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ADI DA SAMRAJ: In the ancient Jewish story of the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve are penalized for taking the fruit of the Tree that would give them the unique knowledge that would put them on a par with “God”. 

In the myths of the ancient Greeks, Icarus and Prometheus are punished for “getting too close” to the sun and to fire—and, when Bellerophon rides his winged horse, Pegasus, up to the dwelling place of the gods, he is thrown down, because he presumed he could attain the status of the gods. 

Likewise, Jesus of Galilee is, according to tradition, said to have been crucified for claiming Oneness with the Divine. As these famous examples (along with many other examples) indicate, the traditions of the West are typically associated with the prohibition against higher knowledge and Realization.
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