Monday, October 3, 2011

The Feather of Ma'at

Has your soul been weighed in the balance and found wanting???


Ma’at, the Lady of Truth, a goddess of the ancient Egyptians. She was charged with bringing order to the chaotic universe and maintaining it. Her symbol, the feather, stands for the lightness of truth, justice, balance, and the law. The ancient Egyptians believed that the soul resided in the heart. When someone arrived in the underworld their soul (heart) was weighed against the Feather of Ma’at to see if they were worthy. One’s life is judged in the “moment of truth” when the heart of the dead is weighed for sincerity.

In the Bible, you can also read of the account of the writing in the wall when Daniel is asked to explain the words about the fate of Babylon to Belshazzar.

“Mene Mene Tekel Uparsin” Thou art weighed in the balance, and art found wanting. (Old Testament of the bible; Daniel 5:27)

“Life is given to the peaceful and death is given to the criminal.” (From the Shabaka Stone.)

“Life is a means of education and a beneficial trial.” (From the Cabalah.)

“Our life is a time of probation.” (Nephi, from the Book of Mormon.)

See also pseudeigraphic/apocalyptic literature- Testament of Abraham 12-13 speaking about judgment and weighing of the soul.

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