In the Hebrew and Christian Bible, the first book of Genesis depicts God creating the world and mankind. Many faithful believe this to be a true depiction of real ontological existence. However, it actually contains a deeply esoteric description of the mind whose true meaning can be known to advanced spiritual practitioners. Today, we will explain these secrets.
- “And God said: ‘Let there be light.’ And there was light.” Genesis 1:3
Before any type of creation, there is always sound. Therefore, meditation on sound is one way of bringing the mind to the original point of creation. This is part of the Kabbalist meditation on the Tetragrammaton YHVH (יהוה). In Buddhism, this is the specific practice that awakened Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (觀世音菩薩),also known as Kannon or Guanyin, whose name translates to “Listener of Sound.”
- “And God created man in His own image.” Genesis 1:27
Here, Adam and Eve represent the human mind. The true meaning is that the original nature of the mind is equivalent to God. In Buddhism, this is the notion of the boundlessly compassionate Tathagatagarbha, or Buddha-nature that underlies all sentient beings.
- “Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed… and every tree… to you it shall be for food.” Genesis 1:28-29
These are explicit instructions from God proscribing a plant-based vegan diet for spiritual practice–the same diet practiced by Hindu, Jain, Buddhist, and Taoist adepts for thousands of years.
- “And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from the man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man.” Genesis 1:22
The original form of mind is neither solely masculine nor feminine, but encompasses the creative aspects of both sexes. In Tibetan Buddhism, this is known as yabyum, the union of compassion and wisdom. In Taoism, this is the principle of the taiji (太極), which depicts the union of feminine yin (陰) and masculine yang (陽).
- “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it; for in the day that thou shalt surely die.” Genesis 1:16-17
The original wisdom of the mind is obscured by dualistic knowledge. When we believe in the illusion of separateness, we begin to sort things out into desires and aversions. This creates the distorted worldview that leads to the struggling, suffering, and clinging that produces cyclic birth and death, known in Judaism as gilgulim and in Buddhism as samsara.
We will go into further depth of how cyclic birth and death actually works, and more esoteric meanings in Christianity in future posts.