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Jacolliot, Louis - The Bible In India - 03 The Fall according to Shaivism

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024725

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

Ramatsariar - texts and commentaries on the Vedas

The vegetation which they had seen from far, was but a delusive mirage, raised by the prince of the Rakchasos to tempt them to disobedience.

Adima threw himself, weeping, upon the naked sands, but Héva came to him, and threw herself into his arms, saying, 'Do not despair; let us rather pray to the Author of all things, to pardon us.'

And as she thus spoke there came a voice from the clouds, saying :

‘Woman, thou hast only sinned from love to thy husband, whom I commanded thee to love, and thou hast hoped in Me.

I pardon thee, and him also for thy sake ! But you may no more return to the abode of delight which I had created for your happiness. Through your disobedience to my commands, the spirit of evil has obtained possession of the earth. Your children, reduced to labour and to suffer by your fault, will become corrupt and forget Me.

But I will send Vischnou, who shall incarnate himself in the womb of a woman, and shall bring to all, the hope and the means of recompense in another life, in praying to Me to soften their ills.'

They arose consoled, but ever after subjected by painful labour, to obtain their subsistence from the earth.

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Louis Jacolliot - The Bible In India - The Fall according to Shaivism
Commentary

How grand, how logical, and how simple, this beautiful Hindoo legend!  The Redeemer, Christna, will be born of a woman to reward Héva for having neither despaired of God, nor had the first idea of offence, in which she was only an accomplice from love to him whom the Creator had commanded her to love.
This is beautiful and consoling.
Behold here the veritable Eve, and we understand that one of her daughters may afterwards become the mother of a redeemer.
How is it that the awkward composer of the Hebrew Genesis could not transcribe this version without mutilation?

Was it from forgetfulness or design, that the woman is charged by Moses with the whole weight of original sin ?

We hesitate not to declare it intentional, and from cowardly deference to the manners of the age, that the Hebrew legislator thus falsified the ancient tradition of the East.

 

The source of the experience

Shaivism

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Symbols

Adam
Eve
Paradise

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Commonsteps

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