Falsehood - Egyptians worshipped the sun
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- Facts and Falsehoods anout Egyptian spirituality
- Full text of major Egyptian scriptures
- Ma'at: The 11 Laws of God
Facts and Falsehoods about Egyptian Spirituality
Fact - They worshipped the divine spirit in the sun. For the ancient Kemau (peoples of ancient Kemet) the sun was/is a symbol of the life giving power of the Creator. If you walk into a Church and see people gathered around the altar praying and crying and dancing you would not say that they are worshipping the altar. But coming close to the altar is a physical expression of coming close to God in the mind and spirit of the worshipper. It is the same with the Kemau and the sun, but we have been indoctrinated to believe that they worship the sun by those who want to think they are the only one's who know God.
Falsehood - Egyptians are polytheist
Fact - The Kemau recognized one Creator of all things and they worshipped him/her in many different aspects according to his/her attributes as they manifested in the lives of the people. The Israelites would later (many thousands of years later) follow this same practice when they called God by many names--Jehovah Jireh, Jehovah Rafah, Jehovah Shalom, etc. By demonizing the Kemau the Israelites did not have to acknowledge their spiritual indepttedness to them.
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Thoth, also known to the Kenau as Tehuti and to the Greeks as Hermes, is the god-principle of wisdom and writing.The main scriptures of the Egyptians is known as the Book of Going Forth By Day or the Pert Em Heru. It was erroneously called The Book of the Dead by European egyptologists. One might wonder why there are no African egyptologists. There are numerous Africans who are experts in ancient Egypptian studies. However, the term "egyptology" is European in its essence and does not recognize the spiritual legacy left by our ancestors.
Full Text of Egyptian Scriptures
Below you will find links to several internet copies of Kemetic scriptures. To return to the Spirituality page click the link above.
Pert Em Heru
Knowing the Evolutions of Ra
The Emerald Tablets of Thoth
The Instructions of Ptah
Ma'at is the Kemetic god-principle that represents law, order and love. it is interesting that they put law and love together in the same principle because in their philosophical view law was not about force and punishment. Instead it is/was the natural outcome of love which is, in the words of Ra Un Nefer Amen 1 , the expression of our oneness with each other and with God.
Ma'at: The 11 Laws of God
Unlike the 10 Commandments the 11 laws of God are not a finite list of Dos and Donts. Instead, they are principles which the Creaor set in motion so we can live a victorious life if we live by them.
Western culture has programmed us to go from pleasure to pain, pleasure to pain according to circumstances outside our control. We seek to maximize the circumstances that bring us pleasure and minimize the ones that bring us pain.
Kemetic spirituality teaches us that many of the emotions we experience are programmed reactions to circumstances. The Creator has given us the tools to deprogram and reprogram our reactions so we can instead respond in a way that is conducive to our spiritual, emotional, mental and physical health. We go from pleasure to peace to pleasure to peace. Isn't faith enough to do all this? Don't be afraid to be honest. We know many people who believe very strongly that God has provided all their needs and yet they have no lasting joy or self control because they are constantly waylayed by emotional ups and downs So we must learn to rise above emotions.
The Kemau recognized the Self as the true individual with the personality as the part of our makeup which houses our emotions and can be programmed.Society has already programmed us through the media to be "conformed to this world." Isn't it time for us to start prograamming ourselves to be "transformed by the renewing of our minds?"
Here are the 11 laws. For a full explanation of these principles be sure to pick up a copy of Amen's book Ma'at: The 11 Laws of God.
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0. Law of Amen
You were created in the likeness of a peace which cannot be disturbed. Regain your original state of peace to attain to your reason for coming into existance--the enjoyment of life.
1. Law of Ausar
Your nature is an unconquerable peace. Therefore, nothing and no one in the world can be against you. All experiences come to you to promote your reclamation of peace, that you may in turn acquire wisdom and power.
2. Law of Tehuti
When your thoughts, feelings and actions reflect the Word of God then the power of Godís spirit and a peace that nothing can challenge will flow through your being.
3. Law of Sekher
When the emotions of Man manifest in respense to the Word of God they have the power to influence any and all events in the world.
4. Law of Maíat
God needs you in order to come into the world. Fulfilling Godís need is the highest act of love and only through your love for God can you fulfill your love for others. Become Godís love in the world for the protection of the world.
5. Law of Herukhutt
Know that God neither punishes nor rewards nor protects. You will have the comfort of controlling these for yourself.
6. Law of Heru
You have the power but not the right to ignore Godís law. Choose to follow Godís law with the love and joy that comes from understanding and the wisdom and power of Godís spirit will flow through your being.
7. Law of Het-Heru
It is not what you imagine but who is imagining. Are you a human or a divine being?
8. Law of Sebek
Itís not what you think or affirm. Itís who is thinking or affirming. Are you a human or divine being?
9. Law of auset
Prepare to sacrifice everything to become the vessel of God on earth and you will, in trn, receive everything.
10. Law of Geb
Know that from heaven you came and to heaven you will return; seek not enduring works on earth.
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1 Ra Un Nefer Amen is the premiere authority on Kemetic spirituality. He is the author of many books, including Metu Neter Vol 1 and 2 and Ma'at: The 11 Laws of God .He is also founder and Sheqhem ur Sheqhemu (King of Kings) of the Ausar/Auset Society which has chapters in many cities across the United States.
Copyright 2006 by Rhonda Johnson. All rights reserved.