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    • #2268
      admin
      Keymaster

      Udja-Use this forum to post your video assignment work

    • #2533
      Nefertem
      Participant

      Level 1-Lesson 5 Video Assignment (Intro to SN by Dja -conference 2008 part 2)

      This video has several keys topics but the topic that really stood out to me was in reference to “surrendering to the teaching of your spiritual leader”. I have personally noticed the power of surrendering to the teachings in my own life. It seems to be much easier to accept and surrender than to try and solve the problem yourself and then surrender to the solution. At times it almost seems surrendering to the teacher is too easy…… it forces me to reconsider my perspective of normal (As referenced in a previous Lesson from Seba Maa). The other great takeaway from this video is when Seba Maa said Knowledge & Experience = Wisdom and that Information does not equate to wisdom.

      • #2541
        admin
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        Djehuty as scribe

        “O Aset, thou goddess, it is a good thing presence to hearken, for there is life to one who shall be guided by the advice of another”
        -Teaching of Djehuty to Aset

        Udja

        The concept of surrender evokes many ideas an conceptions and is especially colored by eastern traditions that advocate surrendering to the Guru; as if giving up one’s will and suspension of reasoning, a kind of blind obedience. Lord Djehuty speaks of allowing oneself to be guided. In this contexts it is a conscious application of oneself to a teaching that one has intellectually researched and after being vetted , that one also agrees with and accepts. That acceptance is with the understanding that while one agrees and accepts that still one does not have the full understanding of either the inner workings or how to apply that wisdom. Therefore, guidance is needed and one, recognizing that fact, allows oneself to be guided on the path that one has decided to tread. Therefore, it is oneself who is guiding oneself for one has agreed and decided to allow it.

        HTP

      • #2579
        DinahPemberton
        Participant

        Charles

        Thank you for sharing, your experience on surrender.

        What did you mean when you stated “it forces you to reconsider your perspective of normal”?
        what does normal mean for you now?

        Hotep

        • #2634
          Nefertem
          Participant

          Udja,

          This reference is from our reading.

          This excerpt is from our reading authored by Seba Maa. Everything in quotes is directly from Seba Maa’s Book Initiation into Egyptian Yoga.

          “From the perspective of yoga philosophy, much of the accepted “normal” behavior is
          really insane behavior which has been accepted as “normal.” For example, it is accepted as “normal” to gossip, to use
          profanity, to become angry at others, up to a point. It is all right to scream at someone, but if you hit them then you
          could be sued. When that point is crossed, then measures are taken by society in an attempt to curb such behavior. In
          this sense, the mind of the ordinary human being is conditioned by what society promotes and what the desires and
          thoughts in the mind compel the person to do. From this perspective of what most people have come to know and for
          the most part, accept as “normal” human behavior, yoga pushes the aspirant to become “super normal.”

          HTP

      • #2827
        Shems Ua Netert
        Participant

        Udja Charles,

        I like the idea of “surrendering to the teaching of your spiritual leader” also. I don’t remember the exact context in which it was discussed in this video. But I think of surrendering to the teaching as letting go of my expectations about what people will do, how things will go, e.t.c., and just allowing myself to accept and appreciate what comes my way. Also, I try to surrender to the teaching in the sense that I am letting go of my sense of “self” as an ego that needs to be defended and/or satiated.

        Htp,

        Lindsey

        • #2840
          Bastu Akhu
          Participant

          Udja Lindsey,Charles, Dinah

          Dua for sharing your understanding of “surrendering”. I too view it as a means of ‘unveiling’ our true essence/nature which is supreme peace and harmony despite circumstances. In essence, let go and let God.

          htp.

          • #3574
            ANTHONYBAHLIBI
            Participant

            Udja greetings,

            I have very much enjoyed this discussion and the response given by Sebai Maa. The most important part of the teachings for me is the intuitionally realization that comes from listening-reflecting-meditation. That requires that there be a preceptor. This makes the teaching practical and the self-realization is where I know the teacher can take me. In this regard Im working to surrender my egoistic habits and concepts to higher Actions. Htp

    • #2552
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Important themese.

      1. How ancient Shetaut Neter is.
      Why I find this important?
      It demonstrates how far back into antiquity this spiritual system goes and how advanced the society was. Because if the waters that eroded the Horemakhet last fell about 10,000 B.C. – 7,000 B.C. and it had to take thousands of years for the water to make those groves in the stone. This means the Horemakhet may have been there for hundreds if not thousands of years before when the land was lush and green like Ausar. It also demonstrates that we were not primitive people but well advanced to build this monument.

      2. The importance of the relation between teacher and aspirant/student.
      The Teacher Student relationship has to clear and respected by both. The student (I) must be willing to submit to the teachings of the divine as the teacher imparts the wisdom.
      The teacher must be willing to share freely with those students who are truly devoted to the teachings and not hold back if the student has demonstrated mastery of the level of teachings that he/her is on.

      3.The importance of diet and company.
      Keeping good company is essential in my spiritual growth and development. Like minded people will help to give support when needed and teacher isn’t available so one doesn’t stray from teachings.
      Eating the proper material for the Soul, Mind and Body are vital to keep us in clean, pure and in harmony with the Neberdjer. Also when and how to eat.

      What impressed me in video(s)?

      I was impressed by the Sebai Maa’s and Seba Dja’s presentations because as always they are always to the point and everything is brought back to the divine self. All the teachings have deeper and deeper layers of wisdom and they work through the layers in way that is easy to follow.

      Hetep

      • #2561
        admin
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        egypt_54

        Udja
        The evidence of the Horemakhet cannot be overstated as it is integral to our understanding of the importance of the historical context and the prominence of the Neterian teaching in our lives today. This impressive perspective allows us to understand the importance of the Neterian teaching not only in the lives of the Kemetic ancestors but in the lives of all who witnessed it from other countries in ancient times. Mostly we are to consider its builders and their message of harmonizing the above and below; and to that point the deeper and deeper layers of the teaching and it’s understanding help to reveal.
        Keeping good association is a key component in the effort to understand the teaching and you have discerned that in listening to the teaching,, even when it seems simplified, there are nuances of depth that are revealed especially the more that the aspirant is purified from the physical, psychological and spiritual obstacles; and the study and practice of the Shedy (disciplines of Shetaut Neter and Sema Tawi) aim to promote this process.

        HTP

      • #3002
        Anonymous
        Inactive

        Udja NefaAnkh Ausar,
        I agree, the realization that there was an African culture that was so far developed changed my whole perception about the world as I knew it. As I learn the teachings and wisdom of how to live a human life from a spiritual perspective I am reaping the benefits on so many levels that truly matter.

        Htp

    • #2554
      Nefertem
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson 6 Video
      • Rekh means to know – Once something is known it is no longer a mystery
      • The Heka offered 4 times
      • 4 symbolizes Creation NSEW
      • 1000 beef Symbolizes Maleness
      • 1000 geese Symbolizes Femaleness
      • Offering table contains 3 items
      • Libation Water was poured on the hetep slab?
      • Ancient Kemetic Temple has 3 Separate Sections:
      Outer Court (mortals) – Receive the initial teaching (devotional, changing prayers)
      • Inner Court (Initiates) – (High Philosophy)
      • Holy of Holies – Individuals that have received the light.
      Explain what impressed you most in this presentation

      I’m going to keep this one simple and straightforward.
      I have a hunger for high philosophy even though I not sure of what to expect. I know but haven’t remembered.

      • #2576
        admin
        Keymaster

        ALtar image1

        (HTP Offering table)

        “Mastery of self consists not in abnormal dreams, visions and fantastic imaginings or living, but in using the higher FORCES against the lower thus escaping the pains of the lower by vibrating on the higher.”

        -Ancient Egyptian Proverbs

        Udja

        “I know but haven’t remembered.”

        I think this statement typifies the issue and predicament of humanity and the avid spiritual aspirant is one who sets out to uncover the mystery of what has been forgotten; and indeed it has been forgotten but not lost. Like the keys one looks for that are right in one’s pocket that intuitional wisdom remains, though subsumed below an ocean of egoistic dreams; for as the harper sings, our existence on earth is but a dream. Yet, the dreamer is real even if the dream is an illusion. However ignorant human beings are living a dream within a dream and when they wake up from one dream they enter the other and then repeat the same cycle again and again. For, one who learns the philosophy and its application can open the doors of the temple but only after being cleansed of the vestiges of the dream. All preparation of studies leads to this but it is only effective when there is a purity of heart born of practice of shedy. So let that hunger be fed with the ever satisfying food of the gods and goddesses and we are told that they live and breathe by truth and in so doing we too become godlike. Allow your hunger to grow into shemsu udja (burning aspiration, being an ardent follower) towards the teaching and your hunger will be satiated in a way that no physical food can satisfy the body. This is the food given by the Hetep offering and the reward of its consumption.

        HTP

        • #3017
          KaMaat-Amentat
          Participant

          Udja,

          Indeed, the offering table is some what like symbolism to me, it’s like creating a space for you and the divine to dwell in harmony. It is indeed a practice of devotion and love of the divine spirit in all things.

          Htp

    • #2556
      Anonymous
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      Charles,
      Dua for your reflection on the topic of surrendering to the Neter.
      Just as we surrender to the lower nature of the ego, Setian nature. We must surrender to the divine within and or to a spiritual guide this is definitely one of the keys to attaining enlightenment. The surrender to the divine allows Heru to rise and helps to break some of the fetters that bind me.

      Hetep

      • #2577
        admin
        Keymaster

        Hetep

    • #2582
      DinahPemberton
      Participant

      Lesson 1, Level 1 Video Assignment Intro to SN short part 1b.mp4

      List the important themes presented

      • Greater understanding of what Neterian spirituality is
      • Ancient religion of Africa
      • The Organisation and what it entails
      • The Importance of a Righteous Student
      • The Meaning of Shetaut Neter
      • Shemsu
      • Cosmic Forces
      • How do we understand images of the Divine
      • Who was the founder of Neterianism
      • The purpose of life
      • The Three Stages of Religion
      • The Great Awakening
      • Shedy Discipline
      • Importance of the Kemtic diet
      • Egyptian Yoga
      • Worship program to be practiced 3x daily
      • Heru & Aset

      Explain what most impressed you the most in this presentation

      I was impressed the most by the part on Heru and Aset. The concept of the two opposite of creation, higher and lower, which brings out balance in the Neterian culture. To finish off, the Three Stages of Religion and the example of using Aset, this helped to gain a clearer over standing of the stages.

      • #2591
        admin
        Keymaster

        Aset-and-Baby-Heru-Maddona

        “Of all marvels, that which most wins our wonder is that man has been able to find out the nature of the Gods and bring it into play. Since then, our earliest progenitors were in great error-seeing they had no rational faith about the Gods, and that they paid no heed unto their cult and holy worship-they chanced upon an art whereby they made Gods. To this invention they conjoined a power that suited it derived from cosmic nature; and blending these together, since souls they could not make, they evoked daimon’s souls or those of angels; and attached them to their sacred images and holy mysteries, so that the statues should, by means of these, possess the powers of doing good and the reverse.”

        -Ancient Egyptian Proverbial Wisdom

        Udja

        this was a very packed lesson with many items which cannot be overemphasized. Therefore, keep these reflections gained in your listing also foremost in mind as you move forward to the next lessons as these items will resurface again. Well done.

        Indeed, the Asarian Resurrection myth is replete with glorious and advancing teachings couched in mythic wisdom and symbolism. What is discerned from it is the origin, source of existence, the nature of reality, the heavens and beyond as well as the realization of our own existence which they, the Neteru (gods and goddesses) are a reflection and one’s creation.

        HTP

      • #4515
        Jason W
        Participant

        Dua Dinah

        I also find the Asarian tradition very remarkable as you do..While under the bondage of dogma i always thought of it as something pagan or demonic. I find it very remarkable how Sebai MAA teaches the very mysteries of this most important tradition and how it relates to the human experience and more importantly how it uncovers the very nature of human beings.

        Dua for your reply

        HTP.

    • #2592
      Bastu Akhu
      Participant

      Level 1 – Lesson 3 Video Assignment – Intro to SN short part 3b.mp4 (41:15)
      List the important themes presented
      1. Recognition of Egyptian Yoga by Eastern/Indians – Despite the evidence of Egyptian Yoga found and documented by Indian Scholars, Western Scholars, Sages, only a few have given recognition to it, most will reject it.
      2. Divinity Set – Didn’t have a temple –
      a) In the beginning of the culture Set was seen as a good Divinity that represent the lower forces (sexuality, greed, power, etc.)
      b) Lower forces are not negative forces- desire is natural, improper use of them in an unnatural way lead to unrighteousness, ignorance and delusion.
      c) Set took on a negative connotation when he was adopted by foreign invaders, Hyksos (invading land is an exaggerated desire) as their God.
      3. Temples and teachings – Different temples relate different aspect of the teachings through stories – relaying different pieces of the puzzle

      3. Amun Ra Ptah (The Great Trinity) –
      a) Amun – Witnessing Consciousness
      b) Ra – Interaction between witness and time and space ( totality of mind)
      c) Ptah – physical reality– time and space
      d) States of Mind – Consciousness Subconscious and Unconscious Mind
      4. Wakeful Consciousness – In all states of being there is a positive and negative experience
      a) Key is to be awake in all states of being – this is positive
      b) Not able to consciously be aware (awake) in dream world, waking reality etc. – negative
      c) Going into a dream (astral realm) and knowing it is a dream and illusory while in it (positive)
      d) In the waking state being aware of this reality as illusory and not be affected because it’s not abiding (positive)
      5. Techniques to awaken consciousness–
      a) Basic for general population
      b) Advance technique is given to advanced practitioners to manipulate certain energy centers etc. to force/push consciousness to awaken
      c) Practitioner has to be prepared and willing to do what’s required ( take time to purify the personality) , attain a certain level of study – a serious and dedicated aspirant
      6. Delusion – Some people belonging to other religion and traditions go to Neterian meetings, lectures etc. of which they get insights but still hold on to their beliefs, they are not dedicated or committed to evolving further through the teachings, they still hold firm to their beliefs and traditions for different reasons
      a) Practice and experience of the teaching gives it legitimacy
      b) The resurrection/Nehast is the key/ goal of teachings- this is not found in other systems
      7. Truth Seeker –
      a) not only seek to know or hear of truth, they act upon it, adhere to it
      b) Key to Maat Philosophy – Morals are judged by deeds not by words
      c) Truth is free and available to those who are mature and ready to find it
      8. Mysticism – growing into the awakening of the all-encompassing divinity – not all religious practices lead to this

      Explain what impressed you most in this presentation
      I was impressed with the explanation of the Great Trinity, Amun Ra Ptah and the different states of mind (conscious, subconscious and unconscious). I gathered that Ra is the totality of mind and is the tool that’s used to interact between the physical reality (Ptah) and Amun (Witnessing Consciousness). This explanation made me think of the different states of mind (dull, agitated and lucid) and how each state would affect the interaction process. The explanation of dissolving one ‘leg’ of the trinity through meditation to have direct experience was profound as I cognized (Djehuti) that to be a master of each plane (physical, astral and casual) one has to go beyond it, go beyond time and space, go beyond mind and go beyond Self to be one with Neberdjer which is direct experience. Aligning with the right concept of Self as Divine and letting go of identifying with limited identity of ego personality of who we are will cause ‘legs’ of trinity to dissolve leading to direct experience. I also gathered that direct experience cannot be cognized/explained because it’s beyond mind, senses etc., it transcends these states.

      Htp

      • #2608
        admin
        Keymaster

        om-amun-ra-ptah-painting-fi

        “Om Amun Ra Ptah” Painting by Sebai MAA

        Udja

        Well, this has been an extensive and very thorough posting. One of the wonderful features of this classroom setup is that it allows all students to read the new postings and rehear the teaching that they also learned and also they may receive new comments and gain new insights even from the same assignment so this is an important feature that all aspirants in this program should keep in mind. The reiteration of the points helps all to keep the basic elements of the teaching foremost in mind as opposed to things leaned that are quickly forgotten even as people say oh I heard that last week so I know that and I don’t need to read or hear that again. That is a big mistake; an avid aspirant would want to seek out any opportunity to rehear the teaching especially when it is being reiterated for there are variations and nuances that come out.

        Now, on the issue of the Great Trinity, indeed, where you have stated as “I gathered that…” definitely you have gathered rightly. One point is that all one needs to do is knock out one leg of the tripod or three legged stool and the whole illusion falls down!

        HTP

    • #2598
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Level 1 Lesson 2 Video

      Important Themes:
      Three levels of aspirations, aspirant, striving & established
      Pylons represent duality of life that is to be united. This is why we pass between the Pylons
      Three levels of Mind, Unconscious, Subconscious & conscious
      Three levels of consciousness, waking, dream and sleep
      Three aspects of an authentic religion, Myth, Ritual & Mysticism
      No Devil in Shetaut Neter
      There is no darkness like the darkness of ignorance
      All matter is made of the same stuff of Nun
      African Religion(s) not polytheistic
      Four Great Truths
      Wisdom without devotion is blind intellectualism

      What impressed me in the video?

      I was most impressed by the Four Great Truths. 1. One Supreme Divinity/Neberdjer 2. Unrighteousness brings ignorance of the Divine 3. Devotion to the Divine leads to freedom of ignorance of the Divine 4. Doing Shedy leads to the Divine and knowing the true self

      • #2606
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja

        You well discerned many important fundamental teachings of Shetaut Neter which you and all aspirants should strive to keep in close memory as you proceed through the program.

        I would like you to speak more on HOW the Great Truths impressed you? For example, what about these struck a chord with your personality, spiritual aspiration and impetus to engage in this program? Or any other thoughts you may add.
        HTP

        • #2630
          Anonymous
          Inactive

          The four great truths impressed upon me some key aspects of Shedy. Bringing clarity and focus.

          UaUa: One one. There is only one supreme divinity that encompasses all. This is the divine supreme intelligence, the dot in the center of the circle from which all others emanate. Not a spook floating around in the sky and no horned being waiting in the bowels of Geb waiting to stick me with a fork. I must make a serious and continuous effort to experience Nehast.

          Ignorance of the divine give way to the unmaatian aspect of the ego and blinds me to the light of the Neter.

          As I continue and maintain devotion to the divine and keep the principles of Maat i will elevate my Setian nature and unite it with the higher self. Causing me to become more and more aware as I move closer to Nehast.

          Shedy leads to knowing the self and activates the 5th chakra making one true of speech.

          • #2645
            admin
            Keymaster

            HTP

    • #2628
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Important themes Level 1 Lesson 3 video assignment

      .Maat Philosophy is to be practiced daily.
      .Practical and Metaphysical aspects.
      .Shedy means to uncover the mysteries.
      .Our actions leave residue on the soul even after death.
      .Akhu means and enlightened being.
      .Devotion to the divine 3 times a day based on the position of KhepRa, Ra & Tem.
      .Neteru are a support system.
      .Symbols aid in comprehending the abstract.
      .Enlightenment can be attained either by the Religious, Yogic or Integral path.
      .A preceptor is needed in order for an aspirant or initiate to advance in spiritual teachings.

      What impressed me most?

      I was most impressed by Weighing of the heart explanation.
      What impressed me with the weighing of the heart is the three different levels of the judgement based on how well we lived based on Maat. I always thought it was either level with the feather or heavier. Didn’t know the ab could be lighter than the feather.

      • #2647
        admin
        Keymaster

        Section thumnail  Shedy of Action

         

        Lecture series: Highlights – Essence of Shedy…

         

         

         

        Udja
        You discerned many important points in this presentation. Indeed the teaching of the “Weighing of the heart” in the balance scale of Maat is a fundamental wisdom of Neterian religion and philosophy and glorious as well as fascinating for it give specific insight into the nature of mind and the predicament of the human personality. As such it is crucial to the success of a spiritual aspirant to have clear and detailed insight into this philosophy and how to effect the desired changes in the mind that will lead to enlightenment -Nehast. I invite you –if you have not seen it already- to view the Highlights of Shedy” class currently going on weekly where there was another detailed explanation in which you may receive some further nuances of understanding. Additionally at this site you can also find the original presentation given at the 2014 Neterian Conference.

        HTP

    • #2632
      DinahPemberton
      Participant

      Lesson 2, Level 1 Video Assignment Intro to SN short part 2.mp4

      List the important themes presented

      • The Basic observances of Shemsu
      • Different types of meditation that are practiced – I practice private meditation
      • Discussion on Light Meditation
      • Maat Philosophy
      • Disciplines of Postures
      • The importance pf integral Practice
      • Wisdom

      Explain what most impressed you the most in this presentation

      Maat Philosophy touched me, especially when stated if your heart is heavier than Maat. This means your heart is full of worry, desire etc. Furthermore it was stated, this means you are an unrighteous person and you will suffer for your delusion. I connected with this part of the clip as I know this to be true about myself. I do worry a lot and desire “aryu”. I can see how I suffer on a mental and emotional level from these delusions I have applied to myself and how it affects me. They don’t serve me at all but I continue to desire. I wouldn’t have considered myself an unrighteous person. But I see the truth in the teachings. I clearly see how the teachings will lead me to fulfillment and an authentic spiritual path.

      The next part that impressed me was, when Sebai MAA explained about, aspirants learning how to act, think, feel and reason like the chosen preceptor, followed by surrendering to the teachings. When I was listening to this part of the presentation, i remembered i had a dream, which i will share. After I sent the application form for the Egyptian Mysteries I had a dream, but I was awake also. I heard a voice say Sekhmet and I then began to feel a strong and powerful energy flow through me. In the dream I was walking like I was a goddess my posture was straight and I felt like royalty. I really can’t put words on the experience, but straight away I connected to what Sebai MAA was saying.

      To conclude, I really appreciated the part on wisdom teaching, and how the teachings allows you to develop and purify your intellect so you can reach that level of intuitional over standing. This is occurred through a three step process
      1. Listening
      2. Reflection
      3. Meditation
      From since a young age I have been in tune and aware of my intuitive self. I have experienced many paths to help and guide me. I am sometimes aware when my intellect gets involved with my intuition and I start over analyzing myself and focus on the negative. The more I study and practice the teachings the more aware I become of how I allow my negative thoughts to control me. Recently my phone has stop working and I’ve had to take it to get repaired. I am learning again about detachment and letting go of things. I use my phone for practically everything. I have been frustrated felt alone and isolated. But also I have become aware of the positives. I’ve not needed my alarm to wake me up. I’m not gossiping any more. I have more energy to organize my home, children and find time to study and meditate. I get my phone back tomorrow and have made a conscious decision to leave it of till Monday, to continue working through my desires and detachment issues that have been presented to me.

      In knowing that the teachings will help me to have a deeper over standing, of my intuition, am extremely grateful, I am aware this will take time and patience. I am happy I followed my intuition to study the Shetaut Neter teachings. I feel like I am remembering and beginning to find the missing piece to myself.

      • #2648
        admin
        Keymaster

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        Udja
        I am pleased that you are so touched by the discourse on Maat. The balance scales of Maat relate to the three fates of the soul based on its capacity to follow righteousness in life. The myth of Sa-Asar gives further insight into the three fates. For more on the fate of the soul you can review the Myth of Sa-Asar. See the brief discussion on it from that presentation video above. This is a wonderful mythic wisdom teaching that I discussed at the 2013 Neterian Conference and previously; it is one of the key mythic teachings that provides the components of a full mythic wisdom teaching of Neterian wisdom and the complete path to Enlightenment.
        I want to give more insight into what is mean by “unrighteous person.” The term unrighteousness should not be taken with a negative connotation as in bad or evil but rather as in error or incorrect, in other words “not right”. So a person can be in the wrong due to error, delusion, ignorance, etc. If there is willful ignorance and not wanting to or not having the capacity to face the truth and make changes then that is very degraded. If there is purposeful wrongdoing with intent and malice of forethought then we may refer to that person as seitan or demoniac but in reality, the deluded person acts unrighteous with intent to fulfill worldly desires. If the unrighteous person has no capacity to even recognize, have compassion, empathy, etc then we may refer to that personality as sociopathic or psychotic, people who have degraded (mentally deficient) personality such that they are incapable of feeling empathy or there is such degradation that the empathy and ethical conscience are blocked/atrophied such that they can only act in antisocial ways. Society needs to be protected from such personalities and such personalities should never be allowed to take positions of leadership in any area of society.
        So being righteous means following truth and not just being in the right or following laws just because they are law. It is exercising judgment based on truth to the extent one understands it at present. Though if a higher aspect of truth is presented then the lower is to be left behind. In this way a teacher can teach to the level of the student and when the student is ready a higher teaching can be given. If there is holding on to the lower due to childishness, immaturity, ignorance, mental incapacity, etc, then that is unrighteousness and that person is not fit to be given higher knowledge.

        As for your reflections on how the “negative thoughts to control me.” Indeed you are reflecting well and continue in this line and allow the understanding to flow and a new way of thinking to be engendered based on righteousness. And yes, use technology to promote facility in legitimate duties of life and don’t let it take over your life. So put the phone down when not needed and set limits. This is a righteous way of handling it.

        HTP

    • #2638
      Anonymous
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      Level 1, Leson 2, Video Assignment: Intro to SN short part 2b.

      Important themes:

      • Devotional Worship: (1) Public worship in a temple lead by a priest or priestess (since a temple is not available to me, the Devotional Worship program on blog talk radio is); (2) Private worship in your home (set up an area in my home to practice.

      • Judgment of Maat: As Sabai Maa discussed the different levels I realized that we are accountable for what happens to us. We have been given a formula to follow the guidelines by the 42 Precepts of Maat and if we reflect on them and gain an intuitive wisdom by applying them to our lives we will reach our goal. However, if the ultimate goal is not reached this lifetime we continue to move forward as we reincarnate in successive lifetimes. I see this as a steady path always moving forward, at times taking a step back, however, after that backward step if wisdom is gained from it, it is still considered moving forward.

      • On a practical level applying the precepts wil help us to lead a life of righteousness, however, the most important part as we achieve this is becoming in alignment in nature. I have been watching and observing as my day goes and also as I progress in my practice. Although obstacles arise, I notice that if I stay consistent in my practice and contentious in monitoring my actins, speech and thoughts to move in alignment with the practice, not only am I able to move past those obstacles more smoothly but the obstacles seem to not come as often.

      • Learning how to think: It is clear to me from years of experience that how I think about life and my “philosophy” before finding Shetaut Neter was not making me happy. I was concerned even after starting the program how I would learn to think and reason properly. Knowing that my preceptor will not only set an example but also assist me in learning the right way to reason and think has alleviated my concerns. I thought I would have to make a leap of faith, however, the proof of the validity of the philosophy is the history of the culture of Ancient Egypt and its achievements.

      • Knowledge + Experience = Wisdom.. As we learn the teaching, become one with it and apply it to our lives, as well as purifying our minds, we will learn the ultimate wisdom, which is Intuitive wisdom and the knowledge of self.

      • #2650
        admin
        Keymaster

        Maat“No one reaches the beneficent West (heaven) unless their heart is righteous by doing MAAT. There is no distinction made between the inferior and the superior person; it only matters that one is found faultless when the balances and the two weights stand before the Lord of Eternity. No one is free from the reckoning. Thoth, a baboon, holds the balances to count each one according to what they have done upon earth.”

        Udja
        Indeed, the public aspect of the Shetaut Neter temple included blogtalk classes and worships, conferences, intermittent programs that may be given throughout the year and also local group meetings that may be available. In this day and age with many of us scattered the technology can help bridge the gap and should be availed as much as possible. This program and the developments to enhance it that may be added in the future will enhance the shedy experience.

        You have included some key statements in your post: first: “I notice that if I stay consistent in my practice and contentious in monitoring my actions, speech and thoughts to move in alignment with the practice, not only am I able to move past those obstacles more smoothly but the obstacles seem to not come as often.” The more knowledgeable you become about what is righteous and the more purity you gain through practice of the disciplines the more will you will have to be able to follow the dictates of your conscience so keep up the good work there.

        On your statement: “the proof of the validity of the philosophy is the history of the culture of Ancient Egypt and its achievements.” Actually, the philosophy and history, architecture, etc. is merely an effect; the true proof of the teaching is experienced by a person who discovered their higher self and that is the real source of any and all glories of the teaching. The philosophy, the history of the culture of Ancient Egypt and its achievements are evidence of the greatness that was achieved but that is only a reflection of the actual greatness of enlightenment. Remember this teaching and direct yourself to the source by means of its effects and you will eventually arrive at the ultimate destination” and this is actually what you yourself alluded to in your last statement: “Intuitive wisdom and the knowledge of self.” The experience of enlightenment is an intuitive development and that is the ultimate “proof” of the truth of life after death, immortality, the existence of God, the idea that the ego is illusory and the world is like a dream, etc.

        HTP

    • #2651
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Level 1 Lesson 4 video assignment

      Important Themes:
      • Two Truths, the practical and the transcendental
      • Neteru are metaphor for understanding the self
      • The Divine/God cannot exclude anyone or anything because of its all-encompassing nature.
      • Even the Neteru will have to go before the scales of Maat
      • Neteru are expressions, aspects or the various qualities of the Nebedjer
      • We must try to look beyond the physical form to see the Neter in all things

      What impressed me?
      The two truths impressed me.
      On one side there is the practical the surface layer where many of us dwell. Not yet ready, trained or prepared to transcend and go beyond the bounds of the physical, mental and dare I say the spiritual world. The other side there is liberation from time and space and beyond the finite world of mere mortal existence to a place of abiding peace and enlightenment.

