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Hemu Assignment Book Report 1 Pages 1-34
The book, Egyptian Mysteries Volume I, The Priests and Priestesses of Ancient Egypt begins with and inscription from the Temple of Edfu, dedicated to Heru Behudet, which details the glories and mental disposition of the Neterian Clergy and how they are devoted to the divinity of the temple and their own spiritual evolution. One of the major points in this section (Pages 1-34), talks about the origins of the Kemetic civilization, it also answers the question of who were the Ancient Egyptians. But more importantly it serves to outline the founder of the Neterian teachinfs. Another important aspect of this section is the area of what it means to live by and face truth. Thus these are three primary and important themes of this first section of the text.
The book starts out with an important inscriptions which discusses the Ancient Egyptian clergy and their primary focus of life and the path that leads to true inner peace and substantial calm. It says that the priests and priestesses adores the grandeur of the divinity and how the protests and priestesses conduct the festivals in honor of the divinity. Therefore, the cleric occupation is one of surrender to the presence of the divinity which ultimately leads to a life of true happiness.
It is told in the text that the indigenous Kemetians migrated to Egypt proper from the area of Africa now known as Sudan. Thus there was a northerly migration of indigenous Africans to the South East corner of the continent of Africa. They called this place Kamit and it is here where they built a great spiritual culture and mystical civilization for the distinct purpose of elevating the soul. The term Kamit is written in hieroglyphs with the piece of crocodile skin with spines giving the ‘K’ or ‘Q’ sound, the owl giving the ‘M’ sound and the upside down bowl giving the ‘T’ sound. When written in hieroglyphs with the determinative for city denotes the land mass of the ancient civilization. When written with the determinative for hair it means blackness or black, when written with a band of linen determinative it means, literature of Ancient Egypt-scriptures, when written with a male and female determinative it means Ancient Egyptians, people of the black land. “Qamit is also known as Ta-mery (beloved land) and Ta-Djeser (exalted, holy land).
The modern term ‘Neterian’ is used to denote someone who is a bona fide follower of the Shetaut Neter (Egyptian religion) path. The founder of the Neterian path is Lord Khepry. In the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead (Rau nu pert em Heru-Book of coming into enlightenment), chapter 4 it is told that Lord Khepri has written the path that leads to the realization of transcendental consciousness. It is he who first gave the mystery teachings in his form of the creator, Khepri. The teachings are passed down to us through its codification by Lord Djehuty and Lord Asar then took this writings and developed the spiritual practices (shedy) related to the codification of the mysteries. Thus Lord Djehuty is the scribe of Maat, that is to say the writer of truth of the spirit-soul. In this regard he formed the Medtu Neter, or Divine words that every bona fide, qualified spiritual aspirant is to follow.
Another important aspect of this section is the detail on who is qualified to follow and practice the path of Shetaut Neter. Thus the section on what does it mean to follow truth is of paramount importance. We are told that living by truth is an art that every serious aspirant must learn. And this coincides with the capacity to listen to truth, to what is right and what is wrong. One of the 42 Precepts of Maat states that a human being should not stop their ears against the words of right and wrong, that is to say Maat. In as such the perspective practitioner of truth must be willing to go through a profound transformation with regards to their perception of the world, themselves and ingratiate the principle of truth within their personality. And by this way negate the egoistic propensity to follow the desires of the heart that are based in delusion and unrighteousness. So it’s the path of willingness to confront preconceived ideas that are contradictory to truthfulness, peace, calm and enlightenment.
This section of the Priests and Priestesses book opens with a salient scripture on the psychological disposition of the clergy and follows with a statement on the origins of Kamitic culture as well as a detail of the origins of Neterianism and within that brought forth the principle of what is means to follow truth. In following truth, the idea is to confront ones delusions and work to transform the heart within to discover the essential truth of reality, the transcendental self.