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Hymn to Isis, 3rd or 4th century BC, discovered in Nag Hammadi

09 Feb

Isis: Goddess of Love, Magic, Fertility and Healing

For I am the first and the last,
I am the venerated and despised,
I am the wife and the virgin,
I am the mother and the daughter
I am the arms of my mother,
I am barren and my children are many,
I am the married woman and the spinster,
I am the woman who gives birth and she who never procreated,
I am the consolation for the pain of birth,
I am the wife and the husband,
And it was my man who created me,
I am the mother of my father,
I am the sister of my husband,
And he is my rejected son,
Always respect me,
For I am the shameful and the magnificent one

This hymn was written at a time when the Goddess was not only acknowledged but was loved and venerated. At a time when the women in Egypt and most parts of Africa were the heads of the household, the mother’s name was passed on to her daughter and her daughter’s name to hers. Women courted men and were in charge of their property. It was at a time when patriarchy was a foreign concept brought about my the foreigners from the North. At a time when sex and love were not vilified as human weaknesses and a time when the worship of the Goddess and a woman’s strength were not equated to devil worship. You do not have to subscribe to my spiritual beliefs to appreciate this hymn and its message. I am sharing this with you so you can find some sort of inspiration to be strong and magnificent. To not fear your passion but to embrace it. To not despise your strength or individuality but to own them. To not be ashamed of your sensuality but to bask in its pleasure. A lot of us think we know all this but we only know what we have been taught. What society deems to be strengths. The same society that has made passion the tool of a wanton and it dictates what is sensual and what is not. No one can tell any woman what all these things mean to her as an individual. Not your father, not your aunt, not your friend, not the TV or fashion magazines, not your priest/ pastor and not even me. Only you, the you buried deep inside can tell you. The you that is protected or even supressed by layers of flesh, bone, clothes and societal constructs and ideologies. Only you can release that inner self that only you can hear. Only you can understand Her language and so it is up to you to find Her. To learn from Her and to become One with Her so that you will one day be the “magnificent one” you were born to be.

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Posted by on February 9, 2012 in Esoteria, Reflections, Spirituality

 

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4 responses to “Hymn to Isis, 3rd or 4th century BC, discovered in Nag Hammadi

  1. carpediemlesley

    November 4, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    My dear friend,
    I was looking for this poem, typed the name into google and your blog came up as the second hit… how serendipitous. love your sister from another mister… Lesley

     
  2. Diksha Agrawal

    March 1, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Hey I wanna know the meaning of this poem , esp the lines” I am the wife and the husband and it was my man who created me I am the mother of my father I am the sister of my husband and he is my rejected son”

     
  3. Diksha Agrawal

    March 1, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Hey I wanna know the meaning of this poem , esp the lines” I am the wife and the husband and it was my man who created me I am the mother of my father I am the sister of my husband and he is my rejected son”
    Plzzz send me through email and notify me

     

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