“Set”, “Sheitan”, “Setan”, “Satan”, these are all names for the adversary of the living and this all goes back to at least ancient Aegypt. This was the ancient representation of the darkness that comes after the daytime sun has “Set”, “fallen”, or “died”, succumbing to that which each night oversees the realm of the life giver.
All of this is a representation for the danger, the risk, the unknown that was presented when the cold-night appeared bringing with it all the frightening darkness, and the animals and sounds which could threaten a living man.
One who was not aware of the law of the living, the law of the land, the harmony and balance that was required to live a healthy life, their ignorance of the self and the universe was just as likely to lead to their death during that darkness of night by animal or exposure as they were likely to live a life that didn’t lead their soul to the higher planes of knowledge in the ‘afterlife’. This is all metaphor, and one in the same.
Now people are unable to see the symbolism and make the connection between the words, symbols, and concepts and the correspondence between them and their personal existence. The physical existence, through symbols and metaphor, is describing their journey through spiritual existence of self-knowledge.
Fear is the challenge to overcome, it is the gateway between one world and the next. This is because one is born out of fear, into fearlessness or knowledge. The lack of fear is not confidence, strength, love, or peace, these are all the results of overcoming fear. They are the opposite. The lack of fear is KNOWLEDGE. Awareness leads to KNOWLEDGE. When one becomes aware, they begin to know. As long as there is awareness, there is knowledge that will grow. As long as their is knowledge, there is SELF-Awareness. One can information, but not have knowledge just as one can have awareness but not have self-awareness. When there is enough information and knowledge gained through overcoming one’s fears then there is SELF-AWARENESS, this is KNOWLEDGE of the self.
There is a story about the ancient mystery schools who sought to teach people the value of self-awareness and to guide them through the steps of gaining KNOWLEDGE of self-mastery. There would be many lessons, temples, challenges and systems. One challenge was for an initiate to conquer the fear they felt within themselves so that fear does not control the body and mind but that the soul or self-awareness is in control. This test would include a temple which would contain a pool of water in which there were live crocodiles floating on the surface. The adept was given the instruction to conquer fear of death by diving through the surface of the pool, swimming down through the water and finding a passageway where they would swim through and rise up to safety on the other side.
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