METU NETER Vol.1, Pg. 221-224
Seker (the 3rd sphere of the Tree of Life) is the divine faculty that is in charge of the life-force (Ra), which is the formative base of all things in the world. Although the source of life is infinite, each entity is allowed to share in its infinity through a series of cycles of births. Each entity is thus allotted a finite portion of this life-force at a time, for its adventure in the world. This recycling principle governs the cycles of birth, growth, decay, death, rebirth and so on. The life-force behaves in this manner in conformity with the divine intention of guiding man to the realization of his divinity. Would most people bother to develop themselves, and exert themselves if they were to be born with full functionality (as many reptiles and lower creatures are), external youth and indestructibility? We are thus spurred on to exert ourselves in our youth to provide for the days that will surely come when we will be incapable of doing so, and of course by the ultimate, which is death.
The subjection of the existence of all things to cyclical revolutions, which is governed by the “deity” (divine faculty) Khepere, divides their life term into two fundamental phases. Birth (rebirth)/growth, and decay/death (rebirth into the plane of origin!). Thus we achieve an infinitude of experiences through an infinite chain of finite existences.
The phase of birth (rebirth) is under the dominion of Khepere (Aima, the fertile mother in the Canaanite tradition), while the phase of decay and death is symbolized by the Hennu or Af (dead flesh) boat in which travels the “aged Ra” (Ama, the dreaded sterile mother, and Kali).
Khepere or Aima brings all things into manifestation through the 50 sound units of power residing in the 3rd sphere. These sound units, which are the basis of all hekau, are metaphorized as the eggs of the beetle symbolizing Khepere, the 50 gates of Binah, the 50 skulls strung as the necklace of Kali (the Indus Kush Seker), the 50 oarsmen propelling the boat of Ausar, and they are analogous to the 500,000 or so eggs that every woman is born with. At this level, these spiritual powers do not manifest the things of which they are the germs, but the underlying structure (divine plan) that provides the order governing the harmonious interaction of the forces shaping the formation of things, and their interaction. These structures appoint the places in space and time ordering all manifestations. Incidentally, because it’s creative function corresponds to the female gender, which the Canaanite tradition supports (the Goddess Aima), this deity often appears (possesses) in its female form when invoked. As such, her name is Sekert.
The male side of the Deity rules over the death process. Seker was the Deity of the necropolis at Sakkara. Allied to it in this function was the “monster” Aum-mit or Aummaum, whose functions was to destroy the Ab (part of the spirit housing the conscience and will) of the deceased who failed to live in harmony with the laws of Maat (divine laws). During life, its activities are felt as the pangs of conscience, guilt, self recriminations, etc. These are warnings that we are on the path to a failed destiny.
This is to be expected as Seker governs our destiny. The Kamitic term for “destiny” is Skher”, and for “plan” is Sekher”, which are clearly etymologically related to “Seker”. No two things can occupy the same place at the same time. Divine law, therefore, guarantees all things their day in the sun. Our coming into being, and the unfolding of all events in our life are controlled by the spiritual forces (Ptah) at the Seker level for the sake of maintaining order in the world. Destiny, therefore, is nothing more nor less than the expression of the structure, the plan that governs the unfolding of people’s lives in order to guarantee them success. It is amazing to see how people are aware of the confusion and disorder that follow from the lack of planning and structure yet fail to realize that the same would happen in nature and in the world, if the Supreme Being had not laid a plan to guide the lives of men and nations. As above, So below!
When we die or transcend the way of life in which earthly pleasure and personal interests are the motivating factors of our actions and undertakings, we come under the governorship of the Deity Seker. In either case, we have died to the earth-physically or spiritually. The doctrines of Seker, represent then, the teachings that kill. We must remember that this does not mean a joyless life. Quite the contrary, it is one, as we will later see, that leads to greater ecstasy. When we keep in mind that the spirit is essentially unconditioned, it will be realized that our spirit is ever receptive to be reprogrammed to express joy and pleasure in response to any situation or stimulus. We can therefore transcend a way of life in which our will is lead by what gives us pleasure, and change over to a way in which pleasure follows our will to live new truths.
Allied with the idea of dying to the things of the world is the host of symbols used to explain the domain of the Deity. In the “Book of that Which is in the Underworld”, the Fourth Hour which represents the domain of Seker is described as a region in which there are no cultivation fields to be distributed to the faithful followers of Ra. It is full of thick darkness, its floor is covered with sand, and it is lacking in water (hence, barren). This region is called Ta (land ‘of’) Sekri. Note that “kri” in the name conceals the heka—Kring—of the Deity.
The truths that we must live at this sphere of the Tree of Life corresponds to the cycles governing natural phenomena. These were discussed in previous chapters. The point to note here is that the times for eating, exercising, having sex, performing certain types of work, meditating must not be dictated by our feelings, cravings, social or economic factors, but by the cyclical mechanisms governing nature.
The discipline of adhering to the cycles governing life that this sphere imposes upon us is for the sake of enabling us to succeed in the use of words of power, as their manifestations are ordered by the law of cycles in order to keep them from conflicting with each other. All hekau (plural of heka) are based on 50 single sounds units which are symbolized in the Phoenicial Kabalistical system as the 50 gates of Binah, or the Goddess Ama through which all things in the world come into being, and are recycled. In India she appears a Kundala or Kali, the Great Mother who wears the necklace of 50 skulls. As mistress of the words of power, and mother of all living things, she is depicted traveling in the boat of the star Sepdt (Sirius), which is propelled by 50 oarsmen. These sound units are distributed throughout the 14 chakras making up man’s subtle body. As this sphere corresponds to the highest manifestation of man’s spiritual power, it is the dwelling place of the power aspect of his spirit. In the Kamitic tradition it is the Shekem (Sahidic Coptic “Shkum”); in the Kabalistical, the Shekinah; in the Indus tradition, the Shakti. Men who wielded this power were given the title of “Shekem”. In fact, this is the true title for the Kamitic king of kings. The term found its way into the Arabic where we find that the great royal leaders are called Sheik. In India the kundalini yogis are called shakta, and their counterpart further up north are called shamans. It is important to note that all of these cognate terms all begin with the letter “Sh”. Egyptologists commonly render the term as “Sekem”, even though many words written with the hieroglyph for “S” appear as “Sh” in the Coptic, Hebraic, and Phoenician. We see the same in the Hindu rendition of many Dravidian words. For example, Shakti and shakta are also rendered sakti and sakta.
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