Metu Neter - Vols I - II - III : Chapter 1 - Preface and Introduction

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  1. kemetkind

    kemetkind Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Discussion related to Metu Neter Vol. 1, the Author's Preface and Introduction, including the following sections:

    Author's Preface
    The Divine Plan

    Introduction
    The Hemispheres of the Brain

    A Brief Definition of Religion

    Religion, Trance and Ancestors​
     
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    Are we there [Nov 1] already?

    Okay, let's get started. Here are some excerpts from the Preface and Introduction which give an overview of the aim and scope of volume 1:

    INTRODUCTION & PREFACE

    “The world is on a collision course with disaster. Not only from, or because of the threat of nuclear war, but from the massive collapse of its institutions (political, social, economical, religious, spiritual, educational, etc.). It is the combined failure of these institutions, and traditions that is at the root of the widespread decay and stagnation that we are witnessing in just about every nation in the world....”

    “In the infancy of his spiritual evolutionary career, Man is unable to perceive the hidden forces and abstract principles that unify, the working of the shaping forces of the world, and the entities that make up the world. He creates, therefore, a way of life-systems of religion, science, economics, government, education, family, philosophy, etc. - that is incapable of establishing, and maintaining unity-law, order, peace, harmony-in the world. Thus the world has been plunged, and is sinking deeper, day by day, into the jaws of death...”

    “Unity, harmony, and order in society cannot be achieved through the making of laws by Man, and the policing of people’s behavior. As Man’s life on earth is a product of the Supreme Being’s creative process, every aspect of Man’s life, is therefore, controlled by the divine creative agencies. Unity, and thus, prosperity in society can only be achieve by Man’s efforts to intuit the knowledge of how the divine agencies are shaping his life, i.e., to intuit the knowledge of the Divine Plan…It is the purpose of this book to give the reader a working knowledge of this system. The Divine Plan is presented in this book, not as the museum pieces that are the delight and folly of historians, but as a system to be lived.”


    Source: Metu Neter, vol 1 by Ra Un Nefer Amen.

    Some of the key points here are that the downward spiral we are currently witnessing in the world today is due in part to the collapse and ineffectiveness of its behavior shaping institutions of family, education, religion, and government. All of these decaying systems have one thing in common: they are the products of the caucasian's errant notions of what constitutes "civilization" and are not rooted in the Divine Plan.

    It should be noted that even though our closest ancestors were torn away from West Afrika, ALL West Afrikan groups (Yoruba, Mende, Akan, etc) migrated across the continent from the Nile Valley and settled into West Afrika at some point in the distant past.

    Another cause of the ongoing collapse of civilization is due to the spiritual immaturity of the world's political and economic "leaders", e.g., the president of the US (currently George W Bush), the Prime Minister of the UK (Tony Blair), Paul Wolfowitz of the World Bank, etc. These "leaders" are products of a defective european derived culture which has never had a tradition of true spiritual development/behavior modification of the type that developed in the ancient Black civilizations. In traditional Afrikan societies, no one was allowed to occupy a position of leadership unless they first went through a course of rigorous spiritual training that generally followed the principles laid out in Metu Neter, aka INITIATION, no matter how old they were, or how slick they talked. How many of today's world "leaders" have gone through such training? How many Black "leaders" (e.g., Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, Al Sharpton, etc) have gone through such training? The answer: zero.


    The way back to true civilization then, is a return to the behavior shaping institutions of the ancestors: religion, education, family, and government. Thus, the aim and scope of Metu Neter is to show us what we must do and how to do it in order to find our way back to "the way we were."

    Questions? Comments?
     
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    kemetkind Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Preface Thoughts

    Excellent start Brother Sami_Ramaati.

    This is in line with the sentiment RUNA expresses on page 3 near the conclusion of the preface:
    RUNA presumes we recognize the greatness of the ancient systems but doesn't deal much with why the practice of those ancient systems did not PREVENT the collapse of the black civilizations built upon them, nor our subsequent domination by europeans.

    This question is critical to not only the idea of returning to an egyptian system of spiritual cultivation but any ATR.

    A similar question has been posed but not answered conclusively in this thread:

    http://www.destee.com/forums/showthread.php?t=43213

    Answers given included Music Producers contention God is punishing black people and Elder James contention that a cycle over which we have no control was responsible for our downfall and eventually will be responsible for re-emergence.

    I have a hard time with both explanations.

    Music Producer's for its dependence on a Abrahamic concept of a jealous God who punishes his "chosen" people, and Elder James' for its implication that since it was our turn to fall, one day it will be our turn to rise - seemingly irrespective of our collective behavior.

    If this were so, what need is there for returning to the Metu Neter or any other ATR or striving for any collective spiritual ascendancy, since we will be restored to greatness anyway?

    If there is a cycle that is predetermined, it matters not what we do; our time will come.

    If our current and future actions will in fact impact/determine outcome, wouldn't it be wise for our spiritual sages to identify the failures of our ancient systems and improve upon them rather than reintroduce them verbatim?

    (My lack of knowledge of his full teachings means I'm not implying that RUNA does this one way or the other)

    Peace
     
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    Excellent discussion.

    Not necessarily irrespective, but all events that take place within a Sphere, lead to the movement of said sphere.

    When white people rose to power, it what it irrespective of their behavior? Or rather because of it?

    Further, it is not our current behavior as a people that will move us towards the re-establishment, but a shift in phase of it.

    That greatness entails spiritual ascendancy. That cannot be subtracted from the equation.

    With this system (as with most ATR's) the DIVINE manifests Itself in us, and through us. We are the tools for Its shaping of the events in the world.

    Thus, when our return to greatness will be through a meticulous process or returning ourselves to such.

