I have written pieces on several of the old religions and how my teaching is similar in many ways, when they are taken to their basics beyond the added beliefs and traditions. Here I would like to write about the Egyptian Gods.
I knew nothing at all about the Ancient Egyptians and the Gods they worshiped until January this year, when we went for a holiday cruise down the River Nile. We had an excellent guide who loved his subject and was very willing to answer questions from those of us willing to learn. The culture was interesting enough, but it was the stories of the Gods that stirred something in me, and one part in particular. (I will add that I have found that the stories varied between areas, but this is as it was told to us).
Those of you who have been with this teaching for a while, and have perhaps read our book Essays in Truth, Glimpses into Reality will know that I have said that, not only is God definitely male and that he was in fact the original male element, but also that he is not the ultimate. I explained that God, the principal that needs to exist and thus brought about creation, came out of the original female element. This is a far larger (infinite) and even more abstract power than the God we believe in or worship, and one that does nothing but allowed the original essence of existence to come to be, and now supports and permits all within 'Her'. She has no attributes other than this. I also stated that I had never heard this before, and this was original knowledge to me.
Well, things changed when we went to Egypt and began to learn about their Gods:
The Ancient Egyptians are said to have been around as far back as 5000 years ago; 3000 before Christ, Buddha or Krishna, whose teachings I have shown have similarities with my own; but I was not prepared for what I would find in Egypt, and it was something that would most likely have meant little to anyone else.
We were taught about Ra, The Sun God, who created all of existence, like the Christian God and as with my own insights that it is the male element that is the driving force behind the world. However, in their story - as discovered portrayed in an ancient picture on a wall in an uncovered tomb - every morning Ra is born into existence by Nut, The Sky Goddess. He then in turn creates everything else. During the day he travels across the sky, to the head of Nut where he is consumed by her. The story says that Nut, shown as being in an arch shape and often over her brother and lover Geb (The Earth God) lowers herself onto Geb, thus all goes dark and existence ends. (She is complete again with her other half). During the night Ra travels down the length of her body to be born again the next morning.
To most this may be just a story, and even a silly one at that, with the sky having a name and giving birth to the sun, but to me this is amazing. It is amazing because they have put the female first and then have the male creating all else. It is amazing, not because it confirms anything I have said, but because it suggests to me that whoever first told these stories, over 5000 years ago, was a very spiritual person, and most likely Enlightened. It also demonstrates further that, whenever and wherever the truth is realised (as I have said about the other major religions) the truth is the same. We can give it different names and explain it in a different way according to our culture, but the Truth does not change.
What I teach is firsthand from me, and yet it has been said for millennia. It is here now, in my own experience (and yours when you are ready), and yet it is also described in relics from civilisations long gone, even from before the earliest records. 'I' (the space within you) do not change, and the truth does not change. 'I' remain the same, wherever or whenever 'I' live.
During the day, Nut and Geb are separated, but each evening Nut comes down to meet Geb and this causes darkness. Nut is shown as blue as the sky, with stars. Geb is the earth. (Earth is 'matter'. Matter comes to be when there is separation from the nothing (symbolised by the sky). They separate, and Ra, the male element and lord of creation, is born).
Ps. Despite the above pictures, I have read that it is said by some that Ra actually created Nut, as well as the other Gods, even though she gives birth to him later. I do not know, but I suspect that the hierarchy was changed to make the male principle come first, as the the male was always first in society (all the Pharaohs were male; the only female who managed to get onto the throne was even portrayed as male). As we know, in later religions there was no reference to the female at all, having only one God, who was always referred to as 'He'.