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“I have made no deceptions. I have told no lies. What my heart hated I did not do. I am One with the invisible God that created me. I will live for millions of years in this truth.” ~ Pharaoh Akhenaten 1367 B.C.E.
The Law of One elegantly, but simply, states that there is only unity. This unity, however, has both a potential and a kinetic which yields intelligent energy that Akhenaten worshipped as love/light emanating from its source, the Infinite Creator. The One, then, to Akhenaten was symbolized as a dot at the center of the circle of Creation. The mathematically perfect circle surrounding a single dot at its center symbolized the outward flow of love/light to all of Creation from its divine source.
However, by the time of Akhenaten, the golden age of Zep Tepi had long been forgotten. Human personalities were given to the Law of One in a futile attempt to comprehend the incomprehensible. Akhenaten would not accept that the universe was created, maintained and transformed by an array of anthropomorphic half man/half god religious deities. The theology of Akhenaten’s new spirituality was breathtakingly simple: the One was Infinite Mind or Spirit; therefore, the language of the One must be mental or spiritual and the divine essence of mind-body-spirit complexes was also spiritual, imperishable, infinite, and constant. As Pharaoh of Egypt, Akhenaten always signed his name followed by the phrase Ankh en Maat, which translates as “he who lives in truth” or “living in truth.” The root word of “maat” is “maa” meaning “to observe” or “to examine,” therefore, “maat” can be translated as “that which has been perceived or examined.” Obviously, Akhenaten coined the phrase “ankh en maat” to inspire us to live a “thoroughly examined” life ever conscious of our Oneness and to resist the illusion of the separate Self.
He knew that sunlight is the source of all life upon earth. This was not worship of the physical sun but worship of one Infinite Intelligence, a supreme deity, whose spirit was in Heaven and whose physical manifestation was the sun – the symbol of life. It changed the worship of the sun as a god to the worship of God symbolized by the sun. Paintings and carvings of Aton were always accompanied with a sort of hieroglyphic footnote, stating that it was just a representation of the all-encompassing Creator. The following quote from a decree made by Akhenaton upon the founding of Anketaton, indicates that morning sun gazing was a part of Atonism.
“Every eye beholds him without hindrance while he fills the land with his rays and makes everyone to live. With seeing whom my eyes are satisfied daily when he rises in this temple and fills it with his own self by means of his rays, beauteous with love, and embraces me with them in life and power forever and ever.”
Akhenaton and his followers also sun gazed to receive divine direction. Besides sun gazing, sunbathing was also done as evidenced by the semi-nudity shown in many of the paintings of Akhenaton and his family. Also he designed and had constructed the Maru-Aton, or ‘viewing temple’ outside of Akhetaton, which contained gardens, pools and sunshades, or solar altars. The sunshades were roofless tanning booths made of alabaster, sandstones, and granites inlaid with colored stones and colored glass beads. According to Egyptologist Cyril Aldred, they were used for “the daily rejuvenation of the body by means of the sun’s rays.” A person would lie on the stone altar in the sunshade and receive the rejuvenating rays of the sun, either directly, or indirectly, I assume, through the crystalline matrix of the stones composing it.
The "House of Israel" and the "House of Judah" were both punished for the same reason; that is that they broke The Covenant and allowed their rulers to make up their own poverty-creating selfish laws; economic policies and taxes in contravention of God’s Commandments and prophetical-warnings to His People. The phallic Baal-pillar stone that is now wrongfully and blasphemously called the Lia Fail, was re-discovered and placed on The Inauguration Mound at Tara some time between 1839 and 1845. As the real Lia Fail is also known as Bethel, meaning ‘House of God’ in Hebrew and it is prophesied that Christ will come and be Inaugurated King of the Israelites, including the Irish, upon the Lia Fail Stone at Tara, there could be no greater insult to God or Christ than to name a stone phallus The Lia Fail. That is telling God that His House, where He should come and live, is a stone phallus and that Christ should come and sit on a stone penis. The wrongful naming of the obscene phallic stone at Tara caused God’s Cursing of Ireland which brought about the Great Famine of 1845-52 and it is still the "Curse of Tara" and Ireland. Teia Tephi then began instituting The Torah, or God’s Laws to Ireland. The Torah is perfectly fair and un-biased, uniting everyone, with no rich or poor, all under one system. Under The Torah, nobody can oppress anyone else by inflicting their own selfish opinion or laws and taxes on them, so nobody can put themselves over others (all men were created equal in the eyes of God). This is the same as the Brehon law the principle of maat and the 7 universal principals. As Ireland, up to that point, had been divided into many individual small kingdoms, each with its own king or warlord who had made up their own laws to make themselves rich, many of these kings and warlords didn’t like The Torah, because under God’s Laws they would have to redistribute the wealth that they had unfairly taken from the people. Then they would become their peoples’ equals, or servants as a true king should be (Deut. 17:14-20), rather than falsely placing themselves above their people making the people slaves to them.