      • #2663
        admin
        Keymaster

        UN that which exists - what is - the absolute“UN” – The Absolute

        Udja

        Indeed, one of the harder issues for an aspirant to reconcile is the issue of practical versus philosophical/transcendental reality. The former is apparent while the latter is conceptual; for this reason they are not to be confused though an aspirant must learn at first intellectually what the transcendent means and how it should affect the practical. This allows the personality to reshape the aryu so as to lead the personality to an experience of the transcendental even as the practical seems to continue. This issue points to the nature of “realities”; neither the practical nor the transcendental is abiding but merely a concept based on the effect of limited experience and intellectual capacity, for upon examination neither can be “real” as they are based on limited mental ideations sustained by egoistic and limited sensory perceptions. Nevertheless, these concepts when understood and lived in accordance with the precepts of the teaching lead to the absolute and actual experience which can neither be classified as a reality nor as a concept. Nevertheless, until that absolute is realized, the conceptual is used as a means to lead the ignorant mind to a state of wisdom at which time the conceptual is no longer needed.

        HTP

      • #2687
        Shems Ua Netert
        Participant

        Reply to: Nafa Ankh Ausar, Level 1, Lesson #4 Video Assignment

        Udja Nafa Ankh Ausar,

        I also find the concept of transcendental & practical levels of reality to be interesting. Lately, I think a lot about it in terms of attempting to unite my higher and lower selves. I look forward to learning more about how to achieve this.

        Htp,

        Lindsey

        • #2726
          admin
          Keymaster

          Udja

          The key to finding that balance is continued shedy in general but also khnumt nefer or good association in particular, for that affords the opportunity to constantly modulate the understanding based on the current experiences of wisdom and feeling afforded by the teaching and actions in the world throughout life. Through this process the aspirant can adjust and adapt to varying levels of understanding about the practical versus the transcendental and how to negotiate the application of the higher knowledge to the world of time and space. Then doing the best they can to apply that teaching (not all efforts are always successful) the experiences combine with knowledge and care (devotional love) on the path leads to wisdom. Wisdom is an attainment of understanding based on gain from and application of knowledge and feeling to worldly experiences that allows the positive and higher aspects of the personality to be discovered and adopted while letting the unwise understandings and negative feelings behind so as to experience a higher order of life and being (Un) as one with the higher self.
          HTP

    • #2685
      Shems Ua Netert
      Participant

      Level 1, Lesson #4 Video Assignment: Intro to SN, Dja- conference 2008 part 1, 1:00:47

      List the important themes presented:

      Spiritual experience through Shetaut Neter does not have to occur by visiting Kemet; in fact, many people visit Kemet and do not have a spiritual experience. The spiritual experience can occur any place where the teachings are lived instead of just discussed, such as in the Temple of Aset in Georgia. In the temple, aspirants are reminded that they are Gods.

      Having a sacred space is necessary in order to take a break from the involvement of the world, so that people can remember their true, divine nature.

      Aspirants can come as they are to the temple. While aspirants may come intoxicated with blood (desire for flesh), and beer (worldly pleasure), the sages will add mandrake (intoxification with the bau or souls of Ra; fullness of peace derived from self-knowledge) that will enable the aspirants to grow spiritually. Aspirants should also sprinkle themselves with mandrake through spiritual practice.

      We are the eye of Ra that needs to be healed and nurtured. We are like Hetheru, a goddess, who became so consumed by the world that she almost killed her brother. Her degradation represents the degradation of humanity that is currently occurring.
      Shetaut Neter is the ancient African religion that was practiced in ancient Egypt (Kemet.) Shetaut Neter can be translated as “secret or hidden divinity.” This term is not new, but can be found in the ancient Kemeten texts. The influences of Shetaut Neter can be found in all major religions, though these major religions are not the same practice as Shetaut Neter itself. Both western and “traditional” African religion as they are currently known are missing the mystical aspect of religion.

      Followers of Shetaut Neter can be called “Neterians.” “Shemsu neter” refers to a follower of Neter, or a person who follows the teachings of Shetaut Neter. Lord Khepri is the founder of Neterianism who brought forth creation from himself, and sustains it by sailing his boat.

      “Africa will not be free until its leaders pray to African Gods and Goddesses without apology.” Many who describe themselves as “afrocentric” go to modern Christian churches, which is a contradiction.

      The only relevant family lineage stems from the Paut Neteru, or company of Neterian Gods and Godesses. We are all linked by life-force energy to the divine, thus we are divine ourselves.

      The purpose of human life is to rise above the senses and desires of the physical body. Following the teachings of Shetaut Neter will ultimately lead us to nehast, or spiritual enlightenment. We do this by development through the 4 shedy disciplines: Yoga of Devotion (emotion), Yoga of Meditation (will), Yoga of Selfless Service (action) and Yoga of Wisdom (reason.)

      Explain what impressed you most in this presentation:

      I liked the discussion about blood, beer, and mandrake on the menu. While at this moment, we may sometimes find ourselves caught up in carnal desires and seeking worldly pleasures, the mandrake we receive from the Sages and our own spiritual practice will ultimately lead us to success on the spiritual path.

      • #2723
        admin
        Keymaster

        GLM Mythology for Solstice 2005 slide of setjert

        Teaching from the 2005 and 2008 Glorious Light Meditation Presentation

        Udja
        It is heartening that you have taken such interest in the Glorious Light Meditation myth and its wisdom teaching. Indeed, Hetheru in the form of rampaging Sekhemit represents humanity in a certain stage of being out of control as well as deluded with greed and negative feeling, desiring for that which is unrighteous, violent, agitated and deluded. Each individual also suffers through the states of mind typified by lucidity, agitated, and dull and are struggling to reach lucidity so that from there they can reach for Nehast. Drinking that Setjert drink containing the blood, beer, and mandrake is really more than a ritual; it is also engaging in a process that allows the personality to grow in peace, wisdom, introspection and awareness of the divine entity that one is deep down. So it is the taking in of the wisdom of Djehuty, the spiritual essence of Ra, a calmative and reception of wisdom from the preceptor that culminates in devotion to the teaching and the teacher. Notice that the Setjert was given in the beginning of the interaction between Sekhemit and Djehuty and by listening to his teaching that wisdom, the souls of Ra grew in her and had full expression when her devotion came to a high point after being saved by Djehuty from the serpents. Wisdom saves the aspirant from the ills and evils of worldly existence and devotion to that wisdom as if lifts that wisdom to its heights so that it vanquishes all obstacles and future ills. This is a glorious teaching. So accepting a spiritual path that is compatible with one’s higher spiritual capacity and goal as one’s path, as opposed to practicing a religion of other cultures that is limited and thus deficient, is a necessary step to being able to realize the goal of life.

        HTP

      • #2804
        Nefertem
        Participant

        Udja,

        I enjoyed this reflection very much especially when you stated “spiritual experience can occur any place where the teachings are lived instead of just discussed”.

        HTP

    • #2716
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Level 1, Leson 3, Video Assignment: Intro to SN short part 3b.

      Important themes:
      • Buddhism and East Indian Yoga have their roots in Ancienct Egyptian Yoga.
      • Set represents the lower forces of the personality, the unnatural application of the lower forces represents the ego that has been influenced and taken over by ignorance. Set is not considered a negative god.
      • There are different levels of meditation that reach different levels of the mind. As the aspirant progresses with their studies they will be trained in alignment with their progress and the Preceptor determines how an aspirant progresses.
      • Shetaut Neter is a “whole” philosophy and one must be aware of one’s commitment and what one is committing to. There are other “religions” that mimic some parts of the philosophy and one should be aware of associating with those who follow other religions and choose their association carefully.
      • Nehas is the goal, to reach that goal one must actually create a lifestyle the includes speech, actions and thought that are in alignment with Maat and one is judged by one’s deeds, not just the intellectual knowledge.

      What impressed me most in this presentation?
      To succeed in the goal of Nehast by following Shetaut Neter one must be aware of the truth of the philosophy and the commitment required. Ari/Karma that has brought you to study is not enough. It takes determination and the exercising of ones will power to stay the coarse until the goal is reached. Reflecting on the teachings in this video, I am very much aware of the events in my life this lifetime. The idea that I define my future by my actions today, very sobering.

      • #2725
        admin
        Keymaster

        slide from Shedy Wisdom presentation showing aryu

        slide from 2015 Shedy Wisdom presentation showing teaching of aryu in the Pert M Heru text of Ancient Kemet

        Udja
        Well said and very succinct. Aspiration or Heru, in the personality manifests as that awakening to the fact of the predicament that one is in, living by truths and standards of popular culture that are unhealthful or even vile, leads to degradation of the personality as well as untold sufferings through many lifetimes. Maturing as a human being means coming to a realization of the problem and how limited and degraded one’s life really is and developing the will to follow a different path. The starting out in that path may be gradual and sometimes one goes down a dead end street=t with religions or philosophies that are limited and do not instruct and practice the full program of religion and mystic philosophy as it was discovered by the sages of old, and then it is necessary to backtrack and follow a better course. The teaching of Maat offers many insights into the nature of mind and how aryu affects and effects the course and destiny of life in the physical and astral planes. Therefore, realizing the predicament and having faced one’s life squarely, means facing the errors of one’s actions based on ignorant belief systems that have led the personality in a Setian direction leading to Setian experiences (sufferings, disappointments, frustrations, loss, death and reincarnation. Then a resolve is born of the touch of sense in an intellect that is a little less clouded than before, this is s Djehuty within that tells your mind that this is wrong and there is a better way so let’s learn from the mistakes and seek out that better way. The seeking leads to greater intellectual capacity until that lucid intellect introduces mind to the ideal of the higher soul, Asar and when the personality agrees and devotes to that soul then the love and wisdom lead to intuitional realization (Aset) puts the remaining pieces together for understanding (Saa) that higher self. So it is in our hands when we are able to give birth to that aspiration and when to effect the realization and in that effort it is instructed to practice shedy and that transforms the aryu, eventually rendering the mind pure and intellect bright and feeling uncorrupted for intuition shining and goal achieved (Nehast).

        HTP

    • #2740
      DinahPemberton
      Participant

      Lesson 3, Level 1 Video Assignment Intro to SN short part 3b.mp4

      List the important themes presented

      • Recognition of Egyptian Yoga and how other cultures relate to the same practice
      • Set – didn’t have a temple, Set represent the lower forces, which is not to be seen as negative and not to be considered as the devil. But as ego that come with ignorance.
      • Meditation and the Trinity Amun Ra Ptah
      • Dream world- it is possible to remain conscious in a dream state, which is a positive experience.
      • Shetaut Neter teachings in relation to other teachings of spirituality

      Explain what most impressed you the most in this presentation

      What impressed me the most was the part about the dream world and also how the physical world we live in is a dream. I dream every day, sometimes I am aware am conscious and sometimes am not. Furthermore the part on (Set) representing the lower forces, this has helped me to not be so hard on myself and approach myself more with care.

      • #2750
        admin
        Keymaster

        Harper
        “Something, which we have seen in a dream,
        Is the earthly side of life.”

        Harper’s Song, c. 1160 BC

        U
        Very good reflections for your heart.
        If you experience wakefulness in a dream –meaning you are aware you are dreaming, then you can affect the dream and be ok with whatever happens in it as you “know” it is not abidingly real. If the analogy of this reference is correctly understood, it means realizing that the waking reality is also dreamlike and fully realizing that means being free from any illusory aspect of it and not being troubled by it so much so that an alternative experience, the higher self- can be discovered.
        Truly, the misdeeds of the past are all based on the error of misunderstanding what life is, what the creation is and who we really are and this is the true culprit of all sins and therefore if that is fully eradicated then the taint and fault for any misdeed is removed. This is the declaration of the teaching and so following it allows an aspirant to remove the “Monkey on the back” of guilt, regrets and sorrows from the personality and make way for peace, fulfilment and enlightenment.

        HTP

    • #2780
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Level 1, Leson 5, Video Assignment: Intro to SN, Dja 2008 onference Part 2.

      Important themes:
      • Three times daily practice of worship related to the different aspects of Ra.
      • The Temple of Aset teaches different meditations and they compliment each other, an aspirant can pick one that resonates with them, participate in group meditations that are different than the one they pick, and continue to practice their original meditation and not experience any imbalance in their practice.
      • The yoga practice is not an exercise practice it is a philosophy, the exercise is an added benefit.
      • The offering of Maat was practiced in all the temples. It relates to ethics, righteous actions and how a person should act, think and speak.
      • Four aspects of the Sbedy practice: listening/reflecting on the teachings, Maat (actions, thoughts, speech), devotional worship, and meditation.
      • The teachings must be acted upon, not just studied and revered for success.
      • Patience, determination, and good association is important in the spiritual practice.
      • Burning desire, aspiration is necessary to succeed.
      • Spiritual growth is a process and takes time, you can judge your progress by the improvement in your Maat practice in every day life.
      • Nuk pu Nuk Asar Neter – I am that I am, Asar the Divinity.
      • Books and lectures are not enough, it is necessary to have contact with the Sabai to assist one on their journey.

      What impressed me most in this presentation?
      The importance of my spiritual practice (all aspects of it), and the importance of instruction from the Sabai, impressed me the most. Ultimately it is my responsibility to apply the teachings, study the teachings, make time for practice, and take the wisdom the Sabai imparts to me to help me in my progress.

      • #2796
        admin
        Keymaster

        Integral Yoga Slide with 4 disciplines pointing to oneness

        “GOD’s RAYS are the guides of millions of men and women.”
        -AEP

        Udja
        One important point worthy of reiteration is the factor of the complementarity of the different aspects of the teaching. An aspirant should not stressfully or mechanically try to mathematically add up all the practices for that will not work; but rather artistically practice the fundamental teaching that applies to all, starting with the minimal time allotted. Then they can concentrate on a particular area of interest or appeal by spending additional time in that area and allowing that area to be as if a spearhead and anchor for the spiritual practice. This is done while still practicing the other basic disciplines whilst emphasizing the areas of interest.
        For example: the basic disciplines are study of the teaching, devotional worship, right action and postures practice, meditation, health and hygiene. An aspirant can spend 30 minutes per day on each but they may find a special interest in say the postures, so they can add an extra 30 minutes to that aspect of Shedy disciplines while not reducing the other areas, but rather maintaining them steady. This is called Integral Practice and is a balanced, healthy way to engage the teaching that leads to gradual intensity and growing power in the spiritual journey.

        HTP

    • #2788
      De’EddaPowell
      Participant

      Level 1: Video 2

      1. List the important themes presented

      Public vs Private practice: Public practice is lead by a Priest or Priestess and is normally held in the outer portion of the temple. Where Private practice is held in the home with a personal alter.

      The first form of meditation was found on a tomb in ancient Kemet.

      The weighing of the heart: If your heart is light you will sit atthe throne with Asar. If your heart is medium you will be in the house with Asar. If your heart is heavy you will suffer then reincarnate.

      Being discipline: You must be discipline in performing the postures, chants and meditation

      You must trust your preceptor to be able to give you the knowledge need to understand and apply the philosophy.

      2. Explain what impressed you in this presentation

      What impressed me most or what stuck with me most in the video was that the information that we are learning is still written and can be seen on the tombs and other monuments in Kemet. I can’t wait to one day see those for myself.

      • #2798
        admin
        Keymaster

        amma su e pa neter give thyself to god glyphs with translation
        -Teaching of Sage Ani

        Udja

        This teaching has been presented so that you and all beginning aspirants may start to see the parameters and necessities of the teaching so you can start shifting your awareness to what the teaching is about and what needs to be done in order to attain its goals. So you are to start setting up a daily spiritual personal practice and that should work synergistically with the temple worship led byyour guides and this process will lead to the understanding of the teaching as well as to the realization of its goals.
        HTP

    • #2805
      Shems Ua Netert
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson #5 Video Assignment: Intro to SN by Dja- conference 2008 part 2

      2) The main themes I noticed were:

      The 3-fold worship in Shetaut Neter: at morning, noon, and evening, represents the 3 different aspects of Ra.

      There are 5 forms of the Neterian Meditation system, and the aspirant can choose which form to practice based on personal preference. At conferences, the aspirant is free to practice whichever meditation system is being taught. Through meditation, the aspirant experiences the transcendental self.

      Ancient Kemetic temple practice involved the Offering of Maat, or truth, righteousness, and virtue. Also, devotional practice was involved in all temples.

      In order to succeed, an aspirant needs to do more than study the teachings: the aspirant needs to live the teachings. The aspirant should cultivate qualities such as patience and perseverance. Good association, Knumt neter, is also important for allowing the aspirant to develop spiritually. Specifically, it is necessary to receive the teachings in the presence of the Sebai.

      “Shemsu udja shedy” is the burning desire to achieve Nehast. Without shemsu udja shedy, the aspirant is inclined to wander off the path of Shetaut Neter, and Nehast will not occur. The final objective of Kemetic religion is to say “Nuk pu Nuk Asar Neter”, or “I am that I am, Asar the Divinity!”

      3) What impressed me the most was the explanation of the hieroglyphs for the term “tenem.” It seems that if an aspirant is not fully focused on the goal of achieving Nehast, the aspirant might easily lose the way.

      • #2817
        admin
        Keymaster

        DSCN1438

        Udja
        Well done.
        The meditation systems are developed for different personalities so an aspirant can choose the one that suits their personality best. When in the general group all aspirants can practice the general meditation but the personal one is enjoined for personal practice and this way does not contradict the overall spiritual practice. For level 1 studies it is enjoined to practice the Simple Basic System along with rhythmic breathing since the task at level one initiatic studies is to bring the personality to a balanced foundation from which to build towards “Shemsu udja shedy” which will occur gradually and should not be rushed. If it is rushed an aspirant can suffer “soda water enthusiasm” wherein they are excited in the beginning and then it fizzles out. That is the immature practice of religion and shedy. The advanced way is balanced (with Maat) and khnumnt nefer (following the instructions of the teacher) with patience and antet begag (perseverance)

        HTP

    • #2826
      RonaldCrawford
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson 1- when explaining the meaning of shemsu neter (followers of divinity) the teacher pointed out that as followers we strive to act, think, and feel like divinities and altimately be like divinities. How is this possibly if they are hidden, if i am understanding the term shetaut neter incorrectly? what are we really saying when wwe say our religion is shetaut neter?

      • #2878
        admin
        Keymaster

        Shetaut Neter Glyphs vertical color GIF

        Udja

        the Name of this tradition is “SHETAUT NETER” meaning “Hidden Divinity” or that the divinity is hidden. In other words the nature of the Divine and indeed, of Creation and the origins of the soul is a “Mystery” and that is why it is refereed to as “Egyptian Mysteries”. Where is it hidden? there is the question that the Mystery School seeks to answer and that is the goal of all initiates.

        Now, once the teaching is followed then certain answers are revealed and certain insights are gained by the individual and thus the mysteries are discovered. From the outside they are mysteries just as the knowledge of any discipline in life (doctor, lawyer, engineer, chemist, etc.) is a mystery until it is taught and understood.

        The task of discovering the mysteries is the work and goal of every aspirant and the goal of the mystery school is to help that process.
        HTP

    • #2838
      Bastu Akhu
      Participant

      Lesson 4 – Video Assignment – Intro to SN by Dja -conference 2008 part 1 1:00:47

      List the important themes presented

      1. Sacred Space- A sacred space (Kemet) is created where the teachings of our Ancestors are lived. A sacred space is needed to facilitate immortal and Divine Gods and Goddesses in finding or unveiling their true nature through nurturing and healing that come from the practice (living) of the wisdom teachings.

      2. Degradation – The GLM story of Hetheru and Lord Djeuty tells of the human condition and how degraded one can become due to ignorance of true self. Hetheru, the great Goddess, the Eye of Ra came into the world and in her forgetfulness of her true nature did not recognize her brother and was ready to kill him when he came to bring her home to Kemet.

      3. Setjert – Blood (intoxication with worldly desire/egoism), Beer (intoxication with worldly pleasure-ignorance) and Mandrake (infused with light (Ra)) formula that Lord Djeuty gave Hetheru to heal her. It made her become aware of her true essence. Even though egoism and ignorance is present in the unenlightened human personality, adding mandrake to it leads to expanded consciousness and awareness of one’s true essence/ Nehast.

      4. Illusion/reality – if only illusion is experienced it becomes ones only reality, meditation allows one to experience another reality. The transcendental reality that allows for intuitional wisdom.

      5. Shetaut Neter – Authentic Kemetian African Religion (Myth, Ritual, Mysticism –oneness with the Divine) that teaches about the Supreme Being. It’s a spiritual path that leads to enlightenment. Those who follow this path are Neterians (Shemsu Neter).

      6. Neterian Beliefs/Creed – Four great truths of Shetaut Neter is the foundation and sums up practices of Shedy disciplines for spiritual enlightenment. Maat philosophy is key. The most important scriptures are the Prt M Hru and the Hessi Amun. The most important myth is the Asarian resurrection.

      6. Divine Lineage – Founder of Neterianism is Lord Khepri, gave teachings to Lord Djeuty who codified it and disseminate it to Aset, Asar and Hetheru. Asar disseminate teachings to Heru and Priest and Priestesses who gave it to us. Everyone is a part of this linage because we are linked by Sehkem ( the life force energy) to the Divine and each other.

      7. Practice of Shetaut Neter– There’s 2 aspects 1. Universal (everyone is divine) 2. Cultural -“Africa will not be free until its leaders pray to African God/Goddesses without Apology” John Henry Clarke. The study of teachings is to reclaim African philosophy, culture, spirituality and civilization. The practice itself is done through the Shedy disciplines of devotion, meditation, action and the wisdom teachings.

      Explain what impressed you most in this presentation

      Knowing that the mandrake formula used by Lord Djeuty in the GLM story is not only what we get at conferences, khnum nefer etc. but is also what we infuse in our daily lives through the Shedy disciplines. Eventually the mandrake, the light will overtake us and destroy egoism and ignorance and we become the light itself, one with God and attain Nehast /enlightenment. This is accomplished through enlightening all four aspects of the personality (emotions, intellect, selfless service and will power) through Integral yoga.

      • This reply was modified 8 years, 7 months ago by Bastu Akhu.
      • #2880
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja

        Mandrake in the Setjert drink GLM - deffinition

        This is a good listing and comprehensive. One correction is the name of Lord Djeuty- instead: “Djehuty”.
        The Setjert also symbolizes how the human personality has become mixed up with the experiences (pleasure/pain) of life which have led to the creation and intensification of aryu that clouds the personality’s capacity to know higher truth of the self –but the Setjert includes an active ingredient: the souls of Ra, and when those souls awaken, they overtake the vicissitudes of the lower self, giving it a foci of truth and render it spiritualized.

        The Setjert gives the personality a little of what it is used to, to calm it down and then stealthily infuses what it really wants but that which it cannot see due to its distractions—eventually as a seed, the souls of Ra awaken in the subtle personality and this is the rising serpent power and purifying of the seven psycho-spiritual consciousness centers that when fully awakened constitute spiritual enlightenment: Nehast or the Great Awakenting.

        HTP

    • #2843
      Shems Ua Netert
      Participant

      Level 1, Lesson #6 Video Assignment: Great Truths of Shetaut Neter

      The main themes I noticed in the video were:

      People have been fascinated by Kemetic religion for 1500 years. “Shetaut Neter” is the ancient African term for religion, and can be translated as “hidden divinity.”
      Many people come to Kemetic religion in search of higher truth; however, there are those who are not mature, and therefore, their search is not mature either.

      Ancient Egyptian temples were composed of 3 courts: the outer, middle, and inner. These sections of the temple represent the 3 forms of aspirants: the mortals, the initiates (those who are striving), and those who have received the Light. Having the capacity to enter the temple at all is an achievement. Spiritual forces prevent those who are not ready from entering. Most people do not care to move beyond the physical realm, or that which is perceived by the senses.

      An ancient Kemetic proverb reads “Seeking happiness in the world is the pursuit of an illusion.” Everything in the world is perishable, and therefore not real. Ultimately, the universe in its entirety will dissolve and return to its original state. Therefore, one should not make life about obtaining things in the world.

      Everything is actually composed of “paut” or primeval matter, which is the only substance that is real and unchanging. The different forms we perceive are actually only differences in vibration of the paut. Our earthly existence is temporary, while the spirit within us is constant. The Shedy disciplines are designed to reacquaint ourselves with our transcendent nature.

      The complete practice of religion includes myth, ritual, and mysticism. Most modern-day religious practice is incomplete. If we do not actively work toward cleansing ourselves of the fetters of Set, they will pull us down. The 4 great truths of Shetaut Neter allude to elevating ourselves through the Shedy disciplines in order to experience oneness with the Divine.

      3) What impressed me the most was the idea that we will be pulled down unless we actively elevate ourselves. It is easy to become complacent.

      • #2884
        admin
        Keymaster

        slide from 2015 shedy presentation-jailing of Aset by Set

        Udja
        Very well done, well stated and well listed. I cannot change anything or even the way you wrote this posting.
        The key, I think, is in #3) and this is critical. Indeed it is possible to progress and reach a higher level of initiation and there become deluded or comfortable or prideful in one’s accomplishments even in the attainment of virtue but then assign those to oneself seeking comfort, recognition, worldly peace or something else that supports the egoistic notions of human existence. On the quest for enlightenment there needs to be antet begag or relentlessness, which I have spoken bout previously; though this point is especially elucidated upon in the teaching of the Temple of Aset. Pointed examples of the failure to move forward as presented in the Asarian resurrection myth were when Aset was jailed, when Heru was injured, etc.; in the Teaching of Hetheru and Djehuty it is present when Hetheru fell into the delusion of becoming Sekhemit and lost consciousness of being Divine; and all of this ensued until the voice of wisdom (Djehuty) was allowed in and then there was relentless pursuit if the goal through purity of heart and lucidity of mind.
        Working with the human mind it is not easy to have high intensity and Godward thoughts, feelings and perspective; at least not until there is advancement in the practice. So from time to time a diversion may be allowed to allow the mind to rest and regenerate and become readied to rejoin the practice eventually leading to constant reflection on the divine wherein recreations and diversions are no longer needed. No more crutches for the mind are necessary. So these teachings need to go from intellectual statements to intuitional experiences and that kind of lifestyle leads to lucidity and enlightenment. Therefore, keep the important teachings of this lesson in mind and recognize when there is complacency in the personality and resolve to work through it and move forward.

        HTP

    • #2846
      DinahPemberton
      Participant

      Lesson 4, Intro to SN by Dja -conference 2008 part 1

      List the important themes presented

      • Het Neter is the temple of Aset
      • Sacred space brings us back to our nature; everyone is an essence of divine. Creating a sacred space is important and doesn’t necessary have to take place in the temple of asset. We can create it in our home space
      • We are all brothers and sister
      • Serjet – Formula to heal and restore
      • If you focus on worldly things that’s all you will receive. If you focus on the divine it will take you past that,
      • 2 types of wisdom – intuitional and intellectual
      • Shetaut Neter was practiced in Egypt
      • The teachings are about are about secret hidden divinity (supreme beings)
      • Lower mysteries – intellectual knowledge
      • Higher mysteries Intutional knowledge
      • Cultural differences between western traditions
      • Myth-Ritual-Mystisicm
      • What is Neterianism and the founder Lord Kephri
      • Our divine lineage
      • 4 great truths of Shetaut Neter
      • Neterian Creed – Nehast, Ariu , Fetters of Set
      • Anthrop Morpic – Zoo Morphic- Iconography
      • Shedy discipline
      • Importance of integral Yoga

      Explain what most impressed you the most in this presentation

      I like the talk on the powerful potion Serjet and how Blood represents worldly desires. Beer worldly pleasures and mandrake Ra – peace that comes through self. Also the story behind it and how it connects to us all in a powerful way.

      • #2855
        Bastu Akhu
        Participant

        Udja Dinah,

        Dua for sharing. The Setjert formula also resonated with me for the very same reasons. The ingredients of blood, beer and mandrake and what they represents as well as the GLM story of Hetheru and Lord Djeuty. I am grateful for the teachings/ the Shedy disciplines for us to practice creating the mandrake formula in our daily lives.

        htp

      • #2885
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        Keymaster

        Maat Scales of

        Udja

        Indeed, you have listed many issues covered and naught should be neglected in fundamental understanding for all contribute to the fuller comprehending of what the Kemetic teaching is and needs to be in the mind of an aspirant.

        In another way of looking at it the Setjert drink represents Blood or ego consciousness, the I as an individual; Beer is the delusion that there can be happiness in the world of time and space; Mandrake, the spice that infuses ego and worldly desires with true capacity for fulfilment in discovering Ra as the father and source of spirit. The blood is taste that interests the palate and thus attracts the ego. The beer is the sedative that calms the restless heart (mind) of the worldly distracted soul, and then allows the mandrake or souls of Ra (7 psycho-spiritual consciousness centers) to do their work awakening the personality to a higher reality and essential being. This is, of course, a glorious teaching that is to be studied, recited, practiced in ritual and lived daily in order to experience its shetaut or mystery teaching.
        HTP

      • #2973
        AndrewGarrow
        Member

        I really like the breakdown of the Sejert drink as well. It was very interesting to see what the different components of the drink symbolize and especially the Mandrake which is the part that we have full control over. Mandrake the most powerful ingredient in the drink!

