23 Jan EGYPTIAN YOGA
The earliest records of the religion of Egypt tell of a very philosophically conceived God without beginning or end. The sole progenitor in heaven and earth uncreated and self-begotten. “But”says Mr Lenorment , “this sublime notion, if it was retained In the esoteric doctrine, soon became obscured and disfigured by the conceptions of the priests and the ignorance of the people. The exoteric notions which prevailed over it had to do with secondary and personal deities only, and Egyptian magic occupied itself merely with the hosts of these. They were ruled over by a God-in-chief it is true but he wasone of their own sort being like Jehova, a promoted tutelary divinity. At each of the many removals of the capital city, from the lower valley of the Nile in the direction of its source – from time to time made necessary fron the shifting that way by the shifting that way to the centre of population, a new god-in-chief had to be installed since the custom of the country made the local made the local deity of the district ex-officio Lord of the Universe. Here there was no Brahman into which souls could be absorbed. Nor did the Egyptian religion, though including belief in rebirths, allow any means of escape from them by absorption in any god high or low, in fact, any mode whatever.