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16699Re: [Meditation Society of America] Fruit Stand

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  • Bruce Morgen
    Jun 25, 2009
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      Sean, I know it's hard to see
      from where you're currently
      standing, but you never really
      left The Garden -- we all carry
      it with us, but most of us fail
      to notice it. As The Gospel of
      Thomas reports Jesus as saying,
      "The Kingdom of God is within
      you."


      sean tremblay wrote:
      >
      >
      > I think most of us remember what it was like to dwell in the garden of
      > Eden, I know I do but the way back is pretty rough and I lost my compass
      >
      > --- On *Thu, 6/25/09, Jeff Belyea /<jeff@...>/* wrote:
      >
      >
      > From: Jeff Belyea <jeff@...>
      > Subject: [Meditation Society of America] Fruit Stand
      > To: meditationsocietyofamerica@yahoogroups.com
      > Date: Thursday, June 25, 2009, 9:39 AM
      >
      > In the story of creation,
      > God tells Adam and Eve
      > they may eat freely from
      > the Tree of Life and
      > enjoy Paradise forever...
      >
      > and then tells them not
      > to eat from the tree of
      > the knowledge of good
      > and evil.
      >
      > From that it would follow -
      > before the first bite
      > of the forbidden fruit,
      > A&E enjoyed a frolic in
      > Paradise.
      >
      > But, after, they became
      > self-conscious, found
      > fig leaves, and hid from
      > God. The story goes that
      > they were soon booted
      > out of Paradise. Ouch!
      >
      > Now, what if..they asked
      > for a second chance, and
      > asked God to remove their
      > knowledge of good and
      > evil and restore their
      > earlier blissful state?
      >
      > Imagine that God, being
      > in a good mode that day,
      > said OK, and A&E were
      > allowed to step back
      > into Paradise. Wow!
      >
      > What do you think would
      > happen if we (descendants
      > of A&E) were to suddenly
      > lose our knowledge of good
      > and evil?
      >
      > Some would say that we
      > would be in pathological
      > denial and foolish, and
      > would soon be blindsided
      > by some nogoodnik - and
      > evil would run rampant.
      >
      > Others would say that we
      > would enter a blissful
      > state in which we then
      > felt a Oneness with God,
      > and incredibly loving
      > and kind, and that the
      > power of this state would
      > actually cause us to accept
      > everything, everything
      > as perfect - no matter what;
      > that we would have stepped
      > back into Paradise.
      >
      > Now, before you take a
      > quick munch on that fruit
      > that has convinced you
      > that the latter group
      > would be abjectly naive,
      > and then come up with some
      > hypothetical or distantly
      > removed 'evil' out there...
      >
      > consider the possibility
      > that by being restored to
      > realization that we are
      > a spark of God's own fire
      > (OK, clay, too) we suddenly
      > found that no evil came to
      > us...and that any potential
      > evil would dissipate as
      > soon as we came close to it -
      > because of the restored
      > power that has no knowledge
      > of good and evil. Ummm?
      >
      > Consider also the possibility
      > that this restored power would
      > allow us to live without a
      > trace of fear and doubt about
      > anything - up to and including
      > death. In this state, even
      > death would only be a merging
      > with God and eternal Paradise.
      >
      > But how would be know if
      > this wonderful possibility
      > has any basis in truth?
      > Do we have to die first?
      >
      > No.
      >
      > Read any number of the tons
      > of written material on the
      > subject by authentic teachers
      > and masters of awakened
      > enlightenment who have
      > walked the mystic path.
      > This is their consistent
      > story.
      >
      > If you're fortunate enough
      > to know a living teacher,
      > they can help open your
      > heart to the possibility
      > of the truth of such a
      > delicious story.
      >
      > But your heart has to be
      > open, and/or your despair
      > deep enough to allow for
      > the possibility. All it
      > takes is a very small
      > opening in your heart and
      > mind for the light to
      > break through.
      >
      > Meditation is a way to sit
      > in the quiet of the garden,
      > allow your heart to open
      > and patiently listen for
      > the wisdom whisper of
      > enlightenment. ..
      >
      > that says...
      >
      > it's true.
      >
      > One Love,
      >
      > Jeff
      >
      >
      >
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