    • #2850
      DinahPemberton
      Participant

      Lesson 5, Leve1 Video Assignment Intro to SN by Dja -conference 2008 part 2

      • Shemsu daily worship
      • Several different systems to meditation – within the system you can choose which form of meditation works with your personality.
      • The system of phases in the practice of the Egyptian yoga posture.
      • Shedy discipline summary and books to help follow the disciplines
      • The teachings have to be lived and practiced
      • Keys to success – Good association, patience, perseverance, commitment and self-effort
      • Shemsu Udja Shedy –real and powerful, burning following and practices of the disciplines of the spiritual teachings.
      • Tenem – losing the way, wandering, lost, turning away from.
      • Nehast – The final objective to the mysteries is to be able to say- Nuk pu Nuk Asar Neter “I am that I am”, (Asar the Divinity)

      Explain what most impressed you the most in this presentation

      What touched me in the conference was the talks about Shemsu Udja, to become successful and attain Nehast you have to face yourself overcome the fetters of Set. Not give up on the teachings or your teacher. But have a burning desire for the teachings. If shemsu Udja is not present, instead a different movement will be actualised which is Tenem, which represents cutting yourself of from yourself.

      If am honest I feel flat, up and down,lost and confused at the moment. I don’t consciously practise the teachings daily. I dip in and out. But in this cycle, pattern and in awareness I am operating from my head and starting to see and feel that coming from that place is not actually serving me a purpose. I get angry, upset and frustrated. I am guessing this is linked with the fetters of set? When I start the teachings again it feels right. I am aware also that am slowly trusting and having a burning desire for the teachings as I feel it in my heart sometimes too.

      • #2856
        Bastu Akhu
        Participant

        Udja Dinah,

        DUA for sharing your struggles as I have also had and have my share and I’m sure our other classmates have as well. Seba Dja had in a previous lesson talked about having ‘tools’ available and ready when times like these arises. If I find the exact post I will share it. One of my ‘tools’ are printed proverbs, affirmations etc. I tend to post them up in different parts of my environment as a constant reminder of the goal of life, Nehast. It also provides spiritual strength which I am gradually noticing – even though in small increments. Here’s one of my favorites that helps remind me to practice patience, persistent and forgiveness with my self all at the same time…

        “Learn to see clearly, learn to wish for what is just, learn to dare what your conscience dictates
        learn to keep your intentions a secret, and if, despite all your efforts, today bring no more than yesterday, DO NOT LOSE COURAGE, but continue steadfastly, keeping your goal before you with DETERMINATION. Onward! The SEVEN COMPANIONS of the SOUL – the planetary spirits-guard the secret key which locks the past and open the future. Let your efforts be aimed at the CROWN of the MASTER” – Ancient Egyptian Proverbs book by Sebai

        HTP

        • #2861
          DinahPemberton
          Participant

          Udja Akua

          Your welcome and thank you very much, appreciated and needed.

          HTP

      • #2887
        admin
        Keymaster

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        Udja
        Again you have listed many items in the lesson though as you stated you are “operating from your head”. You may be better served by including a brief explanation of each teaching so that it may be better inculcated and there may be more possibility for expansion in any area not fully understood.
        Indeed, your experience is not unusual, that of coming from an intellectual place, which is like swimming in the ocean but not diving down but staying at the surface (ignorance and or fear) or even floating (complacency) or surfing (getting by, distracted, enjoying pleasures of senses and body)-never thinking of the inevitable eventual wipe-out. When you dive there is more pressure the deeper you go; expert divers develop the capacity to go down, deeper and stay longer, over time. In the same way even though you may become agree or depressed or hurt at times the thing is to view that as passing clouds and not hold on and when it passes move towards what is positive and true, and where possible, relentlessly, and with growing vigor, that is shemsu udja; and such movement becomes so powerful and distant that it leaves all sorrows behind as it looks only to the spirit which is the goal of all life; then whether you are driving, cooking, showering, sleeping, etc., there is seating (Aset) in a perpetual following/movement (shems) towards the divine higher self. Therefore, continue on your path knowing that in time the lower-self subsides when the movement towards the higher self is sustained.
        HTP

      • #3478
        Seba Dja
        Keymaster

        July 14, 2015 at 9:12 pm #2850 DinahPemberton
        Lesson 5, Leve1 Video Assignment Intro to SN by Dja -conference 2008 part 2

        Udja Dinah

        Re: “If am honest I feel flat, up and down,lost and confused at the moment. I don’t consciously practise the teachings daily. I dip in and out. But in this cycle, pattern and in awareness I am operating from my head and starting to see and feel that coming from that place is not actually serving me a purpose. I get angry, upset and frustrated. I am guessing this is linked with the fetters of set? When I start the teachings again it feels right. I am aware also that am slowly trusting and having a burning desire for the teachings as I feel it in my heart sometimes too.”

        Another proverb to add to Shems Akua for your reflection:

        “It is not possible to give one’s Self to the body and the bodiless, things perishable and things divine. The one who has the will to choose is left the choice of one or other; for it can never be the two should meet. And in those Souls to whom the choice is left, the waning of the one causes the other’s growth to show itself.”

        Realize Enlightenment, Nehast, occurs in degrees. So, if you are sincere about attaining Nehast, then just continue your practice of Integral Shedy. Of key in your paragraph are your last 2 sentences: “When I start the teachings again it feels right. I am aware also that am slowly trusting and having a burning desire for the teachings as I feel it in my heart sometimes too.”

        The negative will still be there…as it has been built up into a big mound…so yes, you will find yourself in battle with Set and being defeated by Set…however, realize that Enlightenment occurs over time and in degrees, and also, that this is not the “same ole, same ole”. In other words, previously, there was a time that you identified with Set, so Set’s victory was your victory. What I mean is there was a time where you identified with your ego-personality such that when you acted egoistic in any of the dull or agitated ways {telling someone what you thought of them, no matter if it hurt their feelings, getting angry at someone and justifying your unloading on them by feeling that they deserved it for doing something wrong to you, or seeking to find happiness by fulfilling the sense desire to acquire objects (includes people and places), etc.}, you had no awareness that this “you” engaging in these dull and agitated activities was not “You” the Higher Self. So, there was no separation.

        Now that you are beginning to question, Is It Set? is a big deal in spiritual transformation. Because now, You are beginning to separate yourself from the impure Ego. When this occurs, when you can see the impure Ego as separate from “You”, now you can start to experience detachment from the ego-personality, and now you can begin to work on purifying the Ego-personality, because it is something outside of you…so you can work on it. It is like a dirty mirror that is not allowing you to see the real you. Just as the mirror is not you, the ego is not you. But when the ego becomes purified…clean, just like the clean mirror will allow you to see your self, so too the purified ego will allow you to see your True Self.

        So these steps you are taking…though seemingly small, are in the right direction. Your detachment will grow the more you are able to see and relate to the impure ego as being something outside of the real you, and basically all the work of Shedy is to clean the dirt off of the Ego, so that you can see your true essence.

        When the ego becomes purified, you are able to then go beyond ego, to experience your Transcendental True Essence. And when you are not transcending time and space, but operating in T & S, then you are working through the purified Ego…this is why sages can still have an “individual personality” that functions in time as space, because they have a purified ego.

        So, the goal is to purify the ego, even though we may refer to it as getting rid of the ego. When the ego (including mind) is purified, it is no longer an obstructs the vision of one’s Self.

        So, continue on…perseverance, repeated effort and increasing detachment will pave the way to Nehast.

        HTP,
        S. Dja

    • #2888
      Bastu Akhu
      Participant

      Level 1 – Lesson 5 – Video Assignment – Intro to SN by Dja -conference 2008 part 2

      List the important themes presented

      The main themes presented are the components of Integral Yoga, the Shedy Disciplines. Devotion through the three fold daily observance of the different stages of Ra (morning, noon and evening), Meditation and the different systems that an aspirant could practice, the Kemetic Posture system and Maat. The Keys to success in applying the teachings and the practice of Shedy is patience, perseverance, continued self – effort and good association. If the teachings are to be lived an aspirant has to listen to the teachings and reflect and meditate on them, this is Shemsu Udja Shedy, the burning desire to attain Nehast. An aspirant can check their progress on the spiritual path by their increase in devotion to the Divine and decrease in egotistical desires and actions.

      Explain what impressed you most in this presentation

      To be successful, the teaching must be lived and not just studied and revered.

      • #2902
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        A Devotee of Aset is-Temple of aset lecture highlights featuring story of Ra and Aset Disciplines of Plutarch 12-2007 G for 2015 Conference V1

        Udja

        Important words indeed, the key is practice of Shedy indeed and then as well in penetrating the mysteries and not simply accepting the superficiality or ego-expression of them. For, there is an ego of the expression of the teachings; Everything that is not transcendental spirit is ego expression of spirit which may either be ignorant or wise. Therefore, the ignorant understanding and usage of even the wisest intended teaching or iconography can have the opposite effect of that intended or at best produce stagnant and or mediocre results. What we see of the teachings, the iconographies, the chants, the lectures, costumes, fun at gatherings at festivals and visiting temples is all external unless the mind is caused to go deeper into the depths of the teaching and its wisdom so that the personal practice may go beyond the herd mentality and superficial pleasure based on early success (less stress, less mental distractions, more ordered life, more balance, etc.—these are not the uptimate goal) in spiritual life.

        HTP

        • #3492
          Bastu Akhu
          Participant

          Udja Sebai,

          Dua. I am re – reading this response and would like if you could please expound on “Everything that is not transcendental spirit is ego expression of spirit which may either be ignorant or wise”. My current understanding is that the ego exists only in time and space and any expression in time and space is dual and subject to change and/or error including expressions of the teachings. Also, only transcending the ego brings forth absolute truth,is this understanding correct?

          Htp

    • #2906
      Bastu Akhu
      Participant

      Level 1 -Lesson 6 – Video Assignment Great Truths of Shetaut Neter

      List the important themes presented

      The themes presented explained the symbolism of the alter ritual and chants, the stages of religion, the sections of the temple and it’s correlation to the penetration of the mysteries by aspirants/initiates, the different realms of existence and Truth.

      The symbolism of the daily alter ritual and chants includes lighting of the candle which symbolizes the divine spirit within, the lighting of the incense symbolizes the fragrance of the personality which when burn through righteousness and truth exudes to commune with the Divine. Libation, the pouring of water from one container to the next symbolizes the one pointed focus of the mind towards the divine and the live food or vegetable offering symbolizes a physical offering to the divine.

      Chants/hekaus are words of power for transformation of the mind and personality. They are to be recited four times with power and feeling to make them effective. Chanting four times represents creation in totality; north, south, east and west. The chant for the offering table or hotep slab is a spoken offering which symbolizes unity, the giving up of duality, one’s male and female energy.

      There are three stages of religion, myth, ritual and mysticism. The myth gives an insight into what the purpose of life is, the ritual supports the myth. The myth is to be penetrated until it’s understood. The ritual is to be done with feelings and devotion, this leads to institutional wisdom of the Divine, mysticism.

      There are three sections of the temple and three forms of aspirants. The criteria for being accepted into the mysteries/temple requires maturity. The outer court section of the temple are for the mortals, those who desire to aspire by showing interest in the teachings, through devotion, music and chanting. The next section of the temple is for striving initiates, this area of the temple is where the high philosophy of the teachings are given. The third section of the temple is for initiates that have been given the light.

      The pursuit of initiates that have been accepted into the temple is to discover truth. Truth is the only thing worth pursuing in life because truth is permanent and unchanging. This truth is that Spirit is constant, transcendental, and is in me and ALL of creation. Pursuing this is true and abiding happiness. The Four Great Truths of Shetaut Neter encompasses what is true, why we fell from truth into illusion, how to liberate ourselves and gain freedom from ignorance and illusion and what disciplines to follow to experience the truth. The truth is that the Supreme Being is the One behind all and is all. The Shedy disciplines that we are to follow is not the ultimate goal but the means for transcending the three realms of existence in time and space. The three realms are physical (waking), astral (duat) and casual (unconscious). The casual realm causes the experiences in the physical and astral realm. The transcendental realm that transcends these three realms, is where the essence of the divine is found.

      Explain what impressed you most in this presentation

      “Morals are judged by deeds.” stood out to me because it reiterate the importance of practicing the Shedy disciplines as the way to move forward, to elevate and attain the purpose of life Nehast. I also particularly liked the teaching on Truth in general and it being the only thing worth pursuing in life. To my current understanding or what I took from this video is that truth is One, the Supreme Being is All and also the essence of All. However, I could’n help but think of how simply this Truth sounds which led me to think of the reason why it’s not easily grasp where illusion could be dispelled with just believing it, this is summed up in the other three Great Truths; without understanding of why we fell from/forgot truth we wont understand how to get back to it and why the way is through devotion to Truth itself.

      Htp

      • #2943
        admin
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        deffinition of casual

        Chapter 18 from 2012 Neterian Conference Causal realm

        Chapter 18 of the Pert M Heru

         

        Udja

        Well done

        One correction in your statements: “The three realms are physical (waking), astral (duat) and casual (unconscious). The casual realm causes the experiences in the physical and astral realm.”

        Note the use of the term “casual” this should be “causal”. Casual is of course regular clothing, hanging out with friends not doing much, sitting around, relaxing, kicking back and “vegging out” watching TV and the like or casually doing ones duties at any given time one pleases or wearing regular clothes around the house, etc. etc..

        The term causal is used because this realm of the personality is from where the impetus arises to either create a life of wisdom and enlightenment or a life of ignorance and hardship. Indeed this also relates to the source of aryu that impels and compels one to varied ethical or unethical actions in life and their respective results. So the “causal plane” causes things to come into being. Chapter 18 of the Pert M Heru is a study of the Causal Plane and this was presented at the 2012 Neterian Conference and in the Book Of the Dead.

        Indeed, living by truth, that is, by Maat is a key to attaining enlightenment; it means living in such a way so as to 1-discover truth [and there are higher levels of truth as one advances just as there are higher levels of mathematics in college versus elementary school] and then it is necessary to adopt that higher truth (when it is learned) and leave the lower truth behind. Most people have trouble with #2 as they become complacent and comfortable in their convenient adoption of a comfortable #1 that appeals to the ego. If there is no movement to #3 then there will be stagnation and eventually the “kick in the butt” that comes from death which eventually takes away all bodies but by then it is too late. Before death there are adversities through life and if that is understood as a call to move towards truth then adversity turns into prosperity and enlightenment!

        HTP

      • #3105
        AndrewGarrow
        Member

        “Morals are judged by deeds” Definitely a great point to remember. That the focus is always on practice on the shedy with a mention to meditation as this is the tool that is used to transcend the lower realms to unite directly with the divine.

      • #4421
        ANTHONYBAHLIBI
        Participant

        Udja Akua, this is a reply to post #2906

        I very much liked your point on the all-encompassing nature of truth or the divine as you discussed it in your “What Impressed Me” section. You mention how this truth is so profound yet simple that its so easily missed. I have been seeing this more and more in my life as I have been practicing the Shedy disciplines. This most profound of truths is so easily thrown around as ” god” or as “truth” but rarely are people able to explore the reality of this great truth, which the rest of the great truths instruct us on discovering and living As The Truth. It makes me realize everyday that I am not a manifestation of that, I AM that. This is what the great truths move us toward. Lets be inspired by this!

    • #2909
      AndrewGarrow
      Member

      Video Assignment Level 1 – Lesson 3 – Intro to SN short part 3b

      What where the important themes?

      1. That we exist past the three states of consciousness or modes of existence as being one with Neberdjer.
      2. There is clear evidence apart from the Egyptian sources that shows similarities or influences from Egyptian Mythology present in other eastern religions such as Buddhism.
      3. The practice has deeper levels of application based on your current level of initiation.
      4. There was no concept of a devil in the Egyptian religion , Set being depicted as representing the lower forces not negative but lower compared to desires and actions that lead one to Nehast.

      What impressed me in the video.

      1. Not to waste time with those who practice lower forms of spirituality as they can be a more of a distraction than an aid. It also made me realize even further the necessity of practicing good association.
      2. We need to allow people to grow in maturity until they get to a point where they are ready to practice a true form of spirituality that contains the three levels of practice.
      3. Nehast, achieving perennial awareness one realizes that the waking reality is just as much a dream as when you “fall asleep”.
      4. How the seemingly different forms of the teaching are elucidated in the different temples of worship they actually are all saying the same thing just in a way that accents different aspects of the teaching.

      • #2944
        admin
        Keymaster

        SAMSUNG

        “Virtues fail that are frustrated by passion at every turn.”
        -AEP

        Udja

        very well done and positive reflections.

        Your impressions are very important aspects of the teaching to be realized; first intellectually and then with feeling and experience. This being the case leads to the desired goal. Enlightenment is a process of clearing out the egoistic debris that has been collected through the war with Set (ego) over many lifetimes. The war is a struggle with bombs of disappointments and delusions that leave remnants, debris (aryu) in the mind that constitute ignorance of the knowledge of self. these items that impressed you from the video are important keys to success.

        Keep up that good work

        HTP

    • #2913
      KaMaat-Amentat
      Participant

      Into to SN short part 1b –

      What are the main teachings brought out in the audio recording?

      – What is Neterian is
      – Who the Kemetic university are?
      – Who founded Neterianism
      – Elevated philosophical spiritual system
      – A righteous student is needed to comprehend teaching and in turn elevate
      – Herumakhet – Heruakti – Sphinx
      – Oldest spiritual system documented
      – African spirituality
      – Nubians and Kamatians are the same race, you can identify them by their headress
      – Zoomorphic – Anthromorphic – Iconography
      – Both Gods and Goddesses are presented as principles in Kamatians spirituality, there is no one without the other
      – The purpose of life
      – 3 stages of religion
      – What is a shemsu neter/Neterian?
      – All teachings lead to and come from one
      – 4 great truths
      – Sema – Union
      – The union of higher and lower nature
      – 3 fold worship per day
      – Heka – Mantra – Words of power
      – Nehast – Awakening

      What stood out the most is the polarity forever present in Kamatian spirituality. The polarity between upper and lower Kemet, Man and Woman, higher and lower nature, teacher and student.

      • #2945
        admin
        Keymaster

        ANIMATED Djehuty

        “Everything is dual; everything has poles; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes meet; all truths are but half- truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled.”
        -AEP from Lord Djehuty in the Mysteries of the Kybalion

        Udja

        The principle of polarity at once refers us to the apparent duality of existence and this is a feature that is to be understood in its own right. Then as an aspirant progresses there is the growing insight into the underlying nature of existence which when complementary poles are cancelled out what remains is HETEP or non-polarity, non-duality. This is what an aspirant learns to do, to first understanding the polarization of their own consciousness into a causal matrix leading to ego conscience and then how to depolarize the personality so as to render it non-dual and in supreme peace – HETEP and NEHAST.

        HTP

    • #2922
      KaMaat-Amentat
      Participant

      The above post is Level 1 – Lesson 1

    • #2952
      RonaldCrawford
      Participant

      Level 1
      Lesson 2

      I got to be informed of sage Seti Owa who we know at this time to be the first to teach The Glorious Light Meditation System.
      I got a basic understanding of what Maatian Philosophy and spirituality consists of. I got the understanding of the ultimate gold of Maatian philosophy is not just about doing good acts but to discover the cosmic balance between you and the universe. How important it is to guard your heart from being weighed down with delusion.
      I now have the understanding of the disciplines that are necessary for spiritual enlightment. These disciplines first start with the student being honest about their approach to the spiritual system. We must be willing to surrender to the sage and the teachings. Then we have disciplines such as Meditation, we also have physical as well as mystical exercise poses to perform and devotional worship to be preformed three times daily.
      And lastly I got that spirituality is made up of different practices that must be preformed to have a complete spiritual experience.

      • #2981
        admin
        Keymaster

        Asar and Ra resting in eachother as amunra copy

        “Asar at peace is Ra and Ra at peace is Asar: together are Amun Ra standing on Maat”

        (translation by Sebai MAA)

        Hail, Åmun, let me make supplication unto thee, for I know thy name, and thy transformations are in my mouth, and thy skin is before my eyes. Come, I pray thee, and place thou thine heir and thine image, myself, in the everlasting underworld… let my whole body become like that of a neter, let me escape from the evil chamber and let me not be imprisoned therein; for I worship thy name..

        -AEP

         

        Udja

        Very well.

        Indeed an important factor in spiritual development is wholistic movement, in other words integral spiritual practice that includes disciplines to take care of an effect positive evolution in all major aspects of the personality from the physical aspect to the feelings, the intellect, ethical conscience and will power. If the teaching is practiced in this way there is greater chance of balanced and powerful progress instead of disjointed or lopsided movement (1 step forward and 3 steps back).

        HTP

    • #2957
      KaMaat-Amentat
      Participant

      Level 1 – Lesson 2
      SN short part 2

      – Public practise – Done at the temple or with a priestess/priest
      – Private practise – Done at home, altering the home, having and alter, etc.
      – Glorious list meditation
      – The weighing of the heart
      – Maat philosophy
      – Discipline of the postures
      – Accepting your spiritual teacher as your spiritual guide and letting go of your ego in regards to your teacher.
      – Knowledge + Experience = Wisdom
      – Intuition is direct understanding without having to send your intellect
      – 3 stages of understanding –
      Listening, reflection, meditation

      The most impressive aspect of the lecture was I believe the posture. I would like to be ale to delve deeper into the Kemetic sma tawi and practise the postures myself as I have always had an interest In yoga. Maybe it would do me good to purchase a book.

      • #2982
        admin
        Keymaster

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        Udja
        One correction – it should be Glorious “Light” Meditation, the system commissioned to be inscribed, by Sage Sety I.
        Indeed, the postures are an interesting and wholistic practice that includes or leads to all elements of the wider integral teaching. You can get the book and you can also check the free youtube channel. You can practice on your own with the videos but better is being led in the practice. We do that at conferences also but perhaps there is someone in your area who is trained. Also you can attend the Level 1 and then Level 2 certification classes.

        HTP

    • #2958
      RonaldCrawford
      Participant

      In the video you were explaining, that in order to have an intuitive understanding of a subject we must purify our intellect by using the wisdom teachings. When speaking of purifying the intellect are you speaking of the mind and how it perceives information?

      • #2983
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        “God is not Mind, but Cause that the Mind is; God is not Spirit, but Cause that Spirit is; God is not Light; but Cause that Light is.”
        -AEP

        Anpu in gold image

        Image of Lord Anpu

        Udja,

        Indeed, the process of cognition involves many facets and it is important to purify them all in order to be able to have the possibility of righteous understanding of any subject. First there is mind and that is Anpu. Anpu is purified instinctual mind that recognizes truth versus falsehood. Next Djehuty which is intellect, the ability to think correctly about things without emotional taint. This promotes khak ab or dispassion and detachment. Then there is Aset which is intuitional wisdom that does not need to congnize and just knows intuitively. These are purified through living ethically which includes diet of body mind and soul. [Kemetic Diet] and regular practice of shedy (study wisdom teachings, devotional ritual, maat ethical living, meditation and quiet time) and khnumnt nefer (good association). Through this process an aspirant promotes a mind that is cleansing the setian (ego) elements and aryu (remnants in the unconscious mind of previous egoistic and or spiritual actions of the past) and renders the mind pure (maa kheru) to recognize the reality beyond mind, time and space (intuitional realization of higher self (nehast).

        HTP

      • #3066
        Anonymous
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        Udja Sabai and Smaulba,

        Thank you for asking this question. I have wanted to ask it, however, I did not know how to phrase it. The explanation has helped me to understand the process of purification in a broader sense.

        Htp

    • #2960
      RonaldCrawford
      Participant

      what impressed me the most in this video was learning how much work we must do to obtain our goal as Neterians. This was made clear to me when it was explained that our heart will be weighted against something as light as a feather.This led me to reflect on the experiences that have left me with feelings that i have held onto for years of my life that have made me heavy in heart. I now see that their is a system that provides the tools for me to use so that i can properly lighten my heart.

      • #2985
        admin
        Keymaster

        Kemet University TV web site front page picture

        Udja

        very good reflections

        You are recommended to review the recent series on Shedy practice from the 2014 Neterian Conference and the Blogtalk Highlights of Shedy series for more extensive illumination on these subjects and more details about the practices, outcomes and goals. In this additional presentations you will see how actually light the heart needs to and will become.

        http://www.kemetuniversity.com/tv

        HTP

    • #2972
      AndrewGarrow
      Member

      Level 1 Lesson 4 Video Intro to SN by Dja -conference 2008 part 1

      1. What are the important themes?

      The glory of the teachings is to be lived and practiced and not just read or idealized about.
      The temple of Aset represents a divine space in which we may practice the teachings in the correct format. The temple serves as a place where we can go to refocus on our true nature and the path to attain Nehast.

      The story of Djehuty and Hetheru which symbolizes the plight of humanity coming into this world ignorant of their higher nature.
      Setjert was a drink given to help calm down Hetheru
      Blood + Beer + Mandrake
      Blood symbolizes the intoxication with worldly desires. Egoism. I am the body (flesh and bones).
      Beer symbolizes the intoxication with wordlly pleasure. Engaging in actions within the world of time and space in an effort to find happiness.
      Mandrake symbolizes the Souls of Ra, fullness and the infinity and peace that comes with enlightenment.
      Also the point being made that we infuse ourselves with the Mandrake via our own personal spiritual practices.

      The fact that we use the term ancient to denote the difference between what was practiced in those times in comparison to the modern Egyptian religions primarily Islam.

      Shetaut Neter is not an invented term but is derived from the scriptures themselves and is the oldest written African term for Religion.
      .
      The statement by John Clarke “Africa will not be free until its leaders pray to African Gods and Goddesses without apology” How Sba Dja transformed that into how it applies to us as initiates and that we should go to our personal spaces as well as at the various gatherings and worship with no apologies.

      Lord Khepri is the creator of Shetaut Neter.

      The Lineage of Shetaut Neter being first from Lord Khepri the creator then passing them to Djehuty, Djehuty codifying them and passing them to Hetheru, Asar, Aset and then through Aset to Heru and we are apart of the lineage as well. The qualifying factor being we are one with the creator. Physical ties fall short and means nothing in the end.

      As Neterians our most important myth is The Myth of Asar Aset and Heru.

      The Four Great Truths of Shetaut Neter
      Pa Neter Ua Ua Neberdjer m Neteru – The Neter (God) is one and alone and manifesting as Neberdjer everywhere and in all things as the Gods and Godesses
      An Maat swy Saui Set S Khenem – Lack of righteousness brings fetters to the personality which causes ignorance of the Divine
      S Uashu S Nafu n Saui Set – Devotion to the Divine leads to freedom from the fetters of Set
      Arit Shedy Rech Ab m Maakheru – Practice of the Shedy disciplines leads to knowing oneself and the Divine. This is called being true of speech.
      The four great truths represent the core of our beliefs but also it is a formula for Nehast. It explains the origins of creation, the reason for our ignorance of the Divine and how to gain knowledge of the Divine, Nehast.

      The main difference between African and Western Religions is that they’re missing the mystical experience of the Divine.

      The pursuit of happiness in the world of time and space is an illusion. Life is not to be lived as if on a roller coaster going up and down and considering this as normal. But through the teachings we are given a way to rise above the trials and tribulations of life and reach Nehast which is the realization of our union with the Divine, Neberdjer.

      The shedy disciplines are focused at purifying the four aspects of the personality; emotions – Uashu, intellect – Rech Ab, action – Maat, and will – Ua so that the personality is purified as a whole.
      The Tjef Neteru encompasses the four aspects of the shedy disciplines.

      2. Explain what impressed you the most in this presentation.

      What impressed me the most is when she began talking about worshiping without apologies. It is something that I went through on a personal level when the time came to be proud (lack of a better term) to practice our Kamitan Religion. Definitely not in an arrogant way or not turning into a soap box preacher but being able to speak on my beliefs with more than just conviction but facts that support what i believe in on a relative basis. I think being able to worship with no apologies ties directly into whether or not we truly consider ourselves Neterians and are practicing it or are we just intellectuals or just in it for the cultural aspects but praying to the same Christian God.

      • #2987
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        Keymaster

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        Sebai Maa and followers of Neterianism exercising their human and divine right to study and practice their chosen culture and religion on a recent trip to Kemet.

        Udja

        Very well-reasoned out posting.
        In the case of apologizing Mr. Clarke was also including the idea that due to centuries of repression, denigration and intimidation that peoples of African descent have felt shame or ridicule to the point of self-censorship. So the outside force need not impose the policy, the slave mind imposes it on itself and it is the same in political and economics for not only those of African descent are caught up in that negative matrix but also other peoples of other ethnicities and even those of European descent who are not part of the power elite structure. Yet from a relative perspective the ego needs to be well-adjusted to worldly existence and that means pride in one’s culture and legacy but this in healthy fashion and not in deluded fashion. Deluded is my country right or wrong; the Ethical conscience way is: unethical not my country; culture of barbarism not my culture; religion of ignorance and faith-based delusion not my religion. But if the culture, religion or society is based on ethical conscience, order and wholistic living (health of body, mind and soul, myth, ritual and mysticism), then by all means adopt one that is in harmony with the personality and leads it to its highest capacity for evolution (which includes diet, economic and political emancipation, your own temples, rituals, displayed in a manor on par with any other in the world, with spiritual pride, not ego pride, as a human being with all the rights and privileges that come with recognition of oneself as a sovereign and worthy person seeking to discover and reflect the highest expression of divine consciousness regardless of whom it may disturb; for those who are disturbed are indeed mentally impure, as any who understand, who have this correct way of thinking and feeling about their own life and conscience would not seek to denigrate others or deprive them of their natural right as a human and spirit being! So this is not just for African-Americans but for all peoples of any ethnic groups.

