Here's a list of "study points" on Adam and Eve from the Bible. As we locate information in the SD we can reference a given study point and discuss the actual Biblical language at that time. Some may wish to print this for easy reference. #16 & 17 won't be discussed at this time but will be saved for when we got to those personages. I'll begin referencing SD quote shortly.


1-Gen 1:27 Man made in the image of God

2-Gen 1:27 Made male and female

3-Gen 2:7 Formed from the dust of the earth

4-Gen 2:8 Put in Garden of Eden

5-Gen 2:17 Commanded not to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil

6-Gen 2:19-20 Adam names the animals

7-Gen 2:21-23 Eve created from Adam's rib

8-Gen 2:25 Adam and Eve naked but not ashamed

9-Gen 3:1-6 Story of the temptation and eating of forbidden fruit

10-Gen 3:7 Their eyes opened they made aprons of fig leaves to cover nakedness

11-Gen 3:8 They hide from god

12-Gen 3:9-19 Story of the Fall

13-Gen 3:20 Eve called mother of all living

14-Gen 3:21 God makes them coats of skins

15-Gen 3:22-24 Cast out of Eden

16-Gen 4:1-2 Cain and Abel born

17-Gen 4:25 Seth born

18-Gen 5:1-2 Both male and female are called Adam

19-Gen 5:3 Adam 130 yrs old at birth of Seth

20-Gen 5:4-5 Adam lives a total of 930 years and dies

21-Gen 5:4 Adam has other sons and daughters

(Dallas) --

Unfortunately if the BIBLE is read literally it makes little sense. It has been through the hands of so many translators that the original statements and intent has been mangled by the bias and interest of those who produced translations from the originals in Aramaic or Greek. And it has now been hopelessly materialized from its original Kabalistic meaning. H P B explains this in ISIS UNVEILED

In the 1st Vol. of The SECRET DOCTRINE and in ISIS UNVEILED the symbology has been detailed: They represent an early "race" of mankind.

Since Theosophy teaches reincarnation it means that all of us, human Souls used the bodies in a race represented by the names ADAM and EVE .

In the beginning mankind was androgyne (unisexed) , then the sexes were separated. {see S D i pp. 234, 246, 337, 255-6, 427, 450, II 37, 128-9, 595.}

Eve represents the female portion of Adam S D II 269fn.

In all cases the form ADAM/EVE was the vehicle of AIN-SOPH (the Higher Self - ATMA ) S D I 179, 432,

The FIRST CAUSE manifests through Adam -- the "race" S D I 214.

The 10 Sephiroth (creative potencies and "principles" -- as the Laws of manifestation and evolution) manifest through the race Adam/Eve

S D I 98, 391, 430-3, II 1-2fn, 544, 704fn.

... in looking up ADAM (and inquisitive EVE) in The SECRET DOCTRINE, I found that there are several ADAMS -- it seems to be a word used to designate a whole race of mankind --- a whole period of evolution in each case. ( see S D I 200 ) for an idea of what that covers.It generally relates to the development of the physical body and does not define the Mind and its evolution --which is a separate matter.

Man-- as a race of Mind-beings, is said to have been endowed with MIND ( much as children are, by their parents and teachers) about a little over 18 million years ago ( S D I 150fn) .

In The SECRET DOCTRINE on p. 181, Vol. I we are given 3 lines of evolution that meet and conjoin in each human. 1. spiritual, 2. Intellectual and emotional, and 3. physical. There are to be fund in the S D special words to describe the processes of development and then of mixing over the period now so dimly recorded in the BIBLE and in other primitive Myths and Legends.

Sorry to be one of those students who have "run ahead". It is difficult to look at and make sense of "Eve" without including both 'higher' and 'lower'.

On a related point - With reference to the Bible rendition of the JEALOUS God who did not want Adam and Eve to be "as one of us", the Secret Doctrine shows another side to this story.

As we have seen, the Occult doctrines (including those of the Gnostics) show that the Adam of Dust was created by the Elohim, which is plural for "the Gods", not A GOD. In the Secret Doctrine we find these gods, referred to as the Barhishads, the Lunar Pitris & so on. These provided the astral forms for the first races 'around' which the material for the physical form started to condense in later races. Presumably the latter was the result of the action of lower elementals once the primitive astral form was in place.

We have a picture of this stage of evolution of there being a highly spiritual monad (the spiritual entity) within an evolving astral/physical form which is becoming more and more condensed and refined - but basically no better than an animal form, for as yet there is no principle of MIND or MANAS to provide the connecting and DIRECTING link between the Monad and its astro-physical shell on earth. The principle of Mind/Manas was at this stage latent. It was awakened in humanity by another group of Elohim referred to in the Eastern Doctrines by the terms Agnishwattas, Sons of Fire, Solar-Angels, Sons of the Fire-Mist & so on. We should note the contrast of 'solar' and 'lunar' between the two groups of Pitris (Elohim) and their respective tasks related to Mind and Body, mentioned above.

So the Lunar-Pitris, those Elohim who provided the astral-physical form for humanity, ie the Adam of Dust were not jealous Gods, they simply were unable to provide humanity what they did not have themselves, ie awakened MANAS/MIND - hence the allegory when referring to this creative group that 'man should not become "as one of us".'

We see this poetically portrayed in the Stanzas of Dzyan, found in volume 2 of the Secret Doctrine



(race) (a)."

(Secret Doctrine Vol. 2, Page 105).

