The purpose of this article is to examine the evolution of Freemasonry, its purpose, education process and communal way of life. 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 hindrance"; 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 behaviour 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 and 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 High-Priest 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.
By Dr.Kwame Nantambu
March 09, 2007
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