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Author Topic: THE GREAT ATEN  (Read 12781 times)
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« Reply #150 on: March 16, 2008, 12:36:25 pm »

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And Varuna was a constant witness of men's truth and falsehood.

The early Aryan also prayed to Surya, and addressed to him the Gayatri, a formula which is the
mother of the Vedas and of the Brahmans. He said to the god,

"May we attain the excellent glory of the divine Vivifier: so may he enlighten or stimulate our understanding."

The words secured salvation for a man. 1

No consciousness of sin is expressed in any Aten text now known, and the Hymns to Aten contain no petition for spiritual enlightenment, understanding or wisdom. For what then did the follower of Aten pray? An answer to this question is given in the Teaching of Amenemapt, the son of Kanekht, who says:--

"Make the prayer which is due from thee to the Aten, when he is rising,
Say, Grant to me, I beseech, strength [and] health.
He will give thy provision for the life.
And thou shalt be safe from that which would terrify [thee]." 2
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