As we see in the above the "Fathers" (Elohim, Pitar or Pitris) who gave the form (the Adam of Dust) are unable to give to the human Monad (the true spiritual entity) "a mind to embrace the Universe" because they never had it to give or to awaken in another. Thus they are referred to in the allegory as saying that 'man should not become as one of us' ie MIND-LESS. The reference, if there was one in the original teachings, to them being jealous gods was probably a 'blind' to cover up the real meaning.

We see a similar story of the Adam of Dust (ie the physical form only) and the later awakening of Mind in 'man' in the myth Prometheus and Epimetheus, the two TITAN brothers charged by the Gods with the job of creating man. First they make the physical form of 'man', moulding his form like clay out of earth and water but he is no better than an animal, so Prometheus brings 'fire' down from Heaven, the abode of the Gods, in order to raise man above all the creatures. In response Zeus - the father of all the Gods - sends Pandora, the first woman, as gift to Epimetheus. Zeus sends her with a jar which she is instructed not to open. The jar contains all the ills of the world which 'man' is given to know as a result of the theft of FIRE (Mind/Knowledge of good and evil) from Heaven. Pandora's curiosity causes her to open the lid of the jar and all the ills of the world fly out to affect humankind. However, there is one thing which does not escape and which lay at the bottom of the jar - that thing was HOPE.



If there was a "garden" into which "Mankind" (as ADAM) was introduced does this not imply Karma. The "garden" is the result of seeds already planted long back. It is a "result." But, what were the causes? Who then found the soil, found the seeds and watered them? It would seem to be a combination of the Karma of a thinking, evolving self-conscious Man/Mind living in Nature that caused all this by earlier interactions. As a locality it is said to be now submerged S D II 494, the true meaning of EDEN is given in S D II 496, The TREE OF WISDOM grew in the Garden

 S D I 114, 247; II 30-1, 97, 215-6, 494, 587, Tasting the Fruit of the TREE OF WISDOM: S D II 175 (Adam received intellect), 588 (gives life eternal), [Gives ability to distinguish Good from Evil: S D I 246; II 4, 124, 214-5, 293, 354-5,6fn, ]

Adam - the forefather of our race ( we are the reincarnations of those immortal Egos/MINDS -- the HOST OF THE MANASAPUTRA,

(Mind-born-sons) who were then incarnated in the physical material bodies of the First Race: S D II 503, 202,

The same immortal Egos/Minds are us.  We are now (as physical men) using the physical bodies that our present 5th RACE provide. As MINDS we are the "immortal pilgrims:" ever on the move, always experiencing the new, always advancing towards perfection: S D Ii 203,

"Temptation" (The ORIGINAL SIN) in the Garden of Eden is an INVENTION: S D I 383, 414, II 202,

"Original sin" is explained : S D I 383, II 202, 215-16, 387, 484, 513-4, 699,

There never was an "Original sin" : SECRET DOCTRINE II 261, 413,

Serpent, Church made a Devil of it : S D I 442fn, 73-4, 404, II 505

(not evil), 25-6, 208, 214,


To name anything defines and sets limits to it: S D I 330.

Name (sound) opens the door between the Immortal and the mortal S D I 464,

Ultimate causes of "Sound" "name": S D i 514-17,

Power of Sound in the "name" -- a phonetic and a psychic and a spiritual force--S D II 767,

S D I 93-5, 137, 269, 293, 438-9, 464, 534-7, 555, 564-5, II 107,

335, 536, 569-70,

Rhythm and Sound related to the elements: S D I307, II 107,

Governed by Septenary Law: S D II 613, 622, 627-8,

Atoms are called "sound" (vibrations) in Occultism : S D I 633, 565,

Forces of Nature are commanded by Colors and Sounds ( vibrations): S D I 514fn,


As I understand this it has to do with the "shadow body birth" -- a condition of a primordial astral body formation. ( The astral is also

called "chhaya".) S D II 115, 149, 174, 193, 262, 679, S D I

583, This is strictly (as I understand it) a condition and period

that dealt with the evolving of the physical vehicle into which, at a later date, the Manasaputras (Mind-born-sons) incarnated and became thereafter OURSELVES.

Described in S D II 174, 285, 285fn,

Pramalocha (a nymph) is the Hindu "Lilith" : S D II 175-6, 714,

Sanjana: (Chayya - birth) S D II 101, 174,

Daughter of Visvakarma: Kronos, Artificer of the Universe, Highest and Oldest Of The Gods, who sacrifices himself to HIMSELF, and is the UNIVERSAL SACRIFICE: S D II 559, 605-6, I 207-210, 268,

It is symbolical of the state when, from the early and primitive astral substance, the burgeoning of the physical body began ( early 3rd Race humanity) -- also described as "perspiration from the pores" of those early bodies.

(LK) --

Gen 2:21-23 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took on of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought he unto the man.

And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

SD 2:181 "Even the state of mental torpor and the unconsciousness of the first two races, and of the first half of the Third Race, is symbolized, in the second chapter of GENESIS, by the DEEP SLEEP OF ADAM. It was the dreamless sleep of mental inaction, the slumber of the Soul and Mind, which was meant by that "sleep"..."

SD 2:193 "The rib is bone, and when we read in Genesis that Eve was made out of the rib, it only means that the RACE WITH BONES was produced out of a previous Race and Races, which were boneless"

Genesis and and the whole Universal Tradition speaks of two so-called Creations : Formation of the physical and the Divine Man. The two streams meet at a certain point of Kosmic unfoldment to produce the complex being called Man--the riddle of the ages--who is, therefore, a correlation of physical and chemical forces, on the one hand,  and psychical and spiritual powers, on the other--"A beam of Light immaculate within and a form clay material upon the lower surface. This Beam is thy life-guide and the true Self, Watcher and the Silent Thinker, the victim of thy lower self." (Voice).