        HTP

    • #2974
      RonaldCrawford
      Participant

      level 1 lesson 2
      Intro to SN short part 2b.mp4

      I got to be informed of sage Seti Owa who we know at this time to be the first to teach The Glorious Light Meditation System.
      I got a basic understanding of what Maatian Philosophy and spirituality consists of. I got the understanding of the ultimate gold of Maatian philosophy is not just about doing good acts but to discover the cosmic balance between you and the universe. How important it is to guard your heart from being weighed down with delusion.
      I now have the understanding of the disciplines that are necessary for spiritual enlightment. These disciplines first start with the student being honest about their approach to the spiritual system. We must be willing to surrender to the sage and the teachings. Then we have disciplines such as Meditation, we also have physical as well as mystical exercise poses to perform and devotional worship to be preformed three times daily.
      And lastly I got that spirituality is made up of different practices that must be preformed to have a complete spiritual experience.

      what impressed me the most in this video was learning how much work we must do to obtain our goal as Neterians. This was made clear to me when it was explained that our heart will be weighted against something as light as a feather.This led me to reflect on the experiences that have left me with feelings that i have held onto for years of my life that have made me heavy in heart. I now see that their is a system that provides the tools for me to use so that i can properly lighten my heart.

      • #2989
        admin
        Keymaster

        “No one reaches the beneficent West (heaven) unless their heart is righteous by doing MAAT. There is no distinction made between the inferior and the superior person; it only matters that one is found faultless when the balances and the two weights stand before the Lord of Eternity. No one is free from the reckoning. Thoth, a baboon, holds the balances to count each one according to what they have done upon earth.”

        -AEP

        FROM THE PERT M HERU TEXT: djehuty and ammit and anpu at balance scalesimage029 propietaryLord Djehuty records the results of the balance test of the heart of the individual weighed against the feather of Maat assisted by Lord Anpu and watched closely by the Ammit creature who will devower the heart if it is found to be unrighteous.

        Udja

        Very good reflections, the type that are being enjoined by the teachings. This is exactly the point, those feelings of yesteryear both good and bad both go to form the content of the unconscious through which a human being sees and understands the world around them. Therefore, they are critical to life as a human being and more critical for the spiritual evolution. If a person feels inferior they will see the world through that prism and when degradation is imposed on them they will not only accept it but will agree with it and even help it. The feeling of devotion to the divine cleanses that and leads to understanding one is more than a pathetic mortal being but rather something much greater! Therefore, this Maatian teaching of the Maatian balances scales, of aryu, of maa kheru, etc. is not only critical, it is central to becoming an emancipated human being from the vicissitudes of human existence but also from the snare of egoistic feeling and understanding that blocks the spiritual evolution. Yes this is of critical importance. As you proceed, more and more you will see the balance not as a physical ritual but as a psychological judgment of the state of mind/conscience when compared with the standard of maat wisdom and philosophy by comparing the sum-total content of the unconscious mind which is composed of aryu from millions of lifetimes summed up in the way a person feels, thinks, desires and aspires through their lives.

        Very well

        HTP

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    • #3023
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Level 1, Lesson 7, Audio Assignment – What is necessary for success in the spiritual practice?

      1. What are the main teachings brought out in the audio lecture recording? Explain in your own words
      Shedy means to participate in a practice that allows one to understand the Divine Self and the teachings. It is a misconception to think you are living a successful life based on worldly values. In the Shutout Neter philosophy one is considered a “mummy” until one experiences life as an enlightened being thine one is resurrected. When we live our life ruled by the ego we are less than an animal because we are allowing our ego to rule us. When one is ruled by the higher self then one takes control over the ego and the ego serves you instead of you serving the ego. By embracing, living and seeking out virtue and applying them in your life while you are continuing to practice is the definition of a successful spiritual practice. As you become more and more pure in your mind you will be able to understand and have higher truths; therefore, the truth you experience today will be different than the truth you will experience and know tomorrow Being flexible and not rigid as you experience and embrace the different levels of truth will aid one in their spiritual practice. Truth is not literal means that our truths change as we purify the mind because as the mind releases the impure impressions we can begin to understand higher truths because the impressions in the mind affect our perceptions and our understanding. If we are willing to release old truths as we evolve we wilt have a forward movement in our spiritual practice. Focusing on truthfulness will bring ones life into alignment with the Divine Self on every level. To succeed in one’s spiritual practice you must seek truth and go beyond faith, you must apply it and see the proof of the teaching, reflection, meditation and actually applying what one learns from the teaching to discover the intuitive truth and gain wisdom through the experience of the application. As one begins to understand Truth through the application one purifies the mind and as the mind is purified it will be able to understand higher truths. Therefore, one’s perceptions of what spirituality is and what truth is will change as one grows in purity of the mind. Humility assists one in honestly accessing themselves and be open to the discovery of the Divine/Self. Misconceptions of what spirituality is are self-defeating. Whatever you are doing wrong today you put into motion through your past actions, your actions today will create your future. Learning to forgive oneself and move forward to create new impressions and discover new Truths is an ongoing process that will lead to enlightenment.

      2. Are you currently implementing the teaching given in the book and the lecture? If so which one(s)?
      I have learned over the years that I develop systems and routines in my life. Many times I make a conscious choice to disrupt those systems and routines to take a step forward in my spiritual growth. I had thought that this kind of growth was “unique” to me and just accepted it as such, now I realize it is part of the process, a challenge at times, however, part of the process. I had created a “system” and “routine” when it came to my Shedy practice. The opportunity to change that was when the routine changed due to the pilgrimage. I realized because of the “system” in place my practice was mechanical and had no feeling. I decided to not follow the videos and tapes and develop my own practice within the video and Devotional Manual guidelines. I wanted my devotional worship ritual to be one of feeling and commitment, not one of mechanical steps. I wanted my practice to be one that I looked forward to and saw value in and not one of “going through the motions” and what I should do. I hit fear immediately but ignored it and went forward with my decision. My practice is more rewarding and has more depth and feeling that I can embrace in times when I am challenged. I follow the videos at times to keep on point and at times I practice without them. I have also learned a lesson in following my intuition. I have also felt how it feels to take over the mind and allow the higher self to express by using my will.

      3. If not then how will you implement the teachings you are not currently practicing, in your life and spiritual practice?

      This audio presentation helped me to have a greater understanding of what the Shedy practice is about at a higher level. The practical aspects were understood, however, I have a deeper understanding of why one must practice. It has helped me to understand that intellectually learning the teachings helps one to understand what one must “do” and how to understand the philosophy, however, I see now that I must take control of my Mind and use my Higherself to counteract the Mind in its impure state. I understand now why when one does not act virtuously one must acknowledge it is not a right action and then know what the right action is. Even if it means changing the action in the middle of the act. It is a process that needs to happen and must happen to heal and purify the mind. Putting pressure on myself to do more than is comfortable is a backwards movement. The Shedy practice must be balanced and increased in small increments so that it becomes a steady part of my life. Isolating myself from life’s challenges does not serve me. I must participate in life in a virtuous way and put the teachings into practice. I see the process of purification in the beginning is like having a wound that is infected, one must open the wound to let the pus out so that it can heal.

      • #3059
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        Keymaster

        Heru Behudet color copyAbove: Heru Behudet -the form of Heru as the quintessential example of a “Spiritual Warrior”

        “Learn to see clearly, learn to wish for what is just, learn to dare what your conscience dictates, learn to keep your intentions a secret, and if, despite all your efforts, today brings no more than yesterday, do not lose courage, but continue steadfastly, keeping your goal before you with determination. Onward! The SEVEN COMPANIONS of the SOUL-the planetary spirits-guard the secret key which locks the past and opens the future. Let your efforts be aimed at the CROWN of the MASTER.”

        -AEP

         

        Udja

         

        These are very good reflections.

        On the spiritual journey it is important to discern truth from untruth and as has been explained, in the realm of relativity and generation [time and space] truth is relative; relative to different levels of truth. A child’s truth may be that the moon is made of cheese while the truth of an adult is that it is made of rock. To a physicist it is made of atoms and to a quantum physicist it is made of energy. And to the mystic philosopher, what is it made of?

        The mystic seeks out the absolute. The Absolute is that which ends the search for in the end truth is an illusory concept of time and space. In discovering what transcends time and space that transcendental “truth” is discovered and there are no other “truths” beyond. The purpose of the spiritual disciplines is to prepare the personality to engage in that process of growing through successive higher truths to discover the absolute. Faith-based and other orthodox and rigid philosophies, which involve blind-faith, are derived from a personality that has, over lifetimes, devolved to being dominated by ignorance, fear, mental weakness, physical weakness and degraded aryu which occludes the cognitive process into a kind of myopic belief in a static, literal truth. {see the book LIMITS OF FAITH} This negative belief system arrests the process of spiritual evolution and can even work counter-productively by causing the personality and brain itself to atrophy, which can manifest as physical and mental diseases from cancer and Alzheimers to anger, hatred, depression, self-destructive or murderous behaviors, codependences, biases, sociopathy and psychopathy that manifest as individuals as well as whole societies; hence, genocides, slavery, wars, barbarism, etc.

        Therefore it behooves an avid aspirant to remain open and growing instead of closed and static, for nothing remains static in time and space except for what is putrefied, dyeing or dead, which does not allow spiritual practice or evolution.

        Thus, indeed it is necessary to use the teaching and make any adjustments that might suit the personality to discover the higher self but not those that facilitate egoism, lethargy, self-serving philosophies and egoistic desires.

        The disciplines, when approached correctly and with proper guidance and understanding, gradually lead to purity, emotional health, mental clarity, compassion for self and others, spiritual strength, strength of character and will as well as valor to be able to effectively face the challenges of the world [Set]; so all aspirants are admonished to move forward, courageously, toward that which troubles them, towards that which is annoying and face it with the composure of the teaching, as Heru did with the teaching of his mother and father; and to expect the reward that Heru got for his efforts even after his initial failures and missteps.

        HTP.

        • #3064
          admin
          Keymaster

          P.S.

          Incidentally, the weapons used by Heru Behudet [Heru the warrior] in this image are a mace and arrows.

          The mace is used for close combat and the bow and arrows are used for pinpoint battle at a distance; in other words, when Set [troubles of the world and personal egoism] comes close and you can see him in your face then smash him on the head and break his bones! You smash with the gross aspects of the teaching, loud drumming, chant, and outward displays of devotion, large posters of the wisdom teachings on your walls, etc. to counteract the gross expressions of egoism and ignorance.

          When Set [subtle egoism] is just out of grasp, when the egoism is subtle as in when you have a choice that no one will know about but you know what is right and there is a little nudge within, a fluctuation in ethical conscience] to tell you that it does not matter and its a small thing. Then is when you discharge the arrow of pin point wisdom to strike at that single issue with one pointed thought of wisdom to kill that issue where it lay. The subtlety of high philosophy and the subtle insights gained from advanced mystery studies and metaphysical researches as well as the intuitional wisdom gained through deeper meditation – these are used to shoot at any and all subtle egoistic thoughts and feelings [aryu] emerging from the darkness unconscious mind. The arrows are individual solar rays, the fire of the spitting solar cobra, that burn up unrighteousness and untruth – on contact, as a light, when turned on, destroys darkness in a room. A mind that has been trained in the ways of Maat is like a vast land of light where no iniquity may hide; when the egoistic aryu emerges from the unconscious [Ab] it automatically enters into the domain of light where the sun [Akh-spirit] of the purified mind reigns and that negative aryu is thus rendered ineffective [child of impotent revolt]. This is Neterian spiritual warfare!!!

          OM HTP, HTP, HTP, HTP!

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          Recalling some ceremonial images at the entrance of temples we saw on our trip in Egypt; they show the Ancient Egyptian Peraah [king-who is a manifestation of Heru on earth] battling the forces of chaos and unrighteousness in order to establish Maat in the land and thus gain worthiness to enter the temple.

    • #3072
      AndrewGarrow
      Member

      Level 1 Lesson 5 Intro to SN by Dja -conference 2008 part 2

      1. What where the Important themes in the video?

      The devotion practices where done 3 times daily in connection with the 3 phases of the sun.

      Temple of Aset practices:
      Listening to the teachings
      Reflecting on the Teachings
      Meditating on the Teachings

      Offering of Maat was practiced at all temples along with the devotion and meditation practices.

      Shetaut Neter has several different meditations which include the Serpent Power meditation and the Tree of Life meditation.

      I like the point that Sba Dja made that we can practice our main style of meditation while at certain times partaking of different systems without any contradiction.

      The Glorious Light Meditation comes from King Seti’s Tomb.

      Good association is a key ingredient to spiritual practice.

      Shemsu Udja Sheti – burning desire and aspiration to attain Nehast is what is needed. A burning desire to practice the disciplines is needed as well.

      If you don’t have a burning desire then you will have Tenem , loosing the way, wondering lost, turned away from. The movement of Tenem represents a backwards movement, a movement towards contraction, towards cutting oneself off from the divine.

      The final objective is to be able to say Nuk pu Nuk Asar Neter. I am what I am. Asar the Divinity.

      Having contact with a Sebai is very much needed to heal you, to lead back to your true essence. “If books were all that is needed we would only have libraries and not universities. What happens at a university is that you are instructed by a teacher.” A great example to show the necessity in a teacher when trying to reach the goal of life Nehast.

      2. What impressed me the most in the video?
      The first thing that impressed me was the variety in meditation techniques that one can choose. The second was the fact that certain rituals were practiced in all the temples. The third thing that impressed me was that of good association and the benefits you receive from it without your awareness. It really didn’t impact me in this way until I joined the class. It really helps me to feel a more deeper connection to the teachings and teacher. Along with the other media and email correspondence it helps as a focusing tool as well. Being able to read the various comments really aids in my reflection on the teachings as well. It is good to be in the company of those who follow the same teachings as I do.

      • #3081
        admin
        Keymaster

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        Udja
        A reflective posting
        The points you mentioned in #2 are important for you to have noticed. Many times, well, most times, people do not come to these realizations. Most people approach the teaching not realizing its significance nor the manner in which it can be most effective. They approach it through western norms or secular egoistic ideals as you would approaching a doctor expecting a pill and go home to your life; They may attend a few classes but when the soda-water enthusiasm wears off and the reality of the work required reveals itself, they migrate to the easier path which is a road to worldly disappointments and in the end, death without achieving the goal of life but rather the accumulation of more aryu to promote more of the same kind of reincarnation again in the future. They go their own way not realizing that there is no pill and that true health comes from living healthily which is to be learned from the wise- who are to be approached not only with respect but with cogent imminence. For otherwise there will be communion with that which leads to the oppressiveness an illusory search for self-fulfillment or worse, narcissism, codependency, codependent narcissism or narcissistic codependency or a myriad other complications of egoism; you get the point.
        Therefore, it is enjoined that when a soul truly begins to recognize the predicament it truly is in and a path of resolution has be discovered and started, that that soul is blessed beyond measure, destined to enjoy:

        “The lips of the wise are as the doors of a cabinet; no sooner are they opened, but treasures are poured out before you. Like unto trees of gold arranged in beds of silver, are wise sentences uttered in due season.”
        -AEP

      • #4166
        KaMaat-Amentat
        Participant

        Udja,

        It is quite interesting to se the amount of meditative techniques you can choose from or/& use.

        I did not mention it in my assignment but as I was reading through yours it did occur to me that there are quite a few techniques that can be used.
        Its fulfilling to see that at this time in history we were so focused, steadfast and aimed at being spiritually enlightened virtues and morale. The postures, Hekas (Hope I spelt it correctly I meant words of power), walls carvings/paintings and scriptures are extremely profound and integral in terms of how they can always be incorporated life, that I can fully understand why the civilisation prospered for so many years.

    • #3103
      AndrewGarrow
      Member

      Level 1 Lesson 6 Video Assignment: The Great Truths of Shetaut Neter

      1. List the important themes.
      The three parts of the temple correlate to the three levels of aspirants as well as the three levels of the teachings.
      Really thinking about how being ignorant can really lead you to some painful experiences or just a great deal more mental agitation, worry, fears, etc.
      The rituals support the myth. The rituals symbolize the resurrection.
      Asar took the codified teaching and instituted Shetaut Neter. He created all the rituals necessary to devote yourself to the divine.
      Arit means offering and the eye.
      The offering is the reconstituted eye of Heru, the eye of inner vision symbolically through the bread and wine
      If the ritual is practiced correctly, if your action merges with your understanding, with your devotion then there will be an emergence of wisdom, understanding, there will be an emergence of mysticism, metaphysics.
      The reason behind so much conflict and ignorance in the world is because most people are not practicing a full religion or if one is in a full religion and not practicing all three aspects.. One must practice all three levels of religion or you will fail. You will find conflict within yourself as well as with others. We must fully devote ourselves to the divine so that we can eradicate the ignorance.
      It’s important to understand that if you stand still the negative aspects of life will catch up with you, it will pull you down. You must move forward and that is what Shetaut Neter is all about.

      2. What impressed me the most in the video?

      *If your action merges with your understanding, with your devotion then there will be an emergence of wisdom, of understanding there will be an emergence of mysticism, metaphysics and the last part spoken on about it being important to move forward always, to always grow because standing still causes the negative aspects of life to catch up with you.
      “If your action merges with your understanding” is very important to me especially as I have been dealing with an issue for some time now and as of late it has came full circle and it is time to make a decision. This has further helped me to decide to press through and keep growing merging my current understanding with practice. I still understand that this is a process but I still fell I should embark on this new part to my practice. I believe in doing so It will help me to get a deeper feeling of righteous action which will surely help to purify my thoughts which will help my mind flow easier to the divine and meditations a lot easier.

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      • #3126
        admin
        Keymaster

        “To suffer, is a necessity entailed upon your nature, would you prefer that miracles should protect you from its lessons or shalt you repine, because it happened unto you, when lo it happened unto all? Suffering is the golden cross upon which the rose of the Soul unfolds.”

        -AEP

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        Udja

        Very well.

        It is important to think about the short and long-term implications of the failure of religions that operate in a limited form. People who follow those do fail in their spiritual journey in that particular lifetime though the failure serves to provide them with suffering that may in a future life allow them some space, via cleansing of the aryu (to some degree) to allow the possibility of a better incarnation and outcome in the future. So the failure is not permanent and in this we can take solace and be compassionate and understanding but also wise and free (detached) from the failings and limitations of the world; for we do not want to fall into the chasm of suffering over lifetimes!

        As you embark on your new phase of spiritual life keep in mind the wisdom of maat in that actions that bring undue stress or imbalance may not be on course with Maat philosophy. For example, if you decide to take on a new challenge in life that disrupts the rhythm of the spiritual disciplines and you stop meditating or doing daily worship or attending class, then that challenge, if it is being taken on by choice, may not be getting the best approach possible and may need to be reflected upon as to what adjustments may need to be made so as to bring about a balanced movement even during challenging times.

         

        HTP

    • #3142
      DinahPemberton
      Participant

      Lesson 6, Leve1 Video Assignment Great Truths of Shetaut Neter

      List the important themes presented

      Focusing our attention to the love of the divine, practicing the disciplines of the devotional path through singing, meditation, chanting, and offering to the divinity this is known as the offering for the alter ritual. Lighting incense symbolises burning out your personality, when done in righteousness of truth the fragrance raises to the divine. The pouring of water represents, mental thoughts, leading to thoughts of the divine too. Food is also part of the offering as well.

      The spoken offering Hekau are words of power. Hekau are mystic formulas which an aspirant uses in a process of self-alchemy. Reciting the words Hekau involves repetition, to the point where you become one with it, coming from a place of meaning and feeling helps with this practise.

      The three parts of the Ancient Egyptian temples were divided into three levels which are in alignment with the three levels of aspirants. Each level works in accordance with each other. Furthermore spiritual cosmic forces prevent aspirants that are not ready from entering into the temples also.

      There are three stages of religion Myth, Ritual and Mysticism. Myth is learning the stories and the tradition. The second is where Rituals are learned and practised. The third Mysticism is where the aspirant goes beyond myths and rituals, where they attain the ultimate goal of religion.

      “Those who cling to the idea that religion has to be related to a particular culture and its specific practices or rituals will always have some differences with someone else’s conception. In the three stages of religion, Myth, Ritual and Mysticism, culture belongs to the myth stage of religious practice, the most elementary level.” Sebai Maa

      The way of Shetaut Neter, discovers the hidden mysteries and the devotion to the divine leads us to freedom from the fetters of Set.

      Explain what most impressed you the most in this presentation

      What impressed me the most and what I am striving for at the moment is to see that the world and the things in it are impermanent. Reflecting on this helps as I think about Set the divinity of the ego and unrighteousness. In awareness my unrighteous thoughts linked with Set, don’t last, so why do I continue to choose unhappiness instead of happiness in that moment. Even my children are not going to be here forever and my family so why do I cling on to them, like a childish little girl as well as silly little things. I hear when Sebai states everything is composed of energy, where thought goes energy follows. These are some of the questions I ask myself. My thoughts, feeling etc are not aligned with truth “Maat” In reading more about Asar, Set, Heru and Maat in awareness; I am slowly starting to awaken to their consciousness in my being.

      • #3489
        admin
        Keymaster

        Shedy Highlights slide 23 Heart is the cause

        The slide above is from the presentation Essence-of-shedy-highlights-of-the-wisdom-of-shedy-presentation-at-the-2014-neterian-conference-by-sebai-maa-which can be seen at kemetuniversity.com/tv

        Udja

         

        In your last paragraph you stated: “In awareness my unrighteous thoughts linked with Set, don’t last, so why do I continue to choose unhappiness instead of happiness in that moment. Even my children are not going to be here forever and my family so why do I cling on to them, like a childish little girl as well as silly little things. I hear when Sebai states everything is composed of energy, where thought goes energy follows.”

         

        One question is who is choosing and is there really a choice? Are you really free to make your own choice to be a good aspirant who does everything “good” the way you idealize a higher view of your self and your life?

        The teaching related to this predicament of the personality is an important issue that needs to be clearly understood by an aspirant EVEN IF they cannot live up to its meaning in the short-term. I put it that way because it is important to realize that aryu caries information and feeling and the stronger (in terms of effect on the ignorant mind) and more accessible part is feeling. This kind of feeling we are talking about is a kind of memory without reason that a person feels and people say I know it in my gut or a gut feeling or they may say “I know this to be true” and even without evidence or understanding, like President George W. Bush saying God told him to go to war. It was a feeling of angst against Saddam Hussein and his own father issues as well as personal inadequacy deep psychological issues compelling him and that he fixated on to a religious imperative. This is why feeling without knowledge is blind faith and knowledge without feeling is dry intellectualism, like the intellectualism of a sociopath that rationalizes war for no other reason than to settle a personal or family or macho sense of honor or a desire to prove one’s drug abusing and irresponsible criminal past is over by showing how powerful one is by killing (barbarism) and espousing other sociopathic values like capitalism and the despoiling of the ecosystem.

         

        Well, a person can know what is right and still not be able to control themselves. Past Aryu can either impel or compel. If the aryu is weak it impels and a person can choose to follow the desire it gives rise to or not. If the aryu is strong enough as person is compelled to do its bedding; many times we hear of people who flew into a rage and did something they later regretted or saying they don’t know what came over them, or eating the entire quart of ice-cream and knowing they should stop but don’t stop til it is finished, or caring for family or friends or lovers and getting into entanglements and troubles even though they listened to teachers such as Sebai MAA who sounded the alarm! The truth is that even if Aset herself came down from the Pet (heavens) it would make no difference because at that point Set is in control of the the Realm (Kemet, the world, the body) and therefore at that point it is still necessary to put the pieces of the body of Asar together and give birth to Heru – this means cleansing the heart from the aryu that caused the incarnation, the ego to form in the first place.

        The serious start of that process is the search for wisdom and higher feeling through ritual, devotional and ethical (Maatian) practices that lead to purity of heart and the birth of solid aspiration that can truly challenge the ego instead of the illusory aspiration that only deludes the personality into thinking they are actually serious aspirants – In such personalities the spiritual challenge fails since the aspiration does not have the capacity to seriously challenge the hold of the ego (negative aryu in the heart) that holds the personality and compels it to act on, be interested in, moved by and finally compelled by situations, relationships and desires related to the world of time and space, which even though the person understands the illusoriness of, is still nevertheless forced to aft on, like a Pavlovian dog. And lest we forget, who allowed this predicament to be created? Indeed, the same person, over many lifetimes. Those lifetimes have caused the initial aryu of worldly delusion to be reinforced and energetically bolstered over thousands of years. So that is not easily undone, though it can be undone over time of serious shedy.

         

        Finally, realize that until the unconscious mind (Ab) is aligned with the conscious mind (Ka), the activities of the Ka will be of intermittent success, not abiding success. So no matter how much a person says “starting tomorrow I will stop eating all the ice-cream” they may stop for a day or two but eventually the impurity wins. So there must be patience and perseverance and self-forgiveness and understanding and relentless effort towards what the mind understands is truth and the heart needs to be kneaded into feeling and experiencing. Then when there is alignment there are no barriers to what can be attained, of course, Nehast being the highest goal.

         

        Therefore, reflect on this important issue as relates to your personal situation and to the wisdom of the temple in general and how it applies to all human beings. Add your additional new reflections as a reply to my post. Other students may feel free to add their comments on this discussion if they wish. For more details you are also recommended to view the Wisdom of Shedy series mentioned earlier.

        HTP

         

         

        • #3539
          KaMaat-Amentat
          Participant

          Udja All,

          I found this very eye opening. Not because I have never learnt of this before but because of the amount of times this has been mentioned to me recently – In not so many words of course.
          I have come to the conclusion that the universe shows us all signs relating to our individual experiences to try and steer us into the right directions. Lately I have been trying to stop eating meat to later go onto becoming a vegan altogether, there are also a few habits & desires I have that I must muster up the will to change but as I have been shown times immemorial lately I must first purify my heart because I find myself forever procrastinating.

          HTP

      • #3498
        Anonymous
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        Udja Sebai Maa, Udja Dinah,

        Dinah, I am still learning as you are. I have learned that studying Neterianism required a change in my perception of how I learned in the past and expectations of my growth. I have learned not to judge my movement on the path by external situations or results. I learned this the hard way.

        I started to study Neterianism under a teacher who had studied under Sebai Maa. Since starting my path over 25 years ago and studying different modalities the idea of spending 2 years before I got to the “meat” of the Netarian practice did not appeal to me, I chose another course. Wrong decision, purely ego based, I thought I was an “advanced student”. The program I chose had no pre-requisite you just jumped in. I jumped deep and hard. I worked 3 days a week, the rest of the time I devoted to study and practice. I transcribed lectures, developed a website and did whatever I was able to support my teacher. I knew I had found the information that would help me reach the goal I had set for myself at 16, discovering “Who I am”. The only thing I could not do was the postures. My teacher had a book with pictures and since I am visually impaired I could not see the pictures. All the modalities I had practiced prior did not include yoga postures, I did not realize the importance of a balanced Shedy practice. l lived in a city that had a Temple, however, my devotion to my teacher did not allow me to take the yoga postures class because of the times the classes were offered. I even offered to pay for private lessons but it never worked out. After about nine months of steady practice I had a “psychotic” episode in one of my meditations and did not know how to handle it. The situation or events had notnhing to do with the competency of the Teacher or the Temple, I know now that all of this was the result of negative aryu (karma). I was “compelled” to stop the practice completely, severed all my worldly relationships and my Netarian relationships and moved to a city where no one knew me. After about a year I was “compelled” to go to the Egyptian Yoga website and investigate the program. On the website Sebai Maa and Seba Dja emphasize a steady and balanced Shedy practice and discuss what can happen if their instructions are not followed. From experience I have learned this to be true for me. I now practice with patience, compassion and at a slow steady pace. My understanding is deeper and abiding now.

        I am listening to a 3 part lecture by Sba Dja called “Insight Into Understanding and Overcoming Anger” it is on Blog Talk Radio, here is a link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/shetautneter/podcast At the end of the first lecture Seba Dja reads a poem she wrote called “The Divine Plan”. She eloquently puts into words what I know from experience to be true. All of our experiences whether they are “good” or “bad” are to assist us in reaching Nehast. I transcribed it from the lecture the best I could and read it often. Also, Hekau is my best friend. I recite the Hekaus during my day, internally when life’s situations challenge me and when I go to sleep each night. It quiets my mind and stops the negative dialogue so I can gain understanding of the lesson the situation has brought me.

        Dua Sebai Maa, Dua Seba Dja . . . . and Dua to you, Dinah, for your courage.

