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Lesson 7 – Ancient Egyptian Sema Philosophy
First steps in Sema philosophy — To learn how to breathe and bring your mind to a point of relaxation in order to intellectually, emotionally and physically be able to expand your consciousness to evolve as a human being.
Sema means yoga, Tawi means the two lands of Egypt (upper Egypt, lower Egypt)
The skin colors of the gods and people depicted in the reliefs of Ancient Egypt do not pertain to ethnicity.
Naturalistic Reliefs – Depicts people as they are
Stylized Reliefs – Depicts idealized versions of people for religious and political purposes.
Different colors were used such as red for men and white or yellow for women. Ancient Egyptians were/are black like other Africans on the continent.
Two types of crowns – One for upper Egypt (white), one for lower Egypt (red)
Originators of Shedy
King Menuhotep of Ancient Egypt started the Middle Kingdom. He was a Nubian, and the ancestor of King Senusert (Senuset?) of Ancient Egypt.
Ma’at, Shetaut Neter, Sema Tawi
Sema Tawi philosophy was practiced in the Nile River Valley of North East Africa in ancient times.
The term “SEMA” of Africa and the term “YOGA” of India are synonymous —to unite the lower and higher self
The American Heritage Dictionary definition of the term YOGA is defined as “A Hindu discipline aimed at training the consciousness for a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility”.
The African discipline pre-dates the Indian discipline. Yoga is to be understood as disciplines that allow the religion to be effective.
Yoga is a part of Hinduism, Sema is a part of Shetaut Neter.
Yoga as mentioned in the Vedas – ancient scriptures appearing circa 1500 BCE and mentioned in Upanishads – 1000 or 600 – 800 BCE
Yoga has pre- Indian origins in which the dates are being debated.
In Africa there is Sema Tawi – Mysticism – Yoga Mystical Philosophy
Yoga of Wisdom, Yoga of Devotional Love, Yoga of Meditation and Physical Postures Yoga, Yoga of Selfless Action, Tantric Yoga, Serpent Power Yoga
The Neterian Great Truths are Four Spiritual Disciplines in three steps:
1. The Neter is the Supreme Being
2. Lack of righteousness leads to ignorance of the Divine (higher self)
3. Devotion to the Divine leads to freedom from the lower self
4. Practice of the Shedy Disciplines leads to one knowing one’s sel
Discipline I – Listening to the teachings
Discipline II – Right Action
Discipline III – Devotion
Discipline IV – Meditation
(In the teachings there are six main traditions to learn from)
The Disciplines That Make Shetaut Neter Effective: The Heart of Sema Philosophy
“Men and women are to become God-like through a life of virtue and the cultivation of the Spirit through scientific knowledge, practice and bodily discipline”
***ANCIENT KAMITAN PROBVERB***
Yoga done only as exercise as practiced in the West is devoid of spirituality. This is incorrect practice. The physical practice of yoga is to be integrated with the mystical traditions of yoga in order to become One with the Divine.
Questions: Are there or what are the suggested reading materials or video or audio lectures I could refer to in order to learn more about the six main traditions of the teachings?
Also is it okay to say thank you or Hotep? I am not sure when Hotep is to be a greeting or a goodbye or when and if to use in gratitude to give thanks properly.