The god Enki (Ea) was also known by the Sumerians as the "ushumgal", which translates to: "great serpent" or "dragon", and according to both the Sumerian and Akkadian myths, he planted a great fruit tree in his garden at Eridu which was called the "Mes"-tree and another wonderous tree called the Gishin (Sumerian) or Kiskanu (Akkadian). This sounds quite similar to the story of Adam and Eve in the Book of Genesis in the Bible where there is a tree of "Knowlegde of Good and Evil" and a tree "of eternal life" and a certain "serpent" who dwells there.
In the Babylonian "epic of Gilgamesh", king Gilgamesh sought the secret of eternal life and ultimately found this in a plant which he unfortunately lost on his return. It is remarkable that both the Kishkanu and the plant of eternal life are described as growing in the water. Possibly this plant could have had a healing and revitalising effect by which means one could life a longer and healthier life. Probably to limit the population, the "gods" may have kept these plants for themselves within a restricted area like the garden of Eden, which according to the Bible was guarded by an angel with a flaming sword.
The book Genesis from the Old Testament in the Bible tells how the "Lord" was very upset when he found out that Adam and Eve did eat from the fruit of the "Tree of Knowlegde of Good and Evil", and dispelled them out of the Garden of Eden before they also might eat from the "Tree of Life" which would give them immortality. However many today regard this fruit as being an apple, it had actually not been written what kind of fruit this fruit of "Forbidden Knowlegde" actually was.
It is also important to know that the "serpent" in the Bible story was never called "the devil" or something like that, but simply "satan", which translates from Old Hebrew to "adversary", thus it is not a specific name. This makes sense because when "God" cursed him to crawl on his belly and eat dust, he had been opposing the will of "God". According to certain Jewish legends (not to be confused with the Jewish holy scriptures) the serpent was - before the "fall of man" - of extraordinary size, the smartest among the animals, stood upright, and would have resembled man closely. After the fall its body degenerated, and lost its feet and mental capabilities. (See the book: "Legends of the Jews" (1909), by Louis Ginzberg.)
The belief of
the devil as a horned man with goat hoofs is but a (possibly
medieval) fabrication of Christianity, because this actually
represents a satyr; a mythical creature that is half man/ half goat,
just like Pan; one of the gods of the "Old Religion"
(Paganism). The English word devil ("d' evil" or 'the
evil") hints to an originally conceptual word rather than an
actual name, and is generally meant as the archetypical name for
(all) that is evil.
The story about a serpent who acts against the will of the Lord may relate to the rivalry between Enki (Lord of the earth) and his half-brother Enlil (Lord of Heaven) from the old Mesopotamian legends. Like mentioned earlier, Enki was known by the Sumerians as the great serpent or dragon, so maybe the serpent from the Biblical story was Enki who took the form of this animal or possessed its body. According to the myths, Enki made the human race more intelligent in time, which was against the will of Enlil, the god with the highest authority. When a war took place between their groups it wouldn't be that strange if Enki was called the "adversary" by Enlil to his followers and prophets.
In ancient cultures like ancient Egypt and Meso-America, the serpent is actually the ancient symbol for wisdom and transformation, and could possibly be the symbol of the race of those extraterrestrial visitors who were called the "sons of God" in the book of Genesis from the Bible and other ancient texts.
From Elisabeth Haich's book: "Initiation" (more about this book in the next chapter):
"Then he takes the golden hoop that ends with the head of a serpent and fastens it firmly on to the white silken cloth over my forehead. It is the symbol of the members of the ruling race, the Sons of God. It is the symbol of the initiates..." (Page 128)
"We use the serpent standing erect as the symbol of initiation, as the mistress of the tree of recognition and knowledge." (Page 256)
"In front, the circlet of gold bears the head of a serpent, symbol of the procreative energy of life, transformed and spiritualized." (Page 313)
According to the work of the Chronicle Project the "Tree of Knowlegde" had been translated as the "tree of remembers"; a tree of knowledge to satisfy and fear, and was in the middle of the enclosed area. That which grew on this tree had the ability to transfigure man's mind to the much higher level of perception of the Originators, and this had been told to Eve by a further not described "overseer" (the "serpent" in the Bible, possibly Enki). The overseer also told her that she would not die when she ate from it when she would proceed to transfigure. (This is reminiscent of the use of a very strong psychoactive drug where inner resistance can be very dangerous.) Where in the Bible there was spoken of a seperate "Tree of Eternal Life" - which was tightly guarded after Adam and Eve were expelled from the garden - it would according to the translation actually be the very same tree as this tree was also called the "tree of remembers".
