Ra Un Nefer Amen (born Rogelio Alcides Straughn, on January 6, 1944) is the founder of the Ausar Auset Society, a Pan-African religious organization dedicated to providing Afrocentric based spiritual training to people of African descent. Perhaps the only progenitor of Kemetic/Egyptian spirituality that is recognized on the continent of Africa as genuine and properly sanctioned by Kemetic ancestry, Ausar Auset Society has gown primarily due to its teachings of holistic heath, which include vegetarianism and Amen’s books on spirituality,
Metu Neter Vol. 1, 2 & 3, the newly released Nuk Au Neter, Volume 1: The Kamitic Holy Scriptures and the Metu Neter Oracle Cards.
In August 2009, Amen realeased his long awaited novel - Heru: The Resurrection. In this novel, the King, Ausar, has been killed by his evil brother Set, and with his death, God’s greatest revelation for the salvation of mankind has been lost. Relive the dramatic and magical efforts of his wife Auset, and the heroic adventures of his son, Heru as they battle Set to reclaim the kingdom, and to restore the world saving spiritual teachings of Ausar. Heru, The Resurrection is an epic saga that dramatically brings to life the Ausarian tradition—the most important spiritual system of Ancient Egypt.
Trained originally as a concert pianist, composer, and music theoretician, Amen passed on opportunities in the music industry to devote time to the spiritual education and uplift of African people. Amen's unique insight into the spiritual philosophies of various ancient civilizations has made him a well recognized and respected author on the subject of spiritual cultivation. He is a leading authority and publisher of works dealing with ancient Egypt (Kemet) and its spiritual and cultural foundation of traditional Africa.
Ra Un Nefer Amen was born in the Central American country of Panama. His initial exposure to African culture came through his visits to the island of San Miguel where many enslaved Africans had escaped to after being brought to Panama in the 18th century by Spaniards to work in the gold mines. These Africans of primarily East and Central African descent have been able maintain their culture intact to date. Amen attended Panama's Conservatory of Music when he was six years old. He arrived in the United States on May 30, 1960 to continue his formal musical training and graduated from the Brooklyn High School for Boys in Brooklyn, New York in 1961. Upon graduating, Amen continued his formal training at Juilliard Prep (Pre-College Division) and Mannes College of Music.
Ra Un Nefer Amen currently leads an international following as the "Shekhem Ur Shekhem" ("Chief Priest and King") of the Ausar Auset Society headquartered in Brooklyn, New York. In 1984 he was selected by the Ashanti King of Agogo, Nana Kwame Akuoko Sarpong, to host the first Durbar (royal reception) for an African king ever held outside of Africa. Thus, in October 1985 the Shekhem Ur Shekhem Ra Un Nefer Amen hosted the Durbar for Asantehene Otumfuo Nana Opoku Ware II. In November of 1985, Amen attended the 50th anniversary of the restoration of the Ashanti Confederacy, at the invitation of the Asantehene in Kumasi, Ghana, West Africa where he was enstooled as an Omanhene of the Ashanti on November 15th, 1985. During this visit Amen was also presented the Epoh Stool officially establishing an alliance between the Kingship of the Ashanti and the Kingship of Ausar Auset Society. He was further conferred the position of Paramount King under the title of Odeneho (King of Kings). Additionally, Amen was enstooled by Nana Kwame Akuoko Sarpong as co-ruler of Agogo State in Ghana on November 18, 1985. In his role as cultural liaison between African-Americans and the National Ghanaian House of Chiefs, the Shekhem Ur Shekhem, along with the Ghanaian community in the United States have sponsored Durbars for several other Kings of Africa, including Togbi Adeladza V, King of the Ewe; Nii Aumgi V, King of the Ga; Nana Adodankwa III, King of Okuapemman, and others. In 1986, Ra Un Nefer Amen was given a formal reception by President Jerry Rawlings of Ghana as an official guest to the dedication of the Nkrumah Mausoleum Memorial in Accra, Ghana. In 1991, Amen was the official guest of the Oni of Ife (Chief Priest of the Yoruba), Oba Okunade S. Olubuse in Nigeria, where he was the sole African-American dignitary to the first Ile Ife Reconstruction Project. He was also received by the Emir of Kano, His Royal Majesty Alhaji Ado Bayero.
Ra Un Nefer Amen's early work, Meditation Techniques of the Kabalists, Vedantins and Taoists provides specific instruction for serious students of "THE WORK" (the book is dedicated to students of the work--not to be confused with G. I. Grudjeiff's use of the same term). Instructions are provided for "moral laws" (pg. 16) or body-mind laws required for returning to a correct way of living--a way of living not deviated (see fall of man) or based upon unnatural conditionings. Adherence to these laws will produce in the practitioner an understanding of the Soul, Will and Consciousness (the three principles that constitute an exact knowledge of the Self). Returning to a proper way of living is prerequisite bridge to be crossed through methods which including fasting (also as a preparation for the vernal equinox) and the ingestion of specific herbal remedies for detoxifying the organ most directly responsible for a reasonable emotional response (not unrealistically optimistic, for example): the liver. R.A. Straughn (as he called himself at the time of the book's publication in the late 1970's) pointed out, for example, that the most people eat a diet "severely low in fresh fruits" (page 20). Included is a specific regiment for Hatha Yoga techniques including postures asanas and breathing exercises Pranayama including, specifically, a technique called Dhumo (tumo) Breathing used for the purpose of cleansing the energy channels of the subtle body (see Nadis).
The book describes the three states of consciousness from Yoga science which were perhaps first documented in Patanjali's Yoga Sutra's: dhayana, Dharana, and Samādhi. Emphasis is placed upon the ability to control these states of consciousness, and thus avoid "sowing" in to one's consciousness, the "seeds" of thoughts which enter without the operation of one's will (only to cause un-willed thoughts to return again later and thus increase the likelihood of producing action and a further binding to one's conditionings).
The book also includes an introduction to the Chinese I Ching Oracle--a method of divination for providing answers to questions about one's path. The book warns practitioners not to use the I Ching improperly, and only ask questions which the student has made every effort to answer before submitting them to the I Ching (abuse of the I Ching will lead to answers which cannot be comprehended, appear nonsensical, or offer no value).
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