        Htp

    • #3399
      ANTHONYBAHLIBI
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson 1

      1. List the Important Themes?
      – The earliest known religion in this cycle of time is Neterianism before other religions arose.
      -Ancient Kemetic people were dark skinned
      -Neterianism is a complete or true religion by fulfilling the three elements of religion; teaching ritual mystical experience.
      -Neterianism is based on a universal divinity Ntr who is beyond gender and form, and manifests through Khepri as the Pantheon of gods and goddesses.
      -The Gods and Goddesses are within us, as aspects of our personality. Heru and Set represents the upper and lower self through the metaphor of upper and lower kemet.
      -Daily practice is based on Shedi and the Three Fold Devotion.
      2. What Impressed you the most about this presentation?
      -I have been a student and seeker after the teachings of the Sema Institute and Sebai Maa for six years. The first three years I took the total system very serious and also shared it with many. The benefits were amazing. I will not go on about my practice but to say I was making progress in terms of length, concentration, and experiential realization. I was consistent daily, but was not completely overcoming my fetters. Layers and layers of karma and egoism has kept me bound to old patterns of thoughts and action. The last three years I have gotten deeper into certain areas of the spiritual practice but also stepped away from other forms, especially lacking in the devotional worship and action. Now…with a personal experience with the truth of the teaching and the truth and purpose of the human condition, I am going to allow the divine experience to express itself to me through the Neterian Shetaut Neter system. What impressed me the most about the presentation is the deep respect I felt for the inner truth, spiritual preceptorship, true religion, and the divine.

      • #3669
        admin
        Keymaster

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        • #3797
          ANTHONYBAHLIBI
          Participant

          Dua and Udja Sebai Maa,

          Thank you for this response. I am taking it to heart on using the term Ari when referring to the consciousness and its contents, and Pauti ( I will check my spelling for this) for the Gods and goddess. I will keep working towards the path.

          Htp

        • #3798
          ANTHONYBAHLIBI
          Participant

          Correct: Aryu for Karma.

    • #3504
      ANTHONYBAHLIBI
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson 2 Video Assignment, Intro to SN Short Part 2b.mp4 , 20:14

      Important Themes Presented

      1. Chant is the beginning of meditation, it is not meditation itself.

      2.Worship: Public and Private. Worship assisted by priests/ess in outer temple or inner court ( festival and official function). Ordinary people unable to go into the middle temple or beyond. Private practice at home with altar, offerings, prayer, studying. This was the ancient practice and is also for today. We practice together in good association and also focus on our private practice.

      3. Glorious Light Meditation system in tomb of Seti Ua, a sage king of New Kingdom Period. He inscribed in his tomb a meditation system which is the oldest known form of meditation! It is a large scripture and this section is the main part. It gives instruction for posture, visualization (circle with dot of Ra), sitting in the circle. Identifying with the Divine Self.

      4. Prt M Hru Text with Asar Sokar ( photo). The Avian form of Asar. When he dies and is resurrected he is king of the Netherworld as Asar Sokar. Asar, Heru, Ra form of Hawk triny. Same divinity in different aspects, different manifestations. Meskhenet
      – Asar Sokar ( or Ra Herukhuti)
      – Anpu ( son of Asar and Nebthet)
      – Tehuti ( Scribe of gods and goddess and is mind)
      – Meskhenet with Birthing stone.
      – Maat.

      5. Maat Judges a persons Aryu on the weight of the Feather and determines where a person will be reincarnated. If the heart is heavier than Maat, it means your heart is heavy with worry, anxiety, sinfulness, Lust, Desire, and that means unrighteousness and we suffer from our delusion and then reincarnate. If your heart is balanced equal with Maat, that means moderate righteousness and you go to Serve Asar in his house in the Netherworld. If your heart is lighter then ( is it possible to have a light heart if you performed unrighteousness up tell a certain point in your life, can this be known. When I meditate it feels like all things dissipate, and I wonder if that state is maintained if that could start the elimination of loads of karmic weight?) Maat, means you have transcended physicality and will go to Sit on Asars thrown. In the Astral plane you become one with the divine by merging, which is not possible in the physical reality. This is the heart of Maat philosophy. It has certain mystical and philosophical implications and when understood deeply thoroughly and properly then you enter into the higher aspects of Maat culture.
      – Not righteous for the sake of being righteous. Its righteousness for the discovery of a cosmic harmony, balance, between the individual and universe. That is the goal of spirituality.
      – Headdress; feather held with headband. Close fitting outfit.
      Maat philosophy books, talks, wisdom texts. Heal the criminal heart.

      6. Tef Neteru/Semi Tawi Postures. Physical workout and Mythological workout. Act and feel like the divinity leads to understanding the divinity’s consciousness. Kemetic Yoga Postures is a meditation system as well. It is based on the theatrical mythic drama of the Shemsu Neter.
      Postures broken down into 5 phases
      -first; Khepri and creation
      -Earth Phase
      -Transition Phase; animals elements and forces
      -Higher Self Poses
      -Establishment in Higher Self and Higher Teaching

      7. This is learned from preceptor; how to reason. Any discipline you can study, you can get the theory but if it stops working troubleshooting inst the same as knowing how it works. You need to know how things operate, ware down, symptoms. The preceptor is a troubleshooter into how the world works. Needing to know how to understand and apply it. Once you have accepted a spiritual preceptor as your teacher, you should not carry into that relationship your own egoism or self-willed nature. You accept the advise. Many aspirants can come to spiritual lectures but do not have full commitment, and may try and check it out, pick it apart, debate it. The individual continues thinking how they think, but they should stay outside the temple and let serious seekers come in. Not knowing how to think is the key failure for a spiritual aspirant; not understanding how to make sense of the world, apply a philosophy. Not surrendering to the teaching. Carrying an internal pleasure seeking life and be considered spiritual are not mutually compatible.

      8. Important: Yoga has to be an Integral Practice in your Spiritual Life. If you only concentrate on one aspect its not enough. Each aspect of the personality has to be harmonized, developed, balanced. Western Practice of Yoga repudiates certain practices in favor of an imbalanced concentration on physical exercise due to being unable to practice a spiritual system outside of Western Culture.

      9. Time to Process is important. In Between concentrated teachings and regular teachings the aspirant has to have time and transition throughout the practice. Intensive teachings are for a specific purpose on occasion.

      10. Question; please expand on Yoga of Wisdom. The definition of wisdom is Knowledge plus Experience. Information does not equal wisdom. Intellectual brightness does not equal spiritual enlightenment, it helps you understand a teaching. Wisdom arises from intuititonal understanding of a teaching. Intellectualism is comparisons, wisdom is Ah ha! A bigger understanding that goes beyond dualities. Wisdom; Listening, Reflection, Meditation ( Merging with the Teaching.)

      Explain what Impressed you most in this presentation

      1. The discussion on Maat philosophy was very important and impressive. I would like to learn more about the journey of life beyond this one. I understand that Maat philosophy is not only for the hereafter but as said it is the practice of righteousness in order to discover a cosmic harmony in the present moment.

      2. The discussion on How To Reason is also critical as was conveyed through the statement that not knowing how to reason is the key failure for a spiritual aspirant. My reasoning leads me in somewhat the right direction but can be misguided through the fetters of attachments and base emotions. I find the study of the books and the taking of this course to be critical in providing the Reasoning Instruction that will allow me to live a viable Personal Spiritual Program ( Shedy.)

      • #3567
        admin
        Keymaster

        Djehuty as scribe

        Lord Djehuty

         

        Udja

        a very extensive post with some good reflections.

        First a couple of corrections
        Though you may see some renditions of the name for the god Thoth (greek/western) as “Tehuti” The correct term is “Djehuty”

        also
        the term “Tef Neteru” is Tjef Neteru

        Now moving on.
        As to your statement:
        “If your heart is lighter then ( is it possible to have a light heart if you performed unrighteousness up tell a certain point in your life, can this be known.”

        If the heart is lighter than the feather now it means that whatever was done in the past-even the past of the current lifetime- has been resolved through the spiritual work (shedy).

        on your other statement:
        “When I meditate it feels like all things dissipate, and I wonder if that state is maintained if that could start the elimination of loads of karmic weight?)”

        Indeed meditation practice is dedicated to dissipating the world of time and space and indeed if it could be maintained for extended period it will have the effect of eliminating loads of aryu (karma). It is also important to keep in mind that extended meditation practice in itself needs to be conducted along with integral practice of wisdom study, devotional practice and ethical conscience for these actually clear the path in the subconscious mind in order to allow the mind to be able to concentrate for extended periods.

        Its not a catch 22 but rather an integral process. Otherwise you can have depths of experiences in meditation that are actually delusions and not really depth experiences but rather deep relaxation that the ego convinces itself are “mystic” experiences and freedom from time and space. eventually the error reveals itself to the surprise of the practitioner when their deeper aryu ego factors arise unexpectedly from the depths of the unconscious mind.

        On the following point:
        “1. The discussion on Maat philosophy was very important and impressive. I would like to learn more about the journey of life beyond this one. I understand that Maat philosophy is not only for the hereafter but as said it is the practice of righteousness in order to discover a cosmic harmony in the present moment. ”

        You will receive more on Maat for sure throughout the program. For independent extracurricular study now look at the Highlights of Shedy program at kemetuniversity.com/tv and the book INTRODUCTION TO MAAT PHILOSOPHY by Sebai MAA

        HTP

        Ast

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        • #3799
          ANTHONYBAHLIBI
          Participant

          Udja Sebai Maa,

          Thank you very much for this response. The discussion on meditation was very helpful as I have recognize as you mentioned that I have mistaken a deeper relaxation for a mystical experience or deeper understanding. Very helpful for me to affirm that meditation should be focused on integrally along with the rest of the teachings.

        • #3800
          ANTHONYBAHLIBI
          Participant

          I will work to integrate and apply the proper spelling for Djehuty and Tjef Neteru from now on.

    • #3538
      KaMaat-Amentat
      Participant

      Intro to SN Short Part 3B
      Level 1 – Lesson 3

      List the important themes presented
      – Hathor yoga – Postures of the God.
      – Indian Sages referencing where their culture & spiritual tradition derived from.
      – Oldest Buddhist culture associated to city of Memphis/Menofer.
      – Why Set has no temple
      – What Set represents
      – What the trinity represents
      – What the trinity represents
      – You will have an experience outside of the ‘norm’ when one gains wisdom.
      – Dream world – Unconscious = Dream
      Conscious = Lucid
      – Dreams + Experience – Negative or positive?
      – Seeing this reality as if it is a dream
      – A lot of people can delude themselves into supporting their spiritual or religious systems regardless of whether their right or wrong, It’s almost as if they hold & follow the notion of “I will support it because I was born into it.”
      – Morals are judged by deeds not words. “Knowing is not enough you must apply, willing is not enough you must do.”

      Explain what impressed you
      – I wouldn’t say anything impressed me or taught me anything more than I already knew, but I do like the idea that certain Indian sages of western spirituality do have the morality within them to speak the truth about where their religion derived from. I also was very interested in the explanation of dreams, though it was in reference to being aware of ones divine existence. I was once told that dreams are experiences we have as apposed to having it in real life. Even though it did not happen in this reality, our consciousness went to another plane or dimension and what we experienced will stay with us forever just like what we experience on this plane of existence. It will always be with us as a memory. If we see this reality as if it were a dream where we go to experience & at the end of your life in the dream you wake up to your natural self as a spirit as you do when you sleep, waking up to the plane of existence you’re most attached to.

      • #3571
        admin
        Keymaster

        djehuty and ammit and anpu at balance scalesimage029 propietary

        “Mastery of self consists not in abnormal dreams, visions and fantastic imaginings or living, but in using the higher FORCES against the lower thus escaping the pains of the lower by vibrating on the higher.”
        -AEP

        Udja

        It should not be expected to learn varied new items especially in the beginning lessons of this program as their purpose is mostly to recall the fundamental teachings and histories needed as a foundation for a viable initiatic teaching. Additionally, that fundamental teaching serves to reiterate and reinforce and correct certain details that become mistranslated into the popular culture of Africentrism or New Age Ancient Egyptian Mystery books used in modern culture. Another purpose is to form a common ground for all students to have a common platform from which to perceive the perspective of the teacher and in which to interact with each-other so as to have a harmonized environment for discussion and instruction.

        On your statement about dreams:
        “I was once told that dreams are experiences we have as apposed to having it in real life. Even though it did not happen in this reality, our consciousness went to another plane or dimension and what we experienced will stay with us forever just like what we experience on this plane of existence. It will always be with us as a memory.”

        Dreams can serve as substitutes for physical experiences; ex. you can break a leg in a dream instead of in physical life (which is more convenient) though this depends on the force of the aryu. Dreams can serve as insightful or prophetic purposes as well as venues for communion with the neteru.

        On your statement about dreams:
        “If we see this reality as if it were a dream where we go to experience & at the end of your life in the dream you wake up to your natural self as a spirit as you do when you sleep, waking up to the plane of existence you’re most attached to.”

        Indeed the fate and destination of the soul is determined by its affinity but that is not determined by the conscious belief system unless it is inline with the dictates of the unconscious. The fate of the soul is directed by the aryu in the Ab (unconscious mind) so it does not matter what a person consciously believes at he time of death if the aryu does not support that belief. This is why a person’s sins cannot be forgiven on their deathbed if they have lifetimes of unresolved aryu that will force h them to reincarnate after experiencing hellish conditions in the netherworld. So it all comes back to promoting purity of heart in order to attain true and abiding enlightenment, beyond all dreams and states of awareness (waking, dream, dreamless sleep).

        HTP

      • #3573
        ANTHONYBAHLIBI
        Participant

        Udja KaMaat,

        We both picked up on ” Morals are judged by deeds and not words.” I see that is a big change to make in how I live my life. Changing our life is much more work then adopting an ideology. We both also caught the discussion on the Dream (awake and dream experience) being perceived as Real. Very powerful truth. Its very beneficial for me to hear the teaching and the Q&As that come up occasionally, they are very poignant questions and answers for where Im at as well.

    • #3569
      ANTHONYBAHLIBI
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson 3, Title: Intro to SN Short Part 3b.mp4. Length: 41 mins

      What are the main teachings brought out in the video lecture recording? Explain in your own words
      – Historical Similarities between Kemet and Indian Spirituality: Female Indian Mystic wrote text identifying Ancient Egyptian Origins of Yoga. Very few recognize or accept this connection. Ajahn Mukati (?) writes on the Tantric connection being practiced in Mediterranean culture ( as an outgrowth of Ancient Egyptian Tantra.) Similarities drawn between Ancient Egyptian philosophy on the afterlife and India. Original names in Indian spirituality were not traditional Indian names, many of these names sound Egyptian (non-sanskrit names.) This connects also to the link between Buddhism and Memphite Theology in the city of Memphis.
      – Question on Set “ Does he have any temples?” A: No, no temples. Seti supported Set. By late period Set was identified with foreign invaders, Hyksos. They adopted Set as a patron deity.) Originally Set was a benevolent divinity who represented the lower ego forces ( sexuality, food, greed, power.) These are not negative forces, but the unnecessarily application of these desires lead to inequities and personal/social issues. Set is not a devil, he represents the ego aspect often in a state of delusion and ignorance which strengthens the Ego aspects.
      – Question on Temples “ Do all the Temples show this teaching?” A: Most of the Temples show pieces and parts of the larger teaching.
      – Question on Mind “ Tehuti and Ra both represent mind, do they represent different levels of Mind?” A: In the trinity of Amun-Ra-Ptah. Amun ( witness), Ra ( interaction between witness and time and space.) Tehuti represents congnizing mind, comparing ideas. Ra represents total encompassing instrument of mind between Self and Creation. If through Meditation you dissolve one aspects of the trinity, one of those world-interactions would dissolve and you have a direct experience of the inner Self. This is part of the deeper aspects of meditation philosophy.
      Question on Unconscious Mind “ ive noticed while working nights and sleeping during days, I wake up in the blink of an eye, I cant bare witness to the deep-sleep state but I am more conscious of it after waking up. When your devoid of Ego, is that what happens:? you seem to exist as an individual. By not identifying, I am unconscious in the sense of the unconscious mind. Is that what the unconscious state is doing for me?” A: The short answer is Yes. The Amun-Ra-Ptah Trinity is precursed by Nebertjer. Now consider that your personality is Amun, if you stopped your concept of knowing yourself as an individual you would get rid of that trinity? What is left for you to experience as an individual? Thats sort of what happens in deep-sleep. When dreaming another “you” comes up, its not your waking self but its “you.” In deep sleep all this dissolves, “your” not there but there is still something. If you get rid of the Triniy of Amun-Ra-Ptah you would have Nebertjder, your transcendental self beyond all manifestation (deep sleep, dream, awake.) People do have these experiences on a daily basis. The key to the deeper problem, to understand the problem, is that there is a positive and negative experience(meditation philosophy, shown in Egpytian Yoga Vol 2.) When you fall asleep and have a dream that is a negative experience in reference to your waking consciousness in the dream state ( not talking about the waking state.) Two ways into the Dream/Astral realm; Unconscious/ignorant is a dream, If you go in a conscious way you know its not a dream and not a real trouble ( this is the positive experience.) For the waking state this is also true. Negative view is that the waking world is an abiding reality, but for those with higher consciousness they can have a positive experience knowing that the waking state is like a dream. If you experience that level of wakefulness perennially ( unbroken), then you would not be caught up in the dream world of sleep or time-space (awake) reality. That is called Enlightenment, and is caused by doing the practices which purify the Aryu and allow for these positive enlightening experience. The techniques discussed publically are for a general audience, there are more advanced techniques of meditation with breath work and visualization that will activate and manipulate certain energy centers and it will cause consciousness to be pushed into awakening. Those are for advanced practitioners. These are reserved for those who put in the time and practice at the level of becoming priest/ess or on individual basis for those who are judged to be worthy of that practice. ( If an aspirants uses the basic public practice virtuously and with perseverance, can one attain the high state of perennial enlightenment through the basic practices? )
      – Discussion on Other Spiritual Systems: Its good to stick to a system and teacher virtously, if that teaching/teacher is providing access to the mystical experience. For those groups who are not receiving access to mystical experience ( Moorish, Yoruba, Islam, Christianity, etc) they may like to merge the ideas of different teachings when really they are incompatible. That level of practice will not let you progress on That or This tradition. It is disruptive to serious practice. Greeks acted like this in some regards because they picked-choose from Egyptian spirituality, arts, and culture to their culture. Also can be seen in religious interpretations of Ancient Egypt by Bible, Christians, etc. This is told in order to reveal the nonsense. We should remain kind, while also being forthright to not waste time in discussions or relationships with such personalities. Nehast, the enlightening experience, is the Goal of Smai Tawi Shetaut Neter, and many other groups are not focusing on that mystical level of religion, spirituality, philosophy, etc. This is not an exclusion of honest seekers. Were not proselytizing. According to Arab history a Sufi mystic defiled the Sphinx, what kind of mysticism is that? Mysticism is the “growing into the awakening of all encompassing divinity”, what does this have to do with destroying other religions artifacts, this is not a righteous form of mysticism through the Kemetic lens from that reason. There are some serious contradictions.
      – Morals are judged by deeds, not by nice thoughts or wishes. This is the Key to Maat Philosophy. It’s not your words that you’re judged by but your actions.

      2. What impressed you?
      – I am very much impressed by my own aspiration to follow a specific system, and the reduction of agitation by not aspiring to share this teaching with everyone ( as I always tried to do in the past.) I am now through life experience and the teachings beginning to understanding where people are at, how rare and precious it is to aspire to True spirituality, and keeping the true spiritual aspirations for those who truly aspire to a higher experience beyond the perishable.
      – Impressed by the world history analysis of Kemetic culture and its influence. Brings a greater clarity to the work and what we see in the “religious/spiritual” cultures today.
      – The discussion on Mind was very important. I will be going back to review the analysis of conscious-subconscious-unconscious and the realms of existence as discussed in the Meditation Book.

      • #3600
        ANTHONYBAHLIBI
        Participant

        Some of this on point 1 is a copy of the notes from what I heard in the recording. Is this a proper way to share for this Standing Question on the teachings brought out, or should it be more of my own words versus notes made while listening?

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          “Thinking, understanding, reasoning, willing, call not these Soul! They are its actions, but they are not its essence.” -AEP

          Udja

          It is OK to use quotes from the readings and include them in your postings but these should not substitute for answers–they can be used to help make your point but then you can explain what you think it means and that way your teacher will be able to better discern if you understand more deeply or are just parroting what was heard or said. The parrot does not transform but the mechanic who knows how a car engine works and is put together can tare it down and rebuild it. The aspirant must be like the mechanic who understands the nature of Creation and can deconstruct and construct it and in so doing dispel its mystery and delusion.

          HTP

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        • #3796
          ANTHONYBAHLIBI
          Participant

          Dua Sebai Maa,

          Thank you very much for your response and expansion on these topics. The discussion on Consciousness, deep sleep, and the places where nothing grows in the Prt M Hru was very helpful in my understandings. I will continue to reflect on the teachings you have provided.

          Htp

    • #3588
      BernadetteCollins
      Participant

      Level 1-Intro to SN short part 1b-List the important themes presented:

      1. Understanding African religion, Shetaut Neter, Neterian spirituality
      2. Spiritual organization & the 2 branches: Semi Institute & The Temple of Shetaut Neter.
      3. Righteous Teacher & a Righteous student, Shemsu & Cosmic forces
      4. Understanding the 3 Stages of Religion-Myth-story, Ritual-chanting
      5. The story of Asar, Aset & Heru – (The story-myth is acted out in the scenes of the temple)Re-enact the myth-Process of Shemsu Neter. Temples of Aset & Heru
      6. The Great Awakening in Neterianism Culture
      7. Scriptures of Shataur Neter-/Different traditions-different entries into the philosophy of spirit
      8. Practicing Shedy-devotion to the divine-leading to wisdom in the heart & the mind-knowing oneself-true of speech-purified & virtue-true understanding of life,spirit & self
      9. Understanding Neterian Culture
      10. Books of different disciplines
      11. Daily Observances of Shemsu
      12. Family Tree of Neterian God & Goddesses
      13. Anthropomorphic & Zoomorphic Iconography

      2. Explain What impressed you most:

      [This is truly new to my awareness, I’m finding I’m having some challenges with being disciplined to remain
      focused & stay on course in my studies. It took longer than I anticipated to not only view but understand the
      information in the videos. I am determined to stay the course.]

      -Learning that the Neterian-(Shetaut Neter)-Religion is one of the oldest religions
      -The Sphinx is the earlist example of a practice of religion
      -The Higher & Lower self

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      • #3795
        ANTHONYBAHLIBI
        Participant

        Udja Bernadette. I relate to and am inspired by the struggle to understand and apply the teachings. I find that as I work through those two things I experience the results of yoga as explained by Sebai. That inspires me to keep resolving disorders and cleansing my body and mind to have a clear-clean-ordered lifestyle that revolves around Shedy and spiritual qualities. The inner-fulfillment, bliss, and intuitional realization is real. Its almost like the hard part is understanding the teachings, thinking correctly about the practice, and setting ourselves up to practice. Within the practice, the experience just happens its really amazing. But yes, I am at the same point with working on it. I appreciate Sebai’s response and am listening to it now.

        Htp

        • #3994
          BernadetteCollins
          Participant

          Udja, Anthony. Thank you for this response. I have yet to experience the results of yoga but I’m looking
          forward to this practice. I’m realizing knowing the information is one thing but practicing & having
          discipline is the challenge. I have much to learn..Thank you Sebai Maa for the encouragement. Htp

    • #3794
      ANTHONYBAHLIBI
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson 3, 1:00:47, Intro to SN by Dja- Conference 2008 Part 1

      Important Themes

      While practicing Shedy we are living the teachings. Thats where the Temple, the experience, the legacy of Kemetic teachings is. The focus of being in the Temple is to know yourself as the divine.

      On the menu is Setjer: Blood, Beer, and Mandrake. This is something I have been contemplating a lot, the purpose of the Setjer. It relieves the pressures of the ego, blood-lust, and worldliness and intoxicates us with the divine, which makes us aspire to divinity and follow Tehuti – Teachings.

      Blood: The intoxication with worldly desire- Egoism- I am the Body
      Beer: Intoxication with Worldly Pleasure- Ignorance – Actions Seeking Pleasure in World of Time and Space
      Mandrake: “God Stuff” – Intoxication with Bau (Souls) of Ra.

      The Setjer represents the Process of Heteru becoming infatuated with Ra. The Sefech Ba Ra ( Bau- Seven souls of Ra) lighting up and dissolve egoism!

      Het Neter : Temple, where you asscoiate with a reality diffrent then the worldy perspective. This allows the mind to turn away from Umt-Ab* ( Mental Dullness) due to Khemn ( Ignroance) and move toward Nehast ( Ressurection-Awakening) to become an Akhu (Enlightened being.)

      Shetaut Neter – Introduction

      Two-Fold Program: Sema Institute and Shetaut Neter – Temple of Aset.
      Kemetic African Religion

      Shetaut ( Secret, Hidden), Neter (Divinity.) Not an invented term, it is historical in the scriptures of Kemet. Shetaut Neter “ Teachings about the secret hidden divinity.” Oldest Written term for African religion.

      Based on Three Stages of Religion: Matnu – Aru – Shetaut Neter: Myth- Ritual- Mysticism. Reclaiming African Spirituality.
      Ra-Herakty – Sphynx represents the historical timeline of Shetaut Neter

      In regards to dealing with society: don’t throw it into peoples faces when they dont understand what it is. Keep your peace, practice, and do what you need to do to put your practice first. African religion is not recognized and this creates problems.

      All religions have sections that try and preserve the mystical, but generally Authentic religion is not practice ( Myth, ritual, mysticism.)

      Neterianism, coined by Sebai Maa, refers to follows of Shetaut Neter.

      Our divine lineage: Khepera gave teachings to Tehuti, who codified them and gave them to Heteru, Asar, and Aset. These teachings were given to the priests and priestess through the lineage. It has come to us. ( I feel devotion for this opportunity, Dua.)

      Paut Neter: Family of Gods and Goddess. Balanced between Male and Female.

      Most Important Myth: Story of Asar Aset and Heru.

      Four Great Truths and Neterian Creed.

      The Teachings guide us to The Purpose of Life and how to obtain it: Achieve a consciousness apart from bodily concerns, become god-like through Shedy disciplines, Nehast (The Great Awakening.)

      Integral Wholistic Yoga: Emotion-Action-Reasoning-Will balanced through Devotion–Righteous Action-Wisdom-Meditation.
      The Yoga Exercise is very powerful because it encompasses the 4-integral practices including Wisdom, Devotion, Action, Meditation. Emulating divine, feeling devotion to divine, engaging in Shedy (Righteous.)

      What impressed you the most?

      For this teaching I was particularly impressed with the Setjer discussion. I recently had a big revelation on the Setjert and why it was used, what it represents mystically, and how it relates to my yogic practice. Everytime before I practice formal GLM meditation I reflect on the story of Heteru and Tehuti visually, in though, etc. I devote myself to the deities of the myth. I feel my Sekhem and Awareness is Heteru, the Serpent Power movement toward the divine is the awakening of the Sefech Ba Ra in the glory, love, awakening that Heteru had for Ra as she listened to the stories of Tehuti and began to remember the truth, and the experience in meditation is the union with Ra. I am cautious with the serpent power movement and am rational as I believe in the past I woke it up powerfully and when I neglected the teachings for 2 years the intensity of ups and downs and the strength of desires flared up because I knew a peace and happiness that Could not be experience in anything in the world, so that same fire was turned to recklessness and disatisfaction. So I am focusing on being steadfast, developing consistent, and serious reflection on the nature of human life so I can work out misunderstandings that turn me back to worldiness or disrupt/neglect the yogic solution and practice. Things are progressing very well now, still cleaning things up and putting everything in order to live the teachings in a simple, clean, clear internal and external environment.

      • #3989
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        ANIMATED Djehuty

        “Thinking, understanding, reasoning, willing, call not these Soul! They are its actions, but they are not its essence.”
        -AEP

        Udja
        Well done posting.
        A few corrections and a couple of comments
        For consistency and uniformity: The proper spellings are “sedjert” and “Djehuty”
        For disclosure and clarity: The term Shetaut Neter is a historic term; Sebai MAA has simply translated that into English and since a term expressing “Egyptian Mysteries” as a religious system did not exist, he coined the term “Neterianism”. So the ancient term was in existence already and only a modern term was devised to express its meaning for our time.
        About your statement: “I neglected the teachings for 2 years the intensity of ups and downs and the strength of desires flared up because I knew a peace and happiness that Could not be experience in anything in the world, so that same fire was turned to recklessness and disatisfaction.”

        Indeed, one of the features of the teaching is a palliative that keeps the personality “on the wagon” as it were. However, when there is not higher attainment and real progress, when the practice is removed then the suppressed ego has its way. Therefore, an aspirant needs to be aware that just because the surface of the personality (Ka) appears under control and to be feeling ethical conscience and adherence to Maatian ideals, that does not necessarily mean that Set has been defeated. Many aspirants delude themselves and assess their attainment as being higher than it really is and so one day are rudely awakened to the reality and sometimes give into it and leave the teaching and go headlong into worldliness. The Ab (unconscious mind) also needs purification and that is the process of shedy requiring time depending on the particular condition/level of spiritual evolution of the individual. So the preferred manner is gradual progress and steadiness as you have stated but also contact with the wise personalities in such a manner that they can evaluate and confirm the aspirant is understanding and practicing correctly so as to arrive at the correct result.

        Simply acknowledge the corrections as a reply to this posting and then move forward.

        HTP

        • #4030
          ANTHONYBAHLIBI
          Participant

          Udja Sebai Maa,

          Thank you very much for this response. The reinforcement of proper spelling is very helpful in tightening up my understanding of Neterianism. In relation to attainment, I definitley experienced a form of delusion especially early on. As I got deeper into my practice I became more aligned with the teaching, but as the practice started to develop like I said I went astray. So I am receiving a good education in regards to that experience as being a result of not having a deep cleansing of the unconscious mind as old things were still coveted even when I was obeying the disciplines, so when I did not reinforce the palliative effect of the teaching those old desires were pursued. This response was very helpful, I will continue on.

