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TTOASET Lesson 15 Video Lecture Assignment
Lesson 15 delves into the details of the Myth of Ra and Aset by revealing the deeper philosophy, within the myth, and joining that philosophy with the Metaphysical Meditation practices of the Temple of Aset. In so doing some of the following topics were highlighted within the lecture:
Understanding the true trouble of life
Understanding and identifying the true nature of creation and its illusoriness
Understanding the true nature of consciousness
Understanding ego consciousness vs. Absolute consciousness
Becoming established in Intuitional Wisdom by practicing formal and informal Meditation of TTOASET
The scriptures of Ra and Aset clearly establish that Aset is troubled with life, however falls short of defining just what causes a “troubled” life. For this we are directed to the Stele of Abu teachings, in the lecture, which identifies the trouble of life as “merru ankh mesdjedd chept,” meaning “loving life and hating death.” It was explained that “mer” (love) and “mesdjedd” (hate), cause movement creating an “oscillating” effect in the waters of the mind which, thereby, fosters agitation, resulting in “opacity” of the mind. It is this opacity of the mind in which the ego flourishes because of the duality resulting from swinging back and forth from love to hate, as stated, “like a pendulum.”
It was explained in the lecture, that duality has the effect of making one’s heart heavy when weighed on the scales of Maat during judgment. Thus, one is subject to reincarnation (uhem ankh) as a result of loving and hating in life. It was further explained that “khak-ab rejects duality.” Therefore, one must become vigilant in developing and maintaining khak-ab, with the intention of rejecting duality, as well as practicing “an nemenemu” (stillness). It was pointed out that a repudiating heart should not be confused with disliking, or contempt which would indicate hating. Rather, it is my understanding, that khak-ab is a heart that is no longer fooled by illusions. Therefore, it is also instructed in the Stele of Abu that one should go to the temple in devotion and become provisioned by studying the teachings in order to cultivate true khak-ab.
As stated previously, it is the duality of Creation, expressed in the scriptures as Ra in His aspect of Neter-Neterty—the dual Divinity—that gives rise to illusion. Therefore, it becomes imperative to understand the true nature of Ra (creation) in order to transcend illusion. The term “acht-tjez” was introduced in this lecture (“acht” meaning, “creative spirit energy” and “tjez,” which translates as “knitting/cobbling.”) Thus, creation manifests through Ra actually knitting parts of Himself into being with His own thoughts. The lecture asserts, it is Ra’s mind that is the target we are going after which is, in fact, our own mind.
This profound revelation is a key factor, in that it dispels the notion of duality which is the first step toward breaking down the illusion of creation, bringing us closer to that which is Absolute. A poignant example was given in the lecture on the true nature of consciousness, revealing that thoughts are mere waves reflecting in consciousness. It is as the water reflecting the sun in a refracted image due to the waves. These waves represent movement in the water and can be likened to an agitated state in one’s mind. However, when the water is still and motionless there is only one clear image of the sun’s reflection. In this an nemunemu state one can experience Absolute consciousness—free of thoughts based in egoistic impressions from past aryu.
Thus, it is important to understand that it is Ra based in the illusion of creation that the venom of the Sacred Serpent (djedefty shepsy) must be focused. In so doing, one disables the ego in order to “gain entry” into Ra in His aspect of Neter an ren (Divinity without a name). Therefore, one must practice formal and informal Meditation according to the Temple of Aset. Informal Meditation means cultivating dispassion for worldly entanglements through khak-ab and remaining steadfast in the teachings of Aset, along with right reflection on the teachings.
When it comes to the formal Meditation practice there are several options, beginning with breathing rhythmically followed by visualizations of the serpent image of the Taffy Shepsy, collecting emanations from Ra-Tem, as well as remaining in stillness—an nemunemu. In addition, repeating the hekau or words of power “Djed en a ren a k” (Tell to I the name Divine), puts forth a strong affirmation of intent. Ultimately, one should allow the mind to subside into awareness of awareness itself and, thereby, become established in an abiding state of Anrutef consciousness. The continued practice of the Meditation of the Temple of Aset leads one to abide with the Goddess in a state of “Aset Hetep,” an abode of peace.
It is fitting to end on this note in the words from the scripture verses, translated by Sebai Maa thusly:
V.1 medu dje en Aset urt Neter mut her abt Het Maat Men Ra en sa ze mery.
V.2 Neb tawy (Maat Men Ra) ent k sa per.
V.3 En k im renen en tu er heq (tawy)
V.4 se necht en hau kim necht er ta neb pehtu.
V.5 Iu hem kim Suten Heh Heru hena djeta.
V.1 Words spoken by Isis great Divine Mother innermost heart house of Seti of son hers beloved.
V.2 Lord of the two lands (Seti) to thee coming forth
V.3 to thee as nurse to you as to prince two lands
V.4 causing strength of body parts thine as strength as to lands, all arrive.
V.5 It is majesty thine as the sovereign of eternity, Horus, along with forever.