Garden of Eden, Bereishit Art — Parsha

“[But] you, soul at peace: return to your Lord well pleased and well pleasing; go in among My servants; and into My Garden.” (Qur’an 89:27–30)

The “garden” is a metaphor in every monotheistic religion’s Books, and is inherent in non-religious thinking as well. This is one of the most important universal archetypes that calls every human to the place of rest and well-being. It is the longed for place of fulfillment, of peace, the “promised land;” the eternal promise of life filled with hope, dreams, potential, lack of suffering, love, joy — a return back to the Garden of Eden walking with Allah. This is the future where the serpent has no power and the lion lays down with the lamb, where no evil resides, and goodness reigns in the everlasting Kingdom of Light. Some of the metaphors within the archetype of the garden are flowing clear streams, trees laden with ripe fruit, verdant pastures, and goblets of wine which express the metaphoric physical flourishing of the promised land in the context of spiritual flourishing: flowing rivers and streams represent never ending knowledge which comes from Allah, fruit trees represent the fullness of the ripened spirit which blesses others, verdant pastures symbolize land that has been rained on with Allah’s truth, and goblets of wine reveal Allah’s intent of our fruition on earth combined with His spiritual Truth, pressed through the winepress of suffering, and combined with His Spirit.

From movie clip, “12 Years a Slave”

The one who sleeps in the midst of a garden wants to be
awakened. But the one who sleeps in a prison, to be awakened is a nuisance. (Rumi)

Frithjof Schuon writing in an unpublished letter explores the allegory of the garden with the deeper understanding of that which is centered on the Divine Spirit will create the reflection of the archetype of the flourishing garden within their own soul:

Doomsday clock recently moved forward due to threat of nuclear annihilation

It is suffering that shoots streams of creativity out of my heart, and the brokenness of life that explodes my heart into its soul.