Ancient Egyptian Wisdom
FROM THE BOOK OF THE DEAD
"Hail to thee, great lord of justice. I have come to you, my lord, that
thou may bring me so that I may see your beauty, for I know thou and I
know your name, and I know the names of the fourty-two Gods of those
who are with thou in this Hall of Justice. Lord of Truth is thy name.
Behold, I have come to you, I have brought you truth, I have repelled
falsehood for you. I have not done falsehood against men; I have not
impoverished my associates; I have done no wrong in the Place of
Truth, I have not learned that which is not; I have done no evil; I
have not daily made labor in excess of what is due to be done for me;
my name has not reached the offices of those who control slaves; I
have not slandered a servant to his master; I have not caused pain; I
have not made hungry; I have not made to weep; I have not killed; I
have not commanded to kill; I have not made suffering for anyone.
I am pure, pure, pure."
The 42 commandments, 1500 years before Moses
1. I have not committed murder, neither have I bid any man to slay on my behalf.
2. I have not committed rape, neither have I forced any woman to commit fornication.
3. I have not avenged myself, nor have I burned with rage.
4. I have not caused terror, nor have I worked affliction.
5. I have caused none to feel pain, nor have I worked grief.
6. I have done neither harm nor ill, nor I have caused misery.
7. I have done no hurt to man, nor have I wrought harm to beasts.
8. I have made none to weep.
9. I have had no knowledge of evil, neither have I acted wickedly, nor have I wronged the people.
10. I have not stolen, neither have I taken that which does not belong to me, nor that which belongs
another, nor have I taken from the orchards, nor snatched the milk from the mouth of the baby.
11. I have not defrauded, neither I have added to the weight of the balance, nor have I made light
weight in the scales.
12. I have not laid waste the plowed land, nor trampled down the fields.
13. I have not driven the cattle from their pastures, nor have I deprived any of that which was
14. I have accused no man falsely, nor have I supported any false accusation.
15. I have spoken no lies, neither have I spoken falsely to the hurt of another.
16. I have never uttered fiery words, nor have I stirred up strife.
17. I have not acted guilefully, neither have I dealt deceitfully, nor spoken to deceive to the hurt
18. I have not spoken scornfully, nor have I set my lips in motion against any man.
19. I have not been an eavesdropper.
20. I have not stopped my ears against the words of Right and Truth.
21. I have not judged hastily, nor have I judged harshly.
22. I have committed no crime in the place of Right and Truth.
23. I have caused no wrong to be done to the servant by his master.
24. I have not been angry without cause.
25. I have not turned back water at its springtide, nor stemmed the flow of running water.
26. I have not broken the channel of a running water.
27. I have never fouled the water, nor have I polluted the land.
28. I have not cursed nor despised the gods, nor have I done that which the good gods abominate.
29. I have not vexed or angered any god.
30. I have not robbed any god, nor have I filched that which has been offered in the temples.
31. I have not added unto nor have I diminished the offerings which are due.
32. I have not purloined the cakes of the gods.
33. I have not carried away the offerings made unto the blessed dead.
34. I have not disregarded the season for the offerings that are appointed.
35. I have not turned away the cattle set apart for sacrifice.
36. I have not thwarted the processions of a god.
37. I have not slaughtered with evil intent the cattle of a god.
38. I have not acted guilefully nor have I acted in insolence.
39. I have not been overly proud, nor have I behaved myself with arrogance.
40. I have never magnified my condition beyond what was fitting.
41. Each day I have labored more than was required of me.
42. My name has not come forth to the boat of the Prince.
These are truly perfect Commandments that can apply to our daily life. Strange how, from the beginning of time, man knew what to and what not to do. Then why hasn’t he been applying those rules for a better mankind???
Wisdom from the Temples
The best and shortest road towards knowledge of truth is
For every joy there is a price to be paid.
What you are doing does not matter so much as what you
are learning from doing it.
Exuberance is a good stimulus towards action, but the inner
light grows in silence and concentration.
If one tries to navigate unknown waters one runs the risk of
The only thing that is humiliating is helplessness.
Know the world in yourself. Never look for yourself in the
world, for this would be to project your illusion.
The only active force that arises out of possession is fear of
losing the object of possession.
If you defy an enemy by doubting his courage you double it.
For knowledge ... you should know that peace is an
indispensable condition of getting it.
You will free yourself when you learn to be neutral and
follow the instructions of your heart without letting things
Man must learn to increase his sense of responsibility and of
the fact that everything he does will have its consequences.
One of the concepts that the Egyptians held was that man was the microcosm of the universe – the macrocosm. Within man (which they symbolized as a five-pointed star) is the divine essence of the Heavens.
The following are interesting excerpts from The Truth about Egyptian Magick by Gerald and Betty Schueler:
" Low Magick involved reading appropriate chapters aloud over the mummified corpse of the deceased. This was done in order to direct, advise, and inspire the disembodied consciousness, which otherwise might succumb to strong forces of dissociation. Such forces were personified by the goddess Nephthys.
The Egyptians believed that consciousness survives bodily death and that the deceased, at least for a time, could hear the words read to him. Hearing was by means of the telepathic connection established by the reader-priest, who was called a Kher-Heh. The Kher-Heb priest, or Kher- Heb Master, was an Adept of the after-death state and was experienced in the states and stages of psychic existence that would be encountered in the Magical Universe, and these individuals were Adepts at astral traveling. The Kher- Heb would mentally form a connection, or psychic link, between himself and the deceased. The master would read aloud the words of the Pert em Hru. While reading, he would concentrate on the projecting the thoughts behind the words to the disembodied consciousness of the deceased. Speaking the words out loud helped to focus the thoughts that the Kher-Heb Master wanted to project. The Master would unite with the deceased mentally by invocation and then speak the appropriate text. Throughout the process, the deceased shared in the experience. If the operation was successful, the deceased was transferred tot he next stage, where a new text was read in turn.
The ancient Egyptians called the Magical Universe the Neter-Khert. Neter-Khert is a general term for the subtle planes and sub planes which surround this planet. They are invisible to our physical senses, but they are nonetheless real. They are the etheric, astral, mental, and spiritual planes of modern occultism and Magick. The term also refers to the location said to be visited by the dead. According to the ancient Egyptians, life in these subtle regions was as varied and personal as life on Earth. The question, “What happens after Death?” can best be answered in the same way as the question, “What happens after birth?” In other words, what happens in the Neter-Khert is dependent upon many interrelated circumstances, and contingencies are plentiful. Although the Egyptians did not have the word karma, they clearly understood the concept. It is expressed in their word Maat, which means “justice.” One of the regions in the Magical Universe is called the Hall of Maati, which is said to be entered by every person at death. It is governed by the Goddess Maat in her dual aspect as the dispenser of both rewards and punishments. Everyone who enters this region must have his heart weighed on the balance against the feather of Maat. Where one goes from here depends upon the outcome of this judgment. Egyptian magicians, preferring not to wait until after they died, entered this region by conducting the Ritual of the Balance as well as the Ritual of the Hall of Maat."
Blessed Be again.
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