Saturday, June 9, 2012

The Egyptian Mystery System

The "Egyptian Mystery System" as George James in his book Stolen Legacy points out "had as its most important object, the deification of man, and taught that the soul of man, if liberated from its bodily fetters, could enable him to become godlike and see the Gods in this life and attain the beatific vision and hold communion with the Immortals."  It sought "the liberation of the mind from its finite consciousness, when it becomes one and is identified with the Infinite.  This liberation was not only freedom of the soul from bodily impediments, but also from the wheel of reincarnation or rebirth.  It involved a process of disciplines (several liberal arts) or purification (ten virtues, negative confessions, Book of Coming Forth by Day) both for the body and soul."

From The Symbolism of the Crown in Ancient Egypt, by Richard D. King
Journal of African Civilizations, November 1984 (vol. 6, no. 2)


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