          Dua
          Anthony

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      • #4146
        KaMaat-Amentat
        Participant

        Udja Anthony,

        I thought that seen as I had done the same assignment just now I would reply to yours.

        It is very interesting to see the me in all and the all in me. So many struggles and situations people go through are so identical in principle even if not categorically.

        When you said you neglected the teachings for two years and the ups and downs intensified and desires became more flared. This is probably true to everyone at some point on or spiritual journey as it is the same for me but in a different. quoting again the me in all and the all in me, nothing is truly different. I find that my difficulty is remembering. I find that if I do not study the teachings and meditate on them every day that I forget who I am almost immediately and succumb once again to the world of time and space. I have found, though, that this has motivated me to constantly focus my mind toward the divine in order to stay steadfast/Djeddi in my spiritual system/religion to avoid ‘forgetting’ who I am due to whatever situation has presented itself to me.

        HTP

        • #4368
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          NewYorkTimesSquare

          “An infant’s Soul is altogether a thing of beauty to see, not yet befouled by body’s passions, still all but hanging from the Cosmic Soul! But when the body grows in bulk and draweth down the Soul into it’s mass, then doth the Soul cut off itself and bring upon itself forgetfulness, and no more shareth in the Beautiful and Good (God); and this forgetfulness becometh vice.”

          -AEP

           

           

          Udja

          As you have stated, the path to avoid forgetfulness is the opposite of the path of delusion which is fed by the ritual patterns of worldly living. Therefore, there is a need to cleanse the personality and engage in maatian actions that entail rituals of remembrance and in this context re-membering is putting the members of the body of Asar back together and in so doing the true image of what life is supposed to be comes into focus. With that focus the task of staying on track is easier and the more the path is followed the more enticing it becomes and the more distasteful the worldliness is recognized to be. Hence, the very experiences that today delude become the once that spur remembrance and an irreversible process begins, of exponential creation of enlightening aryu that lead to the desired goal of life-Nehast.

           

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    • #4144
      KaMaat-Amentat
      Participant

      Level 1 – Lesson 4
      Intro to SN by Dja – Conference 2008 part 1

      Important themes listed?

      Seba Dja speaks about people coming to her & telling her that although they have been to Kemet they have not had a spiritual experience. She goes on to then explain that you can go anywhere in the world but a sacred place needs to be made for ones self because once the self engages in too much worldly activity, it forgets itself & believes it is human, mortal.. so on.
      “Men and Women are mortal Gods & Goddesses”

      The menu being served on the weekend is Setjert – Blood, Beer & Mandrake.
      Blood: Intoxication with worldly desire (Ego – I am the body, flesh & blood)
      Beer: Intoxication with worldly pleasures (Engaging in worldly actions in the world of time & space with the idea that it will bring you happiness, it symbolises ignorance)
      Mandrake: Intoxication with the Bau (Soul) of Ra with fullness infinity & peace that comes through self knowledge. (Symbolises Ra’s light ‘God stuff’)
      In this description it is symbolising that while you are blood and you act with beer you also need mandrake to be able to keep yourself from succumbing to worldly ties. You need that ‘God stuff’ within you to be able to stay steadfast in your knowledge of self if you engage in worldly things without having time to commute with the divine though mediation, study of the teaching, physical yoga and so on, you will lose the knowledge of self and believe yourself to be mortal.

      The story of Hetheru coming into the world to destroy evil is mentioned but upon her coming into the world she forgets herself, even to the point where her brother comes to get her & she I her mortal form tries to eat him because she has completely forgotten who she is & what she came into being to do.
      With the Setjert potion Lord Djehuti was able to heal Hetheru to bring her back to her rightful place as a Goddesses.

      Introduction to Shetaut Neter

      Shetaut means hidden & Neter means divinity. Shetaut Neter was the religion or spiritual system practised in ancient Egypt. There is proof in Medu Neter that this is what our ancestors called their religion.
      Shetaut Neter – “The teachings about the hidden divinity.”

      Lower mysteries – Intellectual knowledge
      Higher mysteries – Intuitional knowledge

      African religion has 3 stages
      – Myth – Matnu – Legend, story, myth, proverbs
      – Ritual – Aru – Ritual, practise
      – Mysticism – Shetaut Ntr

      Sphinx – Herumaaket – Heruakty – Ra Heruakty

      “Africa will never truly be free until its leaders pray to African Gods & Goddesses without apology.”

      Western religion and Traditional African religion have 2/3 requirements for a – In my opinion – successful religion. They both have Myth & Ritual but lack mysticism. Ancient Egyptian religion is an authentic religion where as every religion on the earth today has taken or misconstrued aspects of its teachings or rituals from Shetaut Neter.

      Neterians are the followers of the divine. The Shemsu Neter.
      Shemsu means follower.

      Who was the founder of Neterianism?
      Lord Kephri Creator

      Our Divine Lineage?
      Kephri -> Djehuti -> Aset, Heter, Asar -> Heru -> You, Me

      Great Truths of the Shetaut Neter religion
      (Maa Ur n Shetaut Neter)

      The Neter, the supreme being is one and alone as the neberdjer, manifesting everywhere and in all thins in the form of Gods and Goddesses
      (Pa Neter, ua ua, Nebedjer m Neteru)

      Lack of righteousness brings fetters to the personality and these fetters cause ignorance of the divine.
      (An Maat Swy Saui Set S-Khemn)

      Devotion to the divine leads to freedom from the fetters of Set
      S-Uashu S-Nafu n saiu Set

      The practise of the shedy disciplines leads to knowing oneself and the divine. This is called being true of speech.
      Arit shedy rekh ab m Maakheru

      The pursuit of happiness
      “Searching for ones self in the world is the pursuit of an illusion.”
      Shetaut Neter teaches you the purpose of life and how to attain that goal. Through teachings, rituals and disciplines. These teachings lead us to the great awakening which is called Nehast.

      The human personality has 4 aspects – Integral yoga/Disciplines
      – Will – Meditation
      – Action – Righteous virtue
      – Intellect/Reason – Wisdom
      – Emotional capacity – Meditation
      Each discipline has been made to purify these aspects. This has been done to create a 360 practise program that intergrade your whole personality and your daily life.

      What interested me?

      I find that the most interesting part of the lecture was the reference to the blood, beer and mandrake potion.
      The symbolism behind this explanation has helped me understand why it is so easy to forget yourself. I puts me at ease in terms of forgetting who we are has happened to all of us & all we need to do is reacquaint ourselves with our divine spirit by taking part in our daily discipline’s, teachings, meditations and rituals. This will enable us to remember our divine self and act accordingly to the knowledge we now hold. In knowing our self we become more adherent to the unknown and less bothered about the time and space object like who’s car is the best, who girlfriend is the prettiest and all these other things people find so interesting.

      I know I am currently a body. (Blood)
      I must take part in certain time and space activities such as going to work or I will have no food or shelter (Beer)… But
      I am a child of the divine, the divine is where ever he/she is and I am an emanation of her/him in this big illusive dream world called time and space. (Mandrake)

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        upu - but, except, thoughupu

         

        Udja

        An extensive post – Dua.

        First a clarification and then a wonderful acknowledgement.

        On your statement: “Ancient Egyptian religion is an authentic religion where as every religion on the earth today has taken or misconstrued aspects of its teachings or rituals from Shetaut Neter.”

         

        We would not say that every singly religion is derived all or some portion from Shetaut Neter. However, the major world religions and some African Traditional religions certainly have had some contact and have derived some aspects, including major and minor aspects, as outlined and demonstrated in the books.

         

        On your statement:

        “I know I am currently a body. (Blood)
        I must take part in certain time and space activities such as going to work or I will have no food or shelter (Beer)… But
        I am a child of the divine, the divine is where ever he/she is and I am an emanation of her/him in this big illusive dream world called time and space. (Mandrake)”

         

        I think perhaps the most important word in this paragraph is “… But”

        The english word “but” is translated as “upu” which means but, except, though, etc. This single word pivots the two first elements of this trinity of involvements in realms to turn us from the blood and beer, the worldliness, to the spirit, the transcendent and the glorious. So, “but” is perhaps one of the most important words because it reminds us of the correct teaching and it points to the flaws in worldliness but more than that. “Upu serves to interrupt the insane human tendency to follow self-serving ideas IF the human has the courage to face the implications of the significance of “but” as in but what about this other factor that was not considered? If the but is ignored or rationalized away the human will fall deeper into the delusion of human existence. That is the fallacy of egoism and mental delusion, an insanity that moves away from Maat (righteousness and truth) towards an-Maat, delusion, egoism, unrighteousness and all manner of ramifications including crime and other human degradations. The word but signifies that despite all the stuff that is troubling about life there is something else. Think of how things would be if all we can say is there is blood and beer period! nothing more, nothing else, just constant and perennial worldly activity and endless and final frustration and unfulfilment.

        But wait! there is something else, but hang on that’s not all! and that something else saves the nerves, the wits, the soul from future frustrations and sufferings.

        So the world is crushing and upsetting upu there is Shetaut Neter to save the day, the week, the month, the year and the life!

        “Though all men suffer fated things, those led by reason (guided by the intellect), do not endure suffering with the rest; UPU since they’ve freed themselves from viciousness, not being bad, they do not suffer bad…”

        -AEP

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    • #4165
      KaMaat-Amentat
      Participant

      Level 1 – Lesson 5
      Intro to SN by Dja – Conference 2008 part 2

      Interesting themes

      – Three fold daily worship – Ra Neb
      – Temple of Aset is where the teachings of the wisdom was taught

      – The meditation systems are mentioned –
      Meditation of the subtle light force
      Meditation of righteous action
      Meditation of Glorious light
      Meditation of the wisdom teachings
      Meditation of the tree of life
      Meditation of the I am
      These meditation systems are to be chosen by us individually that resonates in us.

      – Tomb of King Seti – Inscriptions are shown in the temple on the temple walls
      – Meditative postures that all relate to a different divinity
      – Maat philosophy
      – Seba Dja speaks about the spirituality in India, she mentions that they have all that spirituality but they don’ practise it and you can see it by the state of turmoil in India currently

      Keys to success in spiritual practise – Patience, perseverance and continues self effort & also Nut Nefer (Good association)
      Keys to success – Shemsu udja shedy – Real & powerful, burning following and practise of the disciplines of the spiritual teachings.
      You must have this burning desire to want to be enlightened. You will fall by the way side if you have no patience, perseverance and devotion toward the divine and toward wanting to elevate spiritually. It takes time. The way you can judged your spiritual growth is to pay attention to the vices. If you usually get upset 10 times a day and you’ve been getting upset only 5 times a day then you know you’ve gotten better even though you have not perfected yourself yet.
      – Nehast: is the final objective. The final objective is to become one with the divine. To be able to say “Nuk Pu Nuk Asar Neter” (I am that I am, Asar the divinity)
      – Books do not enlighten you, Seba Dja mentions an analogy: Would you rather get surgery done by a Doctor who has a PHD in surgery or a Doctor who learnt from books at a library. Books do not facilitate for the teachings you need to be taught by a teacher as well as have experience in the field to be able to become a surgeon. Regardless of whether you have the best books.

      • #4465
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        iceberg Ren Ka and Ab

        Udja

        A clarification: The meditation systems are not meant for an aspirant to practice them all but rather to choose one main one to practice, one that resonates with them and offers them an entry into a viable and sustained spiritual practice that will develop into a deep introspective movement. A correction: “Nut Nefer” should be “Knumt Nefer.”

        This idea of growing in “degrees” is important to understand since the mind should be thought of as an iceberg where move of the aryu we are working with and need to change is hidden under the surface. If you want to move in a particular direction you cannot because the rest of the iceberg is moving in accord with different currents that are unbeknownst to you. Therefore there needs to be patience and perseverance (Antet Begag) and looking for incremental but sustained progress.

        So, as the iceberg takes long to change course and long to melt so too the aryu (unconscious impressions from previous experiences in this and previous lifetimes) in the Ab takes time to be cleansed, cleared and purified so that the higher desires of the conscious mind (Ka) will be possible and effective. Until then the teaching is to be followed with regularity and patience.

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        • #4512
          KaMaat-Amentat
          Participant

          Udja,

          Dua for your reflections and your corrections. They are much appreciated.

          I had a feeling I was wrong about the Mdw Ntr translation of good association as I remember reading about it in our workbook. Thank you for correcting me, I will now remember the phrase undoubtedly.

          Also now I can have more patience with myself and not pressure myself to be perfect as soon as I hear a teaching I assume a role of worrying about the fact that I cannot do it yet. But you have taught me that all these things are a process and they will take time. I must be patient and diligent as well as give myself time to grow in my new knowledge and awareness.

          Thank you again.

          HTP

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    • #4256
      ANTHONYBAHLIBI
      Participant


      Level 1 Lesson 5, Intro to SN by Dja – Conference 2008 Part 2, 16:12

      Main Themes

      1. Continuation from Part 1. Left off with a discussion on the Integral Practice of Yoga. Tjef Neteru is an exercise and an aspect of the meditation system and encompasses the 4-integral Smai Tawi disciplines as well; Devotion ( Emotion), Wisdom ( reasoning), Righteous Action ( Action), Meditation ( Will.)

      2. Shedy enjoins the Three-fold daily worship (Ra Neb) related to the difference aspects of Ra.

      3. Meditation (Uaa) : Several Different Systems

      a.Arat Sekhem Uaa – Subtle Life-Force Energy Meditation

      b.Ari Sma Maat Uaa – Meditation on Maat – Righteous Action

      c.Nuk-Pu Ushet Uaa – Meditation on the I Am – Identification with the Divine

      d.Nuk Ra Akhu – Meditation on the Glorious Light – Matnu of Heteru and Djehuty

      e.Rekh Amun Uaa – Meditation on the Wisom Teaching

      f.Khet Ankh Uaa – Meditation on the Tree of Life

      4. Within the system you can pick which form of meditation works best for you. No one is better then another. You dont want to pick one and shift to others, because the important thing is to establish the practice and go deep into it. When engaged in a group study or practice of a specific meditation system, you still want to maintain your personal practice without switching around. You dont have to shift. Do not feel any contradiction here.

      5. Glorious Light Meditation System – Tomb of Seti Uaa. Its very extensive and is not invented by the Sema Institute. It is an ancient system of meditation.

      6. Tjef Neteru : Various postures representing phases of the Psychomythology of creation, including : Before creation, creation, earth, etc leading to the higher self. The icing on the cake is the higher spiritual aspects behind the Tjef Neteru system, and you dont need to focus as much on the physical as the spiritual aspects while practicing the postures.

      7. An overview of the Shedy Disciplines. Shows that the disciplines were generally practiced universally and in all the temple systems, with some unique variations, but with the same deeper meaning, purpose, and teaching. Sebai Maa has a text detailing each discipline.

      8. The legacy of the ancestors is glorious but must be practiced and not just revered. example; look at the state of affairs in India due to the reverence to the ancestors and sages but the lack of serious practice.

      9. Keys to success in Spiritual Practice

      a.Patience, perseverance, continued self-effort

      b.Khnumnt Nefer: Good Association. Key ingredient. Gathering with others to focus on the higher aspects of spirituality provides a teaching on the subtle level, we gain by everyones presence and are enriched by it.

      c.Shemsu Udja Shedy: Burning desire and aspiration to attain Nehast! This is what it takes to overcome the fetters and become successful. Spirituality can be enjoyed superficially, but when its practiced seriously we have to face ourself. This is where the serious burning desire must be present, a burning practice of the disciplines, to overcome the fetters, obstructions, and subtle misunderstandings and wrong-thinking.

      10. Signs of Success

      a.“What about if you get angry at someone in between Shedy practice. Does it mean you didn’t gain anything? “The way you judge your spiritual growth is if the vices are getting less and less.” Do not get caught up in being upset, dont get upset that you got upset, that is egoism and taking a step back. Be aware of it with detached and dispassion. “Its all good” as long as you put forth the effort to practice. “

      b.Tenem: Turning away, losing the way. Cutting off that which you followed. Contraction, negativity, etc. May drop out of spiritual group, stop practicing, etc.

      11. The final objective: Nehast

      a.Ever-increasing devotion to the divine and continual decrease in worldly egoistic ideals and desires.

      b.The ability to honestly say with knowledge and experience “ Nuk Pu Nuk Asar Neter”

      12. Books and spirituality: Books cannot enlighten you. Example, a doctor who studied texts only versus a hand-trained doctor. “If the books were enough we would only need libraries and not universities.” A teacher is necessary.

      What Impressed Me

      I was most impressed by the total system with an emphasis on really being inspired by Ra Neb practice, Tjef Neteru, and the meditation systems which I am emphasizing GLM. Also the need for consistent Shemsu Udja Shedy. I am still working on embracing the serious benefit that Khnumnt Nefer has for a serious practitioner, it has been sticking out to me in all my readings and study this past week.

      • #4373
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        “To teach one must know the student; to know the student one must know the student’s symbolism.”

        -AEP

         

        Udja

         

        A comprehensive post. Dua – There is one important clarification for all to understand. About your statement #4:

        1. 4.”Within the system you can pick which form of meditation works best for you. No one is better then another. You dont want to pick one and shift to others, because the important thing is to establish the practice and go deep into it. When engaged in a group study or practice of a specific meditation system, you still want to maintain your personal practice without switching around. You dont have to shift. Do not feel any contradiction here.”

         

        It is important to understand that though meditation systems are not to be seen as a competition or as spur of the moment adoption, it is also not exactly true that one is not better than another. In the context of spiritual aspiration a particular meditation technique may suit one aspirant over another. Recall the talk on the Kemet University (see below) where I explained that there are different types of students who learn in different ways because of the different composition of their aryu. Some people prefer reading, others listening, others action and others quiet reflection. There are varied combinations of these therefore different meditation systems have been evolved to account for this.

        video

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        Now, it is also true that one should not change systems constantly for that would be like digging many shallow wells and never finding water. However, in the beginning when an aspirant is searching for the system that most appeals then that one should be maintained long-term. Also, this does not conflict with the general temple meditation practice so one is done in group setting and the other in the private personal practice or in a temple group or time where that particular practice is enjoined.

         

        “When the ears of the student are ready to hear, then come the lips to fill them with wisdom.”

        -AEP

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        • #4397
          ANTHONYBAHLIBI
          Participant

          Udja Sebai Maa,

          Thank you very much for this clarification. I did not have a completely clear understanding of that part of the discussion and this additional clarification really shines light on it.

          Dua
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    • #4420
      ANTHONYBAHLIBI
      Participant

      Level 1, Lesson 6, Great Truths of Shetaut Neter, 1:01:12

      Important Themes

      Demonstration of the Shedy Devotional Worship
      Prostration
      Candle
      Libation
      Food Offering
      Offering Hekau related to the Htp Slab-table. Rolled up Mat, Loaf of Bread, Hunch of Beef, Geese. Geese femaleness and Beef symbolize Maleness. Water mixes in center symbolizing Unity from Duality, Giving up opposites. separation between you and spirit. This makes the offering sanctified.

      Great Truths of Shetaut Neter Chant-Hekau

      Shetaut Neter- Hidden way of the divine self – how to know the divine self.

      Rekh Ab Em MaaKheru. Rekh= To Know. This relates to the knowledge of truth, the permanent reality.

      Different interests of potential students. When it comes time to work and transform oneself, that’s when the immaturity within the person emerges and must be worked on seriously.

      Temple Building. 3 levels. 1st room symbolizes aspiration and receive initial teaching, develops devotional feeling ( chanting, music, dancing, singing, prayers.), 2nd section is where high philosophy and higher spiritual practice occurs, for initiates. 3rd section for those who have unified with the light.

      Why seek the teachings..Maturity. Actions and implementation of the teachings involve the question of how do you pick yourself up, how do you implement the disciplines? This is what the teachings convey and the aspirant uses to overcome their worldly shortcomings in order to elevate.

      Everyone wants happiness, and they are searching in the world. “Seeking happiness in the world is the pursuit of an illusion.”

      The troubles of the world are to teach us impermanence. The Harpers Song speaks of this impermanent nature of trying to hold onto things of this world. …Going to Mars can’t save people from impermanence because even the whole universe will dissolve!

      Persistence, tenacious, diligent in practice of disciplines, give the clarity of mind and body to understand the teachings.
      What should we pursue in light of impermanence. Nefer=Happiness is good. Where do we find happiness? In people, places, things, and sensual experiences? The world teaches that happiness can be bought or something that can be done, that the world and body are reality. How could the impermanent be true? What about “me” is permanent? Tree Simile by Sebai Maa. Tree ->Chair -> Dust. What here is real?

      Kemetic philosophy, Paut, Primeval stuff. Way before modern physics. Things seem to be different forms because of different vibrations of Primeval stuff. Within this “stuff” is Spirit, and Spirit is the constant and transcendental. The Striving Stage represents practicing seriously the disciplines to discover and abide with that true essence within impermanence.
      The four teachings- The Great truths. Encapsulate the teachings in kemetic spirituality.

      first great truth.

      The one divinity manifests as Gods and Goddesses ( cosmic forces, powers)
      This is important because we must recognize the oneness behind all. The appearances experienced through the senses are illusion.

      Second Great Truth.

      Explains how the knowledge of the first great truth is lost through Fetters and Vices. When you live through the fetters you live through a vision of your body that prevents the all-encompassing truth. This represents darkness of ignorance that leads to situations of pain and sorrow. ignorance opens the door to countless forms of suffering and things can always get even worse, this is the path of ignorance and fetters.

      third great truth

      Leads one to overcome the struggle of ignorance and the fetters. Devotion to the world and unrighteousness opens up pain, Uashu means turning your life to the divine. Involves seeking to Know the Divine. That breaks the cycle of ignorance and fetters.

      Fourth Great Truth

      if you have devotion to the divine, you live in accordance wih righteous action. Represents practicing Shedy in order to break through to the next realm of temple and being. Three realms of exisence; Physical (Ta), Astral (Duat), Causal (Pet.) The causal realm holds the seed for existence to come forth. The Fourth plane (Anrutef) represents the transcendental absolute. If you have the experience long enough the complete delusion of time and space is transcendent and broken.

      The goal of the teachings are conveyed through the myths, scriptures, philosophy, etc. Three stages of religion.
      Myth gives you insight into the culture, origins, and a “special language” which gives you insight into the purpose of life. Most important is the myth of Asar and creation story of Ra and the lineage of the teachings from Khepri -> Tehuti (Codified) -> Asar ( Created the religion and spiritual culture of Shetaut Neter).

      An emphasis is made on the importance of True religion incuding the mystical level. If it does not have mystical experience it causes discord.

      You can not stand still, you have to move forward. This is what Shetaut Neter is about.

      What Impressed You The Most?

      I am very inspired and impressed by the deeper teachings of the Great Truths! As well as the teachings of impermanence and the pursuit of happiness in the world.

      • #4463
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        Great Truth of Shetaut Neter scroll B papyrus

        Udja

         

        A detailed and on point posting.

        I could tell that you enjoyed going through this assignment and exploring the philosophical concepts about impermanence and the pursuit of happiness. As you do this the maturing mind becomes more comfortable with such teachings and accepts them as actualities as opposed to most people who reject them as incomprehensible anti life ideas. They reject because their ego at the same too strong with fear and desire as well as too weak face and to accept the implications of what they mean and what action will be required to bring life into line with that wisdom. An avid aspirant is the opposite; they move towards those truths and accept them and start looking away from the world for their happiness and towards the teachings and their inner spiritual sustenance and discovery of inner fortitude not requiring worldly illusions to be temporarily satisfied.

        The Great Truths are a glorious summary of the entire Neterian teaching, like a formula, like E=mc2 -such that when you study it’s deeper meanings and details and vast implications it opens up the whole world of Shetaut Neter and all of its scriptures. Knowing it, by heart, even if other scriptures are not known by heart, it coalesces their energies and wisdom to a place of in the mind, of stability from which a solid foundation of spiritual evolution is created.

         

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        • #4511
          KaMaat-Amentat
          Participant

          Udja,

          Dua Dua Dua Sebai MAA for your reflections. They are much appreciated

          Right now I am steadfast in my focus on getting my mind, body and spirit constantly pointing at the divine until I have purified myself enough to take part in worldly activities without it further pulling me into the grasp of ignorance and interest in the fleeting and non abiding.

          HTP

          • #4648
            SEBAIMAA
            Keymaster

            Udja

            Indeed, proceed in accordance with your capacity to handle the challenges and thereby benefit in the small and large victories in the struggle of life.

            HTP

    • #4447
      KaMaat-Amentat
      Participant

      Level 1 – Lesson 6
      Great truths of Shetaut Neter


      Demonstration of devotional worship

      1. Dua posture
      2. Lighting the candle – This symbolises lighting the spirit within ourselves
      3. Lighting the incense – This symbolises our personality. Through the fragrance of our personality the divine is drawn toward us bringing us prosperity and enlightenment
      4. Pouring libations – Continuous pouring symbolises continuous mental thought. Libations are poured onto the HTP slab and roll down in to different places until they meet. This symbolises the union, the union of duality. Giving up the concept of opposites.
      5. Food offering –
      Offering chant: Hotep di nesu Neter aah Anpu Wepwat neb ta djser per kheru cha chaaped si Ntr ari Maa Kheru
      Offering chant translation: Offering is given to the Supreme Divinity and to Anpu (preparer of the traveller) and Wepwat (opener of the ways), lord of the sacred land the spoken offering is 1000 beef (complete maleness) and 1000 geese (complete femaleness). This causes the Divine to make one true of speech
      Hekau was offered 4 times. 4 times symbolising creation.

      HTP is also the offering table/slab. I do also believe that hieroglyphic symbol for HTP is the offering table.

      Spiritual maturity is needed in order to actually attain Spiritual enlightenment, Sebai MAA mentions we must be tenacious and diligent in our devotion and practise toward the divine. You cannot find happiness in the world of time and space because this reality is not abiding. It is constantly changing. Life shows you constantly that things never stay the same things are constantly changing. You cannot be attached to this world and this knowledge of self and the nature of the universe grows with your maturity. Everything in life constantly fades away. Things that happened 200,000 years ago aren’t even known generously in our time right now. Everything the person who was alive 200,000 did is now gone. Its as if it never actually happened. This tells us that we are not here to find ‘romance’, have a big house, big car, large family, go on trips all the time. Because once you leave you do not take anything with you but your spirit and in societies case nowadays a whole load of negative Aryu. This negative aryu was caused by you In your lifetimes by your spiritual ignorance.
      Ancient Kemetic proverb
      “The body belongs to the earth, the soul belongs to the spirit”
      “Know thyself”
      (Rekh Ab)

      The Ancient Kemetic temple has 3 separate sections.
      Temple door. Symbolises your desire to aspire.
      Section 1. You receive initial teaching. Where you will get a devotional feeling. This is where the singing, prayers, music and chanting happens mostly.
      Section 2. High philosophy goes on here, but not higher philosophy
      Inner-most section 3. For those who have received the light, become enlightened.

      First great truth
      The supreme being is one and alone as the Neberdjer manifesting everywhere in all things in the forms of Gods and Goddesses.
      – This teachings helps us to know ourselves, Know who we are, to know our abiding and underlining consciousness and not get pulled into the illusions of the world. Knowing we are spirits rather than this human vessel we often identify ourselves with helps us to loosen our attachment to our ego selves and our sense of individualism.

      Second great truth
      Lack of righteousness brings fetters to the personality and these fetters cause ignorance of the Divine.
      – This teachings shows us that when we deviate from our righteous path, we open doors to being pulled into the senses of the body, feelings of the body ect. These are called fetters. We then forget ourselves and become more ignorant and more arrogant toward the teachings.

      Third great truth
      Devotion to the Divine leads to freedom from the fetters of Set.
      – The Divine is the only abiding thing. Everything is relative and dependant and always changing. We cannot rely on anything I the world of time and space to keep us at ease or at peace. Only devotion to the divine and knowledge of self can really ensure peace within. We then discover the true meaning of life and our true underlying nature and become unfazed by all in life.

      Fourth great truth
      The practise of the shedy disciplines leads to knowing oneself and the Divine this is called being truth of speech.
      – Shedy disciplines ensures you have an integral practise as well a practise that actually purifies your heart and aryu.

      Planes of existence– Ta – Physical realm
      – Pet – Never world/Over world/The in-between
      – Duat – Where Ra dwells
      – Transcendental – Where the ALL dwells.

      What interested me
      I was most interested in the speaking’s in regards to the devotion to the divine. I always used to wonder to myself, “What is meant by devotion?” Am I supposed to feel some sort of love or devotion like in Christianity you see people like nuns getting married to God. But now it has been clarified to me, You just have to have a wanting and a yearning to evolve spiritually and mentally. You can’t just want to have the teachings in your mind to show off your wisdom. Or to just say you’ve been to a lecture or you know a bit about a subject, you have to genuinely want to change and become enlightened. You have to be mature and focused on a task and let go of all in this world of time and space because nothing in it can make you truly happy or at peace. Having devotion ensures that you are always concentrated towards the divine so as to not be drawn into the ignorance and distractions of the world.

      • #4726
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        Udja

        Good reflections.hetep-symbol

        About your statement: “HTP is also the offering table/slab. I do also believe that hieroglyphic symbol for HTP is the offering table.”

