The Young Black Wall Street Religious Studies Workshops and Seminars provide future business and community leaders with knowledge and wisdom in interacting with leaders on a global level. The foundational references of religious origins of western religions, we believe, are based on:
GENESIS 1 - 11
The following is a brief list of religions and philosophical views that have evolved from the descendants of "Noah" whose biography is illustrated beginning with chapter 6 of the Book of Genesis.
Young Black Wall Street Biblical Study Group will provide ongoing "Comparative Religion" Seminars and Networking with religious leaders as well as business and community leaders, as you interact with these elders in creating opportunities to respect and appreciate differences within our communities as "GLOBAL LEADERS OF THE 21ST CENTURY".
( As stated in Genesis 11: 1-9, it was and still is ordained by God our Creator to have a global voice, speakers of difference languages yet with the same Spirit as children of God/of the Universe. "Genesis 9:9 -Therefore it was called Babel because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth, and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth".
Our goal in our Young Black Wall Street Biblical Study Group is not about converting anyone to any particular religious doctrine, but to provide participants an opportunity to establish a place within our Business and Political community of the 21st Century, with the opportunity and the advantage in becoming inspired, successful financial and community leaders for our 21st Century Global Community. Our primary goal of "International Young Black Wall Street" global community is to raise up "21ST CENTURY FIFTH DIMENSION LEADERS AS PACESETTERS FOR A NEW WORLD, WHERE ALL CHILDREN CAN THRIVE".
Below are a few of our major religions and philosophies which have influence our global community through the years.
Ma'at was the Ancient Egyptian concept of truth, balance, order, law, morality, and justice. Ma'at was also personified as a goddess regulating the stars, seasons, and the actions of both mortals and the deities, who set the order of the universe from chaos at the moment of creation. The earliest surviving records indicating Ma'at as the norm for nature and society, in this world and the next, is recorded during the Old Kingdom in pyramid text (ca. 2780-3250 BCE).
Later, as a goddess in other traditions of the Egyptian pantheon, where most goddesses were paired with a male aspect, her masculine counterpart was Thoth and their attributes are the same. After the rise of Ra they were depicted together in the Solar Barque. As Thoth has been seen to represent the Logos of Plato, so Ma'at has been viewed as an expression of Divine Wisdom.
After her role in creation and continuously preventing the universe from returning to chaos, her primary role in Egyptian mythology dealt with the weighing of souls that took place in the underworld, Duat. Her feather was the measure that determined whether the souls (considered to reside in the heart) of the departed would reach the paradise of afterlife successfully).
Pharaohs are often depicted with the emblems of Maat to emphasis their role in upholding the laws of the Creator. (Note: All Western major western religions gleaned from the Egyptian Spiritual teachings from Judaism to Christianity beginning with Roman Catholicism).
Ma'at as a principle was formed to meet the complex needs of the emergent Egyptian state (as we are presently witnessing the new birth of our global communities within America as well as the continent of Africa and Asia), that embraced all aspects of existence, including the basic eqilibrium of the universe, the relationship between constituent parts, the cycle of the seasons, heavenly movements, religious observations and fair dealings, honesty and truthfulness in social interactions. The Ancient Egyptians had a deep conviction of an underlying holiness and unity within the universe. Cosmic harmony was achieved by correct public and ritual life. Any disturbance in cosmic harmony could have consequences for the individual as well as the state. An impious King could bring about famine or blasphemy blindness to an individual. In opposition to the right order expressed in the concept of Maat is the concept of Isfet: chaos, lies and violence.
In addition to the importance of the Maat, several other principles within Ancient Egyptian law were essential, including an adherence to tradition as opposed to change, the importance of rhetorical skill, and the significance of achieving impartiality, and social justice. In one Middle Kingdom (2062 to c.1664 BCE) text the Creator declares "I made every man like his fellow". Ma'at called the rich to help the less fortunate rather than exploit them, echoed in tomb declarations. "I have given bread to the hungry and clothed the naked" and I was a husband to the widow and father to the orphan". (10) To the Egyptian mind, Ma'at bound all things together in an indestructible unity: the universe, the natural world, the state, and the individual were all seen as parts of the wider order generated by Ma'at. The underlying concepts of Taoism and Confucianism resemble Ma'at at times. Many of these concepts were codified into laws, and many of the concepts often were discussed by ancient Egyptian philosophers and officials who referred to the spiritual text known as the Book Coming Forth by Day, or more popularly known as the "Book of the Dead".
The following are the 10 Virtues of Ma'at
The Neophyte or students ultimate aim in Kemet was for a person to become "One with God" or to "become like God". The path to the development of godlike qualities was through the development of virtue, but virtue could only be achieved through special study and effort. According to George G.M. James in his timeless work "Stolen Legacy" writes: The following of the 10 virtues were sought by the Neophyte in ancient Kemet. In the final analysis, the ancient Kemites sought Ma'at or to be more correct they sought to become one with Ma'at the cosmic order.
