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African Cosmology

African Cosmology

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African Cosmology 
 
As it was in the beginning,So shall it be in the end.
 
By Grisso, PDF Design and Conversion by RBG Street Scholar 
 
 
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Introduction 
 In a previous article, The Ancient Wisdom in Africa,we saw that there exists a learned society which the Zulus call the Bonaabakulu Abasekhemu, whosemembers come from among all the many peoples of Africa, and whoseorigins may be traced to a priest of Isis during the reign of Pharaoh Khufu,the 3rd dynasty (3900 BCE) builder of the Great Pyramid. In this article, I tryto address in a brief space the core concepts of the Kamitic cosmology, andshow correspondences to the teachings of the Bonaabakulu Abasekhemu,and moreover to the Yoruba religion.
The Kamitic Tree of Life 
 Ra Un Nefer Amen has reclaimed for us some of the core Kamitic spiritualteachings and precepts. The key teachings have been diagrammed in whathas come down to us and is known as the Tree of Life (Fig. 1.1).The Tree of Life is a diagram of the process through which God creates theworld, Man, and Man's sojourn in the world. The Tree consists of elevenspheres, numbered from zero to 10. Sphere 0 is at the top, and is depictedas being "above" the tree. It depicts and corresponds to the state of God andof existence
before 
the creation of the thingly, phenomenal world. In theKamitic tradition, this aspect of God was known variously as Amen, Atum, Aten, Nu, and Nut. As it has come down to the Zulu through the
Bonaabakulu Abasekhemu 
, it corresponds to what they call the
Itongo 
asBowen has told us.
Amen, or The Source, or The Itongo 
 The essential state of God or of existence before creation is of anundifferentiated Potential -- the primordial mist. There are two dual principleswhich characterize the Amen: One is the principle of 
Mind 
, the other is theprinciple of 
Matter 
. The principle of 
Mind 
is itself dualized into
Consciousness 
and
Will 
. Consciousness represents the passive polarity, andWill the active polarity, of the same essential quality. The principle of 
Matte 
 may be seen as a continuum, which may more properly be called
Energy/Matter 
, because "matter" in the strict sense is but one extreme of thatcontinuum, being "energy-slowed-down." Implicit in that notion is the factknown to Western science at least since Einstein, namely that energy andmatter are mutually transmutable. As reflected at Sphere 0 above the Tree,the essential quality of 
Mind 
is a state of bliss, peace,
hetep 
, the Kamiticword for a state of unshakable inner peace. The essential quality of 
Matter 
,at Sphere 0, in the state of Amen, is that of pure Potential, which means
 
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there is as yet no motion, [Note: The Hindu word
nirvana 
also characterizesthe state of Amen, and means, literally, "no motion" (
nir 
= "no" +
vana 
="motion").] no vibration, no "things", therefore no space, and no time. Thereis also no light, since light is a vibration, and there is no motion.
Mind/Matter Duality 
.
Parenthetically, and somewhat paradoxically, theenergy/matter continuum (i.e. the
Matter 
principle) properly includes
Spirit 
. Inthe grand dichotomy between
Mind 
and
Matter 
, Spirit falls under thecategory of 
Matter 
rather than of 
Mind 
. Spirit is fundamentally energy, andthe medium through which
Mind 
expresses itself. Since individuated spiritsalso are associated with individuated
Mind 
(Consciousness/Will), looseusage of the term "spirit" sometimes, indeed usually, refers also to
Mind 
.Strictly speaking, however, spirit is energy, and thus distinct fromConsciousness/Will (hence
Mind 
) which may in various senses manipulatespirit. It follows from this schema, that the grand dichotomy here called thatbetween
Mind 
and
Matter 
, could also properly have been rendered as thedichotomy between
Mind 
and
Spirit 
, for matter, too, as "energy-slowed-down," is but a form of spirit. But such a usage would do too much violenceto the common understanding of these matters, and the usage that goes withit. In common usage, we speak of body, mind, and spirit as all being distinct,certainly to the best of the ability of our senses to perceive these distinctions. At the same time, we use the term "spirit" as a common noun to refer toindividuated "souls" that have given up the body, but which retain as anessential attribute the attribute of Consciousness/Will, or 
Mind 
. Given thepotential for ambiguity, I stick with
Mind/Matter 
as being the fundamentaldichotomy, but with the clear understanding that Spirit,
qua 
energy, fallsunder the category
Matter 
. The concept of 
soul 
, in relation to that of spirit, isa tricky one, and will be addressed later on, in the context where it is mosteasily explained.The peace of hetep is an "inner" peace, because it is a state that isconsidered still to lie somewhere
within 
Man. It is not to be found in thematerial (energy/matter) principle of the universe, rather in the mindprinciple. Therefore it lies within. It is an aspect of existence that is inherentlyindivisible: when you get to "it," there is nowhere further to "go." I believe Amen has speculated somewhere in his writings that Democritus imperfectlyunderstood this Kamitic concept of "Atum," and sought to apply it to matter. Itis from this misconception that Western science found its way to the notionof the
atom,
as being the smallest indivisible particle of a substance. Nosooner was the
atom 
discovered, however, it turned out that it contained yetsmaller constituent particles of 
stuff 
. There is apparently no end to theproliferation of yet smaller sub-atomic particles. Kamitic spiritual scienceconfidently predicts that the fundamental building
block 
-- in a delicious ironyof metaphor -- of matter, is not matter at all, but the energy polarity of theenergy/matter principle. The wave/particle duality of photons, and of sub-

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