The Serpent

Above is a picture of the Serpent and the Tree of Knowledge (the
Amanita Muscaria Mushroom) from a 13th century fresco. From the book
"Soma, the Divine Mushroom of Immortality" by R. Gordon Wasson

(This is an excerpt from our Temple literature.)

"If our gospel does not penetrate the veil, then the veil is on those
who are not on the way to salvation; the unbelievers whose minds the god
of this world has blinded to stop them from seeing the Light shed by the
Good News of the glory of Christ..." (2 Corinthians, 4, 3)
	It was the Serpent's mission to open the eyes of the "blind". This
blindness was not a blindness to physical light, but a blindness to the
Light of the Spirit - the Light of the Psychedelic. This Light was seen by
eating the Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. Christ was the Serpent,
and opening the eyes of the blind to their nakedness was good.
	As was written in Revelations (3,17): "You say to yourself, 'I am rich,
I have made a fortune, and have everything I want', never realizing that
you are wretchedly and pitiably poor, and blind and naked too. I warn you,
buy from me the gold that has been tested in the fire to make you really
rich, and white robes to clothe you and cover your shameful nakedness, and
eye ointment to put on your eyes so that you are able to see."
	The above part from Revelations makes it clear that, just like St. Eve
and St. Adam, the people were naked but didn't know it and weren't
ashamed. But this is said to not be a good way to be, and being ashamed
and aware of (eyes opened to) this nakedness was said to be good.
	That is why King Jesus compared Himself to the Serpent (St. John,
3, 13): "...and the Son of Man must be lifted up as Moses lifted up the
Serpent in the desert, so that everyone who believes may have eternal Life
in Him."
	St. Paul shows this same thing in 1 Corinthians 15, 45: "As there
is a flesh body, so there is a spiritual body. Thus it is written, 'The
first man, Adam, became a flesh being, the last Adam a life-giving 
Spirit'; but the flesh, not the spiritual, comes first, and only then the
spiritual. Man the first is from the earth, material; Man the second is
from heaven. As man the material is, so are the material; as Man the
heavenly is, so are the heavenly."
	Or as Christ said again in St. John chapter 3, (just before the
part about that He must be lifted up as was the Serpent),"...what is born
of the flesh is flesh; what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be
surprised when I say: You must be born from above."
	There were 2 Adams: one evil and one good. The world thinks that
the good one was before eating from the Tree of Knowledge -the one who was
naked, but blind to his nakedness and not ashamed. Of course, the "first
Adam" was Adam before he ate from the Tree of Knowledge, and the "last
Adam" was after he ate. This last Adam was the one St. Paul called the
"life giving Spirit".