This is clearly seen in Genesis if read esoterically. Says HPB in Isis, I, 305 :
"One thing, at least, has been shown in the Hebrew text, viz. : that there was once a race of purely physical creatures, another purely spiritual. The evolution and 'transformation of species' required to fill the gap between the two has been left to the abler anthropologists. We can only repeat the philosophy of men of old, which says that the union of these two races produced a third--the Adamite race. Sharing the natures of both these parents, it is equally adapted to an existence in the material and the spiritual worlds. Allied to the physical half of man's nature is reason which enables him to maintain his supremacy over the lower animals, and to subjugate nature to his uses. Allied to his spiritual part is his conscience, which will serve as his unerring guide through the besetments of the senses ; for conscience is that instantaneous perception between right and wrong, which can only be exercised by the spirit, which, being a portion of the Divine Wisdom and Purity, is absolutely pure and wise. Its promptings are independent of reason, and it can only manifest itself clearly, when unhampered by the baser attractions of our dual nature."
The Serpent of genesis is that dual divine principle of manas or mind which is not a product of the earth but a gift from heaven--the Divine Fire brought down by Promotheus--which, as soon as incarnate (Fall of Spirit into Matter) it becomes dual = human reason in its lower aspect (form of clay upon the lower surface) and all-seeing Spirit in its essential higher aspect( A Beam of Light immaculate within).
If the Serpent tempted Eve, leading to Adam and Eve being exiled from the Garden of Delight, it is the human reason allied to kama which invariably leads the personal man of clay  astray from the true and the real, unless the man allies himself with his Life-guide and his true Self, the Watcher and the Silent Thinker within and overcomes the lower attraction and become immortal. If he succumbs to the lower passions he will make the Silent Thinker within the victim of the lower base nature--crucifies Christ (Buddhi-Manas) on the cross of flesh. It is the self-sacrifice of the Christ-Ego within for the sake of redemption of the man of clay, His shadow on earth.
This is allegorized in India as the God Indra. Indra in the earliest accounts of the Rig Veda, as shown by the S.D., was one of the highest Gods, the king of the celestial host. The same Indra in the later Theogony, in the Puranas, becomes a sensuous, seducing profligate god, one of the lower angels, cursed to be born on earth for his licentiousness. He  drinks Soma Juice in the Vedic accounts of the spiritual kind that opens the Eye of Wisdom but later Indra is shown drunk with lower Soma, always plotting to defeat the austerities of Asuras, who are in fact the high Yogis and Bhaktas.
 It is the allegorical description of the dual Manas--the Good and Evil, God and Satan : The Evil being the lining of Good or God ; Evil is God inverted, the two sides of the same coin, the Self of matter and the Self of Spirit. They are not separate entities as theologies of monotheistic religions would have their 'Faithful' believe.
In the Book of Job Satan is a Son of God seated beside the Lord.  In the Scandinavian legends the dual principle is allegorised in the person of Loki. Loki is the Scandinavian Lucifer whose alter-ego is god Odin. Odin is the Ego when incarnate becomes Loki. Loki is blood brother of Odin becoming evil only later (like Indra) when he mixed too long with humanity yet un-regenerated and imperfect (See S.D. II 283 etc.)
Loki is like the fire Gods and Gods of Light of all nations : Fir burns and destroys and yet gives warmth and life-giving.
Loki is derived from Leichan, meaning, To Enlighten, like the Serpent of Genesis, who is Lucifer, the Light-bringer. It Lux-Light.
Other cosmogonies speak of the same great truth :
Osiris-Typhon and Horus-Seth of Egypt, Ormazd-Ahriman of Zoroastrians, Prometheus chained to the rock of Greek myth, Lucifer chained in hell of the Christian theology.
Like Indra, Loki is a powerful, generous, beneficent god, principle of good, not evil, in the beginning of time, but becomes evil only later.
The divine Monad voluntarily exiles itsef from heaven to incarnate in senseless forms of man created by lower angels in order to transform the animal of clay into an immortal god. It is the Great Sacrifice--ADI-YAJNA. No sooner had the Spirit descended into matter than it was strangled in the coils of matter. Then ensues the great struggle between Divine Wisdom, Nous, and its Earthly reflection, psuche.
Church makes of this great self-sacrificing god Devil and Evil. But Occult Philosophy reverses the character by furnishing the right key to the symbolism.

 If in Christian theology Satan is the enemy of God, in Theosophy it is demonstrated that in reality he is the divine spirit, it is the Occult Wisdom on Earth, an enemy of ecclesiastical dogmatic religions.

Ancient Universal symbol of the TREE OF LIFE and the TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL is so important that the theosophical explanantion of the grand truth underlying them has to be considered if we are to appreciate the Genesis verses quoted as well as the the same symbol in other older traditions.
Theosophy points out that there are two creation accounts in Genesis following the Babylonian fragments from which it was compliled. (1) Elohite creation, and (2) Jehovite Creation.
    Elohite creation refers to evolution, or rather, emanation, of Elohim, ie., creative cosmic Intelligences called in the Jewish Kabala Adam-Kadmon, representing collective creative Forces, called Eloha or Elohim, also called "Heavenly Man." The Man of the first chapter of Geneis i refers to emanation of these Elohim--the Man of Gen. i.
This collective creative Host or Angelic hierarchy, is symbolised as the TREE OF LIFE.
The "Man" of Gen. i is said to be "created" in the image of God, and "created" male and female, because, these hosts are manifested Logos which is the manifesting symbol of the Absolute Principle, called "God..," and these hosts have active and passive aspects, Ideation and energy of Ideation, Purusha-Prakrirti, Spirit-Matter.
Adam-Kadmon is the Microcosmic Tree of Life in the image of Absolute Wisdom, the Macrocosmic Tree of Life.
Man of the Gen. ii is an emanation of the Astral shadow of the Elohim, the lower creative Angels--Jehovah, the "Lord God." But this creation of man is mindless form, first unisexual, then bisexual and finally separated sexes.
Who makes this senseless forms living self-conscious, responsible moral being capable of plucking and tasting the the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, and become himself as one of the Elohim ? It is the Serpents of the Tree of Life make him complete, represented by the Serpent of Genesis = Manasas, Sons of Mahat.
So we have another important universal symbolism of Tree and the Serpent or the Dragon.
A few excerpts from the Secret Doctrine are appended below the verses quoted below

