By Dr. Kwame Nantambu
March 09, 2007
Trinidad and Tobago News Blog
At the outset, one cannot talk about the origin of Freemasonry; the discussion must focus on the evolution of this system and the unique, original ancient Afrikan/ Kemetic/ Egyptian way of life.
The word “free” means “without hinderance”; the word “mason” refers to “one who builds, a bricklayer.” As such, Freemasonry is that system, craft or art of building, not a physical building but building spiritual, an edifice within the human being. The ancient Kemites/Afrikans/Egyptians refer to this spiritual concept as the “Temple in Man.”
In addition, one must reject the misnomer that has been bandied about for untold centuries known as the “Mystery System” or the “Egyptian Mysteries.” The fact of the matter is that if someone invents something, then how is that invention a mystery to the inventor? The invention is only a ‘mystery’ to the second-third party/onlooker/visitor/ outsider.
The ancient Kemites/Afrikans/Egyptians never called their system the “Mystery System.” The Greeks (world’s first Europeans) who went to Kemet to study at the Temple of Waset (world’s first university) in the B.C. era called this Afrikan/Kemitic system the “Egyptian Mysteries” because it was a ‘mystery’ to them, not the Kemites.
Afrikan peoples are the world’s original peoples with original ideas and the world’s original master-thinkers and teachers. This ancient Egyptian spiritual system evolved over 1,200 years and/or 50 generations. This system and way of life predates the highly organized groups of the Roman Empire or the Roman Collegia, the French Masons of the 17th – 18th century A.D. and the Masonic lodges in the early American colonies.
The ancient Kemites are the first to develop a communal way of life and being based on a moral code of ethics and human behavior with which to live by. These moral code of ethics existed thousands of years before the Holy Qur’an or Holy Bible. Hence, it is no small wonder that Jesus “The Christ” or “the anointed One” left home at age thirteen “to be about his Father’s business” and went to study these ancient Kemetic/Afrikan/Egyptian moral code of ethics at the Temple of Waset. Therefore, the teachings of Jesus “The Christ” came out of ancient Kemet/Afrika/Egypt.
The Holy Bible also stated in Acts 7:22 that Moses, an original Afrikan-Black man, “was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was mighty in words and deeds.” Therefore, the teachings of Moses, the original Afrikan-Black man, including his so-called Ten Commandments, came out of the moral code of ethics in ancient Kemet/Egypt.
During this ancient period, Afrika was known as the “land of the spiritual people” under this Masonic belief system and communal way of life and being.
So what does Freemasonry mean? It “is a system of morality and spiritual advancement”; it is a “science which is engaged in divine truth and employs symbolism as its method of instruction”; it seeks to erect “the human society based on the principles of truth, justice and morality.” Freemasonry means that before a person can become a Freemason, he must first be a “freeman”; a slave cannot be a mason – such a person must not be a slave to lust and avarice; such a person must not be a slave to chaos, conflict or confusion. Freemasonry deals with spiritual liberation, not physical emancipation.
Freemasonry deals with balance, order and justice in everyday life and human interaction – it is a way of life 24/7/365. It is a system of morality that is veiled/shrouded in allegory and illustrated by symbols. The use of this original, ancient Kemetic allegory was to be later called “parables” under the derived Christian religious belief system.
The spiritual way of life in ancient Kemet was directly related/connected to nature, cosmos, universe and a spiritual God-force, Amun-Ra. Amuna-Ra is the original Afrikan spiritual God-force whose birthday was celebrated on 25 December in ancient Kemet, 4,100 years before that of Jesus “The Christ” who was not born on that date.
This ancient Afrikan/Kemetic spiritual way of life and being was holistic in that the Pharaoh was also the high priest; in today’s religious way of life, a separation of church and state exists.
In ancient Kemet, balance, order and harmony or the system of Ma’at existed; in today’s world, the system of Isfet exits in which chaos, conflict and confusion are omnipresent – a system of full-blown European control and supremacy.
Freemasonry is “the activity of closely untied men (secret society) who work for the welfare of humankind, striving morally to ennoble themselves and others and thereby to bring about a universal league of humankind.” The Masonic belief is in One God; man is immortal; character determines destiny; moreover, it is pivoted on the principle of the Brotherhood of Man and a We communal value system and a way of life and being. The human being is central or the spinal cord of all such existence.
The original concept of One God or Monotheism has nothing whatsoever to do with Christianity. It was first introduced in Kemet during the 25th Dynasty 1270 B.C. by Pharaoh Akhnaton. At this time, this Pharaoh had a HighPriest named Moses. Therefore, the derived 1st Commandment of Moses: “Thou shalt have no other Gods before me” came directly out of the original ancient Kemeti/Egyptian/ Afrikan “Forty-two Negative Confessions,” not from Mount Sinai.
The fact of the matter is that Moses, the original Afrikan-Black man, married an Ethiopian woman named Zipporah; they had two sons named Gershom and Elieyer.
The purpose of education under Freemasonry was “to lead humankind to freedom and enlightenment, to assist in elevating the moral and intellectual level of society, to gain knowledge, to bring ideas into circulation and to cause the mind of youths to grow and bear fruit.” The system of education worked for human betterment – materially, morally and spiritually.
Freemasonry seeks “to bring humankind from darkness to light and to form mankind into a great redemptive brotherhood.” The endemic principle of Freemasonry is to achieve human perfectibility. The principles to achieve this genre of communal way of life and being 24/7/365 are truth, justice, balance, order, compassion, harmony and reciprocity.
