Level 1 Lesson 14, Intro to Shetaut Neter 104 105 part 3 & 4, 1:01:57 & 28:46
Maat philosophy is described in the Prt M Hru, book of enlightenment, through the teaching of the initiate and the journey to Asar- Sekar (Asar in form of King of the Duat,) through the myth of Asar, and is present in all Kemetic scriptures and teachings. The initiate’s heart is weighed on the balance scales of Maat, with three outcomes; the heart can weigh less, more, or equal to the feather of Maat. The heart is represented as a vessel containing our thoughts, feelings, and desires, and when the heart is weighed down or made heavy this is caused by ignorance, unrighteousness, worries, anxieties, lies, deceit, desires, etc. If the heart is even with Maat it represents the initiate will be the servant of Asar and get to behold Asar. If lighter, the initiate sits on the throne of Asar, becomes one with Asar.
After the weighing of the heart Heru leads the initiate into the inner shrine to meet Asar. This would be done rituality by priests and priestess in the place of Heru, Asar, Aset, and Nebthet. At the throne of Asar the Initiate would receive an anointing representing the initiate becoming a pure Akhu and enlightened. This is the culmination of Maat philosophy; to be pure of heart, true of speech (MaaKheru), which allows the initiate to discover the divine and immortality.
Learning Maat philosophy and practice every day is an essential aspect of Shedy and Shetaut Neter. The fundamental teaching of Maat philosophy is on the nature of action. When you do an action it remains in your consciousness and causes agitation and repetition of that action. This residue continues after life and impels rebirth.
Great truth 3; Devotion and Freedom and Great Truth #4: Shedy and Maakheru
Shedy means to to uncover and study the mysteries through yogic disicplines. This involves Devotional practice and Wisdom teachings, symbolized by Aset suckling Heru. Uashu means devotion and it is very important and must be studied and practiced with the help of a preceptor in order to be successful. Everyone has the potential for success and enlightenment. Two aspects of practice; personal and communal. Seba & Sebat; preceptor and students, engage in a tantric process of imparting the teachings and receiving them.
Practice of Religion and Yoga
There are four main yogic disciplines consisting of three steps; Listening (Sedjm), reflection, meditation (Uaa). This correlates to the three aspects of religion; myth, ritual (Aru), and metaphysics; and the three levels of aspiration, striving, and becoming established. The four yogic disciplines are devotion, wisdom, action, meditation, and includes tantrism. The practice of yoga and religion lead to same goal.
Three main rituals; Daily, Monthly, Annual. Basic daily observances. Shemsu’s basic requirement is three times daily ritual, representing the three phases of the sun (Kehpri Ra Tem) at Morning Noon and Dusk. The practitioner’s shrine should consist of; scripture, ankh or other divine image, Candle, incense, and prayer mat or blanket. The divine image is chosen by which worship, divinity, or tradition is most interesting to you. Initiatse have to remain connected to the dissemination of the teachings, and connected to the rituals by practice.
Kemetic Diet; purty of body
Vegetarian, no alcohol or smoking, sobriety. Mind; work to purify worries and anxieties. Strive for three fold health of body mind and soul to maintain spiritual evolution practice. Along with diet, Tjef Neteru spiritual based yoga postures from temples and papyruses of Kemet were practiced by the priests and priestesses and purify the body, mind, and act as a spiritual practice. Diseases arise from impurity and from the astral and causal plane (unconscious mind) and the unconscious must be cleansed to be truly healthy. Is Kamut still available and has it proven to be very beneficial as a daily addition? Imhotep is one of the most prominent and important Kemetic physician philosopher priests, and has been falsely represented in popular culture.
Belief versus experience
Question How to know god; by belief, knowledge or understanding?
Response: In order to understand something you have to become one with it. The problem with human life is related to the search for happiness and most often what we are seeking is not bringing real happiness because it can’t be found in the things we are pursuing. Uniting with objects of the world is not fulfilling and in the story of Aset and ra, Aset pursued to know the divine beyond the objects of creation. The issue is not the objects of creation, the issue is within ourselves and our wrong views and actions. The teaching found in the temple of Aset says “no mortal man has unveiled.” This relates to the transcendental Supreme Being which cannot be known by any physical sense. When you say you believe in god it’s lesser, I know god more complete, I Am god is the higher statement but needs to be realized. God can be seen (as creation) but not understood. Through meditation on the divine you become one with the All and this allows the ignorance of separation to be dissolved, and in the Harpers Song it is explained that separation is an illusion. To have this experience and realization is the reality of the divine. The sage maintains a particular kind of dual consciousness meaning seeing the individual person, object, or experience as well as seeing only the divine.
Symbology in Worship and Mystical religion-yoga
Symbology is a central aspect to life and plays an important role in mystical religion and yoga. In incomplete religion and western culture, when one symbol is the only symbol that is correct and represents the “truth”, that is idolatry. The understanding that all forms and creation itself is a manifestation from the divine, this is an understanding that goes beyond idolatry because all symbols represent a unique way to understand the abstract philosophy of the divine and leads the mind from form to beyond form – abstract.
Symbols are used as pathways to the abstract. The misconception that one can go straight to the abstract is a misunderstanding and a common mistake. The symbols are crutches for the beginning stages of religions and necessary. Must learn to understand the symbols of the iconography so they can be used properly as crutches. Ushu bes; Worship with form. Uashu nebertjer; all encompassing. Symbol and structure is how the spiritual path is designed to lead to concentration of the mind on that which leads to thoughtless abstract experience of consciousness which is the higher worship.
Gods and Goddesses
Gods and goddesses are symbols of cosmic principles. They exist in a philosophical conceptual form in the same way as Krishna, Buddha, etc. Ra came down to personally preside, then his children successively. Aar and Aset were first human beings or incarnations who actually existed. This is what the teaching says. Most importantly it is metaphorical to understand our own consciousness, when looked at purely as historical we run into same issues of faith based orthodox religions. They are cosmic principles so that we can understand their source. All things in creation are temporary including ntru and humans, all are connected to the supreme transcendental. These principles also represent aspects of your personality that needs to be mastered. The iconography cannot be overlooked. The two truths; practical and transcendental. Ntru (smoke) Ntr (fire), look for the smoke and you will be led to the fire.
Purity of Heart
Without purity of heart nothing is possible. You can memorize the scriptures but if hearts not pure will remain degraded. It allows you to feel the teaching and not just think about it.