The covenant was to uphold the principal of Maat, the Brehon laws, universal principals and equality for all. Staying in harmony with the universal creative mind spirit source energy. The universal connection was broken.
The Aten, the sun-disk, is first referred to as a deity in The Story of Sinuhe from the 12th dynasty, in which the deceased king is described as rising as god to the heavens and uniting with the sun-disk, the divine body merging with its maker. By analogy, the term "silver aten" was sometimes used to refer to the moon. The solar Aten was extensively worshipped as a god in the reign of Amenhotep III, when it was depicted as a falcon-headed man much like Ra. In the reign of Amenhotep III's successor, Amenhotep IV, the Aten became the central god of Egyptian state religion, and Amenhotep IV changed his name to Akhenaten to reflect his close link with the new supreme deity. The full title of Akhenaten's god was "Ra-Horakhty who rejoices in the horizon, in his Name as the Light which is in the sun disc." (This is the title of the god as it appears on the numerous stelae which were placed to mark the boundaries of Akhenaten's new capital at Akhetaten, modern Amarna.) This lengthy name was often shortened to Ra-Horus-Aten or just Aten in many texts, but the god of Akhenaten raised to supremacy is considered a synthesis of very ancient gods viewed in a new and different way. The god is also considered to be both masculine and feminine simultaneously. All creation was thought to emanate from the god and to exist within the god. In particular, the god was not depicted in anthropomorphic (human) form, but as rays of light extending from the sun's disk
The cult centre of Aten was at the new city Akhetaten; some other cult cities include Thebes and Heliopolis. The principles of Aten's cult were recorded on the rock walls of tombs of Tall al-Amarnah. Significantly different from other ancient Egyptian temples, temples of Aten were colorful and open-roofed to allow the rays of the sun. Doorways had broken lintels and raised thresholds. No statues of Aten were allowed; those were seen as idolatry. Priests had less to do, since offerings (fruits, flowers, cakes) were limited, and oracles were not needed. Temples of Aten did not collect tax. In the worship of Aten, the daily service of purification, anointment and clothing of the divine image was not performed. Incense was burnt several times a day. Hymns sung to Aten were accompanied by harp music. Aten's ceremonies in Akhetaten involved giving offerings to Aten with a swipe of the royal scepter. Instead of barque processions, the royal family rode on a chariot on festival days. The full title of Akhenaten's god was "Ra-Horakhty who rejoices in the horizon, in his Name as the Light which is in the sun disc." (This is the title of the god as it appears on the numerous stelae which were placed to mark the boundaries of Akhenaten's new capital at Akhetaten, modern Amarna.) This lengthy name was often shortened to Ra-Horus-Aten or just Aten in many texts, but the god of Akhenaten raised to supremacy is considered a synthesis of very ancient gods viewed in a new and different way. The god is also considered to be both masculine and feminine simultaneously. All creation was thought to emanate from the god and to exist within the god. In particular, the god was not depicted in anthropomorphic (human) form, but as rays of light extending from the sun's disk. High relief and low relief illustrations of the Aten show it with a curved surface (see for example the photograph illustrating this article), therefore, the late scholar Hugh Nibley insisted that a more correct translation would be globe, orb or sphere, rather than disk. The three-dimensional spherical shape of the Aten is even more evident when such reliefs are viewed in person, rather than merely in photographs. There is a possibility that Aten's three-dimensional spherical shape depicts an eye of Horus/Ra. In the other early monotheistic religion Zoroastrianism the sun is called Ahura Mazda's eye. These two theories are compatible with each other, since an eye is an orb.