"It has become undeniable of late that the Jews, who obtained the primitive ideas about creation from Moses, who had them from the Egyptians, compiles their Genesis and first Cosmogonic traditions--whence these were rewritten by Ezra and others--FROM THE CHALDEO-AKKADIAN ACCOUNT. It is, therefore, sufficient to examine the Babylonian and Asyrian cuneiform and other inscriptions to find also therein, scattered here and there, not only the original meaning of the name Adam, Admi, or Adami, but also the creation of SEVEN ADAMS OR ROOTS OF MEN, BORN OF EARTH, PHYSICALLY, AND OF THE DIVINE FIRE OF THE PROGENITORS, SPIRITUALLY AND ASTRALLY." Assyriologists could not have failed to take note of "the mysterious and ever-recurring number seven on the babylonian cylinders," as much as in Genesis and the Bible.

The S.D. proves that the Tree of Life symbolizes the manifested Logos corresponding to the Third Logos of the Secret Doctrine. It is "the Unmanifested being, the first paradigmatic ideal Man." (Glossary, p. 6) In Hindu philosophy Tree of Life is Manifested Brama which is dual--Brahama-Viraj and Brahma-Vach ; it is the dual MAN of the first chapter of Genesis : "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness ...." (verse 26) and "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him ; male and female created he them." verse 27. The "male and female" is not man but the Host of the Sephiroth--"FORCES, or Angels, ' made in his (God's) [ that is, Absolute Wisdom, not any personal God] image and after his likeness"

This man of the Gen. i. is the male-female Brahma ; in the Jewish Kabala, Adam-Kadmon, or Heavenly Man, not fallen into sin. It is the Archetypal Man or Humanity, upon whose pattern is made the man of the earth--who is the Adam of Gen. ii. This Adam-Kadmon is the Host of creative cosmic Intelligences whose aggregate is the Logos or creative Brahma.

This Host is divisible into 10 hierarchies called Sephiroth in the Jewish Kabala, Dhyan Chohans in Buddhists countries, Prajapatis or Braham-Prajapti in India.

In the Book of Concealed Mystery of the Kabala it is shown to have been said: "Adam Kadmon is the Sephirothal TREE, as also the ' Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil.' And that ' Tree ' says verse 32, ' hath around it seven columns,' or palaces, of the seven creative Angels operating in the sphere of the seven planets on our globe." The seven columns then are the seven globes of the Earth Chain.

"Adam Kadmon is a collective name, so also is the name of man Adam." (S.D. II p. 4) The word Adam of Gen. ii is collective mankind.

In S.D. ii 36 an account of the Mexical Tree of Life can be seen whose symbolism is the same as that of the Genesis. "You will find in it a tree whose trunk is covered with ten fruits ready to be plucked by a male and female, on each side of it, while from the top of two branches shoot out horizontally to the right and left, thus forming the perfect T (Tau), the ends of the two branches, moreover, each bearing a triple bunch, with a bird--the bird of immortality, Atman, or the divine Spirit--sitting between the two, and thus making the seventh. THIS REPRESENTS THE SAME IDEA AS THE A SEPHIROTHAL TREE, TEN IN ALL, YET, WHEN SEPARATED FROM ITS UPPER TRIAD, LEAVING SEVEN. "

This dual Archetypal Man is the Tree of Life--the hierarchies of creative Forces of the Universe 10 in number--3 on the plane of the Divine Spirit, 7 on the manifesting plane. The manifesting seven furnish man with their principles where as his Atman, the Sprit is directly from the Higher Triad.

The Archetypal Man is the Microcosmic Tree of Life under which the Man, takes birth and grows.

"But the Occult reason why the Norse Yggdrasil, the Hindu Ashwatta, the Gogard, the Hellenic tree of life, and the Tibetan Zampun, are one with the KABALISTIC SEPHIROTHAL TREE, and even the TREE OF EDEN--who among the Western scholars can tell ? Nevertheless the fruits of all those ' Trees,' whether Pippala or Haoma or the yet the more prosaic apple, are ' THE PLANTS OF LIFE,' in fact and verity. THE PROTOTYPE OF OUR RACES WERE ALL INCLOSED IN THE MICROCOSMIC TREE , WHICH GREW AND DEVELOPED WITHIN AND UNDER THE GREAT MUNDANE MACROCOSMIC TREE." (S D ii 97)

Macrocosmic Tree is the Absolute Wisdom whereas the Microcosmic Tree is the Logos, the collective creative hosts, the Adam Kadmon. Hence "Man" of Gen i (Adam Kadmon, the microcosmic Tree) is made in the image of God (Absolute Wisdom, the Great Macrocosmic Tree).

