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Yoga, in Kemet-Ancient Egypt:
Yoga is the exercise of individual binding consciousness with cosmic consciousness.
The individual consciousness is perceived as a small reflection of individual nature, and yoga is a practice that aims at how to achieve the knowledge of man through an individualized approach that is considered a “shortcut” instead of the path of experience and a long and painful error.
The way of yoga is the path of self-control, which leads to the divine self-consciousness inherent within every human being and in general, any activity, practice or ritual that helps a person to reach a state of harmony between himself and the upper self is a kind of yoga. So what is the old Egyptian Yoga (yoga Kemet)
Ancient Egyptian language and symbols provide us with the first historical guide to the advent of yoga philosophy. Yoga has been practiced in ancient Egypt for a long time, and research has indicated that the philosophy of integration in personality, or yoga, has been practiced in Egypt for about 7000 years, which is a considerable period.
In the ancient Egyptian teachings, the practice of yoga was called “Smi Tawi”, which means the unification of the two earth and what is meant here is not the physical Earth masses but the union of the upper and lower nature of the human entity.
The ancient Egyptians looked at yoga as a way of communicating deeply with the divine forces flowing through and around the individual. And as a way to reorganize ( ba ) soul with the spirit of the creator.
The philosophy of Yoga, adopted by the ancient Egyptians, is included under four words that are equivalent to the Indian word ‘ yoga, which means the union of spiritual elements.
Four hieroglyphs that refer to yoga in Egyptian philosophy are (Nefer, Sima, Ankh, Ptahhotep).
Four spiritual elements:
1-Sima, It is an ancient Egyptian word and symbol which means the upper and lower psychological self-association leading to spiritual enlightenment in the human being. Sima represents the union of both the lungs and the trachea.
Which symbolizes the upper and lower self-union which leads to the one God.
2-Nefer, And symbolize the unification of (windpipe and Heart)
It symbolizes the most beautiful thing, the highest choice and the greatest achievement that can reach the human spirit and psychological self.
3-Ankh, It is symbolized by the masculine cross and the feminine circle,
and aspects of self.. Leading to the transformation into (God) the unification ( two in one).
4-Ptahhotep, It means the highest peace and the ultimate home for all those who want to meet the desire for a union of their own souls.
When translating hieroglyphics from ancient times, the Kemetian people (the ancient Egyptians) were practicing a form of spiritual meditation that is still practiced in some modern yoga, Buddhists, and the Daoist circles. This is a coming fact and began to spread strongly that the ancient Egyptians had been practicing yoga many years before the development of that culture in India.
And the ancient Egyptians expressed to us the practice of yoga
In the works of art and spiritual writings found in the tombs and ancient temples on the murals, statues and papyrus, where the different postures of the yoga and the ancient texts, which showed us the principles and techniques of the physical and spiritual perfection that the ancient Egyptian had aspired to at the time,
Which reflects the extent of their progress in spiritual philosophy and the cosmic and psychological meditation
Which they enjoyed the ancient Egyptians.
Where students in ancient Egypt were educated in the highest system of knowledge known by Egyptologists in the name of the “mystery system” where the student had to reach the highest level of qualification in yoga before they considered him (mentally and spiritually) is ready to master the difficult study in mathematics, engineering and B, astronomy, astrology, architecture, religion, metaphysics, ethics and philosophy where the student reaches the highest level and the stages of creativity and knowledge.