        Hetep Slab line art

        Indeed that is correct. The glyph is made up of a mat with bread bun on it. It is an offering that promotes peace as opposed to harboring and egoistically being selfish. This contracts the ego. When there is offering there is expansion leading to the level of expansion called Akh meaning shining spirit. And this is the level where enlightenment is experienced.

         

        About your statement: “It is constantly changing. Life shows you constantly that things never stay the same things are constantly changing.”

        Akhu“Akh” – “Shining spirit”

        Here again, truth and abiding happiness can arise only from that which is stable and eternal, so the philosophy leads to dispassion and detachment and disillusionment. This makes it possible to discover the place beyond distractions and attachments (anrutef) and there it is possible to find that Akh, the subtlest and purest aspect of the personality.

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    • #4514
      Jason W
      Participant

      Udja.

      LEVEL 1 VID LESSON 1
      IMPORTANT THEMES PRESENTED
      -We are not a church, a cult, new age, masonic etc. We are a Kamitan African Religion
      -It has fashionable to denegrate things that are outside of the norm
      -Before all systems of world religion Kemet was already established and ancient by that time.
      -What is of more imporatnce than it being ancient is the high spiritual philosophy it contains.
      -We can determine just how ancient the religion is by geological research of the Horemakhet(sphinx).
      -There are too many correlations between Kemetic Religion and many of the world’s religions to not admit there is a connection
      -The founder of Neterianism was Lord Khepri, who was the first one to bring the spiritual teachings
      -Shetaut Neter is the name of the ancient Kemetic spirtuality, which means Hidden Divinty in all things which must be discovered.
      -The Gods & Goddesses are the entrance into deeper spirituality
      -All creation is divine and orthodox religions mainly teach that we are seperate from divinity, which causes division and seperation.
      -The purpose of life is to achieve a state of consciousness apart from bodily concerns through the practice of Shedy disciplines
      – The 3 stages of religon are myth (most important being the Asarian tradition) ritual and mystical
      – By acting out the myth we can harmonize with the teaching which which leads to a mystical experience
      – The Goal of Neterian Culture is Nehast/spiritual awakening which frees of from the fetters of human existenceSema Tawi is where the concept of Egyptian (Kemetic) Yoga emerged, meaning union of the two lands- the higher and lower self. If they are in balance (Set controlled) than the redemption of Asar occurs.
      – Basic daily observances (Ritual, chants, meditation)of Shemsu follows the 3 fold manifestations of Ra.

      WHAT IMPRESSED YOU THE MOST IN THIS PRESENTATION?

      The high, evolved Kemetic civilization at such a remote time having this very profound knowledge, that has spread across the globe that we can live by today to become one with the divine.

      • #4727
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        Udja
        These factors you have looked up to complete this assignment post are very important to be kept in mind. They form foundational knowledge about Kemetic culture and Neterian spirituality that will be built upon as you proceed with the course.

        ANIMATED agancientegypt26The three stages of religion is an essential concept to be understood so as to realize most people in the world have perhaps only embarked upon the first and or second stages but even at that in a perverted or distorted ignorant manner which leads to personal spiritual bankruptcy and susceptibility to religious fundamentalist demagogues that lead people to self-destruction or wars.

        “The trusted are those who do not speak the first thing to come to mind; and they will become leaders. If people of means have a good name, and their face is benign, people will praise them even without their knowledge. Those whose hearts obey their bellies, however, ask for contempt instead of love. Their hearts are naked. Their bodies are unanointed. The great hearted are a gift from God. Those who are ruled by their appetites belong to the enemy.”
        -AEP

        So, take heart that you have come to a place for real answers to the meaningful questions of life as you engage the process and allow your personality to work through the issues and transform gradually to the status of mature human being as opposed to ignorant children following spiritually impaired or sociopathic leaders.
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        • #4770
          Jason W
          Participant

          Udja

          Yes Sebai MAA. Dua for the reply. I comprehend the importance of understanding and establishing the 3 stages of spiritual development so that it leads to having a direct mystical experience, instead of stagnation based off things like faith and belief alone. This truly is a blessing to have an authentic, qualified spiritual teacher to guide us through the gradual process. This is indeed something to reflect deeply on.

          DUA Sebai MAA

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    • #4660
      ElizabethWhite
      Participant

      Level 1 Lesson 1 Video Presentation
      Intro to SN (#1 in playlist)

      The important themes presented in this video are:

      • Introduction to Shetaut Neter- what is it about?
      Shetaut Neter is not a cult or a church or New Age Spirituality. It is the ancient African religion which is the origin of all world religions, and which contains within it, the three required steps of what religion as an authentic transformational tradition was intended to have- Myth, Ritual and Mysticism.
      Religions that do not offer this triad deny their followers the completion of the process and this results in strife as to which myth and which ritual is better.

      • The Structure of Sema Institute/Temple of Shetaut Neter in relationship to Shetaut Neter/ Kemetian African religion
      There are two branches – The Sema Institute focuses on the educational dissemination of the teachings at various levels- introductory to advanced.
      The Temple of Shetaut Neter is involved with the practices of the Priesthood, Initiations, and Spiritual Counseling.

      • Where did Shetaut Neter originate?
      Neterism that is the name given to the practice of Shetaut Neter originated in Africa and is an indigenous African religion.
      It was the religion of the ancient Egyptians who were originally Ethiopians and had migrated from the south of Africa around twelve thousand years ago, to the north east part of Africa which at the time was known as Kemet or Kush, and which today we know as Egypt.

      • Time line of the practice of Shetaut Neter religion in relation to other World Religions.
      The Sphinx – 10,000 B.C is the earliest physical evidence of religion in human history. This religion was Shetaut Neter and it was complete on all levels as a spiritual philosophy.
      Following this in 7000 B.C. only artifacts are found relating to other spiritual traditions, but not complete philosophies until 2500 B.C. and it is from this timeline forward that the religions we are familiar with including Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam appeared.

      How is Shetaut Neter connected to other religions?
      Documented proof shows the influence Shetaut Neter had on Dogon, Yoruba, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam.

      As the origin of all world religions, Shetaut Neter reflects, without diluting the content, what religion was intended to be – a path of enlightenment that has been left intact as a legacy, that one can not only study, but practice with results.

      Why is it important to study Shetaut Neter?
      “Use well thy mind”(Ancient Egyptian Proverb)

      Religion was described as the “most important force behind culture”
      Any interest that is very important to someone and absorbs their mind and attention will influence and create the attitudes and behavior, and ultimately the culture of that person, or on a larger scale, a group of people, society, and country.

      The question was asked, “What is your culture? One of ignorance or one of wisdom?” True religion was intended to lead to a culture of enlightenment.

      The influences of the world via television and now through social media distract people from their true purpose in life and keep them trapped in a culture of ignorance.
      The essential philosophy of Shetaut Neter is “men and women are to become God-like through a life of virtue and the cultivation of the spirit through scientific knowledge practice and bodily discipline”.

      Therefore the religion of Shetaut Neter contains teachings and disciplines that effectively guides the individual to their true purpose of life and helps them to understand deeper mysteries and the right use of their mind.

      How is this transformation achieved through Shetaut Neter?
      The transformation is achieved through deep study of the metaphysical teachings, cleansing practices, and practice of the disciplines
      An insight was given as to how the teachings worked in ancient Egypt. There were six main traditions of spirituality, which related to the different kinds of minds of people so that there would be a natural interest and inclination towards studying.
      Some of the teachings were psychological, some ritualistic, some wisdom oriented and wherever people lived in the cities of ancient Khemet they were able to benefit from these different traditions in the way they could best respond to individually.
      There were three main traditions that were the most important relating to the Trinity– Ra, Pthah and Amun,
      In the teachings of Shetaut Neter everything emanates from one Source and is considered Divine- the Earth, Sky, Water, etc. and there is a structure of Gods and Goddesses or ‘lesser beings’ so that there is many points which one may use as an access and spiritual connection and grow towards higher and higher realization. This is unlike many of the other world religions which use fear and hierarchy to keep humans from evolving and expressing their true nature of transcendental cosmic consciousness.

      What impressed you most in this presentation?
      I was so impressed with being able to start at the beginning of such a comprehensive study that has authentic connections to all the religions, the traditions, to yoga, to the true meaning of life.
      Seeing where it all started has shifted my mind to see everything around me as bits and pieces carried down, and not always with the depth of understanding…. just wisps of connections..and feeling how much of what I see seems to be on shaky ground, and how much the egoist side of human beings promote and create establishments, and believe what is not the fullest, and how others blindly follow.

      Observations in response to the exchange Level 1 Lesson 1 Video Assignment post # 2826 June 15 2015
      This exchange was in regards to a question by Semauiba re how is it possible for shemsu neter (followers of divinity) to act, think and feel like divinities if this divine aspect is hidden, as reflected in the term Shetaut Neter which means the ‘Hidden mysteries of the Divine’
      Sebai MAA response included … “Now once the teaching is followed then certain answers are revealed and certain insights are gained by the individual and thus the mysteries are discovered. From the outside they are mysteries just as the knowledge of any discipline in life (doctor, lawyer, engineer, chemist) is a mystery until it is taught and understood.”

      I resonated with this, especially the concept of being taught separate from understanding. As an art student I went through the process of being taught the different disciplines of art and I specialized in painting. However it was not until after nearly nineteen years of painting that I began to feel as if ‘painting’ itself was teaching me. This was like a mystery revealing itself that was not on a conscious level where answers and insights came…but I realized there also has to be humility. It will disappear if there is too much ego.

      Now teaching Elementary art I am again seeing that it is the practice of engagement and constant thinking about the teaching of art which begins its own alchemy inside.

      I think it is like what happens in this course. I read or heard you use the word ‘churning’ Sebai Maa…and I think that the constant engagement and thinking and reflecting on the teachings ‘churns’ it through the levels of the mind and something will happen.
      So I understand from this that all mysteries can be revealed, and I am reminded of the words ”ask and it is given, seek and you will find.”

      • #4729
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        Udja

        A very extensive post and also reflective.

        Firstly, about your statement: “It was the religion of the ancient Egyptians who were originally Ethiopians and had migrated from the south of Africa” it is important to understand, and this point is made in the book African Origins and elsewhere, that the present day land that is referred to as “Ethiopia” is not the same as the “ancient” Ethiopia described by the ancient Greeks.

        middle-east-and-north-africa-political-map

        The Ethiopia of the ancient Greeks is in fact called Sudan today. The modern day land called “Ethiopia” is further south and east.So the land that the ancient Greeks called “Ethiopia” and which the Ancient Egyptians called Ta Seti or “Kash” (later known as Kush) -that is today known as Sudan.

         

        About your statement: “Seeing where it all started has shifted my mind to see everything around me as bits and pieces carried down, and not always with the depth of understanding…. just wisps of connections..and feeling how much of what I see seems to be on shaky ground, and how much the egoist side of human beings promote and create establishments, and believe what is not the fullest, and how others blindly follow. “

         

        “Searching for one’s self in the world is the pursuit of an illusion.”

        -AEP

         

        This effect you describe, of “shifting” your mind and realizing the “shaky ground” upon which most supposed truths are based, this is an ideal occurrence on the spiritual path. It allows the personality to break the mold of egoistic routine and unconscious automatic ego based consciousness whereby the personality acts and reacts but does not reflect on the meaning of life. Most people are living in that state of unconsciousness even as they seem to be awake. The avid aspirant learns to embrace that higher center of stability realizing that the basing of one’s life on the world is like building a house on quicksand. Then that aspirant is poised to discover the center and stable essence within from which all fortitude and peace as well as contentment arises. In mystery religion (like Neterianism) the aspirant is expected to not be a mindless follower but a follower of truth which means following a path that leads to discovering the illusoriness of life and the transcendental essence that is beyond when that illusion is dispelled.

         

        HTP

    • #4704
      Jason W
      Participant

      LEVEL 1, LESSON 2, VIDEO ASSIGNMENT- INTRO TO SN SHORT PART 2b

      LIST IMPORTANT THEMES PRESENTED.

      – Chanting is at the beginning of each meditation
      – The 2 forms of worship are PUBLIC, which is assisted by priests & priestesses in outer portion or inner court &
      PRIVATE- which is done at at home or a place where one can worship in private.
      – Inscribed in the tomb of Sage King Seti Ua was the first known formal meditation system in history dating back to the New Kingdom.
      – Instructions for posture are to visualize circle with dot in the middle and becoming established within the circle.
      – In the Judgement Hall, if the heart is heavier than the feather of Maat (afflicted with the fetters of Set), one will experience suffering along with reincarnation back into the world. If heart is equal to the feather of Maat, one is moderately righteous and will serve Asar at his house in the netherworld. If heart is lighter than feather, one has transcended physicality and sits on Asar’s throne to become one.
      – Discipline of Sema Tawi postures is not only a physical workout however also a mythological workout to learn how to act & feel like the divinities, so they can be practiced as meditative as well as a physical/mythological workout.
      – The system of postures is broken down into 5 phases which are 1.Kheperi and the creation 2.Earth phase 3.Transition postures 4.Animal elements/forces 5. Higher Self poses establishing ourselves in the Higher Self/teaching.
      – The importance of the integral process is to not just focus on one particular aspect, however that all aspects are applied, harmonized & developed in one’s personality.
      – Information does not = wisdom. Knowledge + experience = wisdom
      – True wisdom occurs when one uses intuitional understanding which comes by 1.Listening 2.Reflecting 3.Meditating
      – Reason for failure on the path is due to 1.Not understanding how to make sense of the world 2.Not understanding how to apply philosophy & 3.Not surrendering to the teachings.

      WHAT IMPRESSED YOU THE MOST IN THIS PRESENTATION?

      How the discipline of Sema Tawi postures is not only a physical one, however a mythological and meditative one to learn how to act and feel like the divinities, along with how the inscription in the tomb of Sage King Seti Ua is the first known, formal meditation system in recorded history.

      Dua Sebai MAA

      HTP

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      • #4730
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja

        Well done assignment. Here I would like to highlight the “Reason for failure on the path”. This is an important issue that all aspirants should be cognizant about as much as possible. In fact they should read the listing at least weekly to see how they have met the challenges with those issue so as not to fall under the delusion that these have been overcome.

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        “O people of the earth, men and women born and made of the elements, but with the spirit of the Divine within you, rise from your sleep of ignorance! Be sober and thoughtful. Realize that your home is not on the earth but in the Light. Why have you delivered yourselves unto death, having power to partake of immortality? Repent, and change your minds. Depart from the dark light and forsake corruption forever. Prepare to blend your souls with the Eternal Light.”
        -AEP

        Many aspirants bury impurities so they are not dealt with but only when there is some worldly stressful challenge do they become surprised of the impurity that was dormant. Another way these issues work is: impurities (negative aryu) that remains deep in the unconscious, that prevents overall advancement and years can go by and people wonder why they have not changed in all that time. Spiritual evolution is a dynamic process and sometimes that requires challenge and not complacency when it comes to dealing with egoism, misconceptions and beliefs closely held, etc. A personality can hold on to egoistic beliefs or attain enlightenment; otherwise it would be like eating at fast food restaurants and also becoming thin and healthy! Following an authentic path, with authentic teacher and becoming an authentic (as opposed to a deluded) aspirant are the solutions to success on the spiritual path.

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    • #4705
      Jason W
      Participant

      Reply to post #2638

      Udja Sandra

      I was moved by Sebai MAA’s reply in reference to your statement on the path of consistency and how the more knowledgeable one becomes about what is righteous and the more purity one gains through the practice of the disciplines, the more will you will have to be able to follow the dictates of your conscience.

      I now notice like yourself that the more consistent that i am, the more able i am to move past small obstacles like getting frustrated at people, work etc. The only difference with me is that they come more often and it has been difficult remaining patient at certain times, though i can see my personality beginning to change for the better. At least now i can see those defects that i could not even recognize before because i was so used to living by them. I know however that i will be tested again and again, and must conquer the obstacles along with my own worst enemy (Set) in order to sit on the throne of Asar.

      DUA sandra for the comment. It led me to more reflection on the topic of consistency.

      HTP

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      • #4731
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja Jason,

        Dua for your interaction post.
        When you make a post that replies to someone else’s remember to press the “reply” button so it will appear connected to and directly below theirs. Like this one is to yours.

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        • #4772
          Jason W
          Participant

          Udja

          Will do Sebai MAA.

          Dua

          • #5015
            admin
            Keymaster

            Udja

            Well done

            hetep (peace)HETEP

    • #4992
      BernadetteCollins
      Participant

      (Reposted in the correct position)

      Udja Sebai Maa,

      Dua for your reply. I’ll reflect upon this, s a reminder to not let caring & compassion paly in the illusoriness of my ego. This may have played a part in my life at some point. The wisdom is truly necessary. I will also refer to the book Comparative Religion. I’m always questioned about the difference between Kemetic Religion & Christianity.

      Htp

      • #5017
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja
        Very well.

        hetep (peace)HETEP

    • #5069
      Bastu Akhu
      Participant

      LESSON 14
      Level 1 – Lesson 14– Video Assignment – Intro to Shetaut Neter 104-105 Part 1 and 2
      1. List the important themes presented
      Shetaut Neter –
      A. Shetaut Neter is the original Ancient African term for Egyptian Mysteries practiced in Ancient Kemet (Egypt) by Kamitans over 12,000 years ago. Shetaut Neter is the origin of African and all world Religion. Shetaut Neter is not only an Indigenous African Religion but it is the first recorded religion ever practiced in human history, evidenced by the Great Sphinx 10,000 B.C.E. (real name is Herumakhet or Ra-Hrakti- Heru in the horizon) and the pyramid text which is the oldest spiritual text in the world. Therefore Shetaut Neter cannot be categorized by modern definition of religion, it is not a church, cult or new age religion etc.

      B. The meaning of Shetaut Neter came from the writings of Ancient Africa, the Medu Neter. Shetaut means ‘secret’ and Neter means ‘divinity’. Shetaut Neter is the teaching about the secret hidden Supreme Being. Neterianism, which relates to the Neter, is derivied from Shetaut Neter and a Neterian is a follower of the religion of Shetaut Neter and are specifically called Shemsu.

      C. Traditions of Shetaut Neter – There are 6 traditions of Shetaut Neter that all derive from the Anunion theology. They are one spiritual tradition that relate different aspect of the spiritual disciplines and teachings: – 1. Shetaut Anu – teachings of the Ra Tradition 2. Shetaut Menefer – teachings of the Ptah Tradition 3. Shetaut Waset – teachings of the Amun Tradition 4. Shetaut Netrit – teachings of the Goddess tradition 5. Sheataut Asar – teachings of the Asar Tradition 6. Shataut Aton – teachings of the Aton tradition. The three main tradidions from the 6 are Shetaut Anu, Shetaut Menefer and Shetaut Waset – which encompasses the Great Trinity Amun – Ra – Ptah. There is also the Asarian tradition, Asar, Aset, Heru. This tradition is the one that modern religion such as Christianity is modeled from.

      D. Paut Neteru – Family Tree of Gods and Goddesses – The Gods and Goddesses called Neteru that are represented in the traditions of Shetaut Neter are divinities that all emanate from the One Supreme Being. The Gods and Goddesses represents principles in nature, actual cosmic forces so the entire manifestation of creation is divinize and represented by the Gods and Goddesses. They are what we see, feel etc. They are propitiated to lead us to the higher Supreme Being, the hidden, what cannot be seen with the senses but can only be experienced. Shetaut Neter, Neterianism is a monotheistic religion, in that there is only One Supreme Being that manifest in creation as the form of Gods and Goddesses.

      E. Sacred Scriptures of Shetaut Neter – three kind of scriptures (mythic, mystical and wisdom text) and genre of harper songs

      F. The Neterian Temple – This is the house of the divinity being worshiped/the house of life. There are three areas of the temple representing esoteric (inner) teachings; the peristyle court/hall, the hypostyle hall and the holy of holies. The three areas of the temple is a direct reflection of three different levels of aspiration (mortals/aspiration, intelligence/striving and the creative beings of light/established), the three levels of religion (myth, ritual and mysticism) the three levels of mind (unconscious, subconscious and conscious) the three levels of relative consciousness (waking, dream and sleep) the three levels of action (deeds, words and thoughts) and the Great Trinity (Amun, Ra, Ptah). The outside of the temple represents the exoteric (outer) teachings where ordinary people (Rekhyt) come to worship and give their offerings. The first area inside the temple is the peristyle hall/court. To go into this part of the court, you go through two pylons which symbolizes duality. This level means you want to aspire to go to certain level of the teaching, you desire oneness. The other two sections of the temple is reserved for higher teachings.

      G. Ma uaa n Shetaut Neter – The Four Great Truths of Shetaut Neter encapsulate the entire teachings of Shetaut Neter. They are the key and the formula for understanding the entire philosophy, however information with no action equals ignorance, so to reach enlightenment the philosophy must me understood and disciplines practiced.

      Truth #1 – “Pa Neter ua ua Neberdjer m Neteru” – The Neter, the Supreme Being is one and alone, and as Neberdjer manifesting in all things in the form of Gods and Goddesses. 1st Key – One Supreme Being manifesting as everything.
      Neberdjer – Is the All-encompassing Divinity associated with Khepri (the first aspect of Ra) the creator, who created himself.

      Truth #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. (The greatest of all unrighteousness is the unrighteousness of ignorance, it leads to untruth, misunderstanding about the nature of the Divine, which is the first fall in humanity)

      Truth #3 – “S-Uashu, s-Nafu n saiu Set” – Devotion to the Divine leads to freedom from the fetters of Set. Fetters causes you to be conscious of your ego, yourself as an individual, devotion leads to freedom from your own egoism opening the heart to something bigger, greater, the ALL.

      Truth #4 – “ari Shedy Rekh ab m Maakheru” – Practice of the shedy disciplines lead to knowing oneself and the Divine. Practicing the spiritual disciplines leads to opening of the mouth, awakening of the spirit, Nehast.

      In Shetaut Neter there is no concept of evil, there is creation and destruction. Shetaut Neter teachings can be approached as a philosophy or a religion.

      Religion – This is the most powerful force that drives culture and culture represents what human beings care about. There are two types of culture, a culture of degradation (ignorance) or a culture of civilization (wisdom). So if a human being wants to be free they have to identify with a culture of wisdom and in following the culture also follow the philosophy/religion that they practiced. The purpose of religion is for people to be lead to enlightenment through the three steps of authentic religion, myth, ritual and mysticism. Therefore, In order to reclaim or practice ancient African culture, one must turn to ancient African Religion. This is so because in order to be successful in liberating oneself, enlightened “… the legacy of the Ancestors must be lived and not just studied and revered.” It is important to note that it has been documented that Shetaut Neter is not only the source and origin of African religion but also all world Religions such as Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Yoruba etc.

      The pursuit of happiness – One pursues/desires what they think will make them happy, fulfilled. However one can never be fulfilled by things, people, events etc. of the world since there are constant changes, nothing is permanent so there is no abiding happiness in the world. This permanent fulfillment that one is seeking is found in Knowledge of Self. Therefore “Searching for oneself in the world is a pursuit of an illusion.” Ancient Egyptian Proverb

      What is the purpose of life – Another Ancient Egyptian Proverb “The purpose of all human life is to achieve a state of consciousness apart from bodily concerns.” And The Harper’s Song, which is an Ancient Egyptian genre of literature on the meaning and purpose of life teaches that we cannot linger on earth so we must plan for our departure to the west. It teaches that our acts on earth is like a dream. Comparing life on earth to a dream – usually in a dream there is no conscious awareness of the existence of the physical realm, it is not a reality, the reality while in a dream is that the dream is real- but when we wake up the dream is dismissed as real, so what is reality? just as we wake up in the morning and realize that the dream is not true reality, we must also wake up from the dream that life on earth is also true reality, so in essence we need to be consciously aware that there is a reality beyond the changing reality that exists in time and space. This is the state of consciousness that one should pursue, what is true and abiding and the purpose of life. This is achieved through following the disciplines and philosophy of the teachings of Sheter Neter.

      The Philosophy of the After Life – Tomb or Coffin is dedicated to rebirth because we are not the body – the body is just for the physical experience, we are immortal, transcendental and all encompassing. To know this is the Great Awakening to Spiritual consciousness, Nehast. All Neterian disciplines is geared toward this discover, the meaning of “who am I?” Knowing the ways of the Neteru and emanating them, becoming Akhu, an enlightened being.

      2. Explain what impressed you most about this presentation

      What impressed me most about the presentation was The Four Great Truths. It amazes me and also humbles me to think of the extent that our ancestors went to preserve such a glorious legacy on the purpose and meaning of life and that the main tenets of it all is found in The Four Great Truths.

      Htp

      • #5164
        Bastu Akhu
        Participant

        Interaction Assignment for Level 1- Lesson 14

        Reply to post #2638 from May 12th, 2015 by Sebai Maa responding to Sandra McMuray “Level 1- Lesson 2 -Intro to SN short part 2b” Post.

        The interaction between Sebai Maa and Sandra about the philosophy and its true purpose impressed me a lot because it resonated with a belief or truth I was holding on to unconsciously involving the true reality of physical Kemet.

        Sebai states “…the philosophy and history, architecture, etc. Is merely an effect; the true proof of the teaching is experienced by a person who discovered their higher self and that is the real source of any and all glories of the teaching. The philosophy, the history of the culture of Ancient Egypt and its achievements are evidence of the greatness that was achieved but that is only a reflection of the actual greatness of enlightenment.”

        I thought this statement was very profound as an extension of the discussions we have been having in the chatroom meetings for the past few weeks which included Ancient Egypt and its Glorious Legacy. Though I have heard Sebai Maa talk about not getting caught up in the grandeur and glory of the physical manifestations of Kemet (even while we were in Kemet!) and though I ‘thought’ I understood what he meant, It was through this medium and interaction that I was able to understand on a much deeper level what he truly means and this interactive post reiterated it. I gathered that enlightenment is what lead to the development of a culture of such greatness, since enlightenment is achieved through living a life of Maat, which was the very foundation of Ancient Kemetian civilization. The Ancient Kemetians devotion was to the Higher Self, the true reflection of the Divine and this is what is reflected in the philosophy of Shetaut Neter. The example of the glory of the Ancient Kemetian civilization and its achievements give true meaning to the chant “Amma su en pa Neter – sauu-k su emment en pa neter, au tuanu ma qeti pa haru – give thyself to God, keep though thyself daily for God and let tomorrow be as today. So though Kemetic legacy is glorious and so nefer , I should remain mindful that this is not the source but just the surface or as Sebai says “a mere reflection of enlightenment” which I understand is attained through purity of heart, the focus of the philosophy in the shedy disciplines, the dive beneath the surface. So I have broaden my perspective to align with the teachings and now include the physical manifestation of Kemet along with all other manifestations in time and space to be an illusion. Dua.

        Htp

      • #5424
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja, In this lesson you have recounted some fundamental but also some advanced aspects of the philosophy of Shetaut Neter such as that “Searching for oneself in the world is a pursuit of an illusion.” And “One’s acts on earth are like a dream.”

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        The question as you are approaching the final section of Level 1 studies is if you have correct understanding intellectually, about these issues so far, then how prepared/able are you to live this teaching? How much are you able to live life in accord with these tenets? How willing are you to treat the world, your relations, your feelings about family and friends as well as feelings about yourself and your beliefs in accordance with the meaning/implications of these teachings? If not outwardly, then internally what adjustments will you make going forward if you decide to consider yourself as an authentic shems? These are reflections-going forward- and not requiring answer now, but reflections that need to occur so as to prepare to move from intellectual study to application; then if there is going forward in this light there is the task of learning to apply the teaching properly to those venues; if not applied then the teaching stays at the level of intellectual knowledge and emotional delusion.

        Laughing priest in Book of Djehuty- at your reading writings that are worthless…And there was a priest there called Nesi‑ptah; and as Na.nefer.ka.ptah went into a temple to pray, it happened that he went behind this priest, and was reading the inscriptions that were on the chapels of the gods. And the priest mocked him and laughed. So Na.nefer.ka.ptah said to him: “Why are you laughing at me?’ And he replied, ‘I was not laughing at you, or if I happened to do so, it was at your reading writings that are worthless. If you wish so much to read writings, come to me, and I will bring you to the place where the book is which Djehuty himself wrote with his own hand, and which will bring you to the gods…

        One addendum: “Paut Neteru” can be considered as a family tree but more commonly as a “Company” or grouping; though all neterus can be understood as a large extended family and grouped as companies depending on the specific theurgological system, they are not necessarily members of the same nuclear family.

