The Ab in Netjer Medu was the symbol drawn in the figure of the Human "heart". Symbolically, it represents the "Heart of the Mind", or Conscience.
The Ab was said to have been the "place that harbors past experiences and unfulfilled desires", and that if the Ba was not properly enlightened at the moment of mortal death, then the Ab would retain the former Conscience that would transfer into the next "reincarnated life".
In the Shetaut Netjer, after mortal death, the Ab is weighed by yAnepu on the "Scales of Ma'ot", to be judged whether or not the "Heart of the Mind" (Conscience) showed an imbalance favoring positiveness over negativeness, or the likewise. Since it is said to contain the records of a person's Conscience, the "heart" is examined by Djuwti--the Great Netjer of Wisdom, Knowledge and Reason--to see if the person lived a righteous and virtuous life. A righteous life is one in which a person has done consistently good deeds from the "heart", and knows this "truth" from within; on a higher level, it consists of One who is considered Shemsu Heru--"Follower of Heru"--meaning One who lives life seeking spiritual Light. On the other hand, One who has submitted to greed, indulgence, anger, depression, resentment and other negative aspects of life were to be judged accordingly by the "scales".
However, although "weighed" at death, transformations of the Ab took place in the living Human's Mind. Because of this, it was the person's Own Will to change what was contained in the Conscience into a "heart" of virtue or one of negativity. Therefore, when combined with the Netjer Medu symbol for "purification", the Ab "signifies an eradication of negative impressions, which renders the mind pure and subtle. When the mind is rendered subtle, then spiritual realization is possible. This discipline of purifying the heart by living according to the teachings is known as the Yoga of Action or Maat".
Biblical References to the Ab
All religious teachings, texts and practices today contain concepts Mothered by the sacred Khemetan Wisdom. References to the Ab (Heart of the Mind, Conscience) can be found in the following biblical passages:
- Proverbs 23:7- "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he..". This passage became the thesis of the popular inspirational book "As a Man Thinketh" by James Allen.
- Romans 12:2- "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect.."
- Romans 10:10- "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness.."
- 1Corinthians 2:14-15- "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit..because they are spiritually discerned. 15-But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.."
- Ecclesiastes 1:16-17- "I communed with mine own heart..and have gotten more wisdom..yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge. 17-And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit."
- Ashby, "Pert-M-Heru" (pg. 136)
- Ashby, "Pert-M-Heru" (pg. 107)
- see Shetaut Netjer.
- Ashby, Muata (2006). "The Book of Coming Forth by Day". Cruzian Mystic Books.
- James, George G.M. (1954). "Stolen Legacy". African American Images.
- "Holy Bible"