Anya-anwu na agbala
Eze-enu, Okasi akasi
That is to hail him by his true names being:
the light and the spirit,
the king of the heavens, the Almighty
the omniscience and omnipotent
African traditional cosmogony recognizes the potency of the Sun, as the creator force that is seen in the material form.
Just like its earlier expression in Egypt, the Sun is the symbol of life and the God. In Khemit, the Sun was know by various names notably Ra. Voodoo as is found in modern Africa venerates the Sun by several praise names some of which are listed above.
In this solar system, African spirituality recognizes the planets as the original gods and goddesses. The earth is a goddess; the mother of all that lives and thrives on its surface. Existence was originally made for the benefit of the planets, humans and animals are secondary to this main objective.
The Sun is the essence of life. It is the chief of this solar system. It is the head god that is seen with the naked eyes. The Sun is the giver of life. It is also the giver of warmth and light. There could be no life on earth except for the light and warmth of the sun.
Before a seed can come to life there must be the following forces: light, warmth, earth, and water. When these four forces penetrate the seed and combine with each other inside that very seed then live sprouts. Thus life can be defined as a combination of matter (seed), and the four forces of existence light, warmth, earth and water.
Those forces are not “non-living beings” as we have been taught as elementary school students. These forces are the fount of life. Therefore they must be alive.
A devotee that seeks with humility will learn the wisdom of life. Wisdom reveals the true reality of life to the mind. A humble and sincere liver of life must then give thanks and praises to the forces that giveth him life and delightful experiences.
A true scientist will honour that which by factual verification is directly responsible for his nourishment and his joy.
The planet earth gives rise to humans. The planet earth provides nourishment and joy for its children. The planet earth fills our daily experience with beauty and activity. Upon expiration the planet earth receives our bodies and regenerates our substance.
The Sun is the originator of the solar system. It is the father and the mother of the earth and all the other solar system planets which it holds in its magnetic and loving embrace. The Sun sheds the energy and the solar radiation which keep the planets existing forever in this spatial reality.
The Sun blows the wind that we breath, the Sun makes the waters to come and to go, the Sun shines the light that gives life and joy, the Sun sends the warmth that gives love and all comforts, the Sun is the creator and the sustainer of all life.
If one can express true and simple gratitude for life and love, one must express gratitude to the causes and the sources of life and love – the Sun and its planets. As Akhenaten the King of Khemit chanted to Aten, the Sun saying:
Hymn to the Aten
Your dawning is beautiful in the horizon of heaven,
O living Sun, creator of life!
When you set in the western horizon,
Earth falls into a deathly darkness.
People sleep in chambers, heads covered,
oblivious of the world,
the possessions in their head stolen.
Every lion comes forth from its den,
the serpents sting.
earth is silent,
as their maker rests in heavens.
Earth brightens when you rise in the horizon,
when you shine as Aten of daytime.
As you cast your rays,
the Two Lands are in festivity.
Awake, the people are on their feet.
Cleansed and clothed,
their arms adore your appearance.
The entire land sets out to work,
The beasts browse on their herbs,
trees and plants nourish.
The birds fly from their nests,
their wings greeting you,
as the sheep frisk on their feet,
and the insects utter.
All live when you dawn for them.
Boats travel north and south,
and roads lie open when you dawn.
The fish in the river leap up before you,
your rays are in the midst of the sea.
You are the one who makes the seed in men,
who feeds the son in the mother’s womb,
who soothes him that he may not weep,
a nurse even in the womb.
You give him breath when he is born,
you open his mouth in speech.
When the chick in the egg cries in the shell,
you give him breath to sustain him.
You have perfected him
to break out from the egg,
chirp and run around on his two feet.
Your works are manifold,
though hidden from sight,
O One Aten, beside whom there is no other.
You created the world as you wished,
all people, herds, flying creatures,
the reckoning of their days.
You make the heavens
to see your creation.
You make the beauty of form,
through yourself, alone.
You are in my heart,
there is no other who knows you.
Save your son, Akhenaten.
You have taught him your ways,
The world is in your hand,
you are duration,
beyond mere limbs.
Man lives by you,
and eyes look upon your beauty.
You established this world
for your Son,
who came from your body,
the King, the Lord of the Two Lands,
and Nefertiti, chief wife,
living and youthful forever.
See also, Psalm 19 and 104 of the Old Testament.
In other philosophies, one hears how this avatar brought light, or how this saviour showed enlightenment. Yet, we all know that the Sun is the only source of true light and enlightenment literally speaking. Due to the other dimensions and radiations of the energy waves of the Sun, we are also aware that it is the true giver of mystical enlightenment.
When one sees the Sun above, one sees the Almighty. Ye have all heard about the existence of “the God” above the Sun, but know ye verily also that the existence of the God really lives in the Sun. Beauty, bliss, and brilliance are the transcedental qualities attributable to God shinning in the Sun.
African spirituality teaches that we all live in the palace of the Almighty. We all exist in the temple of the Lord. When this is clear to the mind, much reverence is directed to the true One.
When due reverence and love is given to the true father and the mother, true love and grace will descend. When one calls on the One that is true, real and almighty, one ascends from the level of childish ignorance and foolish ideology to the heights of true realistic existence.
When one calls on the true and living Sun, one gets an instant answer.
Blessed is she who calls on the Sun, for she will get all that she seeks.
This is why the Psalmist sang in Psalm 19th (edited):
1 The heavens declare the glory of the Sun;
the firmaments proclaim his handiworks.
2 Day after day they uttereth speech;
night after night sheweth knowledge.
3 There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard.
4 Their voice goeth out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world proclaiming that:
In the heavens the Sun has pitched a tent for the light.
5 The Sun is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion,
it is the Lord rejoicing in its works.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is hidden from its heat.
7 The law of the LORD is perfect,
reviving the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the LORD are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
9 The love of the LORD is pure,
The ordinances of the LORD are sure
and altogether righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the comb.
11 By them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can discern his errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then will I be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.
14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my Sun, my light, my Rock and my Redeemer.
May we all chant the most sacred name of the Sun, as was given to us by our African ancestors, in Kush, in Khem and in Guinea…Amen-Ra!!! For whosoever loves the Sun and chants the name of Amen-Ra on a daily basis, with love and reverence, shall witness the light in his/her life.
Stay Blessed. Amen-Ra!!!
Nwa-Amadi Omeife Jideofo