The book: "The
Apocalypse of Adam" from the "Nag Hammadi"
writings (labeled as apocryphal and believed to be of Gnostic
origin), also tells about a certain subcreator, referred to as
the "demiurge", who created Adam and Eve. In these
Gnostic texts, the so-called: "demiurge", is seen as the
fashioner of the materialistic world. "Demiurge" originates
from the Greek dēmiourogos, literally: "public worker",
originally a common noun for "craftsman" or "artisan".
The story does not speak about a literal "fruit" or apple,
but about a certain knowledge: a word of knowledge of the
"eternal God", that Eve teached to Adam.
From reading the text it can be assumed that this "eternal God" would not be the same as the creator god who was known as the "god who created us" (the Lord). It even says that Adam and Eve were higher than the god who created them, which strongly implies that this "god" was but a lesser god, namely a creator god. The concept of both an All-embracing God and a subcreator god is also a concept that is re-occuring in many ancient texts that were for this reason labeled as "Gnostic" texts and none of these texts were later included in the Bible. Various Gnostic systems - but not all of them - see both the demiurge and material world however as evil creations, and the non-material (spirit) world as being good; The reason for this view could be because of the attempts of the subcreator to destroy mankind in the great Deluge. It is probably that - because of this rather conflicting ideology - Gnostic texts were not included in the Bible.
From the text:
my words, my son Seth. When God had created me out of the earth,
along with Eve, your mother, I went about with her in a glory which
she had seen in the aeon from which we had come forth. She taught me
a word of knowledge of the eternal God. And we resembled the great
eternal angels, for we were higher than the god who had created us
and the powers with him, whom we did not know.
Then God, the ruler of the aeons and the powers, divided us in wrath. Then we became two aeons. And the glory in our heart(s) left us, me and your mother Eve, along with the first knowledge that breathed within us. And it (glory) fled from us; it entered into [...] great [...] which had come forth, not from this aeon from which we had come forth, I and Eve your mother. But it (knowledge) entered into the seed of great aeons. For this reason I myself have called you by the name of that man who is the seed of the great generation or from whom (it comes). After those days, the eternal knowledge of the God of truth withdrew from me and your mother Eve. Since that time, we learned about dead things, like men. Then we recognized the God who had created us. For we were not strangers to his powers. And we served him in fear and slavery. And after these things, we became darkened in our heart(s). Now I slept in the thought of my heart."
While the place referred to as the "Garden of Eden" once really existed according to his readings, Edgar Cayce explained that the Biblical story of the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden was however merely of symbolic nature and therefore should not be taken literally. According to Edgar Cayce's readings, the Bible was the symbolic account of the regression into the flesh (in the first book: Genesis) and the restoration of the human soul to its divine origins (in the final book: Revelations).
The readings of the psychic and sear Paul Solomon (1939-1994) gave an detailled explanation of the symbolism of "eating from the Tree of Knowledge".
From reading 176, 7/73:
"There was the separating from the knowledge "We are of God" and there was the identification of that which was the apple, the physical, the body. Then man, thinking himself man, lost his identity as God."
And from "Source Reading Japan #32, 5/4/92":
". . .
Each soul was aware of the ability to create and for as long as that
awareness was maintained, there was never a thought of competition.
For as long as life-forms on this planet were creative, there could
not be a thought that if one should take more, that another would in
turn have less.
Thus, there was no thought of competition but there was curiosity, a curiosity of understanding the relationship between life and darkness, and what is called love and fear or good and evil. And, though those inhabiting this school were warned against inquiring into such knowledge, the compulsion to know was too great for many to resist, and so there was the reaching into self, what is referred to as eating of the Tree of Knowledge, good and evil. (It) was actually a partaking of self or selfishness and the separation within self of the two sides, the two hemispheres, the two energies which, as you would see represented in the Tao in this time as yin and yang, are perfectly balanced; there are not two in actuality but only one.
Still the experiment with the curious souls was toward the separation of this yin and yang, which in turn allowed the separation of the masculine and feminine, the impregnation of the one (from) the other, which (also) resulted in the parting of the brain (into) two hemispheres of the brain, or the cleft brain, as we would refer to it.
