Reply To: Teachings of Temple of Aset Lesson 3 Discussion Forum

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ANTHONYBAHLIBI
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TOA Lesson 3

History

Medu Neter means “divine speech” but was often called Tat (sign, form, or image) by the Ancient Egyptians themselves. The glyphs are the longest-lived human language and the form of writing changed very little over 3,500 years. “Hieroglyph” is a Greek term “hieros” (sacred) and “glypho” (inscriptions) and was first used by Clement of Alexandria.

Historically, it is an African language spoken in Egypt from pre-dynastic era (before 5000 BCE) until about the 10th century ACE. After it became the form of Coptic used in Demotic texts. Then used for writing Egyptian Gnostic and ritual texts. Later Coptic was used by Christians. By this time Coptic is a alphabetic system of writing like the Greek, English etc. rather than a writing of “Tats” using determinatives, uniphonic, biphonic and triphonic images.

In usage, the glyphs were either painstakingly carved with much detail in full color, rendered in simple outline, and for everyday use the cursive hieroglyphic or the Hieratic scripts were used.

The script can be read in left to right, right to left, left to right and top to bottom, right to left and top to bottom. It is generally explained that the glyphs are read from the direction they are facing “into” them.

In the late 4th century AG Roman Emperor Theodosius I ordered the closure of all temples of Ancient Egyptian religion. After that, the script became inconsistent. In the early 19th century Jean-Francois Champollion and others managed to decipher the script and it grew in interest in academia and among spiritualists.

All the scriptures of Ancient Egypt are writing in hieroglyphic or hieratic scripture, with certain differences according to the different periods. The varied schools were not opposed to teach other. Therefore, a sage from the school of Amun would be in harmony with texts of Asar or Memphite school – because they all represented the same underlying spiritual/mystical teaching.

Philosophy

In Ancient Egyptian philosophy Neberdjer (the All-Encompassing Divinity) causes every force in the universe to be presided over by a god or goddess. Khepri brought into existence the teachings and they were codified by Djehuty and Sesheta, who specifically preside over the function and energy of writing, and the power of thoughts and ideas in the mind. Thus, the teachings are from and about Neberdjer and the fundamental nature of creation (the divine in time and space and the transcendental divine Self.)
Sesheta is the counterpart of Djehuty. She is associated with the Persea Tree where names of the kings were written at the time of their coronation. The Persea Tree is associated with the goddess in the feline form who slew Apepi, the enemy of Ra and all souls. The terms Shetat or Sheshetat are the secret rituals of the Egyptian Gods. This means that the writings convey the mysteries and create a sacred space within the initiate where enlightenment happens through the word-wisdom and the transformation they create in the seven psycho-spiritual centers of the spine. Her name is also phonetically related to Sushen “lotus”, which relates to how one becomes through the teachings.

Key point: A main discipline of the priests and priestess is to transcribe the Medu Neter. This was done partly to maintain the texts and continue their expression…. but more importantly…..this acts to develop the mind, engender the study of the spiritual teachings, and the development of higher consciousness through continuous study and reflection on the teaching.

List the important topics covered in the book readings about Ancient Egyptian writing system: Medu Neter. And Why are they important for understanding Ancient Egyptian writing as well as the philosophy contained in it?

Most modern literature on ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs is too simple, being just an explanation of the alphabetic hieroglyphs for children, or alphabetic signs from an artistic point of view, or extensive and difficult grammars for academic work – this means to me that the mythic and philosophical elements are not a focus which is a big problem.

It is possible to learn how to read it because only a fraction of the 700 different Tats were used in steles and reliefs.

For schooling Medu Neter was a main subject. Training included copying texts that included wisdom text like the teachings of Ptahotep. They were encouraged to speak aloud as they read the material. This is also what we should do when practicing.

