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READING ASSIGNMENT, TTOA – LESSON 9
Which hieroglyphic term covered in this lesson was most captivating to you personally and why?
Almost immediately upon hearing and seeing the hieroglyphic term “nedjemnedjemyu,” meaning “all pleasures,” I was captivated by the concept because I have spent a good deal of my life in pursuit of it, without the benefit of a defining name or the wisdom of the teachings. It can be described as an “AHA” moment.
One can almost taste the sweetness of the word when spoken, as indicated by the figs within the gylphs,which associates nedjemnedjemyu with the sense pleasures. It seems to be a double word that repeats itself, much like the pursuit of worldly pleasures which one can never seem to get enough of. There is also a “roller coaster” type of up and down inflection to the word, which is characteristic of worldly pleasure with its high, highs and subsequent low, lows.
In verse 85 Ra describes “nedjemnedjemyu,” in the transliteration as follows: “the pleasures of life, the feelings of joy, happiness and sexual delights.” However, without true knowledge of Self, such emotions and indulgences are fleeting and only lead to the flip side of pain and suffering. In this way nedjemnedjemyu speaks to the dual nature of worldly pleasure, which is illusory.
The informed and devoted aspirant, like Aset, can no longer settle for life’s fleeting pleasures in dualistic, worldly terms, but seeks the abiding pleasure of dual consciousness—Nehast vs. nedjemnedjemyu. It is astounding that , within one word, so much can be spoken when one is studied in the teachings and the Medu Neter (Divine Speech). “Nedjemnedjemyu” is now included as part of my vocabulary when I refer to life’s illusory, worldly pleasures.