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Reading: Level 1 Lesson 11Awt
Questions and Answers
Q1. The Daily Worship Program consist of _________ worships during the day.
Q2. How should an aspirant think about their personal practice, how much importance to assign to it and what should they do about taking the time to make the threefold observances when at work, and home, around others who follow other traditions, or when nobody knows what they are doing?
A2. The aspirant’s personal practice should be considered the most important pursuit in his/her life. Every effort should be made to practice the observances with consistency. Many times worldly responsibilities compete with spiritual practices. It is required that one take care of ones worldly responsibilities to the fullest and best of your capability. The attitude towards worldly responsibilities like work and various obligations should be that it is necessary to carry them out in order to maintain progress on the higher goal of spiritual advancement. One of life’s objectives for the spiritual aspirant is to disentangle and simplify worldly interactions in favor of deeper spiritual development. A very important form of worldly entanglement exist regarding interacting with co-workers, friends, spouses, children, communities, etc. Guidance in this realm is provided in part by the Ten Virtues of an Initiate. Principle #6 “ Have faith in your ability to act with wisdom” seems particularly resonant when interacting with others.
Q3. Choose an Icon according to your spiritual ______.
Q4. Describe the “Hetep Slab”.
A4. It is a ritual artifact representing duality and singularity. The artifact was originally composed of actual components such as the thigh of an animal such as an Ox, duck, mats, bread and libation fluids. Eventually many of elements were abstractly represented in the form of engravings on a table top. A portion of the engravings is compose of channels that have separate points of origin but converge to a single channel at the end of the Slab. Libations are poured at the two points and observed as they converge to the single point. The Hetep Symbol, representative of peace and divine satisfaction, is also engraved in the Slab. The thigh of the male animal is a representation of a celestial star pattern close to the north star. The fowl is representative of femaleness vs the animal leg as maleness.
Q5. You should try not come into the _____ harboring thoughts of anger, hatred, greed, lust, jealousy, envy and so forth.
Q6. Write a brief essay on how to conduct oneself in the temple.
A6. Temple etiquette requires that one use respectful language, bring a positive temperament, no electronics in Temple, respect conduct rules regarding food and other activities prior to entering the temple. How one sits in the temple involves postures that are allowed and those that are not. Sitting or lying with extended feet is not permitted nor is slouching or lying down. There are multiple allowable postures which are identified such as lotus, half-lotus and others. When entering the temple the shrine is always shown reverence through prostration, the Preceptor is greeted with Dua posture and HTP greeting and fellow students greeted with HTP and a bow. Only initiates and above may handle shrine elements as they are representative of sacred concepts. Temple attire is important as it is considered an extension of yourself which is focused on becoming a more spiritually evolved entity. Natural fiber apparel without corporate insignias and other non-Kemetic references are not considered appropriate. Body inking, piercings, artificial chemicals, ego jewelry, bodily mutilations are not consistent with Kemetic practices. All elements of hygiene such as bathing before temple entry, etc are required to maintain a healthy, non-distracted state of being. Conduct among students should always reflect the highest standard of a kemetic aspirant which is spiritual evolution. Other forms of interaction not supportive of this primary objective are not to be engaged in inside the temple and eventually weaned from the personality outside the temple.
Q7. What is the meaning of the term Seba?
A7. A Seba is a celestial star, an illuminating force, shining object, disperser of darkness, bringer of light.
Q8. Name the different ways one can sit in the temple.
A8. Cross legged, lotus, half lotus, sitting on chair with legs together and hands on both sides of thigh and on the ground with feet together grasping legs side to side.
Q9. Hygiene of your ___, ____, and of your _____ are the three main concerns for the initiate
A9. mind, body and speech