In the Book of Genesis it says that Adam and Eve ate the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. This means that they were not content to know only the spirit, they also wanted to descend onto the level of matter. So they began the downward journey and, in this way, through joys and sorrows, sickness and health, their main object of study for millions of years has been evil.
The Downward Path
They could have stayed in Paradise. They could have been content to eat the fruit of the Tree of Everlasting Life. But curiosity got the better of them and they wanted to see what it was like down below, and it was this that led them to suffer from the cold, darkness, sickness and death.
And humanity is still on the downward path. Some religions call this downward path ‘original sin,’ but it can also be interpreted as the choice of a certain course of studies. Yes, when they ate the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of God and Evil, they embarked on a course of studies, and a very difficult course it is, for it requires them to confront a subject-matter which grows ever more dense.
One fine day humans will begin to study Good not Evil
But what is wrong with that? Human beings wanted to descend in order to learn; they did so and now they are immersed in their studies and beginning to understand what kind of hell they have got themselves into. So, for the moment they are studying Evil, but one fine day they will go back to where they came from and begin to study Good.
I know what cosmic intelligence has in mind, and I know that when human beings have learned to control and master matter thanks to the work of their five senses, they will soar upwards again and start to develop their spiritual senses.
All of you, therefore, who want to make progress on the path of evolution, should limit and reduce the sensations you receive through your five senses and start to look within yourselves. Your inner landscape is vast and very rich, but you have to search for its abundant treasures.
Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
Izvor Book 219, Man’s Subtle Bodies and Centres
Chapter 1 Human Evolution and the Development of The Spiritual Organs