, beguiled me 1, seize 1, utterly 1; 16

You will notice immediately the similarity between the two words nachash (serpent) and nasha (beguiled).

Adam and Eve did possess the "knowledge" of self, but it wasn't an introspective knowledge:

genesis3:11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

God asks who told you that you were naked ... clearly they had eyes, they could see....The Nachash beguiled them. It was the temptation to become independant "gods" (as God) that perverted their knowledge. Instead of simply being, they were striving to become. This is the illusion - we already are everything we will ever be, but in thinking that we are not, we don't behave in the right way. Instead of walking with God in the cool, we hide from Him.

The trees in the garden are also very interesting, but that is is long study LOL so I'll leave it now...

Blessings
Banah

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