Sunday, April 25, 2010

Horus the Charioteer

“Behold, I am yesterday, to-day, and the brother of The Morrow! I am born again and again. Mine is the unseen force from which the Gods are sprung; that giveth life unto the dwellers in the watch-towers of the Universe. I am the charioteer of the East, Lord of the Past and the Future. I see by mine own inward light; Lord of Resurrection, who cometh forth from the dusk, and whose birth is from the House of Death.
O ye two divine hawks upon your pinnacles, who keep watch over the Universe! Ye who company the bier unto the House of Rest. Ye who pilot the Ship of Ra, ever advancing onwards unto the heights of Heaven! Lord of the Shrine which standeth in the centre of the Earth! Behold He is in me and I in Him!” …………
From the Egyptian Book of “The Coming Forth by Day.”

The above passage, which is from the chapter “The Coming Forth by Day”, is from the greater scripture “The Book of the Dead”. The deep understanding and cosmogony of the Egyptians far exceeded our own current perceptions. The journey of the human soul or individual consciousness is explained in this passage.

The very opening explains the eternal nature of the human soul and how the recurrent manifestations take place of this individuated consciousness. This is the unperceivable energy that pervades the entire Cosmos from which even the Gods emanate. This statement reflects the Vedic theology in which the creation of devas from Brahma are propounded. “My womb is great Brahma (supreme deity); in that I place the germ; thence is the birth of all beings, O Bharata (Arjuna)”.
What is stated in the second sentence of the quote from the “Book of the Dead”, is being mentioned explicitly here. BrhadAranyaka Upanishad, Isa Upanishad and several other religious scriptures sacred to the Hindus have mentioned this process elaborately. God decided to have a manifested form and created the Brahma from whom the hiranyagarbha (the golden germ or embryo) evolved which grew in size and then split into two Siva (masculine principle of the Absolute) and Sakti (feminine principle of the Absolute) whose interaction led to creation of devas (gods). Out of the enormous devotion and worship that devas did, this phenomenal world was created. The symbolism of the watch tower portrays a higher dimensional cosmic view of individual consciousness through which life empowering attributes are bestowed upon creation.

The next statement defines the dimension of time. Like a chariot, time’s arrow passes from the East to the west with the course of the Sun and with the nature of elapsed time as past and the, yet to be travelled journey as future, the primacy of the ever present consciousness beyond space-time is emphasized. This is the reason the author of this scripture says that the Lord sees by his own light which is omnipresent and pervades every manifest and unmanifest entity. When individual consciousness comprehends its true reality, in this ever present light, then there is resurrection from the ‘House of Death’

In the Egyptian mythology, Horus is depicted as a man with the head of a falcon and wearing the costume of a king and the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt. He leads the individual soul into the presence of Osiris. In cosmological term it represents totality of creation. Horus symbolizes the divine force that steers the individual consciousness, at the time of death, to merge with the cosmic consciousness. Cosmic consciousness is symbolized by Ra, the Sun God. The progression of individual consciousness through many stages to finally merge with the undifferentiated cosmic consciousness is symbolically put forward as a journey ‘advancing towards the heights of heaven’ in the boat of Ra piloted by Horus.

Our individual self is the shrine in which Horus, the divine consciousness, is installed and ‘Behold He is in me and I in Him’

Love to you all.

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