Ra was merged with the god Horus, as Ra-Horakhty ("Ra, who is Horus of the Two Horizons"). He was believed to rule in all parts of the created world: the sky, the earth, and the underworld. He was associated with the falcon or hawk. When in the New Kingdom the god Amun rose to prominence he was fused with Ra as Amun-Ra. During the Amarna Period, Akhenaten suppressed the cult of Ra in favour of another solar deity, the Aten, the deified solar disc, but after the death of Akhenaten the cult of Ra was restored. The cult of the Mnevis bull, an embodiment of Ra, had its centre in Heliopolis and there was a formal burial ground for the sacrificed bulls north of the city. All forms of life were believed to have been created by Ra, who called each of them into existence by speaking their secret names. Alternatively humans were created from Ra's tears and sweat, hence the Egyptians call themselves the "Cattle of Ra." In the myth of the Celestial Cow it is recounted how mankind plotted against Ra and how he sent his eye as the goddess Sekhmet to punish them. When she became bloodthirsty she was pacified by drinking beer mixed with red dye. In later Egyptian mythology, Ra-Horakhty was more of a title or manifestation than a composite deity. It translates as "Ra (who is) Horus of the Horizons". It was intended to link Horakhty (as a sunrise-oriented aspect of Horus) to Ra. It has been suggested that Ra-Horakhty simply refers to the sun's journey from horizon to horizon as Ra, or that it means to show Ra as a symbolic deity of hope and rebirth. https//:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ra#Relationship_to_other_gods
The sun god is also known as Ra-Horakhty (the "Horus of the Horizon") and Atum (the "All"), the substance from which all creation unfurled. Re-Horakhty is identified as a god with a human body and falcon head who wears a crown in the form of a sun disc surrounded by a cobra, or a crown made from ram horns and ostrich feathers. Atum is depicted as King of Egypt and Lord of the Universe and wears the Double Crown of Egypt. All these forms of the sun god represent the promise of resurrection, an answer to the dilemma of human mortality. The sun god was considered the central and original power of creation. The daily rising and setting sun offered tangible evidence of the sun's power to fall into the western sky and be reborn each morning in the eastern sky. Re brought the concept of Maat -- the principle of truth (Right) and balanced justice -- to the Egyptians. This fundamental concept became the cornerstone of the Egyptian civilization. The cosmic journey of the sun, symbolized by the scarab (dung beetle that pushes the sun disc across the sky), would continue as long as the cult of the sun god and Maat were respected. In the beginning stages of the deities, the kingship of Re was transferred to other forms of the sun god - to Shu, then Geb and, finally, Osiris. The cult of the sun was maintained by the Egyptian kings over the centuries. They built pyramids (symbols of the stairway to the sun or the angled rays of the sun) and later solar temples in honour of the sun gods. When a king died, his actions were judged in the afterworld by Osiris, a form of the sun god and ruler of the underworld. If they were considered just, the king was transformed into a form of the sun god. The Great Sphinx at Giza, near Cairo, is probably the most famous sculpture in the world. With a lion's body and a human head, it represents Ra-Horakhty, a form of the powerful sun god, and is the incarnation of royal power and the protector of the temple doors. Between the enormous paws is a stele that records a dream Tuthmosis IV (father amonhotep lll and grandfather akhenaten) had when he was a prince. He dreamt that he stopped to rest in the shadow of the Sphinx during a hunting expedition in the desert
Tuthmosis IV's name means, "Born of the God Thoth". His throne name was Men-kheperu-re, meaning "Everlasting are the Manifestations of Re" Little military action appears to have occurred during his reign, although our knowledge may be marred by the lack of texts. We do know that there was a Nubian campaign in Year 8 of his rule, and that apparently there were also campaigns in Syria (eire). However, even though the king is referred to twice as the "conqueror of Syria", these may have actually been little more than policing actions, rather than full scale battles. Little is also known of his building work. Tuthmosis IV did finish a giant obelisk that was originally quarried at Aswan under Tuthmosis III, his grandfather. At 32 meters (105 feet) it was the tallest Egyptian obelisk that we know of, and was uniquely intended to stand as a single obelisk at the Temple of Karnak. Most of the obelisks were usually erected in pairs. However, Tuthmosis III originally intended for there to be a pair of these Obelisks. Its counterpart developed a fault during the quarry process, and remains today joined to the bed-rock at Aswan. Today, the finished obelisk stands outside St. John Leteran in Rome, rather than in Egypt.