This was the beginning of all thought of competition, of recognition of darkness, it was the birth of fear, it was the beginning of all things that a soul must graduate in consciousness in this time. This is the purpose for the establishment of a Mystery School, providing techniques, encouragement, assistance in releasing the appearance of duality, and allowing the individual to experience only light without darkness as a point of reference. The ability to experience light without needing dark to make a point of comparison.
And so it is with love and fear, good and evil, with all things you think of as separation and duality. It is the purpose of the Wisdom School, then, to bring back together that which has been separated in consciousness and to create wholeness.
In an expression of wholeness on this planet, there cannot be, in any way, any form of disease. There cannot be any form of harm one toward another, of war, of crime, or of what you think of as life and death. Nor is there a separation in consciousness between one side of the brain and the other, nor is there a separation of the consciousness of mankind with the consciousness of God."
According to Edgar Cayce, the "fall of man" was an event recorded symbolically in Genesis where souls from heaven for the first time descended to the earth plane to began incarnating. The first wave of souls ("the sons of men") to incarnate became entrapped in the earth plane accidentally, through their misuse of free will, where they projected their own thought forms into physical beings we nowadays only know as mythological creatures like the centaur, the satyr, the mermaid, and so on. (According to the Paul Solomon readings these also included these "large beasts", which probably would refer to dragons/dinosaurs.)
Edgar Cayce described the "Paradise of God" as the original divine consciousness of these soul beings before their fall into flesh, which greatly lowered their consciousness, and was caused by the desire for companionship and carnal desires. The apple symbolizes the knowlegde (but actually knowledge without wisdom) of carnal desires, as the serpent symbolizes partaking in sexual desires. By these desires and physical bodily charms, the understanding of sex, sex relationships, came into the experience. Because of desire, sin also came into being, by which man further lost its contact with its true divine source. (If one sins, one does something he deeply inside regrets.) Thus, both will control and the inability of the same, also became part of the human experience. (Based on Edgar Cayce Readings 364-5 and others.)
Zecharia Sitchin wrote in his book: "Genesis Revisited" (1990) that "knowing" actually is a biblical term that connoted sex for the purpose of procreation, also translated as "making love". When Adam and Eve acquired "knowing", it simply meant that they discovered their sexuality. (Genesis 4:1: "And Adam knew Eve his wife and she conceived and gave birth to Cain.")
The book "Re-member" (2000), written by Steve Rother who alledgedly channels a collective of souls who he calls "the Group", tells about a group of renegades from a neighbouring planet who wanted to conquer the human race during the early history of mankind. In this period they were called "gods" because they believed they were better than themselves. The original meaning of the conquerers was to create a race of submissive beings. They were called renegades because their behaviour was not tolerated by the majority on the planet were they came from. As a result there were times in history were slaverny was deemed acceptable. In their attempts to control the human race, this race changed their DNA and fused it with their own DNA. Therefore they are now regarded as one of the six root races. The plan was to keep the human race unaware about his true heritage and therefore their own powers.
Because of procreation the submissive human race started to discover something from their own power (assumably the creative power), and when this was claimed one by one, then they regarded men as depraved and was expelled from their midst. (Apparently their project was failed.) Later this was called the "expulsion from paradise". Finally the idea of a submissive race was given up. During this time, the renegades who took control were reunited again with their elders. In the later years these renegades and their elders did much to help humanity to become independant themselves, before they left the planet completely. In the current era they are back to help humanity with the transitional period to the new age. They are here and play a large role in the current evolution. They also seed seeds to "re-group" our DNA to receive the signals which were before outside of our reach.
The renegades that Rother speaks about were of course the Anunnaki. This implies that they probably would be among us in spirit form, guiding us with the transmission of thoughts and ideas. Perhaps their influence also led to the translation of the ancient Sumerian texts and the finding of certain Gnostic texts to clarify the events that were later firmly rooted in our religions, in order to understand them better and clear up the misunderstandings surrounding them.
On a sidenote, the Bible also describes what seems to be unusual long life spans for Adam, Eve and other characters appearing in the Bible, as some are said to have lived multiple hundreds of years. Edgar Cayce also touched this subject in one of his readings and explained that years were counted differently in those times. In this regard; what seems like extreme long life spans were actually quite normal to todays standard.
"The days upon the earth then were counted in the tens, the fifties and the hundreds, besides the days or weeks or years in the present. Or, the LIFE existence of the entity, as compared to the present, would be years instead of weeks; or, in that experience, to live five to six to seven hundred years was no more than to live to the age of fifty, sixty or seventy years in the present."
(Source: Reading #1968-2)