Tree of knowledge
The Tree of Knowledge is the heart of everything. The ancient Egyptians said that the human brain is where decisions are made and our hearts know good and evil, right and wrong (Pinch, 2002). Actually, these abilities are definitely linked, and together they form the Tree of Knowledge. In the Way (= spiritual path), the Tree of Knowledge is a section of timeless, universal Knowledge about Cosmos and Ethics, which are together known as the Rules of Creation (Davies, Brooke, & Callaway, 2002) (also see below). In other words: the concepts Tree of Knowledge and Rules of Creation are used by House of Truth interchangeably.
We can call the whole universe the All, which is also called Father-Mother (Three Initiates, 1912). Father is the Knowledge, the masculine aspect of the All. Father (also Truth) is primary, still and permanent – it will never refine, because it is already perfect (1QS 3, 15-17 / Dead Sea Scrolls; The Secret Book of John; The Hypostasis of the Archons; The Gospel of Philip). Mother is correspondingly the aspect of the All that refines and moves. The Mother aspect is taught in the Tree of Life article.
The Zohar and some others books of scripture teach us that to have an understanding of the hidden Knowledge actually means to understand the Rules of Creation. It is a common phrase that to understand the present and the future, one needs to understand the past – all the way to that point when the World was created. This Knowledge is also known as the Law of the First and the Law that was at the beginning. Jesus spoke about this Law e.g. in Matthew 5:17-20. The Egyptians used the term ma’at or ma’et to describe this cosmic law together with truth, justice, righteousness, order and balance (Pinch, 2002).
We need to understand that Father (= Knowledge, and = Truth) is divided into two aspects; Laws of Cosmos and Ethics (Davies, Brooke, & Callaway, 2002). These aspects are about the ability to understand the difference between good and evil, or we may say the difference between correct and false. House of Truth suggests that those persons, who know the difference, know it in both worlds – the Laws of Cosmos guide us in the physical world, and Ethics in the mental one. The book Kybalion calls the Laws of Cosmos the Principles of Nature (Three Initiates, 1912).
The Rules of Creation is the first and the last concept for each of us to study and to understand. At first, it is enough to understand that there is some sort of universal Law that can explain all the mysteries, scripture and history of mankind (see e.g. Wisdom texts of Dead See Scrolls). The Cosmos was created by the Law and this is the same rule which Jesus and many other religious and scientific characters have taught us. E.g. Leonardo da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton, Sir Thomas Young, Benjamin Franklin, Nikola Tesla, Plato, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, Krishna, Laozi, Krishnamurti, and many other prophets and teachers of wisdom have dedicated their lives to learning and teaching the Rules of Creation.
As said, the Rules of Creation are divided into the Laws of Cosmos and Ethics. Ethics is mostly taught by the religious teachers and the Laws of Cosmos by scientists. However, the Law says that extremes in any form are never good, which is why it is important to accept a sort of naive and curious attitude to learning about all kinds of phenomena equally. No person, nation or information should be judged beforehand. One must stop criticizing and looking for fault and error. We should rather look for similarities and new Knowledge about everything.
In addition to the Rules of Creation, the terms Above and Below are parts of the Knowledge. Above and Below are mentioned e.g. in the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus. Jesus uses the terms Earth and the Heaven referring to these same aspects. Leonardo da Vinci studied them as macrocosm and microcosm without an access to the true alchemy through microscopes etc. Nowadays we have the tools for learning the sciences of giant and tiny things.