And then, the serpent is the first teacher of humanity, the first education system. That serpent – that is the first demagogue, the first academician. He has taught the trick of knowledge: he persuaded Eve to eat. He could not persuade Adam directly. Why could he not persuade Adam directly? Why had he to persuade Eve first? Eve is more vulnerable. Women are always more vulnerable, more open, soft. They can be taken anywhere by anybody; they are more suggestible; they can be hypnotized more easily than man. The serpent persuaded the woman. He was not only the first academician, he was the first salesman too. And he did well.
But he was not wrong. Whatsoever he was saying he was right. He was saying. “You will become knowledgeable, you will know what is what. Without eating this fruit you will never know what is what.”
There is a kind of knowing which is totally different: you know and yet you cannot know what is what. It is a very diffused kind of knowing. It does not categorize, it toes not divide, it is non-analytical. Adam must have lived in that non-analytical innocence. Science was not possible; religion was there – showering all over. Adam must have been a mystic before he ate from the Tree of Knowledge – as every child is a mystic. Every child is a born mystic then we drag him towards the school and the education and the serpent. The serpent is the civilization, the culture, the conditioning.
And the serpent is such a cunning animal that the metaphor seems to be perfect. Such a crooked animal, so slippery – just like logic. You can’t decide where it is moving. And it moves without legs; it has no legs to move. But it goes so fast. It is exactly like untruth. It has no legs that’s why the untruth has always to borrow legs from truth; that’s why every untrue statement tries hard to prove that it is true. Those are the borrowed legs.
The serpent, the first teacher, the first academician, convinced Eve, and naturally Eve could easily convince Adam. The woman has always been powerful over the man – whatsoever man goes on thinking is irrelevant, notwithstanding what man pretends. Man goes on pretending that he is more powerful, that is simply nonsense. And the woman allows the man to think it – it is perfectly okay, let him think. It does not change the situation. The woman has remained powerful.
And there is a reason…. The feminine is more powerful than the masculine; the soft is more powerful than the hard; the voter is more powerful than the rock. You an ask Lao Tzu who is a man of knowing. He knows. He is not a man of knowledge but he knows. And he says that if you want to become infinitely powerful become feminine, become passive. The passive is always more powerful, more pregnant than the active – that’s why man does not become pregnant. He is desert-like. The woman has the capacity to become pregnant, she is potential. She carries life; she can contain life in her. She can contain many lives in her.
Adam falls into the trap, becomes interested. He must have thought that if he becomes more knowledgeable he will become more active, he will know more. He must have become ambitious. That’s what the serpent has done. The serpent has said, “If you eat you will become like gods, powerful like gods – that’s why God has prohibited you to eat. He is afraid. He is jealous.”
Each son thinks the same way – that the father is jealous of him, that he is afraid of him, that he wants him never to become as powerful as he is so he always remains in control.