God saw his world, and wanted to share his joy; and he pondered as he viewed the vast ocean of life. He saw what appeared to be a loach and a serpent, which he picked as the precursors of human beings. From the vast ocean, he picked other living organisms that he thought would be good characteristics of the first man and wife. He added these good qualities to the loach and the serpent. From the earth, he selected the ingredients to house our souls, and from the heavens, he placed the pure heart (soul) of God into the loach and the serpent. In our prayer is the following:
This world’s earth and heaven as a model, I have created woman and man. This is the beginning to the world.
Then God said let there be life and joy, and the loach and serpent procreated seedling of precursors to human beings. This process taking millions of years, from fish like creatures, to amphibians, reptiles and finally to human beings.
But since the beginning of mankind, our hearts have become impure, contaminated with greed, arrogance and self-love. Our hearts are different than what was given to the first parents of mankind, the loach and serpent. Instead of joy that God had planned, mankind is suffering. God has again descended from heaven to teach us how we can regain the pure heart of God.