The Serpent dwelling in the Tree is Conscious immortal Manas = the Serpent of manifested Wisdom, which or who endow man of clay, of the earth into whom "Lord God" breathed the breath of life, with Reason and Self-consciousness--the serpent of Geneisis, made "devil" by the Church.

"As in the Gogard, among the luxuriant branches of all the mundane trees, the ' Serpent ' dwells. But while the Macrocosmic tree is the Serpent of Eternity and of absolute Wisdom itself, those who dwell in the Microcosmic tree are the Serpents of manifested Wisdom. One is the One and All ; the others are the reflected parts. The ' Tree ' is MAN HIMSELF, of course, and the Serpent dwelling in each, the CONSCIOUS MANAS, the connecting link between Spirit and Matter, heaven and earth." (S.D. II, 98)

In S.D. II 214 there is a discourse on Unity of Logos manifesting itself as a double principle--Ennoia and Ophis, of Good and Evil, of Light and Shadow. Serpent of Eternity, Hindu Anata Shesha, is the Emblem of Divine Celestial Wisdom and Eternity--Maha Buddhi, Mahat, synthesis of the Celestial Dragons of Wisdom, whose Rays are the Higher Manas of Man--the Real Man.
"Coiled within, so as to follow the spirals, lies the serpent--emblem of Wisdom and Eternity--the dual Androgyne ; the cycle representing Ennoia, or divine mind (a power shich does not create but which must assimilate), and the serpent, the Agathodaemon, the Ophis, the shadow of Light (non-eternal, yet the greatest divine light on our plane). Both were the Logoi of the ophites : or the unity of the Logos manifesting itself as a double principle of Good and Evil.
"Were it light alone, inactive and absolute, the human mind could not appreciate nor even realise it. Shadow is that which enables light to manifest itself, and gives it objective reality. Therefore, shadow is not evil, but is the necessary and indispensable corollary which completes Light or Good ; it is the creator on Earth.
"According to the views of Gnostics, these two principles are immutable Light and Shadow, Good and Evil being virtually one and having existed through all eternity, as they will ever continue to exist so long as there are manifested worlds.
"As a unity, Ennoia and Ophis are the Logos. When separated, one is the Tree of Life (Spiritual), the other, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. therefore, we find Ophis urging the the first human couple--the material production of Ilda-Baoth, which owed its spiritual principles to Sophia Achmoth--to eat the forbidden fruit, although Ophis represent Divine Wisdom."

This isn't a direct answer to Tracy's question, but you may be interested to  read  "The Gnostic Gospels" by Elaine Pagels.  It is only a small book,
 published by Penguin for around $10.00 (7.99), and is very readable.  In  her work Pagels looks at some of the Gnostic Gospels, repressed by the early  Church Fathers, and specifically looks at the 52 texts and Gospels buried  out of sight for 2000 years and found in an earthenware jar at Nag Hammadhi,  in the Egyptian desert in 1945.
 Based on original documents Pagels work shows how some very important texts  and underlying ideas about the nature of Jesus the man, Christ the Spirit,  and God were stamped out of the early Christian Church as it became more and  more orthodox.
 We also see evidence that Eve was more than just a temptress of Adam and his  undoing.  For example, from one Nag Hammadhi text we read:
 "God gave [a command] to Adam, 'From every [tree] you many eat, [but] from  the tree which is in the midst of Paradise do not eat, for on the day that  you eat from it you will surely die.'  But the serpent was wiser than all  the animals that were in Paradise, and he persuaded Eve, saying, 'On the day  when you eat from the tree which is in the midst of Paradise, THE EYES OF
 YOUR MIND WILL BE OPENED.' And Eve obeyed... she ate; she also gave to her  husband.'"  (p56 caps added)
 We see in the above that eating of the apple symbolises the awakening of  MIND, what Theosophy calls MANAS, and which it states happened during the  first part of the 3rd Race.  So this is portrayed as a positive thing, not  as original sin.  In another Gnostic text we see Eve portrayed in her true  light i.e., something more than just the symbol of matter and terrestrial life.  Elaine Pagels quotes from the Nag Hammadhi texts and "The Hypostasis of the  Archons", a gnostic text, to show that Eve is the spiritual principle in  humanity who raises Adam from his merely material condition:
 "After the day of rest, Sophia[literally, 'wisdom'] sent Zoe [literally  'life'] her daughter, who is called Eve, as an instructer to raise up
 Adam... When Eve saw Adam cast down, she pitied him, and she said, 'Adam,  live! Rise up upon the Earth"'  Immediately her word became a deed.  For  when Adam rose up, immediately HE OPENED HIS EYES.  When he saw her, he  said, "You will be called 'the mother of the living", because you are the  one who gave me life....."
 "And the spirit-endowed Woman came to [Adam] and spoke with him, saying,  'Arise Adam.'  And when he saw her, he said, 'It is you who have given me life; you shall be called "Mother of the living"  for it is she who is my  mother.  It is she who is the Physician, and the Woman, and She Who Has  Given Birth.'. . .  Then the  FEMALE SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLE CAME IN THE SNAKE,  THE INSTRUCTOR, AND IT TAUGHT THEM, saying, ' shall not die; for it  was out of jealousy that he said this to you. Rather your eyes shall be  open, and you shall become like gods, recognizing evil and good.'..."
 What the above suggests to me is that there are many levels on which we can  understand this story, and ADAM, EVE and the SERPENT may well have different  meanings depending upon what level we attempt to understand it.  A lot has  already been said about Adam, Eve and the early races of humanity, so I  won't repeat that here.  But we might like to consider how this story  relates to ourselves and our daily lives. Why doesn't the SERPENT, as  instructor, contact Adam directly? What prevents this simple act?   The  Serpent of Wisdom needs an intermediary which is symbolized by EVE, the  daughter of SOPHIA.
 In a similar way, the Highest Wisdom in us,  ATMAN (the Self) cannot talk  directly to the personality (the earthly Adam) nor awaken the sleeping  higher and DISCRIMINATING intelligence of Mind, or Manas.  It needs the  intermediary of Buddhi, which is its vehicle.   I think that here we find  something of the MYSTERY of Buddhi-Manas and it seems to touch upon our  recent conversations on "Listening", "Attentiveness" and "analytical thinking". For perhaps the higher MANAS is only awakened in us to the extent  that we listen to the Divine Voice in our lives.  When that is not heard, the higher Manas remains but a potential only and the mind becomes of the earth earthy.
 To the awakening mind, Eve is the divine Voice, the instructor of the Soul. For the mind which is of the earth earthy Eve is no more than the desires and passion of humanity reflected in the lower astral light (the lesser serpent)  which ever tempt us to be less than what we truly are.