In today’s world, when a person lives by these same ancient Afrikan/Kemetic Masonic principles on a daily basis, such a person is called a “good citizen.” These principles are directly linked to the education system. The ancient Kemetic education system had three grades/levels of students: (1) the mortals (2) the intelligences and (3) the sons of light (level of spiritual consciousness).
The most important objective of this system was the deification of man; the soul of man could become godlike in communication with the Gods. The ultimate aim of Kemetic education was for the Neophyte to become “one with God” or “become like God.” Centuries later in the A.D. era, the world was told that man was made in the image and likeness of God as one of the founding tenets/pillars of Christianity’s derived religious belief system.
The aim of education was achieved through the development of virtue – a person was seen as being spiritual in a finite human body. It is this specific, inherent spiritual component that is non-existent in Afrikan people’s education system – hence, the omnipresence of Isfet.
At this crucial juncture, it is vital to insert that the foundations of governance in the United States is based on and derived from, the original spiritual belief system of ancient Kemet/Egypt, especially the role of numbers 7 and 13 and the use of symbols.
By way of elucidation, the spiritual significance of number 7 is that it denotes completion, while 13 denotes transformation, resurrection, new life and rebirth.
Now, the United States achieved its independence on 4 July 1776. The choice of the month of July by the European founding fathers of the United States denotes that in July (7th month of the year), they completed their armed revolution/struggle for independence from Euro-colonial Britain. The choice of the 4th of July denotes that on that day, the United States was transformed from a colony of Britain to a sovereign independent nation-state; in addition, the 4th July falls within the summer solstice of ancient Kemet/Egypt which runs/lasts from 21 June – 4 July, a period of 13 days. It is no accident, therefore, that the European founding fathers of the United States specifically choose this day to coincide with the spiritual belief system/blessing/protection/guidance of ancient Kemet. Moreover, the choice of 1776 denotes that 7 plus 6 also equals 13. So the European founding fathers of the United States purposely veiled/shrouded their new State in the swaddling clothes of ancient Kemet/Egypt.
In addition, the 13th amendment of the U.S. constitution freed the slaves; this denotes that this amendment gave the slaves a “new life” as freed men; when the United States achieved its independence, there were only 13 colonies – accident? This denotes that there was a “rebirth” in this former colony of Britain.
Furthermore, the most powerful political weapon in the armory of the United States, namely, the official seal of the government, has 13 layers – accident? The most powerful economic weapon in the armory of the United States, the one dollar bill, bears a picture of the ancient Kemetic/Egyptian pyramid with 13 layers; there is also the eye of the Kemetic God Heru (called Horus by the Greeks and Jesus by Christians) as the all-seeing eye for protection -accident?
In terms of symbols, there is a stone monument in Washington, D.C. mistakenly called the “Washington monument.” Now, this monument has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the European founding father of the United States, George Washington. This stone monument is directly connected/related to the ancient Kemetic/Egyptian spiritual phenomenon known as the “Osirian Drama.”
In other words, in keeping with the ancient Kemetic/Egyptian spiritual belief system, the Washington monument denotes that even though President George Washington is physically dead, he is still spiritually alive to govern and oversee the nation ad infinitum – the lifetime of stone is infinite.
In terms of symbols, the colors red, white and blue of the US flag that symbolizes the American sign of global power and control are derived from the original ancient Kemetic/Egyptian Red Crown of the South, White Crown of the North and the Blue Crown of War that symbolized the Masonic system of governance, communal way of life and being as a result of the unification of Upper and Lower Kemet/Egypt by Pharaoh Narmer in 3200 B.C. The ideas of “government of the people, by the people and for the people” also came out of this ancient system and not from the thought process of President Thomas Jefferson. These original ideas/ideals came out of the system of governance and decision-making called Afrikan Communalism in ancient Kemet.
The Greeks who were studying at the Temple of Waset at that time in the B.C. era, renamed this system “Demos” from which is derived the modern A.D. concept Democracy.
In addition, the U.S. constitutional mandate/guarantee that each individual “has the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” is ancient Kemetic in origin.
This ancient Kemetic/Egyptian/United States direct connection exists because all the founding fathers of the United States were masons steeped in the spiritual teachings and belief system of ancient Kemet. They are President George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Munroe, Andrew Jackson, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, William McKinely, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Warren G. Harding, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Trueman and Gerard R. Ford.
In addition, about one-third of the 56 signatories of the American Declaration of Independence were masons, including John Hancock, Lyman Hall, Benjamin Franklin and Robert Paine.
Truth be told: These Europeans have deliberately, viciously and completely dehumanized, contaminated and fleeced this original ancient Kemetic/Egyptian system of governance, spiritual belief value system, communal way of life and being in order to maintain, ossify and consolidate their global power control and dominance under the rubric of such geopolitical code words/slogans as “illuminati,” “Great Western Design,” “Manifest Destiny,” “La Mission civilisatrice,” “the white man’s burden,” “liberty, justice and fraternity,” “making the world safe for democracy,” “Atlantic Charter,” “New World Order,” cum “Third Reich,” via Mein Kempf, “Cold War,” “War on Terrorism” per “USA Patriot Act,” and finally “Globalization,” that is making the global economy safe for American Trans National Enterprises (TNE’s) and free movement and liberalization of international capitol.
Truth be Told: The ancient, original Kemetic/Afrikan/Egyptian Freemasonry is the system of governance and We communal way of life and being of yesterday and tomorrow; the derived European-capitalist system of governance and Me individual way of life ad being is only the global system of today.
Ancient Kemet will rise again!
Shem Hotep (“I go in peace”).
Dr. Kwame Nantambu is a part-time lecturer at Cipriani College of Labour and Co-operative Studies and University of the West Indies.
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