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In Kamitan spirituality there is more focus on the divinity as opposed to the personality of the preceptor as concerns reverence in the form of an incarnate divinity. That form of reverence was reserved for the Per-Aah or Phearoah. The priests and priestesses were facilitators and enlightened guides of the mysteries.
The world did not come from nothing, nor is it sustained by nothing. Rather it is a manifestation of that which is beyond time and space but which at the same time permeates and maintains the fundamental elements. In other words, it is the substratum of creation, and the essential nature of all that exists.
Where did the term “Neterianism” derive from? —-The terms Neterianism is derived from the name “Shetaut Neter”
Those who follow the spiritual path of Shetaut Neter are therefore referred to as “Neterians”
The four great truths:
1) “Pa Neter Ua Ua Neberdjer m Neteru”–The Neter, the supreme being, is one and alone and as Neberdjer, manifesting everywhere and in all things in the form of Gods and Goddesses.
2) “An-Maat swy Saui Set s-Khemn”–lack of righteousness brings fetters to the personality and these fetters lead to ignorance of the divine.
3)”S-Uashu s-nafu n saiu set”–devotion to the divine leads to freedom from the fetters of Set.
4) “ari Shedy Rekh ab m Maakheru”–The practice of the Shedy disciplines leads to knowing the oneself and the divine. This is called Being True of Speech.
What are the afflictions of Set?–Set is the Neteru of egoism and selfishness. The afflictions of Set include: anger, hatred, greed, lust, jealousy, envy, gluttony, dishonesty, hypocrisy, etc.
What is the meaning of the term Nafu?–To be liberated (Nafu means freedom-to breath) from the afflictions of Set, one must be devoted to the divine.
The four disciplines of Shedy are:
1)SEDJM REKH SHEDY–Listening to the SISDOM of the Neterian tradition
2)ARI Maat SHEDY–Righteous actions –purifies the GROSS impurities of the heart
3)UASHU (USHET) SHEDY-Devotion to the divine–Purifies the EMOTIONAL impurities of the heart
4)UAA SHEDY –MEDITATION–experience the transcendental Supreme self
Great awakening occurs when all the great truths have been realized by perfection of the Shedy disciplines to realize their true nature and actually experience oneness with the transcendental supreme being.
What teachings of the Neterian creed do you believe in currently, are working on believing, find hard to believe? Why?
I believe in a) Neberdjer–the all encompassing divinity b)From Neberdjer came all the Neter and Neteru c)that if I come into harmony with the Neteru by developing in my personality the divine qualities they symbolize that this will lead me closer to Neberdjer d)neberdjer established all creation on Maaat and that my actions, termed Ari, determine the quality of life I lead If I act with Maat my life will be free of suffering and pain e) when my body dies my heart’s action will be examined against Maat. If I upheld Maat during my lifetime I will have positive Ari and my spirit will become one with Neberdjer for all eternity–called Nehast f)I believe in the teachings of Shemsu, following the path of Shetaut Neter by practicing the disciplines of Shedy which include study of wisdom teachings (Rech-ab), devotion to God (Uashu), acting with righteousness (Maat) and meditation (Uaa). g) By practicing the disciplines of Shedy, I will discover the Shetaut (mysteries) of life and become Maakheru, pure of heart.
How should a spiritual aspirant thinks about the prospect of “becoming godlike” and their capacity to live a life of virtue and cultivation of the spirit through scientific knowledge, practice of bodily disciplines and is this possible for everyone? If so why so? If not why not?
A spiritual aspirant should feel confident about the prospect of becoming “Godlike” since they are already divine and thus it is a matter of becoming aware of one’s divinity through living a life of virtue and the practice of Shedy. I believe this is possible for everyone since we all have the capacity for spiritual enlightenment even though the journey may be different for each of us based on our Ari.