Paradise legend

From Anthroposophy


Seth's journey to paradise for the three seeds from the Tree of Life

Tree of Paradise <-> Christian legend about Cross of Christ

also called the Golden Legend (originating from the fourth degree in rosecrucian initiation called the 'golden degree', referring to finding the Philosopher's stone)

Paradise Legend

The Paradise Legend relates to the period in the Lemurian epoch of the Luciferic infection and its consequences. Man gained consciousness of the sensory world, the two genders appeared, as well as physical incarnation and the process of reincarnation. This is referred to as the 'Fall of Man' and the 'original sin'.

God had placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden where He had planted 'the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil'. He warned Adam on penalty of death not to eat the fruit of this tree. However, the serpent (Lucifer) came to Eve and tempted her to eat of the fruit of the tree, telling her that if she did, her eyes would be opened and she would be like the gods, knowing good and evil (Gen. 3:1ff.). Being tempted, Eve ate the forbidden fruit and gave some also to Adam. 'And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked ...' (Gen. 3:7). Because Adam and Eve had disobeyed His command, and see­ing that they might eat of the fruit of the Tree of Life that grew in the Garden of Eden and become as gods, the Lord laid punishments upon them both and banished them from the Garden of Eden. Because of the sin of Eve, He decreed that thereafter all women should bear their children in pain and should be subject to their husband. Because Adam had likewise sinned, God decreed that henceforth man should earn his bread by the sweat of his brow. And He said to Adam: `... dust thou art, and unto dust shall thou return' (Gen. 3:19).


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1905-05-29

1906-12-17-GA096

1907-05-21-GA284

1907-06-29-GA100 - Golden Legend characterized as having provided subject for occult instruction since ancient times, Seth could see into the end of times when the harmony between the two principles of Mankind (the two trees, red and purple blood represented in the two pillars of the temple) would be established

1907-11-25-GA100

1913-03-25-GA145

1915-12-19-GA165

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