GOOD QUESTION "Wasn't there a serpent right there in Paradise? And if Eve had been perfectly happy beforehand, would she have listened to temptation?" - William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)
Gratitude: https://dharmalog.com/"And he (Adam) saw the woman beside him. And in that moment the luminous Epinoia
appeared, and she lifted the veil which lay over his mind. And he became sober from the
drunkenness of darkness. And he recognized his counter-image, and he said, 'This is indeed bone
of my bones and flesh of my flesh.' Therefore the man will leave his father and his mother, and he
will cleave to his wife, and they will both be one flesh. For they will send him his consort, and he
will leave his father and his mother ... (3 lines unreadable)
"And our sister Sophia (is) she who came down in innocence in order to rectify her deficiency.
Therefore she was called Life, which is the mother of the living, by the foreknowledge of the
sovereignty of heaven. And through her they have tasted the perfect Knowledge. I appeared in the
form of an eagle on the tree of knowledge, which is the Epinoia from the foreknowledge of the
pure light, that I might teach them and awaken them out of the depth of sleep. For they were both
in a fallen state, and they recognized their nakedness. The Epinoia appeared to them as a light; she
awakened their thinking.
"And when Yaltabaoth noticed that they withdrew from him, he cursed his earth. He found the
woman as she was preparing herself for her husband. He was lord over her, though he did not
know the mystery which had come to pass through the holy decree. And they were afraid to
blame him. And he showed his angels his ignorance which is in him. And he cast them out of
paradise and he clothed them in gloomy darkness. And the chief archon saw the virgin who stood
by Adam, and that the luminous Epinoia of life had appeared in her. And Yaltabaoth was full of
ignorance. And when the foreknowledge of the All noticed (it), she sent some and they snatched
life out of Eve.
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