The Teachings of Ptahhotep: The Oldest Book in the World
“First published around 2388 B.C. Fifth Kemetic (Egyptian) Dynasty under the title: Teachings of the Prefect of the City, Dja Ptahhotep ynder the majesty of the king of the South and the North. Assa Djed-Ka-Ra. living eternally forever.”
by Hilliard III Asa G. (Editor), Larry Williams (Editor), Nia Damali (Editor)
…Ptahhotep, instructs the ignorant in the knowledge and in the standards of good speech. A man teaches as he acts… The wise person feeds the soul with what endures, so that it is happy with that person on earth. The wise is known by his good actions. The heart of the wise matches his or her tongue and his or her lips are straight when he or she speaks. The wise have eyes that are made to see and ears that are made to hear what will profit the offspring. The wise is a person who acts with MAAT [truth, justice, order, balance, harmony, righteousness and reciprocity] and is free of falsehood and disorder.
—Ptahotep 2350 B. C. E. Continue reading
The Teachings of Ptah Hotep
From Abibitumi.kasa (Yahmeesh, 2010)
These are instructions by the Mayor of the City who is also the Vizier. His name is Ptahhotep and he serves under Pharoah Assa who lives for all eternity. The mayor of the City, Vizier Ptahhotep, addressed the Supreme Divinity, the Diety as follows:
“God upon the crocodiles.” (Reference to Heru) who is sometimes shown standing on two crocodiles. My God, the process of aging brings senility. My mind decays and forgetfulness of the things of yesterday has already begun. Feebleness has come and weakness grows. Childlike one sleeps all day. The eyes are dim and the ears are becoming deaf. The strength is being sapped. The mouth has grown silent and does not speak. The bones ache through and through. Good things now seem evil. The taste is gone. What old age does to people in evil is everything. The nose is clogged and does not breath. It is painful even to stand or to sit. May your servant be authorized to use the status that old age affords, to teach the hearers, so as to tell them the words of those who have listened to the ways of our ancestors, and of those who have listened to the Gods. May I do this for you, so that strife may be banned from among our people, and so that the Two Shores may serve you? Continue reading
Detailed Word by Aum Bhur
Aum Bhur Bhuvah Swah
1. AUM, the Supreme name of God.
BHUR BHUVAH SWAH. These three words collectively are known as the “Mahavyahriti”. They express the nature of God, and demonstrate his inherent qualities.
2. BHUR: Firstly, the word Bhur implies existence. God is self-existent and independent of all. He is eternal and unchanging. Without beginning and without end, God exists as a continuous, permanent, constant entity. Secondly, the word Bhur can also mean the Earth, on which we are born and sustained. God is the provider of all, and it is through His divine will that we our blessed with all that we require to maintain us through our lives. Finally, Bhur signifies Prana, or life (literally, breath). God is That which gives life to all. Whilst He is independent of all, all are dependent on Him. It is God who has given us life, God who maintains us throughout our lives, and God alone who has the ability to take away our life, when He so chooses. Continue reading
Mindfulness of Breathing
There are sixteen methods of Mindfulness of Breathing (Anapanasati) which Buddha has praised. These sixteen methods are categorized into four groups of four.
Each step consists of a pair of breathing in and breathing out. Here is a brief summary explanation, giving both the Pเli and the translation.
I – Mindfulness of the Breathing Body (Kayanupassana)
Group One is categorized as Mindfulness regarding the body because the breath is recognized part of the body.
1. When a monk takes in a long breath, he is mindful that he is taking in a long breath. When a monk lets out a long breath, he is mindful that he is letting out a long breath.
One who practices Mindfulness of Breathing is firmly mindful of breathing in and out. One remains mindful as the breaths become shorter and shorter. Continue reading