         

        HTP

    • #5468
      DamazALEXIS
      Participant

      Sebai MAA and Sebai Dja,
      Below is the submission of my Level 1 – Lesson 1 Video Assignment

      Important themes presented
      1) What is Shetaut Neter?
      Shetaut Neter means hidden divinity and it is the Religion of Africa practiced by people of ancient Egypt and Kush. It is an indigenous philosophy inspired by internal vision and understanding of people of Africa themselves. It represents the first and foremost in all human spiritual philosophies based on physical evidence provided by the Sphinx, which went as far as 10,000 BC as well as astronomical evidence. Its influences have been proven to manifest in all other main spiritual philosophies including Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and the rest. In essence, Shetaut Neter is the way about discovering the hidden mystery within us.
      2) Who are the Neterians? What are they following?
      The Neterians are practitioners of the ancient religion of Africa. They are also called Shemsu Neter, meaning followers of Neter, the Supreme Being from which emanates cosmic forces named Neterus or Gods and Goddesses. By following the Neterus to discover about their meaning and consolidating these forces within us, the practitioners acquire deep insight into Neter, as the mind is not strong enough to have direct understanding of the divine force.
      3) Purpose of Life
      The purpose of life as determined by Shetaut Neter is to become god like through a life of virtue and the cultivation of spirit using spiritual knowledge and practice, and bodily disciplines.
      4) Three stages of Religion
      Religion includes three main stages: myth, ritual and mysticism. The myth tells a story about a divinity allowing us to learn about the sacred teaching, which is enacted through rituals to develop in us feelings and intuitional understanding that leads us finally to develop the mystical experience. In Shetaut Neter, the most important myth is the myth of ASAR-ASET-Heru or the resurrection of ASAR. Heru represents the spiritual aspirant who strives to liberate himself from the fetters of SET representing the ego character and finally prevail to resurrect ASAR, which is our SOUL.
      5) Goal of Shetaut Neter
      The essential goal of Shetaut Neter is to provide us with the teaching that guides us to the great awakening or helping us to become enlightened. Enlightenment is a state of consciousness where we are liberated from the fetters of the lower self and become god like, mastering the cosmic forces instead of being their slaves. In other words, we become aware as human of the transcendental essence which binds the universe, that is immutable and eternal. In essence, Shetaut Neter is a mystery system including teaching and practices to help us becoming enlightened.
      6) Great Truths
      The mystery system of Shetaut Neter is based around four great truths summarizing the essence of the teachings. The first is about Neter, which is the Supreme Being manifesting itself everywhere and in all things in the form of Gods and Goddesses. The second teaches us about the source of our ignorance of the divine from lack of righteousness that brings fetters to the personality. The third one guides us on the way to the liberation from those fetters through devotion to the Divine. The fourth truth guides us on how to reach the ultimate goal of knowing ourselves and the divine, through the practice of shedy disciplines with scientific spiritual knowledge and practice, being in that sense true of SPEECH.
      7) Shedy disciplines
      The shedy disciplines are the heart of Shetaut Neter and represent the set of practices that aim to purify us integrally during our path towards enlightenment. As an integral system, they provide us with disciplines aiming to purify our actions, our feelings, our heart, our intellect as well as developing our will. They represent the YOGA system of Shetaut Neter also called SEMA Tawi, leading us to harmonizing/uniting our Higher Self and Lower self hence to find enlightenment.

      What impresses me the most?
      In general, I feel deep passion and devotion for the philosophy. To answer the question, I would say I am most impressed by the systematic approach and universality of the teaching. Shetaut Neter states the ultimate goal and includes the set of practices to lead us toward reaching that goal. Along the path, the teaching includes ways of measuring our progress. In essence, it provides a scientific approach, which if followed properly, will lead us toward enlightenment. The universality of the teaching is evident as attested by its influence among the most important spiritual philosophies including Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Judaism and so on. In a world with apparent evidence of degradation of human kind, we can’t but feel honored that such teaching exists to show mankind it can elevate himself and rise up to the ultimate goal of Creation.

      • #5484
        admin
        Keymaster

        Reply to: #5468 DamazALEXIS

        Udja

        This was a good rendition of the points covered in the lesson. Now the task is to develop good understanding of its subtler meanings and then implement the understanding into an orderly, sustained and qualitative spiritual program (shedy). Your impression with the systematic yet universal nature of the teaching is useful as you have recognized that ideal within yourself and will thus have an easier time grasping and thereby be able to apply the teaching systematically and universally in understanding the world and your world.

        Lecture priest with feather crown - Book of the Dead, Egyptian Museum,  London, British Museum

        “Knowledge is far different from sense. For sense is brought about by that which hath the mastery o’er us, while Knowledge is the end of science, and science is God’s gift. All science is incorporeal, the instrument it uses being the Mind, just as the Mind employs the body.”

        -AEP

        HTP

    • #5483
      Jason W
      Participant

      LEVEL 1-LESSON 3

      INTRO TO SN: SHORT PT 3B-(41:15)

      IMPORTANT THEMES PRESENTED

      *Kemetic Origins of Yoga

      -Most People from India and people in general believe that Yoga originated in India and that it is solely an Indian Science, which no one practiced before them.

      -Comparative studies have shown the correlation between Yogic practices like Indian Hatha Yoga (posture/movements of the gods) and Kemetic Sema Tawi,(the origin) along with Buddhism having Memphite origins.

      *Early representation of Set

      -Certain divinities like Set did not have temples. Set in the later period was attributed to foreigners that tried to attack Egypt and was thus made Patron God by the Foreign Hyksos, though Set was looked upon initially as a righteous divinity (representing the lower forces) in the culture of Ancient Egypt. The Unnatural application of the lower forces/Set leads to unrighteousness (Ignorance of one’s true Divine nature).

      *Meaning of Amun Ra Ptah

      -In the Trinity of Amun Ra Ptah, Amun represents witnessing consciousness, Ra the total encompassing mind, & Ptah represents Physical reality. Through meditation practices one can dissolve one of the aspects (Amun Ra Ptah) and through this dissolution one will gain a direct mystical experience.

      *States of Consciousness

      -Through non-identification of the personality (jason) and a removal of the conscious, subconscious & unconscious, one will witness Neberdjer.

      -2 ways of getting to the astral plane- consciously (positive and is aware of dream state) or unconsciously (negative unaware of dream state).Achieving the experience perennially (unbroken) one will not be caught up in dream world of asleep or dream world of time/space reality.

      *Techniques of meditation

      Basic- Given for the general population.

      Advanced- Breathing & visualization act to activate and manipulate certain energy centers that will awaken consciousness.

      *Not fully surrendering to the teachings

      It is useless attempting to make comparisons with former faiths/religions, while still holding on to certain beliefs of the former faith and is a form of delusion in being that the individual is not truly letting go of the old faith/religion and thus is unable to fully receive what is needed to fully progress in the teachings.

      *Religious ignorance towards Egypt

      Followers of major world religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) have made it a duty to demonize and bash Egypt making it synonymous with Idol worship and numerable forms of sin, not understanding that many of the patriarchs/prophets actually went into egypt to be saved from some form of trouble.

      *Maat Philosophy

      In Maat Philosophy, morals are judged by deeds and not by one’s thoughts.
      This is the key to Maat Philosophy.

      WHAT IMPRESSED YOU THE MOST IN THIS PRESENTATION?

      How it felt that Sebai MAA was speaking directly to me in regards to holding on to certain beliefs and attempting to mix traditions, and extract what one may feel is convenient or “relates” to the other faith/religion. I had that same problem of attempting to mix spiritual traditions and thinking that i was fully progressing when i was not. This profound presentation allowed me to gain even more insight to the delusion that occurs when attempting to spot similarities and use that a basis to continue to cling on to the other faith, while limiting myself by not truly receiving the fullness of the teaching.This really hit home with me and i realize the importance of not holding on to old faiths/religions, which can contradict and even delude myself on the path to nehast.

      DUA!

      HTP!

      • #5651
        admin
        Keymaster

        Udja

         

        Well done assignment posting-

         

        About your statement: “In Maat Philosophy, morals are judged by deeds and not by one’s thoughts.”

         

        It is important to understand that aryu or the sum total of past experiences and feelings and desires and actions is lodged in the Ab or unconscious mind. As such the recorded impressions are derived from the Ka or mind and thus the experiences are mental and not physical. Therefore, whether or not there are physical deeds or mental [i.e. thoughts or desires for deeds] they are all deeds. In other words thoughts or acted out thoughts can become negative aryu. The key is understanding that if the intent behind those mental or physical deeds is based on ignorance then it will have a negative karmic effect. If the understanding and intent is based on wisdom and understanding then it will not be injurious. The other point is that physical actions can have the effect of amplifying the ramifications if they are carried out. For example, if you think about punching someone it is not the same as physically doing it as in the physical there can be long-term injuries, hospitals, lawsuits that can go on for days and weeks or years filling the mind with more thoughts of the incident that otherwise if suppressed could have been avoided and the mental issue dealt with privately in a shorter period (if under proper guidance).

        The proverb “Morals are judged by deeds.”

        Means that deeds are a reflection of morals or the level of ethical conscience of the personality. So deeds and thoughts are measures of morals (ethical conscience).

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        About your comment: “holding on to certain beliefs and attempting to mix traditions, and extract what one may feel is convenient or “relates” to the other faith/religion”

         

        only one thing to say – “Right On”

         

        This is a key understanding in order to be able to grow as an aspirant. -very good.

         

    • #5657
      Bastu Akhu
      Participant

      LESSON 15
      Level 1 – Lesson 15– Video Assignment – Intro to Shetaut Neter 104-105 Part 3 and 4

      1. List the important themes presented

      A. Maat Philosophy – Maat Philosophy has a cosmic as well as a practical aspect, both leads to purity of heart, maakheru and redemption of the soul. The judgement scene from the papyrus, The Pert M Heru shows a balance scale where the heart is weighed against the feather of Maat. The result is the consequence of living by Maat (righteousness) or living unMaat (unrighteousness). After death the heart, a vessel which contains ones thoughts, feelings and desires is weighed against the feather of Maat in front of Asar Seker (The God), the King of the Netherworld and Djeuty. Three things can occur as a result of this weighing;

      1. The heart can be found to be heavier than the feather of Maat (filled with desires, worries, lies, unrighteousness etc.) which means the soul is unrighteous and will suffer hellish consequences in the netherworld.
      2. The heart can be found to be even with the feather of Maat, which means the soul is good but not perfected and will be made to serve Asar.
      3. The heart can be lighter than the feather of Maat, which means you are subtle and light enough for the soul to merge and become one with Asar. This merging occurs in the inner shrine. In the papyrus of Ani – Heru, after found to be a righteous soul against the scale of Maat, leads the initiate Ani by the hand into the inner shrine to meet Asar. This is a ritual to be carried out by three personalities, a priest and two priestesses, representing the trinity. This is where the righteous initiate is being anointed, become enlightened, becoming an Akhu – glorious spirit.

      So to become a qualified Aspirant, the Key is to follow the path of Maat Philosophy perennially. Maat philosophy teaches that you are Divine and have a Divine purpose. Adopting the path of Maat will lead you to this truth through the study of the wisdom of the Neteru. You will discover God, your purpose in life, become pure of heart, righteous, achieve immortality, abiding peace and prosperity. Living by Maat is done through your daily actions. When an action is done the residue (memory engrams) stays in your unconscious mind, which holds the sum total of all actions termed ariyu. Unrighteous actions cause agitation in the mind, weighing down of the heart, preventing the reception of subtleness from the teachings, hence preventing lightness of the heart required to enter he inner shrine, the abode of Asar, enlightenment.
      In addition, another practical example found in the precepts of Maat is that a Maatian society engenders that everyone’s basic needs is to be taken care of but a unMaatian society, such as western society promotes unrighteousness, injustices and unequal distribution of wealth and resources causing unjust state of wellbeing and degraded living for one group in society while the other group lives well with wealth from unjust means because the wealth is acquired through the stealing of other countries resources, such as countries that steal natural resources from Africa to build nuclear power etc. or exploitation of other countries citizens through cheap labor to fuel materialism and capitalism.

      B. Devotion (Uashu) and Freedom (Nafu) – Devotion to the Divine means living by Maat. Devotion is a path to lead us out of ignorance and unrighteousness, which is found in the teachings. The teaching must be studied with the guidance of a spiritual preceptor because at the higher and more subtle levels, spiritual philosophy is harder than rocket science, medical sciences and engineering. However everyone has the capacity to succeed since we are all sparks of the Divine. There are two aspects of devotional practice, personal (home) and community worship (festival time lead by clergy in ancient times).

      C. Shedy and Maakheru – Shedy is study of the spiritual teachings, it means to penetrate the mysteries through the spiritual disciplines. The disciplines includes 1. Wisdom teachings (Rech Ab) – Wisdom is represented by the Goddess Aset, who suckles Heru. This suckling is a metaphor for the wisdom given to Heru by Aset in the same way the wisdom is given to the aspirant (female, receptive) by the spiritual preceptor (Sba) this wisdom enriches the mind and soul. The preceptor, represents the male aspect and gives through speaking (the mouth is the penis that goes into the ear to fertilize the soil of the mind to give birth to spiritual enlightenment) 2. Action (Maat Ari) 3. Devotion (Uashu) 4. Meditation (Uaa)
      In summary, The Four Great Truths of Neterianism are to be realized through the practice of the Four disciplines of Shedy which is practiced in three steps: 1. Listening to the Teachings (listen, act, heed) 2. Reflection (practice ritual and reflect on meaning) and 3. Meditation.

      D. Basic Requirement of Shemsu – First there has to be spiritual aspiration then there are two paths that can be chosen from, the path of religion or the path of the yogic disciplines (philosophy). If either is chosen the shedy disciplines are paramount to the success of the aspirant and they both lead to the same goal, Nehast. To be a Shemsu, a follower of Shetaut Neter, there are daily, monthly and annual rituals to be practiced. The daily ritual (altar ritual, recite great truths, chant daily Hekau, Study of scripture, meditation, offering) is most important, and is to be practiced three times per day, morning, noon and dusk. The three fold worship program follows the Anunian Theology by observing the three aspects of Ra (Khepera, Ra and Ra Tem). The daily ritual includes all the shedy disciplines. The monthly ritual (the moon ritual/moon festival) is observed twice per month by 1 day fasting on New Moon, and 1 Day fasting on the Full Moon, there is a special Uashu, praise of Aset in the form of the Moon. The annual ritual is the summer and winter solstices, the winter solstice celebrates the birth of Heru on December 25th.

      E. The Kemetic Diet (Sunu Philosophy) – In order for the teachings to be effective, there has to be purity of the body, mind and soul, which is health of body mind and soul. The source of all disease (ignorance of Self) occurs in the causal plane, the unconscious mind, then manifest in the astral plane before manifesting in the physical body. Imhotep, the first doctor who was also an architect and philosopher is the creator of the Sunu Philosophy of Ancient Kemet, which engender that there is food for body mind and soul that leads to self-knowledge. Food for the body includes a vegetarian diet, supplements, the Tjef Neteru yoga postures, massage therapy, reflexology etc. Food for the mind is virtue, purity of thoughts actions and deeds and food for the soul is the restless motion of cosmos, meditation.

      F. How is Higher Vision Attained- The Practice of Meditation – Sage Amunhotep was regarded as one of the greatest Sages- He had a temple dedicated to him, he was a High priest as well, he wrote philosophy and the practice of meditation.
      There are 6 major forms of Meditation –
      1. Arat Sekhem Uaa (Meditation of the Subtle Life Force) 2. Ari Sma Maat Uaa, (Meditation on the Righteous Action – Maat) 3. Nuk Pu – Ushet Uaa (Meditation on the I am) 4. Nuk Ra Akhu Uaa (Meditation on the Glorious Light) 5. Rekh Amun Uaa (Meditation on the Wisdom Teaching) 6. Khet Ankh Uaa (Meditation on the Tree of Life)

      G. Believing in God vs Knowing God – Belief in God means having faith, I know God means a complete experience of God, if you say I am God, this is highest experience because it’s the experience of oneness and in oneness there is nothing else to know. Hence, the physical manifestations of God can be seen, heard felt etc. But God cannot be understood by the senses. Concentration on anything is what leads you to knowing that thing, because all is God and God is all, so concentrating on the Divine will lead you to experience the Divine. The same teaching is found in the temple of Aset – “…No mortal Man has unveiled me”, The transcendental supreme being cannot be known with the physical senses and mind, one must develop a higher mode of sensibility, in order to discern the supreme, one has to become immortal, like sages this means having a dual consciousness, being able to ‘see’ God and ‘know’ God at the same time.
      Worship of the lower beings, Gods and Goddesses will lead you to a higher understanding of Oneness, the ALL, the Supreme Being. Ignorance is what leads to the perception that we are separate from the ALL and this is an illusion, People are constantly seeking to unite with objects and people in the physical reality to become complete, but the searching for completeness in the world is an illusion, ALL problems comes from this illusion, the only true happiness comes from knowing you are already complete, you are ALL. To realize this and have the actual experience of this is the practice of the Shedy disciplines.

      H. Idolatry – The Universe is Divinity so there can be no idolatry in worshiping ALL in Neterianism unlike western culture that gives followers one idea or one image to worship, excluding others. There is only one Supreme Being and ALL is an emanation of the One Supreme Being. Nothing in creation has an independent existence, we are all connected and sustained by the One Supreme Being. Neterian culture worships images of Gods and Goddesses as enlightened beings that has transcended mortality (Akhu’s) and not just random personalities as in ancestral worshiping (which is a degradation of the culture). Symbols are necessary to understand abstract concepts, which are essential to understanding life. The concept of ALL being One is an abstract concept which means it cannot be understood by the mind and senses so the gods and goddesses helps us to understand and lead us to the One Supreme Being. The images of the Gods and Goddesses are symbols of cosmic principles in creation, so we are not worshiping stone, even though stone is infused with Divinity, because the All is Divine but on a higher philosophical understanding, is that the image represents what is being worshiped. The image, symbols or iconography are support, a crutch which gives the mind something to grasp until one have grown enough in spiritual sensitivity through purification to perform abstract level of worship. You have to creep before you can walk, in the teachings this means growing in more and more purity. This high level of purification needed to practice worship at an abstract level can be measured by one’s meditative state, the ability to cease the mind from all thoughts. The abstract thoughtless experience of consciousness, is the higher transcendental principle that is being referred to in the symbolism of the Gods and Goddesses who exist in a philosophical conceptual form as in the Anunian Theology where they are to be seen as a metaphor in understanding our own consciousness, ex. Asar.

      2. Explain what impressed you most in this presentation – The explanation of the Neteru and why we worship them was pretty impressive. I gathered that the understanding and worship of subtle forms of manifestations of the Divine such as the gods and goddesses can lead one to more subtler manifestation and ultimate experience of the Supreme Being who is formless. Also, the iconography of the Gods and Goddesses are important to worship because of what they represent, a reflection and support of the existence of a transcendental reality beyond the physical plane. They themselves is beyond the gross physical reality and forms but still connected to the Divine as all souls are since the Divine is the sustainer of All creation. I was also impressed by the notion that our consciousness have to get subtle and subtler as well to discern and ultimately experience the Divine. In addition, I thought it was profound when Sebai Maa mentioned that no matter how much you know, no matter how much you read etc. without purity of heart nothing is possible, you’re still degraded as any other ignorant personality, devotion helps to purify the heart and helps one to feel the teachings and not just think about it otherwise one has only attained dry intellectualism. So higher and higher level of purification through the shedy disciplines is what leads to purity of heart, lightness of heart, the higher mode of sensitivity needed to realize and experience All as Divine and the gods and goddesses are metaphors to help us in understanding of our own consciousness so we can know ourselves and the Divine.

      Htp

      • #5694
        Bastu Akhu
        Participant

        Level 1 – Lesson 15 – Interaction assignment

        Sebai Maa Response post #3489 to Dinah Pemberton post #3142

        I find Maat Philosophy as the foundation of Neterian spirituality remarkable because it’s practical and real. Learning that the heart is the reason for reincarnation also resonated with me. I can feel the thugs of my conscience as challenges that I create arises and I literally feel the heaviness of my heart and witness the agitation of my mind or the opposite when I act rightly where I feel lightness in my heart and clarity of mind, experiences I didn’t pay attention to before. The tenets really challenges and dictates the conscience as I have been experiencing working to unconditioned my mind from ignorance to purity of heart. Facing my own impurities is not easy, but knowing what they are is better than living in denial and delusions. Now I work through them with the understanding of ariyu as explained in this post, some days I am successful and some days I am not. As Sebai said, the birth of solid aspiration is what it takes to truly challenge the ego and that is achieved through purity of heart that comes gradually from the practice of ritual, devotional and Maatian practices (Shedy). So the work involved in the shedy disciplines will lead me to becoming a solid aspirant where I can truly challenge the ego (Set) to correct my past actions done out of error and ignorance. Eventually, achieving alignment of intellectual understanding, what’s in my mind (Ka) with what I feel in my heart (Ab). However, It’s important to remember that past unrighteous actions were done out of ignorance so we must not forget to be humble, patient and self-forgiving while still persevering and being relentless in our pursuit of Nehast.
        Htp

        • #5804
          admin
          Keymaster

          Hetheru & Djehuty hail Snap_2015.12.16 20.58.49_012

          This is a Feedback for #5657 and #5694

          Udja
          Avery comprehensive rendition of this lesson.
          A few comments and clarifications.
          On your statement: “When an action is done the residue (memory engrams) stays in your unconscious mind, which holds the sum total of all actions termed ariyu.”
          The concept of memory engrams is used as a method of comparison and discussion but aryu are not memory engrams as conceived by modern science. If this were the case the brain would have to be as big as a planet to hold all the information a person becomes aware of through life, the learning, plus the handling of physiological functions and constant management of the body, etc. And furthermore, consider the proven issue of past life memories! Aryu is a very subtle impression and energy form lodged in the deeper recesses of the subtle bodies and primarily in the heart (mind) and not in the physical brain.

          On the statement: “The preceptor, represents the male aspect and gives through speaking (the mouth is the penis that goes into the ear to fertilize the soil of the mind to give birth to spiritual enlightenment)”
          As long as we are using the analogy of sexual function as is done in tantrism, we may more accurately view the words themselves as the “penis” entering the “hole” of the ears, that is for those who do not have an ear diaphragm blocking the sperm of words of power from entering into the mind.

          “The lips of Wisdom are closed, Except to the ears of Understanding”
          -AEP

          About your statement: “Worship of the lower beings, Gods and Goddesses will lead you to a higher understanding of Oneness, the ALL, the Supreme Being”.
          I think you got the correct understanding because further on you said: “I gathered that the understanding and worship of subtle forms of manifestations of the Divine such as the gods and goddesses can lead one to more subtler manifestation and ultimate experience of the Supreme Being who is formless.”
          I just wanted to clarify so that anyone reading this later will have the correct philosophical viewpoint and not get confused. The worship of lower beings leads to the higher IF the wisdom is studied and the practice progresses along the science of divine worship which is stage 1: worship of Ta (earthly neteru), stage 2: worship of Pet or heavenly neteru and stage 3: : worship of Causal (Duat) neteru which is a progressive movement towards the higher, more powerful and subtler divinities leading to the Supreme and all-encompassing essence. If the worship of the lower stays at the lower, believing those lower as being the end, then that is idolatry and orthodoxy, leading to the misguided notions and stagnant or even destructive movements of religions.
          About the statement: “In addition, I thought it was profound when Sebai Maa mentioned that no matter how much you know, no matter how much you read etc. without purity of heart nothing is possible, you’re still degraded as any other ignorant personality,”
          Indeed, there are many people who meditate and may even reach anrutef state but they carry with them the negative aryu of egoism which makes their spiritual search a stagnant process instead of a breakthrough. There are many I have seen over the years with wonderful and extensive erudition and yet they fall into worldly and destructive relationships, emotional dramas, illnesses and following deeply held worldly ideals since they –deep down- do not really relinquish the idea of the illusoriness of the world of time and space, owing to the fact that they are not able to hold on to what is transcendental so they hang on to what they are able to know. So, erudition is no guarantee of wisdom.
          Perhaps this statement: “Facing my own impurities is not easy, but knowing what they are is better than living in denial and delusions.”
          …was the most important one in this essay because without this feature of character, there can be no forging ahead with khak-ab. This khemn (ignorance) is self-imposed if a person refuses or is unable to face their ignorance, vices, delusions and that makes the spiritual progress impossible until those issues are resolved. Therefore, this divine grace of honest introspection is an important key to positive spiritual evolution and it is to be nurtured when possible. An avid aspirant learns to take pleasure in finding out how screwed up he is so he can work on it. An avid aspirant studies and practices so she can develop a laser-like focus on the minutest imperfections of the personality and take delight, like Hetheru in jumping on them and breaking their backs and then to make sure they are done, shining the eye of the fire of wisdom to also burn them up utterly!!!

          (24) “DO NOT STOP YOUR EARS AGAINST THE WORDS OF RIGHT AND WRONG.”
          -AEP

          Very good
          HTP

    • #4625
      BernadetteCollins
      Participant

      Intro to SN short part 2b.mp4
      List the important themes presented:

      -Introduction to Shetaut Neter-Neterianism
      -Where Shetaut Neter was practiced? In the land of Kamit & Kush
      -Sphinx-The correct name-Herumakhet
      -Painting of the Kamitans &the Nubians-Tomb Painting from Tomb of Huy
      -Religion is the most important force driving culture–The legacy of the ancestors must be lived
      -Timeline of Major world religions-When Neterian Religion was practiced-Earliest recorded history
      -Shetaut Neter the Origins of the world Religions
      -The Pursuit of Happiness/What is worth searching for in the world?
      -Religion is supposed to be a means to lead one away from ignorance to enlightenment
      -Definition of Shetaut Neter-The teaching about the secret, hidden: Supreme Being”, or Divine Mysteries
      -The meaning of Neterianism-Medu Neter definition of Shetaut Neter
      -Etymology of the term Shetaut Neter
      -The philosophy of Shetaut Neter
      -The purpose of Life-The Harper’s Song
      -The Kamitan Philosophy of Teaching
      -The Philosophy of the Afterlife-Realizing you are immortal, transcendental & encompassing
      -The Great awakening-Nehast-Akhus
      -Six Main Traditions of Shetaut Neter
      -The Family Tree of Neterian Gods & Goddesses
      -Anthropomorphic and Zoomorphic iconography in Neterian Religion

      Explain what impressed you most in this presentation

      What impressed me most in this presentation was learning of the purpose of Life and
      learning about the importance of culture. This rings so true to me. It’s easy to now see why
      the majority of African people today, are currently in the condition they’re in.
      I also become saddened, thinking, only if more of us knew or even cared. I’m truly eager to learn more.
      Dua for this opportunity & knowledge Sebai Maa & Seba Dja.

    • #4732
      admin
      Keymaster

      Reply to #4625 BernadetteCollins

      Udja

      This lesson contained important aspects of the teaching, which you have listed. Be sure to review it and keep them in your journal notes as they will be referred to many times over as the studies are engaged.

      About your statement: “the purpose of Life and learning about the importance of culture.”
      Many people do not realize that culture is a vehicle for the human experience; it is nurture or the venue for the socialization process, the environment. As such it has a large role in the development of the personality because it can reinforce negative or positive tendencies of the aryu. Therefore, even though it is illusory it still affects the personality to the extent that that personality is enlightened or not. So, your next statement is also important as it relates not only to the environment you live in externally but the internal environment created by your aryu:
      “It’s easy to now see why the majority of African people today, are currently in the condition they’re in.I also become saddened, thinking, only if more of us knew or even cared.”

      It is ok to feel compassion and empathy but that should be tempered with wisdom. Otherwise it plays on the illusoriness of the ego and holds an aspirant down and back. Indeed, anyone who suffers in the world does so due to their aryu. This does not mean it is righteous or that efforts to stop the the suffering should not be attempted by caring and or wise people. But even as they do try they should realize the suffering is due to aryu and that in the end the mortal suffering is also illusory. Then there can be detachment and dispassion even while helping and this is healthy and will not lead to caregiver burnout for you will care to the extent possible and then let god handle it from there, then you will serve humanity and also serve your own purpose of life, to achieve the goal of life personally and not be crippled by illusory, culture determined ideas of what caring is supposed to be. Then it is possible to care effectively and meaningfully instead of ignorantly like giving money to the Red Cross instead of impeaching and jailing sociopathic warmongering leaders that cause untold suffering in the first place. Those who do not work for that end are in a Maatian sense complicit with those unethical and or sociopathic leaders.

      Body of Asar in pieces Osiris-from Nile cartoon

      “To suffer, is a necessity entailed upon your nature, would you prefer that miracles should protect you from its lessons or shalt you repine, because it happened unto you, when lo it happened unto all? Suffering is the golden cross upon which the rose of the Soul unfolds.”

      -AEP

      One more thing, culture is not the same as religion. Religion is an aspect of culture and so is ethnicity. Culture is everything a person lives by in a community of others of like mind. So you can have Kemetic culture and Kemetic religion. People can be culturally Kemetic and wear ankhs but still remain Christian or Muslim – which is to our mind, a factor of how human beings can adopt aspects of culture that they like and often leave the ones that are challenging their beliefs or desires. See the book Comparative Religion.

      HTP

    • #5580
      admin
      Keymaster

      REPLY TO: #4625 BernadetteCollins

      Udja

      You have listed many important teachings from this video lecture, very good. Dua -thank you- for your heartfelt statement about African people. I certainly understand your meaning as I have, as you can imagine, looked at this issue for many years. I also would expand on this issue for everyone to realize that while the African community certainly is in a dire state, so is every other group on earth today in varied forms. For even those who we might see as being at the head of empire today, are themselves caught in the matrix of their own delusion about creating their stated goal of world order or the more nefarious goal of world chaos wherein the strong can easily control the weak. The delusions of corporatocracy which have led the society to the brink of destruction are and will affect even them. So the original malady of human spiritual ignorance which has allowed the emergence and expansion of destructive industrial society and corrupt governments is the real problem and predicament of humanity. Therefore, how should a spiritual aspirant, desirous of advancing on the spiritual path of life, look at these issues? One important piece of the answer is learning how to become a wise person who can look at life as it is and make the right choices that lead to the best future for self first and then in service to all next.

      Don’t tell me the World is Crazy

       

      HTP

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