    There is no "Spook God" at work here; the sort that will "pay my bills" just because I pray for it to happen.

    That's not how cycles work. We are just as responsible for the events that happen to us, as is other aspects that play a part in what happens.

    That is the notion behind SEPHIROTH, meaning "sphere of influence". The greater the sphere, the more effect one can create on events that manifest near that sphere.

    This has been done, throughout the Ages, from the earliest times, till now. You will find that much of Metu Neter, as practiced in modern-times, is not merely a verbatim reinstatement of its ancient counterpart.

    Understood.

    PEACE
     
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    Thank you for your intelligent & thoughtful questions. It's obvious that you have done your homework.
    It's not that those civilizations fell despite the practice of those systems of spiritual cultivation, it's that those civilizations fell because of a failure to adhere to those spiritual practices which made them great in the first place.
    Elder James' is on the money. Music Producer's explanation is just plain Ludacris. God does not reward or punish. Whatever consequences befall a people come as a direct result of whether or not they adhere to certain divine laws. Disobey those laws and cause an imbalance and Herukhuti, in the process of restoring things to they way they were meant to be, will kick your butt. It's nothing personal really; it's the law, and every person and civilization is subject to it, no matter how goody two shoes they are. This butt kicking is what has been misinterpreted by the sahu religions (Christianity, Islam, & Judaism) as punishment from God.

    All civilizations are subject to the law of cycles which have 4 phases: birth, growth, decline, and death. No civilization has ever been exempt from this law, not Kemetic, not other Afrikan civilizations, nor American, which is currently in the stage of decline. The priests of Kemet knew in advance that their civilization was going to fall. They were able to foretell this decline and fall as evidenced by an excerpt from "Ancient Future" by Wayne Chandler which I'll post later on.

    The rise or fall of civilizations does not occur irrespective of what people do, but occurs because of what people do--or fail to do. Kemetic civilization will not rise again if we all sit on the couch and do nothing but watch Jerry Springer reruns and booty shaking videos for the next thousand years. It will take study and practice of the ancestral ways in order to bring it back. That's related to another law: cause & effect.

    The point is that the Law of Cycles is just as predictable and immutable as the law of gravity.

    That has already been done. Now all we have to do is reacquaint ourselves with the knowledge and "just do it."
     
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    Hey sam,

    If you were instructing a beginner as myself what would be first on the list to do?
    Btw I've been working six days a week.
    I'll try to visit AAS again soon!
     
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    Here's the "prophecy" (for lack of a better word) about the fall of Kemet and the shape of things to come:

    “It befits the wise to know all things in advance, of this you must not remain ignorant: a time will come when . . . divinity will return from earth to heaven. . .Oh Egypt, Egypt, of your reverent deeds only stories will survive, and they will be incredible to your children! Only words cut in stone will survive to tell your faithful works, and the Scythian or some such neighbor barbarian will dwell in Egypt. For divinity goes back to heaven, and all people will die, deserted, as Egypt will be widowed and deserted by god and human. . Whoever survives will he recognized as Egyptian only by his language; in his actions he will seem a foreigner.

    “[Imhotep], why do you weep? Egypt herself will be persuaded to deeds much wickeder than these, and she will be steeped in evils far worse. A land once holy, most loving of divinity, by reason of her reverence the only land on earth where the gods settled, she who taught holiness and fidelity will be an example of utter unbelief.

    "In their weariness the people of that time will find the world nothing to wonder at or to worship.... People will find it oppressive and scorn it. They will not cherish this entire world, a work of god beyond compare. . . They will prefer shadows to light, and they will find death more expedient than life. No one will look up to heaven. The reverent will be thought mad, the irreverent wise; the lunatic will be thought brave, and the scoundrel will he taken as a decent person. Soul and all teachings about soul (that soul began as immortal [and] expects to attain immortality), as I revealed them to you will he considered not simply laughable but even illusory... They will establish new laws, new justice. Nothing holy, nothing reverent nor worthy of heaven or heavenly beings will be heard of or believed in the mind.
    [They will be driven] to every outrageous crime--war looting, trickery, and all that is contrary to the nature of souls…When all this comes to pass Asclepius [Imhotep], then the master and father; the god whose power is prima ut . . will take a stand against the vices and the perversion in everything, righting wrongs, washing away malice in a flood or consuming it in fire or ending it by spreading pestilential disease everywhere. Then he will restore the world to its beauty of old so that the world itself will again seem deserving of worship and wonder.”


    [source: "Ancient Future" by Wayne B. Chandler]
     
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    Learn to meditate.

    The next round of meditation classes starts on election day (Nov 7, '06) from 7-8 pm. If you can't make it to class, start out by practicing proper breathing techniques for about 5 minutes a day (from the lower abdomen--inhale and push the abdomen out, exhale and pull it in. No more chest breathing). This will lay the foundation for later work. You can pick up a meditation CD from the store.

    Work on your Geb (body, health) --improved diet and regular physical activity. Beginning level Qi Gong classes started today. We'll be there for the next 5 saturdays so stop by if and when you can (10:30 am to 12 noon). If you can't make the classes, we have an instructional Qi Gong DVD available for you to learn on your own as well as a book and a CD.
     
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    This is the first bit of advice that I would give. People underestimate the profound effect that merely cultivating one's health can have on one's spiritual development.

    Even the Bible speaks about not defiling one's Temple: The place where God dwells.

    GEB is the last sphere, and ironically, people treat health as though it's the last thing they should focus on.

    However learn the path to spiritual development is a pathological one, where in the initiate learns to start at one point, and move his way back to the point of true realization.

    Thus, there is a reason why GEB is the last sphere, and AMEN is the first.

    PEACE
     
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    Thank you both, this has helped me a great deal!
     
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