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ESOTERIC IN AFRICAN TRADITION

by Dr. Joseph A. Bailey II, MD., FACS on 22nd-February-2017

Very Ancient African Sages, in seeking to learn laws of Nature so as to create paths to the Heaven Afterlife, focused on gaining epiphanies into the infinity of knowledge. In their temples–called “Houses of Life,” “Per Ankh” (Life Force), and later, Egyptian Mystery Schools—Sages taught processes for achieving the heaven Afterlife by lecturing behind a curtain. The Esoteric Disciples allowed to attend their more difficult to understand morning lectures could look under the veil so as to see the Sage’s face. This was because these students pursued insights about hidden and subtle things revealed to humans by God, mysterious things about God; and things belonging to God (Deut. 29:28). Those denied Sages’ face viewings were Exoteric Disciples. Although these aspects spread into all foreign cultures, the semi-barbaric ancient Greeks called “Esoterics” (belonging to an inner circle) those who fashioned their philosophy of life inside the frame of African Spirit Knowledge. Those outside that frame, called “Exoterics,” had only a basic understanding of a given thing’s mundane outer meaning. Nevertheless, African Esoteric knowledge was above and beyond ancient Greek’s abilities to understand. This was further complicated by their wide ranging concepts of any and all gods—some scholars paying “lip service” to the Spiritual God and most being in Supernatural realms. Thus, came confusing, conflicting, and stupid definitions and interpretations of African Philosophy. For example, African Tradition’s “Esoteric” is in two forms: (1) Knowledge expressed and yet keeping its inner truths lying hidden (best expressed in Dogon Cosmology); and (2) implied Underlying Spiritual Elements themes which expose subtle meanings and forms of those Truths. Esoteric Knowledge is an indivisible harmonious duality—an “Idea-Form” of Spirit and Matter. The Spirit is the Circumstance—the Esoteric; the Matter is the “Form”. Although Spirit and Matter are “One” in Spiritual Elements Essence and Spiritual God origin (i.e. the “what it is,” which conveys Knowledge)—they are separate in physical form regarding the “what it does” and the “How it appears” (which conveys Information).

The Esoteric—i.e. understanding inner Spirit truths lying hidden–concern exposing intricacies of the deep obscured meaning of the five principle mysteries of Nubian/Egyptian Spiritual Doctrines: Regeneration; Transfiguration (Transformation); Transubstantiation (change one substance into another) for Renewal; Resurrection; and Ascension (see Seleem, Book of Life p41). All of these mysteries–imitated by Christians, Kabbalists, Masons, and others–are explained in the Book of Life. An example in Chapter 148 provides the Deceased with knowledge required to vanquish her/his impurity and acquire perfection within the “Heart” of Light. Ancient Africans' luminous knowledge pursuit of the "Esoteric" included locating and accounting for the Essences of all things and their creator source so as to see the common inner nature of seemingly unrelated Essences. By being Unaware of Inner Spiritual Linkages or finding it difficult to locate them, they resorted to Qualitative Algebraic Mathematics as one means of being led to Circumstantial Truths. This method was in association with Subjective Science tools—i.e. Observation, Reflection, “Pure” Feelings, Productive Imagination, Contemplation, Inductive and Deductive Inferences, and Common Sense. Thoughts to these ends included: A Posteriori—derived from the experience of an object or quality; and A Priori—not derived from any sense experience.

Together, they helped expose subtle meanings and forms of Circumstantial Truths; unfold its intricacies of what defies fundamental thoughts/beliefs so as to see its message; and thereby make inferences in arriving at Circumstantial Evidence and Judgments. African Griots, translators of the Esoteric to African People, developed an “Exoterics”. This was the outer ritualistic form of “storytelling,” used in the sense of revealing the Hidden (concealed from ordinary observation), like the Amenta (the hidden realm of the God Amen) and the esoteric in an allegory. Yet, these only gave an outward, public, visible, knowledge of the energized and seeable.  Griots said Curiosity is the key to proceeding into the hidden. Once inside its new hidden realm one finds a spot covered with cobwebs which, when cleared, one finds vast spaces pregnant with Potential Possibilities. Their teaching base was knowledge of God and Unconditional Love consisting of Ma’at—i.e. the principles of the Spiritual Elements in action–which spring out of God’s providence. jabaileymd.com; JABLifeSkills

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