Re: Akh if you love living after death.
- From: "foote" <tjfoote@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2005 00:08:52 -0700
why even die..become immortal...
see taoist imortals...
many a chinese emperor died drinking the
outer exlir of immortality... so for the last
couple thousand years its been the yin or
internal exlir as the prefered path to immortality...
"Terry McCombs" <magentashadow@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
NAME: Akh. The Shining One, which first was known as the Ka & Ba.
SYMBOLS: As the Akh a glyph of a crested ibis or stork, however there
may be only a phonetic relationship between the bird and the concept,
perhaps a sort of anicent Egyption pun. Symbol for the Ka two out
stretched arms forming a U or cup shape, for the Ba a human headed bird.
USUAL IMAGE: Crested Ibis, star in the night sky.
HOLY BOOKS: Egyptian Book of the Dead.
HOLY DAYS: Your deathday.
PLACE OF WORSHIP: Funeral temples, tombs.
RELATIVES: The left side of your brain and/or soul (father,) The right
side of your brain and/or spirit (mother,) Past lives (grandparents,)
dead in the afterlife (brothers & sisters.)
SYNODEITIES: For the Akh: The Immortal Fetus (Taoism,) Neshamah
For the Ka & Pa: Psuche & Thumos (Greece, though it is to be noted the
Greeks talked about 3, count em 3 souls, not just 2) Ruwach & Nephesh
(Hebrew,) Urvan & Daena (Persian,) Hun & Po (China,) Atman & Jiva
(Hinduism,) Uhane & Unihipili (Huna,) Nagi & Niya (North Dakota
Indians,) Hanan & Hurin (Incan,) Inua & Tarnneg (Inuit,) Baktup `Hot
Soul´ & Bowugn `Cold Soul´ (Maku tribe of the Amazon,) Gros bon ange
& Ti bon ange (Haiti.)
DETAILS: The Ancient Egyptians believed that we humans creatures of many
parts, not just from person to person, but the single individual alone
as well. It was thought that each individual was not just a body with a
soul or a mind, but a collection of elements that brought together made
the unique man or woman.
Each person was made up of many parts, the body, the heart, the name,
the shadow, the ka (life force,) & the ba (personality) etc...
It was believed that keeping as many of these together was best for an
auspicious afterlife, hence their art of mummification, among other
There was also an element for a good afterlife, and that came after
death, this what concerns us here.
It seems that while preserving parts of a person was a good thing and
that it was important that the Ba & Ka be fed so the Ba to keep the Ka
going, an even better idea was to combine those two together and get an
even better version of the person, this was the Akh.
An Akh came into being when the Ka, or substance of the human, which was
depicted as a pair of open arms, and was thought to be made by the god
Khnum on a potter's wheel, was bonded with the Ba or the individual's
unique expression, thus bring about an Akh, which was the person raised
above the common dead to the level of a minor deity. But you gotta start
This was done by the person knowing the right spells, being supplied
with needed offerings and having a priest called a Akh-seeker
(skhen-Akh) perform a ritual called "Cause One to Become an Akh." (Nice
After this was done the person was believe to become one of the stars
and have the ability to move about at will between the earth & sky, as
well as aiding the living, so that those who had helped the dead could
in return be helped by them.
All this is well known items of ancient Egyptian lore, so what's with
all the other stuff in the categories above for you ask?
The Akh's back baby, and it's not just for mummies anymore!
It seems it has been modified and revived for modern times. In two
books, the Division of Consciousness & The Lost Secret of Death by Peter
Novar, who uses resent brain function research, and reports of near
death and out of body experiencers to put forth a fairly distinctive
theory on life after death.
He says that those who say we reincarnate and those who say he go off to
an eternal Heaven or Hell experience are both right.
The reason being we all have two souls, one that is holds our memories &
emotions and lives in our right brain, and one that is judgment & reason
and lives in our left-brain.
He goes on to say that when we die these two souls wander off to two
very different and equally illusionary and incomplete afterlives, the
Somehow find a way to bond these two souls together so that after the
shock of death they become a third new being, one more like our whole
selves. i.e. an Akh.
An interesting read, though personally I found much of his speculation
deeply flawed in that he pretty much ignores most science except for
what seems to agree with him, distorts many old belief systems so that
they to seem to fit theory, and jumps to more than a few conclusions
with logic that is the equivalent of saying as 2 + 2 is 4, and 4 + 4 is
8, then 8 + 8 must be apple pie, what? You're saying 2 + 2 isn't 4?
Still this is a stimulating read and theory, and when taken with the
required grain of salt makes for some interesting new things to
However, as with most things, remember, it Akh necessarily so!
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