Pronunciation is a matter of scholarly debate that needs a deeper study of Ancient Egyptian words that entered into Greek, Assyrian, Babylonian, Hebrew, Akkadian and Latin and correlating to the Coptic words derived from ancient Egyptian. Here I want to make a contention that what if the language sounds similar to African forms of pronunciation rather than European forms? For example there are a lot of similarities with Ethiopian languages and other African languages and we know the people themselves came from within Africa, the African languages in speaking sound very different than say Greek or later Latin, but I don’t see a lot of pronunciation debate focusing on these correlations.

Meaning: Ancient Egyptian is unlike Western forms of language because it contains many dimensions of meaning that go beyond the literal aspects of the text. It has a deep philosophical aspect. Many translations of Medu Neter promote the literal meaning and this can lead to nonsensical translations and lead to unexplained unintelligent passages. Key point: “The inability to understand the hieroglyphic language is predicated upon the fallacy that it is a strictly literal form of language.” Because of this, Western Egyptologists did a service by decoding, but cannot incorporate the mythic and mystic component of the language into a form of reasoning (spiritual philosophy.)

The stated purpose of Medu Neteru is the perspective that they are expressions of the divine for the purpose of leading humans to Nehast (Resurrection, Enlightenment.) Therefore, it is not a system like other writing. It can have phonetic, pun, literal, mythological and mystic meaning. Learning the technical aspects of the glyphs is not enough.

The work of Sebai Maa is special because it gives insight into the esoteric meaning of various glyphs to help the aspirant unlock the mythological and philosophical meaning of the text for YOURSELF, a process of discovering one’s own Higher Self!

The goal of learning any language is to skip the transliteration step and get to the point of understanding the meaning directly in the new language. All language is concepts or ideas merely represented by words and systems. The idea or concept is the true purpose and the more real focus than the representation. The imagery in Medu Neter helps with faster assimilation of the message and more efficient and deeper understanding of the text. The medu neter makes use of the right brain and left brain, whereas ordinary alphabetic language only makes use of the left. The image makes it easier to remember and assimilate the meaning. The medu neter is information and metaphor in one. The student should try to eventually become familiar with the scripture itself as it is, rather than rely on transliterations alone.

2. What are the main take away from the Introduction to Hieroglyphs video, the important teachings to remember about the Medu Neter and how it works in principle?

There were three key points that stuck out to me when listening to the video:
To move into thinking based on the essential idea-concept of the teachings (Tat, medu neter) allows one to speak and act based on truth (MaaKheru) and this is the purpose of Shetaut Neter (to become MaaKheru.)

If you were to study the teachings of the temple, and further to continue other outside studies, is to begin to feel what it is like to be an initiate of the temple.

The divine writings contain the wisdom that enlightens us about the divine.

3. Look at – at least one other of the postings from another student and the feedback given and note the most remarkable teachings (main take aways) you learned from it. You can add your comments to the posting that you are talking about.

In posting #6378 Bastu Heryt Merri Net wrote about the word “Medtu” meaning Staff or Walking stick used by Tem at the end of the day. This means that the words are a supportfor the Divine and Divine ideas in the world of time and space.

Sebai Maa commented that the flyphs are “tats” or images, reflections, appearances or representations of realities, and that when reading the glyphs we are working with concepts that are higher realities than the references of the writing themselves. Therefore, when using them, we are to think, reflect and cognize in “a world of intellectual elevation even if we are referring to mundane or practical realities of time and space.”

I appreciate this point and reiterating this point about what the Medu Neteru is really about.

Questions

1. Dua ent Aset Hetheru Mut Neter. How is it decided that this is read as Adorations to She Isis-Hathor mother of the divine self versus Adorations to Aset, Hetheru, Mut, the divine? (read as separate divinities?)

2. Would you consider the Medu Neter a scientific writing about the origin of things or the hierarchy of nature (importance of the sun in the functions of planet earth.) Would a scientific perspective be correct as well as a mystical perspective? Is the writing a scientific analysis like say the works of Issac Newton? Whereas Buddhist scripture provides a scientific analysis of consciousness and higher consciousness, cosmological systems to me seem to include both an analysis of matter and mind as one.