God is the ultimate Truth. The nature of the lover is to seek Truth. Truth can be found only through the Logos: Pure Reason, the True Logic, the Foundation of Conscience, the Intuition of the Righteous. That is why, from the beginning, there was the Word.
In the beginning there was the Word, the Logos. It’s the Word embodied in Jesus Christ. But it is also the Word breathed into the Primordial Adam, that granted Reason to humanity. It is in this sense that the figures of Adam and Jesus occupy similar stations, as they both interiorize the Word: “Verily, the likeness of Jesus in God’s Sight is the likeness of Adam. He created him from dust, then said to him: ‘Be!’-and he was’’ (Quran 3:59).
The primordial Adam has the likeness of Jesus. But he is also the First Man and “becomes” a prophet, in the aftermath of eating from the Tree of Knowledge.
How does this come about? It is because everything in the cosmos worships God in Love, everything is fashioned in Love, including Mankind. It is because the true nature of mankind is to love – but to love through seeking.
Mankind’s function, as a part of the creation, is to love. But each aspect of the creation loves in a particular mode. The Children of Adam love in the most privileged of modes: their mode is delivered as a love song of yearning for the Face (walking the path, Being unfolding, searching for the Truth). This mode of love, the delivery of the love song, is the most privileged becausee it is the deepest of loves. Other aspects of creation do not sing this song: it is for us alone, the greatest of gifts that God grants us.
This is why Adam was compelled to eat from the Tree: God transforms Adam’s nature of necessity, to complete the creation of Man. It is with the eating of the fruit that the primordial Adam becomes the first Man. The primordial Adam ceases to be One with God (in the likeness of Christ, the Word, breathed by God) in order to give rise to mankind. Adam-as-Logos must be sublimated into Adam-as-Man, because the Logos does not Search, the Logos is One with God. So, it is ordaned that Adam will eat the forbidden fruit, because the Realm of Knowledge is where the search begins, and our purpose is to Seek, because that is the special nature of Mankind’s love.
But the Logos is sublimated in our hearts, not taken away from us. The body of Christ is with us, we subsist on the bread of Christ, from the beginning. It never left us. But the precondition of being a knowing agent, a human, in the world is logic and reason. The precondition of any searching is logic and reason. And the preconditon of reason is writing (the angel instructs the Seal ﷺ, “Write!”), and writing demands that the Word be sublimated within us. That is, to consume from the Tree of Knowledge, the Logos must be buried within our hearts. To fulfill our divine purpose as lovers in the Search, to be the “Men of reason” addressed in the Quran, Adam’s primordial nature is therefore sublimated, not taken away from him.
Thus eating from the Tree is not a fall from grace, but rather is the origin of our sweetest pain, this gracious unfolding of love, the people’s Cosmic Romance. Rather, the story is the original Divine Mercy to humankind. Mankind’s love for the Beloved is our pain, because we are expelled from the garden. But it is also our greatest blessing, because through sublimation of the Logos, we are afforded the power of Reason to search for our Love (to walk the right path). The greatest blessing is that God fashions us to love God. Separation entails sublimation. Sublimation affords reason. And reason leads to love. Pain is intrinsic to this configuration, as the characteristic of separation and yearning is pain. Therein lies the true meaning of the Sidharta Buddha’s statement that “Life is suffering.” A clarification is to say “Life is Romance”, because this configuration is the configuration of Cosmic Romance, as it is born of Mercy and is the necessary condition for human love. The expulsion from the garden, the sublimation of the Logos, the journey home: this is the sweet pain of human existence, our Cosmic Romance.
So the Logos is buried within his heart, as it is within all his children. This is what is meant when God grants forgiveness to Adam in the Quran. Divine Forgiveness, the Mercy of God as Al-Rahim, the cosmic raprochement is unlike human forgiveness because it comes from a Lover that is beyond its subjects’ temporality: consequently, forgiveness takes the form of a pre-ordained path, intrinsic to our very essense as human beings. This is why the first Man is also the first Light that will guide mankind on the path. The Divine Mercy fulfills itself through prophetology. Adam’s transfiguration, and our creation, is complete when he becomes the first prophet of mankind. Adam is a prototype for all successive prophets, up and including the Seal ﷺ: these are the best of Slaves, the best of the Seekers, being the closest a human can stand to the externalised Hand of God (the Holy Spirit), while still remaining within the configuration of Cosmic Romance.
The Word was made external once more, and will be externalised again at the end of Time, in the incarnation of Jesus. People sometimes say that the Son of Man “redeems” the action of the original Man. But redemption is the wrong word. Rather, we should say the revealing of the Logos embodied in Jesus informed the people of the Good News that the Word exists within each of us, inasmuch as the people of Reason subsist on it on their journey to see the Face.
This is what is meant when Jesus teaches us about Body of Christ, and the secret of the Eucharist. “I am the bread that gives life. No one who comes to me will ever be hungry. No one who has faith in me will ever be thirsty.”
The Logos continues to be sublimated to our status as seekers, but the search for the Beloved is led by Infinite Mercy. The incarnation in the form of Jesus serves to remind us that we subsist as branches on the Vine of Logos, that Reason will cultivate the Wine of Love from the fruitful branches, and that those whose souls are closed to Reason will become dry branches, discarded. The Son of Man: the Truth of God’s Word breathed into the hearts of the children of Adam. The very nature of the Son of Man reminds us, establishes and demands an allegance of faith that, as children of Adam, the Kingdom of Heaven is within.
And this is why the Logos appears again at the End of Time. In the beginning there was the Word and the Word was with God: the word breathed into primordial Adam-as-Logos. The Word is later incarnated as Christ, to reveal the cosmology of Love, and demand us to look toward the Kingdom of Love in our journey. But the final coming signifies the End of Time because it is at this point that the Logos within is realised in fully and completely.
The Son of Man: the primordial Truth that, as Son, exists in potential within us, to emerge in and though our salvation.
Thereupon she pointed to him. They said, ‘How can we talk to one who is a child in the cradle?’ Jesus said, ‘I am a servant of God. He has given me the Book, and has made me a Prophet; And He has made me blessed wheresoever I may be, and has enjoined upon me Prayer and almsgiving so long as I live. And He has made me dutiful towards my mother, and has not made me arrogant and graceless; And peace was on me the day I was born, and peace will be on me the day I shall die, and the day I shall be raised up to life again.’ That was Jesus, son of Mary. This is a statement of the truth concerning which they entertain doubt. (Qur’an 19:30-35)
Verily, the likeness of Jesus in God’s Sight is the likeness of Adam. He created him from dust, then said to him: ‘Be!’-and he was (Qur’an 3:59).
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, ‘The Hour will not be established until the son of Mary descends amongst you as a just ruler, he will break the cross, kill the pigs, and abolish the jizya tax. Money will be in abundance so that nobody will accept it.’ (Sahih Bukhari Volume 3, Book 43, Number 656)