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Under the appellations of the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is concealed the great arcanum of antiquity--the mystery of equilibrium. The Tree of Life represents the spiritual point of balance--the secret of immortality. The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, as its name implies, represents polarity, or unbalance--the secret of mortality. The Qabbalists reveal this by assigning the central column of their Sephirothic diagram to the Tree of Life and the two side branches to the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. "Unbalanced forces perish in the void," declares the secret work, and all is made known. The apple represents the knowledge of the procreative processes, by the awakening of which the material universe was established. The allegory of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden is a cosmic myth, revealing the methods of universal and individual establishment. The literal story, accepted for so many centuries by an unthinking world, is preposterous, but the creative mystery of which it is the symbol is one of Nature's profoundest verities. The Ophites (serpent worshipers) revered the Edenic snake because it was the cause of individual existence. Though humanity is still wandering in a world of good and evil, it will ultimately attain completion and eat of the fruit of the Tree of Life growing in the midst of the illusionary garden of worldly things. Thus the Tree of Life is also the appointed symbol of the Mysteries, and by partaking of its fruit man attains immortality.

Manly P. Hall / <cite>The Secret Teachings of all Ages</cite>

Male genitals are still called "the tree of life" by the Arabs, and a cross was one of the oldest diagrammatic images of male genitals.

Barbara G. Walker / <cite>The Woman&#039;s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets</cite>

This tree is indeed a Tree of Life, for without the higher and finer sentiments man does not life; he merely exists. If any branch of that tree does not bear fruit, the Master tells us that it shall be cut off and cast into the fire. It is the duty of all living things to produce some truly constructive labor as recognition of the divine life which is within them. God is most glorified when His children glorify His spirit within themselves.

Manly P Hall / <cite>What the Ancient Wisdom Expects of Its Disciples</cite>

There are two great systems in the body of man: the tree of life, which is the arterial with its roots in the heart; and, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, i.e. the nervous system, which has its roots in the brain. These two "trees" are physical manifestations of a complicated network of branching energy currents in the aura or superphysical bodies.

Manly P Hall / <cite>How to Understand Your Bible</cite>

The tree of Knowledge was forbidden Adam for it was not the intention of the Gods (Elohim) to have man partake of the secrets, even as a southern slaveholder could baptize and convert a hundred slaves to Christianity and not share the proceeds of his plantation with any one of them.

Henry Binkley Stein / <cite>Thirty Thousand Gods Before Jehovah</cite>

The etymology of this word Yggdrasil explains this myth which coincides definitely with the theme of this book. Yggdr was a name for Odin and it meant thot: as and il have previously been shown to mean both god and light. Ash also means light. Thus the thot of the gods of light encircles the earth as a tree of light with branches or god empires established all over the world and with roots or origins in heaven the home of the gods where wisdom and knowledge existed as a source or root. Thus Yggdrasil was the tree of knowledge which was forbidden to the occupants of the garden of Eden (Woden, Odin, Weden, Wednesday, Eden, Garden of Eden).

Henry Binkley Stein / <cite>Thirty Thousand Gods Before Jehovah</cite>

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