(1) Control of thoughts
(2) Control of actions
(3) Development of purpose
(4) Have faith in the ability of your teacher to teach you the truth.
(5) Have faith in yourself to assimilate the truth.
(6) Have faith in themselves to wield the truth.
(7). Be free from resentment under the experience of persecution.
(8). Be free from resentment under the experience of wrong.
(9). Cultivate the ability to distinguish between right and wrong and
(10). Cultivate the ability to distinguish between the real and the unreal.
(Truth is Like Lighting with its Errand Done Before You Hear the Thunder- Gerald Massey)
The following are the 42 Principles of Ma'at (There are a number of different versions of the 42 Laws of Principles of Ma'at, however, the following are the Principles taken from one of the oldest version of Ma'at authored by R.O. Faulkner, author of the "Book of the Dead"
1. I have not committed sin.
2. I have not committed robbery with violence.
3. I have not stolen.
4. I have not slain men and women.
5. I have not stolen grain.
6. I have not purloined offerings.
7. I have not stolen the property of the god.
8. I have not uttered lies.
9. I have not carried away food.
10. I have not uttered curses.
11. I have not committed adultery.
12. I have not lain with men. In other texts reads "I have not copulated with young boys".
13. I have not made none to weep.
14. I have not eaten the heart (i.e. I have not grieved uselessly, or felt remorse).
15. I have not attacked any man.
16. I am not a man of deceit.
17. I have not stolen cultivated land.
18. I have not been an eavesdropper.
19. I have slandered no man.
20. I have not been angry without just cause.
21. I have not debauched the wife of any man.
22. I have not polluted myself.
23. I have terrorised none.
24. I have not transgressed (the Law)
25. I have not been wroth.
26. I have not shut my ears to the words of truth.
27. I have not blasphemed.
28. I am not a man of violence.
29. I am not a stirrer up of strife (or a disturber of the peace).
30. I have not acted (or judged) with undue haste.
31. I have not pried into matters.
32. I have not multiplied my words in speaking.
33. I have wronged none. I have done no evil.
34. I have not worked witchcraft against the King (or blasphemed against the King).
35. I have never stopped (the flow of) water.
36. I have never raised my voice (spoken arrogantly, or in anger?)
37. I have not cursed (or blasphemed) God.
38. I have not acted with arrogance
39. I have not stolen the bread of the gods.
40. I have not carried away the khenfu caskes from the Spirits of the dead.
41. I have not snatched away the bread of the child, nor treated with contempt the god of my city.
42. I have not slain the cattle belonging to the god.
The Jewish Community later edited the 42 Laws of Ma'at to only include what was penned the "10 Commandments" to study these laws handed down by God to Moses can be found in the Book of Exodus Chapter 20:1-17.
As spirituality evolved over centuties as nations begin to migrate west, the New Religion many of us practice today, "Christianity" through Jesus the Christ the Revelator introduced to his followers two great commandments practiced by many today, both can be found in Matthews and Mark. According to Matthew 22: 36-40 - Teacher, which commandment in the laws is the greatest? Jesus said to Matthew "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it. "You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hand all the laws and the prophets."
As an entrepreneur, the recommendation is to be strong and steadfast within your chosen spiritual discipline, at the same time respecting and celebrating with your potential clients, customers or possible partners "ONENESS IN SPIRIT" because all of humanity is on the same path of enlightenment, and with the the Universal Spirit within all of humanity, we will be able to see through our carnality which creates division of "souls" to the the Spirit of Divine Love within those we meet, work with and most importantly do business with.
Significant global religions to know for 21st Century Business and Community Leaders:
-The Kemetic Philosophy considered by some the first spiritual principles Ancient Egypt aspired to live by. They are known to be the first written principles writen by man, and were taught in the Egyptian Mystery Schools, which Moses the founder of the Jewish faith had studied as the adopted grandson of the Pharoah many scholars associate him with the Pharoah Ahsmoses. The Kemetic Philosophy by some scholars believe was practiced 10,000 years ago. The Ankh is representative as an ancient symbol representing life or regination of life.
-Hinduism a religion founded approximately 3,000 B.C. believes the eternal process of birth, life, death and rebirth, life incarnate. It;s spiritual system is the Om or Aun.
-Judaism a religion founded approximately around 1300 B.C. It's spiritual symbol is the Star of David.
-Taoism -Spiritual symbol the Ying and Yang, established estimate 551 B.C. The interaction of opposites creating a continuous process of becoming.
- Buddhism - Symbol "Triple Treasurer" - Founded approximately 500 B.C., Also known as "The Three Jewels" of Buddhism:
-Buddha - the Enlightened Teacher
-Dharma - the essence of Buddhist readings
-Sangha - community of love and compassion
-Christianity- Symbol the "Cross" established, circa 30 A. D. Symbol of faith to adherents of the teaching of Jesus Christ.
- Islam - Symbol the : "Star and Crescent" circa 622 A.D., Symbol of Islam, Those who embrace the God Allah and his prophet Mohammed
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