(mlr) --Theosophy does not speak of "Creation" as in the theistic religious conceptions, such as, the Christian, but EVOLUTION OF PRE-EXISTING IDEAS, PROTOTYPAL SPIRITUAL FORMS, INTO OBJECTIVITY. This is what all the ancient religious philosophies of oldest peoples teach.   Everything that is, was, and will be, eternally IS, even the countless forms, which are finite and perishable only in their objective, not in their ideal form. They existed as Ideas, in the Eternity, and, when they pass away, will exist as reflections.
"Neither the form of man, nor that of any animal, plant or stone has ever been CREATED, and only on this plane of ours that it commenced "becoming," i.e., "objectivising" into its present materiality, or expanding from within outwards, from the most sublimated super-sensuous essence into its grossest appearance.
"Therefore, our human forms have existed in the Eternity as astral or ethereal prototypes ; according to which models, the spiritual Beings (or Gods) whose duty it was to bring them into objective being and terrestrial Life, evolved the protoplasmic forms of the future Egos from their own essence. After which, when this human Upadhi, or basic mould was ready, the natural terrestrial Forces began to work on those super-sensuous moulds, which contained, beside their own, the elements of all the past vegetable and future animal forms of this globe in them.
Therefore, man's outward shell passed through every vegetable and animal body before it assumed the human shape." (I, 282).
S.D. shows that Man of chapter i of Genesis is this Archetypal Man, not man of this earth, and is shown made in the image of God because it was the ideal Kosmic prototype made in the Image of Eternal Ideal existing in the Universal Mind. But Man of Gen. ii is not made in the image of 'God" because he is terrestrial shadowy form of the Archetypal Man of Gen. i.
"Man" of Gen. i is collective Spiritual Humanity, and "God" of Gen. i is Gods collectively--Elohim--not anthropomorphic theological God. Gen. i / 27 is quite plain about this :
"And God said, Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness ; and let THEM [mankind, collectively] have dominion over the fish of the sea.....etc...."

(LK) --  Gen 5:1-2 reads This is the book of the generations of Adam.  > In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;

 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their   name Adam, in the day they were created.

 SD 2:124-29 has an extensive study of all this. Subtitled "The Divine  Hermaphodite". Here are some quotes:

 "In the Book of Enoch we have Adam, the fiert divine androgyne,  separating into man and woman, and becoming JAH-HEVA, in one form or

 race..."  "Adam stands for the primitive HUMAN race, especially in its  cosmo-sidereal sense. Not so, however, in its theo-anthropological

 meaning. The compound name of Jehovah, or JAH-HOVAH, meaning MALE LIFE  and female life-first androgynous, then separated into sexes..."  Quoting the author of "The source of Measures" HPB writes: " 'The two  words of which Jehovah is composed make up the original idea of   male-female as the birth originators' ; for the Hebrew letter JOD was the MEMBRUM VIRLE nad HOVAH was Eve, the mother of all living. or the  procreatrix, Earth and Nature. The author believes, therefore, that  'It is seen that the PERFECT ONE' (the perfect female circle or YONI,   20612, NUMERICALLY), 'as ORIGINATOR OF MEASURES, takes also the form  of Birth-origin, as HERMAPHRODITE ONE; hence the phallic form and  use.' "

(RP) --

It is said in S.D.fn II 46 that man of Gen.i is "Heavenly Man", Adam Kadmon, who is made in the image and likeness of God, and that this Adam is the Sephirothal Host.

And "God" in whose image that Heavenly Man is made is LOGOS--the Intellectual Soul of the world--synthesis of Solar Dieties, the Fathers of Spiritual Principles of Man, givers of his Immortal Manas, whereas the lower order of ceative powers (Jehovah) furnish Human Monads with Astral model of future physical bodies..

Sephirothal Host--("Man" of gen. i)-- is the Host of Creative Powers who are dual in their nature--spiritual and material, hence said to be made male and female.

It appears to me that it is these Creative Hosts are Lunar Pitris, the lower order of creative powers, which exude from their own essence the Astral Shadow of physical man. It is to this class that Lord God of Gen. belong--lowest in the hierarchy of creative powers, who blindly follow the will of the higher Intellectual Guiding Spirits--Lords of the Flame, The Great Chohans.

