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TTOA Lesson 4 Video/Webinar Assignment
List the important points covered in this lecture:
In the beginning of this lesson Sebai Maa gives us the understanding that the text we will be studying of the Temple of Aset will be translated from Heratic (cursive-like writing) into hieroglyphic which is pleasing and philosophical to look at but also dealing with metaphysics and esoteric aspects to have certain effects on the mind, change the shape of your mind. They are more dynamic to absorb the visual experience of the inscriptions. Dua Sebai for Lesson 3 Intro to Hieroglyphs so we may not only begin to decipher but to feel their meanings through your contextual translations.
We then delve into the verses of this most Nefer teaching which was not signed but compiled over time by Priests and Priestesses.
Verse 1 sets the stage right there, telling us that this scripture is about a Divinity (Ra) who possesses dual consciousness, who is the Creator of itself and Creator; this is of utmost importance so we may understand the two aspects of this Divinity which the text referred to as Neterty. The next few verses explain the aspects of this Divinity.
In Verse 2 it is given that this Divinity is the Creator of heaven and earth and the Breath of Life. This breath of life is what allows bodily functions and is in all living things, without it life essentially ends. It is related to Sekhem and consciousness that allows mind to function and enlivens everything.
Verses 3 and 4 start to categorize the things of Creation, the Gods and Goddesses, men and women, farm animals, reptilians, birds and fish. So Sebai Maa explains the scripture is recognizing the classes of intelligent and sentient beings. The Gods and Goddesses, Neteru, are higher beings but are also time and space beings. Shetaut Neter is Henotheism where we have a Supreme Being and emanations which come out of the One Supreme Being such as the Gods and Goddesses which are generated beings. Sebai Maa related the following for further understanding: “If you have been generated in Time and Space then there is going to be a beginning and an end. That which generates it and it recedes back into, that is the Transcendent, that is the eternal, that is Transcendental.” Verse 4 also tells us that Ra, this Divinity is Royal, ruler over Creation. In the Creation Myth, Ra emerged from the Primeval Ocean and presided as King, the first being Lord over all. We were reminded of the Myth of Hetheru and Djehuty where the people had forgotten Ra and felt they were the creators and were then punished for their forgetfulness and ignorance. So as aspirants we must vigilant to uncover our ignorance and move further, deeper searching into spiritual matters not just being drawn into the world, to discover the true joy and peace of enlightenment.
Verse 5 gives us clues that this Divinity exists in the form of Oneness, outside of this time and space plane but also within it, but experiences time in a different way, 1 yr. to him is 120 yrs. Time and space on the Ta plane is not the same as in the Astral plane. Another important facet of this verse is that he has many names. I take this to mean the names that have been designated for the objects in creation are his name, Oneness, meaning creator and creation are one and the same.
Verse 6 – This Divinity is not known to the Neteru. Here the subtlety of the Divinity is being given through this verse. Subtle has the ability to permeate that which is gross. The astral plane where the Neteru exist is more subtle than the Ta (physical) plane, they can pass through the Ta (grosser) plane. Sebai Maa explains “everything in creation is grosser than its creator. The Creator is subtlest, the foundation upon which all is based.”
Verse 7 – Introduces another personality into the text. Here we learn of the woman Aset who has gained and mastered worldly knowledge of many subjects. It makes a point of telling us that this is a physical (human) woman named Aset. Not a Goddess, but a woman who has knowledge and has become wise.
Verse 8 – I found this to be a very important verse as it introduces two key elements which Aset uses, those being Kha-k Ab and listening. The translation of this verse is: “with all that understanding about world affairs, her heart was disappointed, even sick, disgusted in her heart about the millions of manifestations” So we know that Aset was an intelligent, wise woman and had mastered worldly studies and sciences, what are known as the lower mysteries, yet her heart was sick, disgusted with it! Now most people you may know would be happy that they have all this knowledge, can make money with this knowledge, can help heal people, etc. but not Aset. She was disgusted! (one of the meanings of Kha-k Ab) Sebai Maa shared other terms for Kha-k Ab in Footnote 19 as: something you find despicable; repudiating heart; accursed foe such as Apep; revulsion; something that makes you sick etc.) All this knowledge of the lower mysteries did not fulfill her, She had studied in the Temple and had listenedto the teachings and learned about Ra the Creator of life, the Breath of Life etc. yet she was seeking more. She knew that what she was seeking was not to be found in this Time and Space existence as it enlarges ego something she wants to move beyond.
In Figure 16 a teaching from the Pert M Heru text is presented to bring up the issue of Aryu in your Ab, your storehouse of unconscious impressions. These allow you to believe that what you feel is real. It will weigh you down. Sebai Maa points out that “in order to purify your Ab you have to act with Maat, thinking truth, acting with truth, not ignoring truth.” This is very profound as we are to understand our impressions can be changed, not set in stone but we must choose to find the truth and act with it, be strong in conviction, to have our Ab become lighter than the feather of Maat.
In conclusion I found this lesson to be a turning point in the understanding of the teaching. Now we are beginning to see how Lady Aset is turning her intellect towards the Divine, what she is feeling, her reflections so that we too may follow her. Dua Aset! Dua Sebai Maa and Seba Dja.