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Take notes on the most important themes discussed
Interactions between Kamitic cultures and other cultures
Picture was show of the Temple of Goddess Hetheru. It was emphasized that this was a center of everyday life in Kamit, a place for primary school and where trades were taught, and place for worship. This was one of the many Temples closed by the Romans who shut down anything considered “pagan” and not in line with Roman Catholicism. Pictures where showed of a building built by the early Christians who overtook the Temple of Hetheru. This was common practice of the Romans and later Muslims who would either build their houses of worship over existing temples or salvaged materials from the original Temple complexes to build houses of worship. It was also common for both the Muslims and Christians to deface pictures and aspects of the Medu Neter, carving in crosses and setting up altars etc. It was also mentioned how oils were burned that were different from the oils used by the Kamitic which produced soot which covered the Medu Neter and other murals. The organizational structure of the Temple was discussed which was as follows; Educational System- Head teacher in the temple was over the supervisor who oversaw the school teachers. Supervisory priesthood comprising priests and priestesses with various areas of specialization. Government (Hekat) was represented by the crook. The above mentioned branches were all under the king or queen (Per-Ah) who were head of the religious system. The Per Ah are often seen holding the crook and flail, the crook being the tool used to guide the sheep by the shepard. This is where the Christians got the idea of the good shepherd. The crook represents the power to lead and the flail the power to direct. In Kamit, the Per-Ah led the people and directed the military. Next the specific time periods of Kamit were illustrated;
Predynastic–Old Kingdom–Middle Kingdom–New Kingdom–Late Kingdom–Assyrian–Persian–Greek–Roman–Christian–Islamic
During the Old and Middle Kingdoms the social structure was as follows, in an ascending order: common people–skilled workers–government–Per-Ah. The first major shift occurred at the conclusion of the Middle Kingdom in which the Asiatic Hyksos invaded Kamit and were able to advance all the way to Upper Egypt. Amen Hetep was the ruler under which Kamit was able to retake the Kingdom driving the Hyksos out of Kamit. This ushered in the New Kingdom. The borders of Kamit were extended to include parts of Asia and Europe. In order to drive the Asiatics out and extend the borders of Kamit, a strong military was necessary. Now Kamit was considered an empire and the military began to take precedence eroding away the power and influence of the priesthood. During this time period, military and royalty became equal to the priesthood. With increase in royalty and the influence of foreign cultures came the demand for more pleasures and an eroding of Maat. Next was discussed the concept of the bull and seven cows. The bull represents the Spirit and the seven cows represent the seven infinite aspects of creation. As culture moved further away from Maat, this concept was used for social structure and the idea of multiple wives for men and polyandry for women. Culture was discussed and that differentiating between people was a byproduct. Various environmental factors lead to the development of culture which causes segmentation and further promotion of a dualistic way of relating to the world and people from differing cultures. This leads to racism, it was discussed that the Kamitic people had no concept of race, only levels of spiritual attainment. The transcendental is nondualistic, beyond the concept of race which belongs to time and space. Next it was discussed synchronicities between various cultures and the evidence of contact such as; scriptural synchronicity, form architecture, function usage, myth-plot-motif, linguistics, phonetics, rituals &/or traditions, historical events, artifacts and clothing. Next, nature versus nurture was discussed and the example was provided of two twins and that even with the same environment, structure and support system, they still develop in different ways. The two reasons explained are infinite variety and karma. Next was discusses the Absolute the ultimate Spirit that connects everything and the individual soul. So we are the soul that inhibits physicality temporarily to experience for the purpose of the soul attaining objective reasoning. The soul is directed to return for another existence by karma from previous actions causes and conditions. This karma propels us to our next existence to balance the scales. Even though the twins discussed might be identical sharing genetics, they still have different karmic basis. This creates the differences in personality and experiences. If you live a life of righteousness, this creates a light karmic basis of virtue. If you live a life of vice this creates a heavy karmic basis in the form of adversities. Next an example of a degraded culture was described, a beer called Sakara which was the first pyramid built by IM Hotep. This is an example of how a great symbol of righteousness and spiritual advancement can be used by a degraded culture for intoxication. With the dawn of the New Kingdom, Kamit decided to expand its borders into present day Europe and Asia thus becoming an empire. This empire differed from subsequent ones in that it was not interesting in subjugating other cultures, but rather attempting to civilize them. Thus Kamit established an exchange in which the borders were opened to other cultures and intermarrying was permitted. This degraded the culture in the New Kingdom and accelerated the move towards a society of military conquest, pleasure and leisure and against Maat art and philosophy. With this allowing of intermarriage the ethnicity of the people changed and with it the culture.