This seems to borne out by the verse 12 of Stanza III in S.D. II 75 :

"The Great Chohans (Lords), called the Lords of the Moon, of the Airy bodies. 'Bring forth men (they were told), men of your nature. Give them (ie., the Jivas, or Monads) their forms within, She the Mother (Earth or Nature ) will build coverings without (external bodies). (For) males-females they will be. Lords of the Flame also"

So, Man of Gen. i are Lunar ancestors (Pitris) of man who furnish from their own essence the Astral Shadow = Forms within, upon the model of which terrestrial spirits build Forms without = physical bodies.

The latter man is the man of gen. ii. When terrestrial spirits build the form of flesh on the Astral Model, Adam is said to be "clothed in the coat of skin." It is to this terrestrial man that Lord God (Lower creative Host) breathe the breath of life into the nostril, so to speak.

So Christain and Jewish Lord God, Jehovah, is no more than unintelligent guided lower creative force--as Host, as well as one of the Elohim.

An aside : so, this Lord God cannot be the Father in Heaven of Jesus as ecclesiastical Chritianity has made out, certainly...

(Bruce) --

Comments : The commonsense reading of the Bible points to polygenesis, as Bruce logically deduces,  and not at all monogensis as the literal reading of the Bible show. S.D. shows Cain and Abel of Gn. iv represent the first male and female humanity of early Atlantean (IV) Race, and Adam and Eve symbolise the type of III Root Race--highly spiritual and pure.
" It was the 'Golden Age' in those days of old, the age when 'gods walked on the earth, and mixed freely with mortals.' Since then, the gods departed (ie., became invisible), and later generations ended by worshipping their kingdoms--the Elements." (S.D. II 273).
These Rulers of the Elements, the Elohim of the Jews, who were the first divine Instructors who incarnated among men and taught infant humanity all the arts and sciences.
"It was Atlanteans, the first progeny of semi-divine men after his separation into sexes--hence the first begotten and humanly born mortals--who became the first 'Sacrificers' to the god of matter. They stand in the far away dim past, in ages more than prehistoric, as the prototype on which the great symbol of Cain was built as the first anthropomorphists who worshiped form and matter. That worship degenerated very soon into  self-worship, thence led to phallicism, or that which reigns supreme to this day in the symbolism of every exoteric religion of ritual, dogma, and form. Adam and Eve became matter, or furnished the soil, Cain and Abel--the latter the life-bearing soil, the former 'the tiller of that ground or field.' " (273)

The way I am understanding it at the moment - and I'm open to persuasion re a different intepretation - is that just as there is more than one Adam, so there is also more than one Eve. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that there is both a 'spiritual' and a 'material' aspect of EVE, as well as a macrocosmic and microcosmic level. In "Isis Unveiled" HPB writes that Eve contains the spiritual and material seeds of all that is. This would suggest that she is the same as the Akasa - that spiritual essence or substance that permeates all space - the One Element. Would you agree?

The characteristis of Akasa is said to be SOUND, which may explain why in the Occult Doctrines Eve is sometimes linked with the Hindu Vach, or the Divine Voice. So at this level we are talking about an aspect of Eve which is Sophia, Wisdom, as identical to the Isis of the Egyptians who was the Divine Instructor of humanity. Here we see her linked with the Serpent or Dragon of Wisdom. Also, I believe HPB agrees with the Gnostics who state that Eve is the mother of the Gods and all living things.

But we also 'know' that the lower level of Akasa is the Astral Light, which Eliphas Levi states radiates a continual evil influence on Humanity. I would suggest this corresponds to the lower aspect of Eve and the serpent as 'tempter' of humanity. However, HPB points out that the astral light in itself is pure, but it is made impure by virtue of the fact that it reflects all the passions, lower desires, intentions and vile emanations of human beings. It is our own collective creations in the astral light which attract like to like and which we draw to ourselves by our own impulses.

At the macrocosmic level the spiritual substance/matter/mother/ Eve is born out of the left side of Adam Kadmon, the Logos - Kabalistically this would make her the equivalent to Binah on the Tree of Life. The triple logos in that system being Kether, Chochman and Binah. We might say then, that the spiritual EVE comes before the Adam which represents humanity on earth. The material aspect of Eve is, in a real sense, our own emanation as pointed out above and comes much later. In other words:

At the level of anthropogenisis, ie the physical stream of evolution, we are told that the allegory of Eve being made out of Adam's rib is an allegory of the physical third race, which became male and female, being created out of the second and androgynous bone-less Race. What happens at the physical stream of evolution would, I suspect, also happen in its own way at the psycho-spiritual level. At this level Eve represent that which is formed out of ourselves, our own thoughts, desires and intentions - in other words, out of our own 'rib'.

The Sufi poet Rumi made an astute observation. He wrote that each 'man' has to be born twice. The first time from our mother, the second from our own existence. This reflects both the physical and the psycho-spiritual levels of development. The latter being the web of destiny, either spiritual or that of the passions that each of us, like the spider, weaves out of its/our own substance.

Now, if we reflect on this a little more we may recall from our studies of the human constitution that over time we evolve two (at least) kinds of substances out of ourselves. The one is the Kama-rupa, the vehicle of desires and passions of the 'lower man'. The other is the 'heavenly substance' of our aspirational nature which after the death of the average human being is assimilated by Buddhi and goes to form the Spiritual Ego. Both of these are formed out of our own "Adam's rib", I would suggest, for each of us is Adam in our own lives. It is our very work of weaving that 'spiritual substance' (which goes into Devachan) which allows the 'Angel' (the Dhyani) 'above' us to reach 'down' and guide the human consciousness on earth. I'm sure most students of the SD are aware of the following passage from the SD, but it may be worth reading it again in the light of the above tentative suggestions.