The Principle of Ma'at
The sun-god Ra came from the primaeval mound of creation only after he set his daughter Maat in place of Isfet (chaos). Kings inherited the duty to ensure Maat remained in place and they with Ra are said to "live on Maat", with Akhenaten (r. 1372-1355 BCE) in particular emphasising the concept to a degree that, John D. Ray asserts, the kings contemporaries viewed as intolerance and fanaticism. Some kings incorporated Maat into their names, being referred to as Lords of Maat, or Meri-Maat (Beloved of Maat). Maat had an invaluable role in the ceremony of the Weighing of the Heart. The earliest evidence for a dedicated temple is in the New Kingdom (c. 1569 to 1081 BCE) era, despite the great importance placed on Maat. Amenhotep III commissioned a temple in the Karnak complex, whilst textual evidence indicates that other temples of Maat were located in Memphis and at Deir el-Medina.
Women in Armana
The royal women of Amarna have more surviving text about them than any other women from ancient Egypt. It is clear that they played a large role in royal and religious functions. These women were frequently portrayed as being very powerful. Many of the king's daughters (Amenhotep) had influences as great if not greater than his wives'. Aten was not solely worshipped (the religion was not monotheistic), but the other gods were worshipped to a significantly lesser degree
A picture of exceptional intimacy emerges from the sculptures and reliefs of the Amarna Period. Akhenaten, his wife Nefertiti, and their six daughters are seen in emotional interdependence even as they participate in cult rituals. The female principle is emphasized in astonishing images: the aging Queen Mother Tiye, the mysterious Kiya, and Nefertiti, whose painted limestone bust in Berlin is the best-known work from ancient Egypt—perhaps from all antiquity.
The Religious Revolt of the Poet King
Akhenaten (Akhenaton) (ruled circa 1352-1336 BCE) appears to have resolved, while yet a boy, to fight against "the selfish and the strong", whom he identified particularly with the priests of Amon, for these were prone to tyrany. The Egyptian prince began to embrace and develop the theological beliefs of the obscure Aten solar cult, and set forth to convince an unheeding world. As it happened, Akhenaten ascended the throne with the noble desire to make all men "wise, and just, and free, and mild" Akhenaten decided to leave Thebes, and at el-Amarna, about 250 miles north, he caused to be laid out a "garden city", in which were built a gorgeous palace which surpassed that of his father, and a great temple dedicated to "the one and only god" Aten. In the stately temple at Akhetaten, made beautiful by sculptor and painter, and strewn daily with bright and perfumed flowers, Akhenaten continued to adore Aten with all the abandon and sustaining faith of a cloistered medieval monk.
"Thou hast made me wise in thy designs and by thy might" (geometry)
"The world is in thy hand."
(Akhenaten shows Aten hands with Ankh, Key to the Tree)
Akhenaten believed it sinful to take away the life which Aten gave. No sacrifices were offered up in his temple; the fruits of the earth were laid on the altars. Akhenaten promoted the idea of universal brotherhood, and conceived of a beautiful world pervaded by universal peace. Although Aten was a sun god, he was not the material sun - he was the First Cause manifested by the sun, "from which all things came, and from which ever issued forth the life-giving and life-sustaining influence symbolized by rays ending in hands that support and nourish human beings". Heliopolis, the center of sun worship in Egypt since pre-dynastic times, was home to an Aten cult that taught that the creator Ra was "Shu in his Aten". Aten is the solar disk and Shu is the air god, the source of "the air of life". Shu is also associated with the sun; as the atmospheric god, Shu is manifested by lightning and fire as well as by tempest. Shu is thus not only "air which is in the sun", but also, according to Akhenaton's religion, "heat which is in Aten". The development of Aten religion may have been advanced by Yuaa, Queen Tiy's father (Akhenaten's grandfather), during the reign of Amenhotep III, when it appears to have been introduced in Thebian Court circles, but it reached its ultimate splendour as a result of the philosophical teachings of the young genius Akhenaten.