B- Which was the most important point made in the lecture and why?
I thought that the most important point was the lack of a concept of race in Kamit. Living in the United States in a western culture, it is challenging to imagine a civilization governed by Maat, righteousness, virtues and merit. The density of race in this society and its inherent duality make it challenging to relax and access the Absolute inside and within all existence. It is also amazing to learn of a civilization where spiritual attainment, art and philosophy were valued, where there is gender equality, attention to mysticism and the knowledge of the abstract based on experience rather than the tribal dogma that we are feed in the society. Learning about our history and the civilization of our ancestors is important to us because elements in this western culture continue to rewrite history and attempt to teach our youth that they have no real culture or history and that everything seen was created by Caucasians. This brainwashing is a form of psychological terrorism. When we feel danger and a lack of security, our goal becomes survival and this is limiting to our view of the world and what is possible, making it more challenging to self realize and discover our true identity and destiny.
C- Note any questions?
Can you elaborate more on the Bull and Seven Cows? Are the Seven Cows the same as the seven souls of Ra?
In Buddhism they discuss the seed of Buddhata, and Tathagatagarbha or embryo of soul. In Gnosis it is believed that we only have a seed of soul but that it has to be developed through working with the Tree of Life, birth-death-sacrifice. Building the soul is also linked to the solar bodies that have to be built. In Kemetic Mysticism, is every human born with the seed of soul? Is building that soul the equivalent to the reassembling of the pieces of Asar by Aset (Wisdom) with the help of Anpu (Discerning Reasoning)? It was mentioned in one of the text, I believe the book Kemetic Tree of Life that we eventually become Asar. Would this be similar to the concept in Gnosis of building solar bodies (Astral, Mental and Causal)?
After Asar(Soul) is rebuilt, Heru is born with working with Aset (WIsdom). Would it be correct to compare Heru to the concept of Bodhisattva? In Buddhism it is stated that the Bodhisattva is an individual who generates Bodhicitta and that Bodhicitta is a spontaneous wish to attain enlightenment motivated by great compassion for all sentient beings, accompanied by a falling away of attachment to the illusion of inherent existing self. It is also stated that developing Bodhicitta is associated with the six paramitas: generosity, morality, patience, energy, meditation and wisdom. Would it be correct to compare those paramitas and attaining bodhicitta in Kemetic Mysticism with encompassing and becoming Maat and Aset? Would it be correct to conclude that just as in Buddhism to be a Bodhisattva one must first create Bodhicitta, in Kemetic Mysticism to incarnate Heru, one must first incarnate both Maat and Aset?
My next question is concerning Ra (Spirit). Once Heru is built, it order to incarnate Ra, must we master all the other Neter on the tree working ourselves up to Ra first through mastery of the Neter in Ta and then mastery over the Neter in Pet?
In Kemetic Mysticism, does and initiate who reaches the transcendental ever return to time and space as a fully self-realized master acting as a reformer for degenerated humanity to re-establish Maat similar to the idea of the Bodhisattvas, various Buddhas or Prophets etc. and in the process develop further knowledge of self (i.e. Asar and Aset descending to time and space and ruling as mortal during pre-dynastic period)?