The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead – translated by R O Faulkner
Spell 78 – spell for being transformed into a divine falcon
Osiris speaks: O Horus, come to Busiris, clear my ways for me, and go all over my house, that you may inspire fear of me, may you create awe of me, that the gods of the Netherworld may fear me, that the gates may beware of me. Do not let him who has done me harm approach me, so that he sees me in the House of Darkness, and uncovers my weariness which is hidden from him.
The Gods: 'Do thus' say the gods, who hear the voices of those who go in the suite of Osiris.
Horus: Be silent, you gods; let a god speak with a god, let him hear the true message which I shall say to him. Speak to me, Osiris, and grant that what has come forth from your mouth concerning me be revoked. See your own form, form your shape, and cause him to go forth and to have power over his legs that he may stride and copulate among men, and you shall be there as the Lord of All. The gods of the Netherworld fear you, the gates beware of you. You move along with those who move along, while I remain on your mound like the Lord of Life. I ally myself with the divine Isis, I rejoice on account of him who has done you harm. May he not come so that he sees your weariness which is hidden from him. I shall go and come to the confines of the sky, that I may ask the word from Geb, that I may demand authority from the Lord of All. Then the gods shall fear you, even they who shall see that I send to you one of those who dwell in the sunshine. I have made his form as my form, his gait as my gait, that he may go and come to Busiris, being invested with my shape, that he may tell you my affairs. He shall inspire fear of you, he shall create awe of you in the gods of the Netherworld and the gates shall beware of you