Worship of Creation
May 03, 2003
By Iyabinghi Ashanti Zebulun
The word worship means to respect and revere. I'n'I hold HIM with respect and reverence. Is that idolatry? I say no. I'n'I like the description I elders used. THE GODMAN IN FLESH. Now research Kemetian Istory and see if that principle wasn't of I ancestors spirituality. The elders were consciously expounding the Incient of days teaching that which some of us are so quick to call paganism and idolatry. If the scriptures charge I'n'I that we are gods(in Kemet this was a norm) and I'n'I respect and revere each and every one of I sistren and brethrens. AM I worshipping each other as GOD? AM I being idolatrous? Can GOD be anything other than flesh(man and woman)? Can GOD be the air, water, fire, sun, moon and star? Is Emperor Haile Sellassie I the creator of all these things, of I'n'I? Was HIM created? Or did he create himself?
"Most authorities on the subject would insist that the Egyptian religion(way of life) was thoroughly pagan, consisting of a mixture of polytheism and magic. A notable exception is Champollion, renowned Eygptologist and historian, who has declared that the ancient Egyptians were "profoundly monotheistical." EGYPTIAN RECORDS SUPPORT THE NOTION OF EGYPTIAN MONOTHEISM WITH REFERENCES TO ONE SUPREME GOD. The Ebers Papyrus contains the following: "I came from Helioplis with the great ones Het-aat, the Lords of protection, the masters of eternity and salvation. I came from Sais with the Mother-goddess, who extended to me protection. THE LORD OF THE UNIVERSE told me how to free the gods(man) from all murderous disease." In addition, the following extracts from the Hermetic Philosphy, taken from the book of Pymander, make several references to the ONE GOD, even referring to him as "the father"; other similarities with Christian philosphy are striking:
"Truth alone is eternal and immutable; truth is the first of blessings; but truth is not and cannot be earth: it is possible that God sometimes gives a few men together with the faculty of comprehinding divine things with that of rightly understanding truth; but nothing is true on earth, for everything has matter on it, clothed with a corporeal form subject to change, to alteration, to corruption, and to new combinations...the things of earth are but appearances and imitations of truth; they are what the picture is to reality. Death, for some persons, is an evil which strikes them with profound terror. This is ignorance.... Death is the destruction of the body; the being in it does not die(Rasta no sey dis all de time? Is it pagan?)...the spirit ascends to heaven to become a harmony. The spirit thus purified by the...celestial harmonies, returns once more to sing eternally the praises of the FATHER. Hitherto, he is placed among the powers, and as such has attained to the supreme blessing of knowledge. He is become a God!....No, the things of earth are not the truth."
Such was the the wisdom of the Ancients.
"Herodotus, Thales, Parmenides, Empedocles, Orpheus, and Pythagoras, all made their pilgrimages into EGYPT to be instructed in Natural Philosphy and Theology. EVEN MOSES, WHO IS CREDITED WITH THE DISSEMINATION OF MONOTHEISM IN THE OLD WORLD, ACQUIRED HIS WISDOM OF THIS CONCEPT IN EGYPT. In Acts chapter seven verse twenty two, "And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians... " Jesus passed his earlier years in this land.
"The forty-two commandments of their religion(way of life), which are contained in the "Book of the Dead', ARE NOT INFERIOR to the precepts of Christianity; and in reading the old inscriptions concerning morality we are tempted to believe that Moses modelled his teachings on the patterns given by those sages."
"Thus exposed to the idea, Moses adhered to monotheism and began to preach it to the Hebrews. Clearly, the implications are that both Judaism and Christianity have their roots in Egyptian religion(way of life).
Who built the pyramids? As children we have all heard the spiritual 'Let My People Go', which exhorts the hearer to "go down, Moses, way down in Egypt's land and tell Pharoah/Phari/Fari to let my people go". For centuries we have been led to beLIEve that the pyramids were built by the brawn of slave labour. THIS IS AN HISTORICAL FALLACY!
"THE TERM 'PHAROAH' USED TO REFER TO THESE RULERS OF ANCIENT EGYPT IS IN FACT A BIBLICAL TERM EXTRACTED FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT. THE EGYPTIAN WORD, 'PER-O' ORIGINALLY REFERRED NOT TO AN INDIVIDUAL BUT RATHER TO THEIR PALACE(GREAT HOUSE). ONLY AFTER CIRCA 1400 B.C. DID IT BEGIN TO SIGNIFY THE RULERS THEMSELVES AS IN THE BIBLICAL ACCOUNTS OF MOSES AND JOSEPH." (So who is lying?)
