What happens to the soul after the body dies? There are many explanations, the most common being that the soul moves on to another place and another life. Past life readings and regressions have been able to prove that we do indeed live many lifetimes.
But where does the soul really go right after death? Ghosts of the departed have been seen in many forms, such as images, scents, sounds and full apparitions. How long do they linger on this earth before making a transition? That too has many theories attached to it. The Ancient Egyptians however had a very well defined belief in what happened to the soul after death. The soul contained in the physical body possessed many aspects that all had different spiritual duties.
The soul lives unstably in the body, and is capable of mysterious transformations ~ W. Somerset Maugham
The Physical body, or vessel in which the soul was held, or the mummified body, which became the symbolic vessel in which contained the eternal soul. During the mummification process the body was preserved against decay so it would be whole in the afterlife.
After undergoing the ritual of mummification, the Sahu would become the sacred vessel for the spiritual body. The ritual would act as an initiation in which the physical body would be given special knowledge and power to render it incorruptible in the afterlife. The Sahu then allowed the soul to communicate with the body freely in the realms of heaven.
Known as the mysterious, spiritual double – a copy of the body on the spiritual plane – the Ka, like an astral body, can move at will through the various planes of existence, even returning to the tomb to visit its mummy. Because the Ka was given offerings of food at the tomb, a special door was created in the walls of the tombs, called the ‘Ka Door’ through which the Ka could pass freely. The Ka of the person most often dwelled in his or her statue or image. Special instructions were written on the walls of the tomb that specified how to communicate with the Ka.
The Ab was the spiritual heart of the physical body in life. It also lived on as the heart of the spiritual body in the afterlife. The Ab governs the Right and True in a person and their inherent core of ethics. As a power center in the body, the heart was held sacred and unlike the brain it was left in the body upon mummification. The Ancient Egyptians thought that a person thought with their heart and they saw the heart as eternal with the power to move independently through the planes of consciousness at will, much like an astral umbilical cord.
The windows of my soul I throw wide open to the sun ~ John Greenleaf Whittier
The spiritual essence of the Ka, the Ba translated means “sublime” or “noble”. It dwells inside the Ka and continues to possess both substance and form after death. Directly linked to the Neters or Gods of the heavens, the Ba can revisit the tomb and converse with the deceased and even re-animate them. Like the Ka, the Ba also requires food and drink to sustain it and often partook of the funerary feast.
As the shining essence of the soul, the Khu can be compared with the aura or egg of energy that surrounds a person. This essence is eternal and transcends upon death to the realms of the Neters or Gods. After death this spiritual intelligence would be led by the Neters themselves to dwell in their heavenly abode. In magical practices the Khu is regarded as having direct communication with the gods and is often invoked during divination.
The spark of life or flame that animates the body’s life force. An eternal flame, it represents the fiery will of Ra himself and is referred to as the Sekem-Ur or “Great Power” – intense, everlasting and possessing great regenerative powers. The Sekhem flame is the “Fire of Life” contained in the spinal column much like the Kundalini Shakti energy of the Hindu tradition.
As the magical name of the deceased given during the initiatory ritual of the mummification ceremony, it was a name that only the Gods were privy to. The Ren was associated with the spoken sound or creation of the name and when written in hieroglyphs became a living entity embodied with a life-force.
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