> for the creation generally? In what sense was all restraint
> loosed by their disobedience to God in this one matter (as
> opposed to the thousands of instances, for example, the
> tribes of Israel were disobedient to God)? What was/is so
> irrevocably fatal about the "way" of the knowledge of good
> and evil?
This prohibition was an attempt to keep the inner path to liberation a secret. One does not become "realized" or "enlightened" without the activation of the kundalini, and the kundalini energy resembles an upside down tree with it's roots in sky (the heavens) and it's branches in the physical body.