Level 1 Lesson 14 – Video – Intro to Shetaut Neter Parts 1 and 2
Some of the most significant and important points to me were:
-Setaut Neter is the oldest structured formal religion of mankind.
-It’s origin is traced to Nile Valley Civilization (Kemet) in the southern portion of modern Egypt with beginnings evidenced prior to 9000 B.C. The HorMAkhet (Sphinx) is the oldest physical evidence of highly organized developed religious practice in history.
-The ultimate question regarding the nature of life and existence itself is addressed through Stetaut Neter and is of importance to human beings worldwide.
-Shetaut Neter distinguishes itself from other belief systems and organizations such as Masons, New Age Spirituality, Judaism, Islam,.. etc because the practice of Setaut
Neter involves three components not found in totality in other belief systems. Those three components are myth, ritual and mysticism.
-The Sema Institute has two arms with one for education and the other for religious leadership training.
-The official term for the religion of Ancient Egypt is Neterianism.
-All the major religions were influenced by Neterianism (Sheter Neter).
-Historically the original peoples of ancient Egypt were the indigenous Africans as portrayed in paintings and sculptures of the period.
-The legacy of Shetaut Neter provides a counter cultural example to the current degraded cultures that proliferate in societies today.
-Shetaut Neter was refined as a spiritual teaching system in ancient times.
-Shetaut Neter addresses the human quest for understanding of self through the discovery of the ultimate reality of existence.
Several terms were defined such as:
1) Neterianism which is the practice of Shetaut Neter. The practitioners of Shetaut Neter are called Neterians.
2) The term Shemsu (Neter) was discussed and its meaning revealed as an individual that has adopted Shetaut Neter as the path to spiritual development.
3) Sheti was also discussed as a curriculum that focuses on the discovery of the nuanced meaning of the information contained in the practice of Shetaut Neter.
4) The Shetaut Wisdom Traditions were mentioned such as the Aset, Asar, Ptah, Amun, Aton, Ra.
5) The terms Neter and Neberdjer are defined as interchangeable and meaning that which is present in all things manifest.
-Essentially Neterianism involves practices to discover, through knowledge and experience, the true spiritual nature of human beings. The practices brings people to their essential nature inseparable from the Supreme Being. This realization allows one to recognize the error in identifying as just a physical being.
-One classification of ancient Egyptian literature is called the Wisdom Text. One example of literature in this category is called the Harper’s Songs. The Harper’s Songs speaks to topics such as the reason for one’s existence, the inevitability of the afterlife and existence in the afterlife.
-The essential philosophy of Shetaut Neter is for men and women to realize their connection to that which is at the foundation of creation. This realization enlarges ones concept from just a physical entity to an entity linked to the primal force (Neberdjer) and resulting forces (Neters) of the universe.
-Realization of the connection between people and their divine nature can be done in a single lifetime. Shetaut Neter prescribes the methodology.
Additional terms were discussed including:
1) Seba Ur which is the instrument used to open the mouth – symbolic of opening consciousness.
2) Sbai which is a Spiritual Preceptor.
3) Sbai Kheria which is an assistant to the instructor.
4) Sba which is a star and bringer of Enlightenment.
-The discussion points out, and I paraphrase here, that Shetaut Neter posits that the body is essentially a suit worn by the soul. When the body ceases to exist, like the worn out suit a person disgards, the soul moves on. One should not identify as the body but as the soul. The soul is immortal and capable of things not generally thought of as possible for people to attain.
-Imhoptep was an Ancient One with a trained and disciplined mind that allowed him to achieve spiritual union with God ( Nehast).
-The Six Main Traditions discussed earlier were taught in different parts of the country however the overall theology was consistent and cohesive throughout Kemet. Some traditions emphasized ritual while others wisdom and so forth.
-The Gods and Goddesses that originated from the Supreme Source are known as Pautti. All of creation is represented by the Pautti.
-Shetaut Neter should not be thought of as a polytheistic religion because a singular God is at the origin of the Pautti.
-The Pautti represent divine forces in nature as well as aspects of ourselves. Examining the Pautti gives insight into oneself. For example Set provides insight into egoism while Djehuti represents our wisdom facility.
