5 books on ancient Egypt written by Medhananda

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Content of the 5 books in brief



 

Five new books on ancient Egypt - a new approach to images and symbols


The books on Ancient Egypt written by Medhananda in close collaboration with Yvonne Artaud show a great variety of Egyptian images, pictured from Egyptian originals in black and white. The interpretations and conclusions are communicated in poetic language, with humour and with many cross-references to other cultures, sages, ancient tales etc. All the five books contain numerous references, notes and an extensive bibliography and index.

 

In a letter, the authors wrote about their work:

[...] "We try to let them [the Egyptian images, the symbols] express themselves in their own symbolic way, as psychological 'koans', as messengers of an ancient gnosis, which seem to address themselves more directly to our depth and height and breadth and wholeness (where resides their healing power) than to our intellectual intelligence. Therefore, our interpretation had to be based directly on the symbols and the movements of self-awareness they represent, and not exclusively on Greco-Egyptian dictionaries which have too often replaced the contents of the Egyptian image by notions of Greek philosophy and mythology. We are plunged into a virgin paleography, and are thrilled by our discoveries." [...]

 
 

In the Preface of the first book 'the Way of Horus' the authors write:

"[...] Isis - the empty seat, Atum - the sledge, Re - the circle, Hathor - the house of Horus have to teach us a lot, not as objects or geometrical figures, but as ideograms, teaching pictures and movements of self-awareness. Symbols in general and hieroglyphs in particular are in their function contrary to verbal communication. Words separate things and insist on their differences, while symbols emphasize what they have in common. This is why their translation into words does not convey their innermost significance. And for the same reason, the study of symbols cannot be an analytical science. This is where our research work differs from the general trend of Egyptology, which has not yet liberated itself from the so-called interpretatio graeca. The learned Egyptian dictionaries with their immense harvest of phonetic translations will remain an indispensable tool for research. Yet we believe that the psychological content of the ancient Egyptian images has escaped its grammatical-philological investigation. Hieroglyphs and the Egyptian teaching images were the invention of a holistic thinking. So they can be approached only by a holistic mind asking the right question: 'Who am I and what is my relationship with the whole?' [...]"

 
  From "Archetypes of Liberation":
"The intent of this book (and of the Egyptian pictures in it) is to make us aware of our greater self, and of its eternal principles as parts of ourselves as the threads in the carpet we are. What is called in different cultural environments our true self or our soul—that which remains when we pass from one life to another—is not a simple single entity. It is like a giant 'molecule' built around a centre and made up of many psychological aspects or archetypes which connect, each in its own invisible way, the one with the many, involution with evolution, eternity with time. Called in Egypt 'neteru' and later in religions 'angels' or 'gods' and imagined outside of ourselves they are possibilities, capacities, and potentialities which man must discover and develop if he wants to be really himself and live in peace with himself…Sleep and death, our soul ship, our vibratory snake nature, our capacity to flower, our vast emptiness, our plenitude, are all psychological archetypes, ways of being and transformation processes, teachers of liberation, powers of self-creation...What was apparently standing outside and above man reveals itself in ourselves as an intimate possibility that we can cherish and aspire to become. [...]"

Content of the 5 books in brief