MAAT 

 

The Afrikan Renaissance Foundation has chosen the Khemetic Goddess Maat as our

Matron Neter (Divine Principle), because her fundamental Principles were the central

core of all Ancient Khemetic Traditions. As Universal Order, Divine Law,

Truth and Justice we fervently believe her principles are the foundation

stones to guide ARF and help us achieve our objective of bringing our people

back to the path of Truth and Righteousness which is The Path of Maat.

 

MAAT IS THE FOUNDATIONAL ORDER OF THE UNIVERSE IN ANCIENT KHEMETIC SOCIETY

 

Maat is a profound teaching in reference to the nature of Creation and the

manner in which human conduct should be cultivated. It refers to a deep

understanding of Divinity and the manner in which virtuous qualities can

be developed in the human heart so as to come closer to the Divine”.(1)

 “Maat also represents the principle of cosmic order, the concept by which

not only men, but also the Neteru (gods) themselves are governed.

Maat signifies harmony, balance and equilibrium between all the cosmic

forces of nature. Maat is the ideal of balance of things working as they

should. Without Maat chaos reigns unchecked and the ability to create

order is forever lost. In human terms, Maat represents the

right thing to do.’’(2)

Maat is the Ancient Khemetic Cosmological Concept of the Divine

Order of Creation; Divine Law, Truth, Justice, Righteousness, Harmony,

Reciprocity, and Propriety. Maat serves as a spiritual, psychological,

and social construct and an archetype to frame and guide social order.

She as goddess is the highest sustaining structure for the promotion

of the Afrakan understanding of the nature of the creation of this

universe and our indivisible connection to it. What does not align

itself within the framework of Maat does not represent the

true purpose of creation and therefore She represents our Afrakan essence.

Maat is usually portrayed as a woman wearing a headdress with an ostrich

plum attached. She is often shown in a double form representing the

two opposing sides of litigation. Today Maat is presented as the lady

holding the two scales of justice in the judicial system.

THE SEVEN CARDINAL VIRTUES OF MAAT

ORDER*TRUTH*JUSTICE*BALANCE

*HARMONY*RECIPROCITY*PROPRIETY

 “These seven virtues are the keys to human perfectibility and unlock the latent

power of the [human] spirit.   ...which when adhered to will reveal their inherent

wisdom to us. The virtues of MAAT are more than ideas about what is right

and wrong; they are living references for behaviour that reflect our ability

to live with intelligence rather than ignorance. As behavioural disciplines,

the virtues of MAAT become powerful tools for strengthening, protecting

and sustaining the relationships, institutions and structures necessary for the

well being of our people. We must learn to become MAAT, by living and

practicing MAAT.(3)

 

SOURCES:

 1.Ashby, Muata. Mysticism of Ushet Rekhat: Worship of the Goddess. Cruzian Mystic Books, Florida 2nd Ed. 1997. P. 87.

 2. Gadalla, Moustafa, EGYPTIAN DIVINITIES: The All Who Are THE ONE. The Tehuti Research Foundation, N. Carolina, 2nd printing 2003 revised. P. 41-42.

3. Ina Ma Wase, Gbonde, MAAT: The American ~African Path of Sankofa. Mbadu Publishing, Colorado, 1998. P. 25-26.

 

THE 42 DECLARATIONS OF INNOCENCE OF MAAT

I have done no wrong.

I have not robbed.

I have not acted with violence.

I have not killed.

I have not caused pain.

I have not desecrated holy places.

I have not lied.

I have not wasted food.

I have not spoken evil.

I have not committed sodomy.

I have not caused the shedding of tears.

I have not sown seeds of regret.

I have not been an aggressor.

I have not acted guilefully.

I have not laid waste the ploughed land.

I have not entered into a conspiracy.

I did not bear false witness.

I have not been wrathful or angry except for just cause.

I have not committed adultery.

I have not committed adultery.?

I have not polluted myself.

I have not caused terror.

I have not spoken in anger.

I have not turned from words of right and truth.

I have not uttered curses except against evil.

I have not initiated a quarrel.

I have not been excitable or contentious.

I have not prejudiced.

I have not been an eavesdropper.

I have not spoken overmuch.

I have not committed treason against my ancestors.

I have not wasted water.

I have not done evil.

I have not been arrogant.

I have not blasphemed the on most high.

I have not committed fraud.

I have not defrauded temple offerings.

I have not plundered the dead.

I have not mistreated children.

I have not mistreated animals.

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