The Egyptian civilization is one of the most ancient known to history. Its chronologies speak of a pre-historic “first time,” when divine beings lived on a sacred island and worshipped the sun.1 After a great flood destroyed their sacred homeland (which sounds similar in description to Egyptian legends of Atlantis recounted by Plato), a company of survivors came to Egypt with the mission of recreating civilization2 — paralleling traditions of wisdom bringers surviving a flood or arriving by sea found in the legends of India,3 Sumeria,4 and Mesoamerica.5
The Egyptian religion was centred around the sun: it was seen as the origin and source of all life, 6 and the greatest Egyptian monuments, such as the Sphinx and Great Pyramids, are aligned to its movements. In the Egyptian pantheon, myths, and sacred texts are many elements of a profound knowledge connected to the Religion of the Sun and the process of spiritual transformation. 7 For example, the life of the Egyptian deity Osiris depicts the death and resurrection of the Spiritual Son found in numerous world mythologies.89
Egyptian religion also has numerous depictions of the mother goddess, the female aspect of each person’s higher being; she is represented in her nurturing and creative aspect by various deities such as Isis and Hathor and in her fierce and destructive aspect (where she acts as as a power that can destroy the darkness of inner egoic drives and desires and free the light of consciousness within) by the lion-faced goddess Sekhmet. 10 11
Egyptian religion also shares with other traditions a concept of spiritual laws, order, and justice, (referred to in Egyptian texts as “ma’at” and in other eastern traditions as “dharma”), which in Egypt were associated with the god Anubis, the divine judge who assesses the merits of the dead in the weighing of the heart. 12
Although many Egyptian texts are highly symbolic and can be difficult to interpret today, they also contain a variety of spiritual practices that anyone can try, including mantras, techniques for self-awareness, and more, which appear below. A more detailed overview of Egypt’s connections to the Religion of the Sun can be found in the article, “Cultures Descended from the Civilization of the Sun.”
- Eve Anne Elizabeth Reymond, The mythical origin of the Egyptian temple (Manchester: Barnes & Noble, 1969), 38. Reymond describes the myths of the primeval “first time” found in the inscriptions of the Temple of Edfu, including myths of how the primeval divine beings established a temple to the sun god.
- Graham Hancock, Magicians of the gods: the forgotten wisdom of Earths lost civilization (London: Coronet, 2016), 170, 184.
- Hindu legend speaks of the wisdom-bringer Manu, who is saved from a cataclysm by the deity Vishnu along with the Saptarishi (seven sages) in order to refound civilization after the flood. The story is found in section 185 of the Vana Parva of the Mahabharata among other places.
- “Ziusudra,” Encyclopædia Britannica, accessed August 17, 2017, https://www.britannica.com/topic/Ziusudra.
- Belsebuub and Angela Pritchard, The Path of the Spiritual Sun: Celebrating the Solstices & Equinoxes (Mystical Life Publications, 2016), 250.
- Allen, James P. Introduction. The ancient Egyptian pyramid texts. (SBL Press, 2005), 7.
- As was the case with many cultures that were influenced by the civilization of the sun, the spiritual knowledge in Egyptian society devolved over time into more simplistic beliefs about the afterlife, and the meaning of of the ancient texts relating to the path of spiritual transformation became obscured. Belsebuub and Angela Pritchard, The Path of the Spiritual Sun, 243-275.
- The theme of the dying and resurrecting deity is well documented in comparative mythology. For example, James Frazer notes the parallels between Osiris, Tammuz, Adonis, and others. Frazer, James George. The Golden Bough: a study in magic and religion. (Dover, 2002), 365.
- Belsebuub and Angela Pritchard, The Path of the Spiritual Sun, 185.
- Monaghan, Patricia, Goddesses in world culture (Praeger, 2011), 202-203.
- Belsebuub and Angela Pritchard, The Path of the Spiritual Sun, 322.
- Ibid, 210-211.