-Anthropomorphic and Zoomorphic representations in ancient inscriptions were explained as representing various features and characteristics of divinities. The God Heru is represented with a hawks head meant to symbolize that Heru possesses hawk-like characteristics such as the ability to see sharply things far below from a perspective high above . The Goddess Isis is sometimes represented with wings associated with resurrection to a higher self. The Goddess Hetheru is sometimes represented as a cow which is associated with giving birth such as giving birth to creation.
-Amun, the Hidden One, is portrayed with blue/black skin signifying a being of higher consciousness. This representation is found in India’s religious iconography today.
-The Temple System of Ancient Kemet was described in the video. Three sections inside the Temple from front to back were 1) Peristyle court 2) Hypostyle court and 3) Holy of Holies. These three sections are symbolic of: conscious, subconscious and unconscious states of mind; waking, dream, and dreamless sleep states; myth, ritual and mystical phases of religion; the trinity of creation Ptah, Ra and Amun; the three levels of aspiration ( aspirant, striving and established) and the three levels of human existence (Mortals, Intelligences and Creators).
-The floor and ceiling rise and fall respectively as one progresses from front to back courts.
-The Holy of Holies represents the initial point of land that was created by God in duality and it is where the divine image is placed. Rooms adjacent to the Holy of Holies were known as rooms of fire and water which were rooms where Serpent Power meditations were practiced.
-Non-aspirants were not allowed inside the Temple.
-Temple entrance required purification and qualification.
-The Temple and adjacent areas served as universities and hospitals.
-A periodic processional ceremony with the Boat of Ra was conducted where the Boat was transported into the Temple by qualified persons. A version of this ceremony survived in Islamic culture.
-Rekhyt means common folk or non-clerical persons that typically offer praise, adoration, and devotional practices outside the Temple walls.
-Kemetic Kings and Queens were considered administrative and spiritual leaders of society.
-The two pylons in the new kingdom temples represent duality. Passing through them means you are symbolically attempting to move from duality to singularity.
The lecture also discussed the Four Great Truths.
1) The Neter, the Supreme Being, is One and alone and as Neberdjer, manifesting everywhere and in all things in the form of Gods and Goddesses.
2) Lack of righteousness brings fetters to the personality and these fetters cause ignorance of the Divine.
3) Devotion to the Divine leads to freedom from the fetters of Set.
4) The practice of the Shedy disciplines leads to knowing oneself and the Divine. This is called being True of Speech.
-The four principles are like a formula in chemistry where combining certain elements in certain proportions produces certain substances. In this regard the Four Great Truths represents an encapsulation of the entire philosophy of Shetaut Neter which has as an end result achievement of Nehast (Enlightenment).
-Knowledge of the Principles without action is a form of ignorance.
-There is no devil in Neterianism only ignorance of the true divine nature of mankind.
-Energy and matter are the same things in different form. In the 20th century this relationship is expressed as E(energy)=M(matter) * C2(the speed of light constant). Nun is the Neterian description of matter and energy. Word ( the energy of sound) brings form ( matter).
-The individual personality contains the burden of unrighteous potential. Righteous action lifts that burden and opens the pathway to the divine.
-The Sheti practices are designed to make one ‘spiritually victorious’ or ‘True of Voice’.
-The divine is a part of us and we are part of the divine.
-One of the descriptions of Asar is “Lord of the Perfect Black”.
-Lord Khepri is the creator aspect of Neberdjer which brought himself into being.
-God is invisible and inscrutable.
-Disease is also a state of mind captured by anger, lust, jealousy, hatred, etc. The Goddess Aset does assist in curing disease through knowledge of self.
-The concept of Satan is a corruption via the Judaic religion of the understanding of Set in Kemetic culture. There is no devil to make you do anything but rather only people without a clear understanding of the nature of existence which creates a susceptibility to lower level behavior.
-The Apep serpent represents the natural movement of matter from an ordered state to a less ordered state (decay). On the Boat of Ra Set is controlled and tasked with protecting the Boat of Ra from Apep. This means a controlled ego can be used to maintain Maatian values in the conduct of one’s life.
-The most important act any King can do is the Offering of Maat.