"Those who believe in Karma have to believe in destiny, which, from birth to death, every man is weaving thread by thread around himself, as a spider does his cobweb; and this destiny is guided either by the heavenly voice of the invisible prototype outside of us, or by our more intimate astral, or inner man, who is but too often the evil genius of the embodied entity called man. Both these lead on the outward man, but one of them must prevail; and from the very beginning of the invisible affray the stern and implacable law of compensation steps in and takes its course, faithfully following the fluctuations. When the last strand is woven, and man is seemingly enwrapped in the net-work of his own doing, then he finds himself completely under the empire of this self-made destiny. It then either fixes him like the inert shell against the immovable rock, or carries him away like a feather in a whirlwind raised by his own actions, and this is -- KARMA." (Secret Doctrine Vol. 1, Page 639)

best wishes,


Study point 9 is the Temptation

Gen 3:1-6 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord god had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave unto her husband with her; and he did eat.


SD I: 247 The Adam of dust requires the SOUL OF LIFE to be breathed into

him: the two middle principles which are the SENTIENT life of the irrational animal and the Human Soul, for the former is irrational without the latter. It is only when, from a potential androgyne, man has become seperated into male and female, that he will be endowed with this conscious, rational, individual Soul, (MANAS) "the principle, or the intelligence of the Elohim," to recieve which, he has to eat of the fruit of Knowledge from the Tree of Good and Evil

So who or what is this serpent? Jews and Christians believe it is the Devil. HPB's insights give quite the opposite understanding:

SD I: 414 The great Serpent of the Garden of Eden and the 'Lord God" are identical.

SD I: 73 The "Dragon of Wisdom" is the One, the "Eka" (Sanskrit) or Saka. It is curious that Jehovah's name in Hebrew should also be One, Echod. "His name is Echod" :say the Rabbins. The philologists ought to decide which of the two is derived from the other--linguistically and

symbolically: surely, not the Sankrit? The "One" and the Dragon are expressions used by the ancients in connection with their respective Logoi. Jehovah--esoterically (as Elohim)--is also the Serpent or Dragon that tempted Eve, and the "Dragon" is an old glyph for "Astral Light"

(Primordial Principle), "which is the Wisdom of Chaos."

So the same "god" who commanded Adam and Eve (note: we say Eve at this point, but the Bible only refers to her at this point as "the woman". We haven't gotten to that point where she is named yet) not to eat of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, that same "god" then tempts them to do so and finally will punish them for so doing?

We have to go on a bit.

BTW Great post on Eve Peter! Also the material Dallas and other anonymous students have posted should really be helping at this point.

Gen 3: 7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and the sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

I have found no references in Theosophy to the making of aprons. Both the Masons and the Mormons make a great deal out of aprons but HPB appears to be silent unless I missed something. Can anyone offer anything here?

Gen 3:8-19 And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day; and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.

And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because i was naked; and I hid myself.

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

And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest me to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that rhou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life. And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

More on the serpent:

SD II: 388 The "Serpent," moreover was not Satan, but the 'bright Angel' on of the ELOHIM clothed in radiance and glory, who, promising the woman that if they ate of the forbidden fruit "ye shall not surely die," kept his promise, and made man immortal in his INCORRUPTIBLE NATURE. He is the Iao of the mysteries, the chief of the Androgyne creators of men. Chapter iii. contains (esoterically) the withdrawal of the veil of ignorance that closed the perceptions of the Angelic Man , made in in image of the "Boneless" gods, and the opening of his consciousness to his real nature; thus showing the bright Angel (Lucifer) in the light of a giver of Immortality, and as the "Enlightener."

More on the "Fall" inself:

SD II: 513 The FALL was the result of MAN'S KNOWLEDGE, for his "eyes were opened." Indeed he was taught Wisdom and the hidden knpwlwdge by the "Fallen Angel," for the latter had become from that day his MANAS, Mind and Self-consciousness.

SD II: 410-411 Creative powers in man were the gift of divine wisdom, not the result of sin. This is clearly instanced in the paradoxical behaviour of Jehovah, who first CURSES Adam and Eve (or Humanity) for the supposed committed crime, and then BLESSES his "chosen people" by saying "Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth" (Gen ix. 1). The curse was not brought on mankind by the Fourth Race, for the comparatively sinless Third Race, the still more gigantic Antediluvians, had perished in the same way; hense the Deluge was no punishment, but simply the result of a periodic and geological law. Nor was the curse of KARMA called down upon them for seeking NATURAL union, as all the mindless animal-world does it in its proper seasons; but, for abusing the creative power, for desecrating the divine gift, and wasting the life-essence for no purpose except bestial personal gratification. When understood, the third chapter of Genesis will be found to refer to the Adam and Eve of the closing Third and the commencing Fourth Races. In the beginning , conception was as easy for woman as it was for all animal creation. Nature had never intended that woman should bring forth her young ones "in sorrow." Since that period, however, during the evolution of the Fourth Race, there came enmity between its seed, and the "Serpent's" seed, the seed or product of KARMA and divine wisdom. For the seed of woman or lust, BRUISED THE HEAD of the seed of THE FRUIT OF WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE, by turning the holy mystery of procreation into animal gratification; hence the law of Karma "bruised the heel" of the Atlantean race, by gradually changing physiologically, morally, physically, and mentally, the whole nature of the Fourth Race of mankind, until, from the healthy King animal creation of the Third Race, man became in the Fifth, our race, a helpless, scrofulous being, and has now become the wealthiest heir on the globe to constitutional and hereditary diseases, the most consciously and intelligent bestial of all animals.

Note on above: "scrofulous" means morally corrupt, degraded.


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