"The Ethiopians say that the Egyptians are one of their colonies, which was led into Egypt by Osiris. They claim that at the beginning of the world Egypt was simply a sea but that the Nile, carrying down vast quantities of loam from Ethiopia in its flood waters, finally filled it in and made it part of the continent....They add that the Egyptians have received from them, as from authors and their ancestors, THE GREATER PART OF THEIR LAWS." (How can we then claim Egypt to be pagan without accusing Ithiopia of the same?)
"All of them are puffy-faced, heavy-eyed and thick-lipped, in a word, real mulatto faces. I was tempted to attribute this to the climate until, on visiting the Sphinx, the look of it gave me the clue to the enigma. Beholding that head characteristically Negro in all its features, I recalled the well-known passage of Herodotus which reads: 'For my part I consider the Colchoi are a colony of the Egyptians because, like them, they are black-skinned and kinky-haired. In other words the ancient Egyptians were true negroes of the same stock as all the autochthonous peoples of Afrika and from that datum one sees how their race, after some centuries of mixing with the blood of the Roman and Greeks, must have lost the full BLACKNESS of its original colour but retained the impress of its original mould. It is even possible to apply this observation very widely and posit in principle that physiognomy is a kind of record usable in many cases for disputing or elucidating the evidence of history of the origins of peoples..."(seems to I the Greeks knew a lot more than we choose to know, now isn't that a shame!)
"but reverting to Egypt, its CONTRIBUTIONS TO ISTORY afford many subjects for philosphic reflection. What a subject for mediation is the present-day barbarity and ignorance of the Copts who were considered, born of the alliance of the DEEP GENIUS OF THE EGYPTIANS and the brilliance of the Greeks, that this race of BLACKS who nowadays are slaves and the objects of our scorn is the VERY ONE TO WHICH WE OWE OUR ARTS, OUR SCIENCES AND EVEN THE USE OF SPOKEN WORD; and finally recollect that it is in the midst of the peoples claiming to be the greatest friends of liberty and humanity that the most barbarous of enslavements has been sanctioned and the question raised whether black men have brains of the same quality as those of white men!"
TO DENY AND TO DISDAIN THE TEACHINGS AND WISDOM OF KEMET IS TO REPEAT WHAT THE DESPICABLE SLAVE MASTERS DID TO US!
"THE ANCIENT ROOTS(RASTAFARI) OF MONOTHEISM IS BEST SHOWN BY REFERENCE TO A SUMMARY OF THE CITATIONS FROM THE PER-EM-HRU, (EGYPTIAN "BOOK OF THE DEAD," REALLY THE BOOK OF THE COMING FORTH FROM DARKNESS INTO THE LIGHT).
'God is one and alone, and none other existeth with him-God is the One, the One who hath made all things-God is a spirit, a hidden spirit, the spirit of spirits, the great spirit of the Egyptians, the divine spirit-God is from the beginning, and he hath been from the beginning, He hath existed from old and was when nothing else had being. He existed when nothing else existed, and what existed He created after He had come into being, He is the Father of beginnings-God is the eternal One, He is eternal and infinite and endureth for ever and aye-God is hidden an no man knoweth his form. No man hath been able to seek out his likeness; He is hidden to gods and men, and He is a mystery unto His creatures. No man knows how to know Him-His name remaineth hidden; His name is a mystery onto his children. His names are innumerable, they are manifold and none knoweth their number-God is truth and He livith by truth and He feedeth thereon. He is the king of truth, and He hath stablished the earth thereupon-God is life and through Him only man liveth. He giveth life to man, He breathehth the breath of life into his nostrils-God is FATHER AND MOTHER, THE FATHER OF FATHERS AND THE MOTHER OF MOTHERS. He begetteth, but was never begotten; He produceth, but was never produced; He begat himself and produced himself. (listen to the Rastafari Elders Cd, seems to I they were saying the very same thing)He createth, but was never created; He is maker of his own form, and the fashioner of His own body-God Himself is existence, He endureth without increase of dimunution,.... God is merciful to those who reverence him that acknowledgeth Him, He rewardeth him that serveth Him, and He protecteth him that followeth Him."
Now did Jesus, Iyesos, Yashua, Yahweh, Elohim, Eshu or whatever you want to call the Christ, say he was God?
The half that has never been told. I and Istory must be told in its fullness even as the elders did in a most mystical and iritical way. Ones might claim the elders rejected Egypt but if true comparisons are to be made in what the elders of Rastafari taught and what has been revealed to I'n'I in this time, WE WILL FIND NO DIFFERENCE. IF WE TRACE OUR STEPS JUST 3000YRS AGO, WE WILL STILL SEE RASTAFARI. I and Istory must not be rejected but be kept and taught in its fullness for the posterity of I'n'I children to come. If not we will always have to keep fighting for our freedom again and again. Peace and Love Kings and Dawtas of Zion.
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