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Author Topic: THE GREAT ATEN  (Read 12809 times)
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« Reply #150 on: March 16, 2008, 12:34:16 pm »

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Amenhetep IV and his followers conceived an image of him in their minds and worshipped him inwardly.

 But the abstract conception of thinking was wholly inconceivable to the average Egyptian, who only understood things in a concrete form.

It was probably some conception of this kind that made the cult of Aten so unpopular with the Egyptians, and caused its downfall.

Aten, like Varuna, possessed a mysterious presence, a mysterious power, and a mysterious knowledge. He made the sun to shine, the winds were his breath, he made the sea, and caused the rivers to flow. He was omniscient, and though he lived remote in the heavens he was everywhere present on earth. And a passage in the Rig-Veda would form an admirable description of him.

Light-giving Varuna! Thy piercing glance doth scan
In quick succession all this stirring active world.
And penetrateth, too, the broad ethereal space,
Measuring our days and nights and spying out all creatures. 1

But Varuna possessed one attribute, which, so far as we know, was wanting in Aten; he spied out sin and judged the sinner.

The early Aryan prayed to him, saying,

"Be gracious, O Mighty God, be gracious. I have sinned through want of power; be gracious. What great sin is it, Varuna, for which thou seekest in thy worshipper and friend? Tell me, O unassailable and self-dependent god; and, freed from sin, I shall speedily come to thee for adoration." 2
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