"Now the serpent was more subtle than
any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he
said unto the woman, Yes, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every
tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We
may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of
the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye
shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the
serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth
know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened,
and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. ... And the LORD God
said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman
said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. And the LORD God
said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed
above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly
shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy
seed and her seed; it shall bruise they head, and thou shalt bruise
his heel" (Genesis 3:1-15).
"...the god of this world hath
blinded the minds of them which believe not" (2 Corinthians 4:4).
"I fear, lest by any means, as the
serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be
corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ" (2 Corinthians
"And the great dragon was cast out,
that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the
whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were
cast with him. ... And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having
the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
And he lad hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil,
and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the
bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he
should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should
be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season"
(Revelation 12:9; 20:1-3).
Self-Realisation / the Divine/God Within
"And the serpent said unto the woman,
Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat
thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods,
knowing good from evil. And when the woman saw that the tree
was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree
to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and
did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were
naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves
aprons. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in
the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid
themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of
the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto
him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the
garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou
eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not
eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with
me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the LORD God
said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the
woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. (Genesis
"Unto the woman [God] said, I will
greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt
bring forth children; and they desire shall be to thy husband, and
he shall rule over thee. And unto Adam he said, Because thou
hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the
tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it:
cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shat thou eat of it all
the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth
to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of
the face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for
out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt
thou return" (Genesis 3:16-19).
"And the LORD God said, Behold, the
man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he
put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and
live forever: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden
of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So [God]
drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden if Eden
Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the
way of the tree of life" (Genesis 3:22-24).
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way,
the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me"
"There is none righteous, no, not
one: ... For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God"
"[B]y one man [Adam] sin entered into
the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for
that all have sinned" (Romans 5:12).
"If we say that we have no sin, we
deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our
sins he [God the Father] is faithful and just to forgive us our
sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:8-9).
Salute to the Sun
"And lest thou lift up thine eyes
unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the
stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship
them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all
nations under the whole heaven" (Deuteronomy 4:19).
"If there be found among you, ... man
or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy
God, in transgressing his covenant, and hath gone and served other
gods, and worshiped them, either the sun or moon, or any of the host
of heaven, which I have not commanded..." (Deuteronomy 17:2-3).
"Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen
this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater
abominations than these. And he brought me into the inner
court of the LORD's house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of
the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and
twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and
their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the
east" (Ezekiel 8:15-16).
"Professing themselves to be wise,
they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God
into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and
fourfooted beats, and creeping things. ... Who changed the truth of
God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the
Creator, who is blessed forever" (Romans 1:22,23,25).
"But when ye pray, use not vain
repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be
heard for their much speaking. Be ye not therefore like unto them"
"And be not conformed to this world:
but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may
prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect, will of God"
"For who hath known the mind of the
Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ" (1
"And be renewed in the spirit of your
mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in
righteousness and true holiness" (Ephesians 4:23-24).
"Let this mind be in you, which was
also in Christ Jesus:" (Philippians 2:5).
Meditation according to the Bible is
filled with content - such as the works, Word, and attributes of God:
"Blessed is the man [whose] delight
is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and
night" (Psalm 1:1-2).
"[M]y mouth shall praise thee with
joyful lips: When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee
in the night watches" (Psalm 63:5b-6).
"I will remember the works of the
LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate
also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings" (Psalm 77:11-12).
"I will meditate in thy precepts, and
have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I
will not forget thy word" (Psalm 119:15-16).
"[W]hatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever
things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are
of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise,
think on these things" (Philippians 4:8).
Karma / Reincarnation / Transmigration
Not karma and reincarnation or transmigration,
but judgement and resurrection to heaven or to hell:
"In the sweat of thy face shalt thou
eat bread, till thou return to the ground; for out of it wast thou
taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return" (Genesis
"For I know that my Redeemer liveth,
and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though
after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see
God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and
not another" (Job 19:25-27).
"One dieth in his full strength,
being wholly at ease and quiet. ... And another dieth in the
bitterness of his soul, ... They shall lie down alike in the dust,
and the worms shall cover them" (Job 21:23-26).
When one dies "His breath goeth
forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts
perish" (Psalm 146:4).
"All go unto one place; all are of
the dust, and all turn to dust again ... Wherefore I perceive that
there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own
works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what
shall be after him?" (Ecclesiastes 3:20,22).
"Remember now thy Creator in the days
of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh,
when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; While the sun, or
the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the
clouds return after the rain: In the day when the keepers of the
house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and
the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of
the windows be darkened, And the doors shall be shut in the streets,
when the sound of grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice
of the bird, and all the daughters of music shall be brought low;
Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears
shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the
grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail:
because man goeth to his long [eternity, perpetual, without end,
everlasting] home [grave], and the mourners go about the streets: or
ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the
pitcher broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit
shall return unto God who gave it" (Ecclesiastes 12:1-7).
"Verily, verily, I say unto, He that
heareth my word, and believeth on Him that sent me, hath everlasting
life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death
unto life" (John 5:24)
"But some man will say, 'How are the
dead raised up? and with what body do they come?' ... All flesh is
not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another
flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are
also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the
celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. ...
So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption;
it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonour; it is raised
in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown
a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural
body, and there is a spiritual body. ... that was not first which is
spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is
spiritual. ... Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot
inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit
incorruption. Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep,
but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an
eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead
shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this
corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on
immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption,
and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought
to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in
victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy
victory?" (1 Corinthians 15:35-55).
"For we know that if our earthly
house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God,
a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavenlies. For in this
we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house
which is from heaven. ... whilst we are at home in the body, we are
absent from the Lord: ... willing rather to be absent from the body,
and to be present with the Lord" (2 Corinthians 5:1-8).
"For we must all appear before the
judgement seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done
in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or
bad" (2 Corinthians 5:10).
"And as it is appointed unto men once
to die, but after this the judgement" (Hebrews 9:27).
"...thou shalt not
learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not
be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to
pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of
times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter
with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that
do these things are an abomination unto the LORD" (Deuteronomy
"Therefore thou hast
forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished
from the east, ... Their land also is full of idols; they worship
the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made"
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with
unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with
unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he
that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are
the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in
them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be
my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the
Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and
daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. Having therefore these
promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all
filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear
(2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1).
"Unto Adam also and to his wife did
the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them" (Genesis 3:21).
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy
laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in
heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:28-30).
"For God so loved the world, that he
gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should
not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).
"Be it known unto you all, ... that
... Neither is there salvation in any other [but Jesus Christ of
Nazareth]: for there is none other name under heaven given among
men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:10-12).
"For the wages of sin is death; but
the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord"
unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in
heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.