The Sema Institute was founded in 1995 by Dr. Muata Ashby, Sebai Maa (“Sebai” is a Kemetic term that means spiritual preceptor and “Maa” is an abbreviation of the word “Maat”) . The term “Sma” (Sema, Sama) is a derivative of the term “Smai Tawi” meaning union of the Higher and lower Self, ie., Yoga. Thus, the Sema Institute of Yoga, Temple of Aset-Shetaut Neter, has as its sublime goal the dissemination of the Kemetic (Ancient Egyptian) Teachings for the upliftment of humanity through the practice and attainment of Smai Tawi (Divine Union). In recent years Kemetic Spirituality has emerged as an important but not widely known spiritual path. Kemetic Spirituality is the rediscovery of the culture and spiritual philosophy and disciplines of Ancient Africa, which have powerful implications for the modern practice of spirituality, African culture and humanity as a whole. Kemet is the culture which existed in the north-eastern quadrant of the continent of Africa from 10,000 B.C.E. or before, to 400 A.C.E. These people are usually referred to as the Ancient Egyptians, and their land as Ancient Egypt. However, the name they gave to their own land was Kmt, or Kemet (Kamut), and hence the form of spirituality that they followed may be called Kemetic. KMT, Q M T, means, “Black Land,” “Egypt,” or “Burnt.” The Kamitans were the ancient African people who created vast temples and monuments such as the Pyramids and the Great Sphinx, which stand as testaments to the high culture, art, architecture and spiritual philosophy which they were able to attain. To this day, with all the so-called technological advancements of modern day society, scientists are still at a loss to explain how they were made, much less duplicate them. We are dedicated to presenting the discovery that African peoples developed the arts of meditation, yoga postures and movements, mystical philosophy and social philosophy in ancient times. These are momentous discoveries, as up to now these were thought to be exclusively originated in the East.
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