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solomon levi
03-25-2012, 02:32 AM
I was watching some Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth.
I really liked his presentation on this topic.
I'll have to paraphrase, but this was the gist:

Adam ate from the tree of knowledge/duality thus expelling himself from
the garden of unity. It was not a punishment. It is the exit from unity -
the entrance of dual/polar life.
The tree of Buddha, or the tree Christ was crucified on, are the tree of life -
the return to unity, the exit from duality.

This is accurately what he said - I haven't substituted any words - he used the words
unity and duality. I like it.