AFRICAN EVIL & THE GOD SET
The power of Set, the African Evil principle, is a purely physical power not related to anything spiritual–a power of Darkness, Ignorance, Limitation, Confusion, and a Self-adversary–a power that fascinates me because as outrageously ridiculous as the low levels of animalist thinking/behaviors are displayed, they seem to be winning over Good people. However, a key to the eventual outcome can be found in Ancient Africans Bible’s Mythology. This story starts with Set (Seth)–by being jealous of his brother, Ausar’s, success as well as having a lust for power–he murders and cuts up Ausar’s body (the Soul) into 14 pieces. This “Chopped Up” practice–a spotlighted feature of Brutes–refers to the fragmentation of consciousness caused by the Brute Brain/Left Brain dominance. When Horus–son of Isis and Osiris–grew up, his father’s ghost appeared to demand vengeance. Thereupon, in Nubia, Horus (Heru) and Set fought ongoing battles, ranging from many days to hundreds of years, with victory slipping in and out of the hands of each combatant. The fight continued with periodic stalemates–seen as a Set victory, for as long as morality and spirituality did not rule the world, he was achieving his goal. Set was perennially subdued by Horus, but never destroyed. Meanwhile, both were severely injured. One injury occurred when Set gouged out Heru’s eye. In order to get treatment, Heru learned of and went to Tehuti (Thoth), god of Wisdom. Incidentally, the African invention of Fractions derived its religious origin from this Horus and Seth myth. Seth tore out one of Horus’ falcon eyes (the moon); cut it into pieces; and threw them away. Tehuti found 63/64 pieces–only an approximate of the whole number 1. Those pieces thereafter symbolized certain fractions. Had it not been for Tehuti healing Heru’s eyesight with an eye enabling him, through this sacred wound, to have higher vision and thereby become ‘in-sight-full’, this would have cost Heru the war. Heru’s eye symbolizes the visual thinking of the Right Brain which governs understanding and spirituality + is the symbol of omniscience and omnipresence of God within ones Soul. With his insight regained, Heru managed to castrate Set (the seat of his uncontrolled aggressiveness). But when Seth recovered his missing testicle parts, the battles resumed.
Again Heru sought and followed Tehuti’s guidance and was thus able to defeat Set, not militarily, but in the court of law by means of intelligence. This is because Set can only be defeated by bringing him to the court of justice–which is based on weighing his actions against the laws he has proclaimed. Such enabled Set to be tricked into accepting the very laws he had devised to enslave others–the maintaining of law and order (Amen, Metu Neter I:126). Intelligence has always defeated might and Set is ultimately defeated by truth (which sets you free!). Nevertheless, although Ma’at (Spiritual Elements in action) is inevitably triumphant, given his nature and his agenda, Set must break every one of the Principles associated with Ma’at and keep generating problems. Within this context, Set later attacked Horus in the courts as a bastard son of Osiris. Yet, Tehuti decided the case in favor of Horus. This Myth represents both the essentiality of conflict, its subjugation, and the resultant equilibrium this process produces. The point: one must be prepared to outsmart and out work Set at all costs–and confront him with all means possible in harmony with Divine Law. Otherwise, one cannot get him to abide by the truth. Confronting does not exclude violent means since Set fights enemies by raining fire and brimstone. But violence is an absolute last resort. Evil may win out temporarily or even for a long time, but it never lands safely at port at the end. In the process, Set tells his enemies they must resist non-violently. The naïve fall for this and get crushed.
This myth is not about Good winning over evil, for both are in a constant polarity. When ones Conscience perceives evil, that stirs a sense of rebellious passion which awakens ones inner Wisdom to combat it. Passion is the stirring of ones pre-birth Emotions–i.e. a subdivision of Spiritual Energy–which orchestrates a sustained ongoing dance with evil. One learns what it takes to self-protect, to thrive, and to outsmart evil forces. One decides for oneself, in the light of some higher law or experience, what is right. One reaches ones Highest (Divinity) Self by such struggles–and humans cannot escape the struggles. This is how Spiritual Evolution occurs. jabaileymd.com
Joseph A. Bailey II, MD, FACS
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