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The primary thesis for the monthly chat, for April was Chapter 78 of the Pert m Heru, otherwise known as the spiritual text for full enlightenment. Chapter 78 reads as follows:
The primary question for discussion was put forth by Sebai MAA. The question was:
What is a viable temple to spend time at and how much time is sufficient…..…to attain the desired goal (spiritual enlightenment)?
The general emotional response was one of tension and mental strain and pressure. The aspirants worked hard to answer the question to their best capacity. In the beginning there seems to have been some difficulty in understanding the subtle nuance of the question. After a period of time the student started to become more comfortable in approaching the premise of the question.
The students started out with reflections on the qualities of an authentic spiritual aspirant. But the exercise was one for the students to look within themselves to discover if they, themselves, were practicing to a degree that would reflect the premise of the text. Although this is difficult to do for most aspirants, an objective and sincere look at themselves in relation to a specific text, this was a very good exercise in developing that initiatory quality. However, the students exemplified the capacity to approach the question with a viable answer, while at the same time reflected and thought about their answers and the answers of their fellow aspirants and initiates. The exercise was performed woth love and compassion by the preceptor as he would correct and guide them with positive affirmation and keen insight in to the nature of the enquiry. For example, Asar Anpu shared his ambivalence towards the state and completion stages of spiritual enlightenment and Sebai Maa shared with him that the goal can be known intellectually, for example a medical student may obtain intellectual knowledge of what being a doctor is, but he or she is still working towards that eventuality. Similarly, someone can have a conceptual notion of enlightenment without being enlightened but work towards that attainment wherein they will then obtain experiential knowledge of enlightenment. This seemed to have caused a pacification of tension within Asr Anpu, so as was said earlier, Sebai Maa would correct the students but they would leave with a greater inner attunement towards the premise of the quandary. So overall as the weeks went by, the tension dissipated and the students were more comfortable with the area of enquiry. In as such the exercise it was very helpful to the student’s development in the area of self-evaluation and enquiry in to hard questions.