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Readings from Priests and Priestesses Using Revised 2020 Book Report Guidelines
The readings from last class covered information from the end of the Introduction and the beginning of Chapter 1 so there’s no main idea that can be expressed for purposes of using this book report format. We covered some of the important considerations for those who want to become Neterian Priests and Priestesses. Also covered were the ways in which the Clergy was respected and supported in the Ancient Period. Finally, discussed was how to make the value of the clergy the most effective.
There are three main considerations for those wanting to become a member of the Neterian clergy that were discussed. First is that a person should recognize that the Neterian path in general and specifically for the Clergy is a full-time way of life. The second consideration is that a person wanting to be a member of the clergy should be aware of those ascribing Neterian teachings to that which they study. And finally, this person should realize that their ideas about what fun is will change as one releases and lets go of the world and gets glimpses of Neberdjer consciousness.
The next chapter in the book began a discussion of how the Clergy was respected and supported in the Ancient Period. The Clergy exercised great power over the spiritual affairs of the Temple but also over the political and economic affairs of the state. Every aspect of the society was benefitted with spiritual wisdom and oversight.
The readings for the last class ended with a discussion on some of the ways that in ancient times the value of the clergy was made effective. For example, one of the panels discussed was written by a Priestess showing the equal value accorded women in ancient times. Additionally, the state and the culture supported the Temples thru the grants of land, labor, and food offerings. Aristotle a Greek aspirant of the Mysteries acknowledged that “the sciences were invented first in those places where men had leisure.”
As the topics from the Introduction and Chapter 1 were different writing a coherent conclusion is difficult at best. With that said suffice it to say that a person wanting to become a member of the clergy may find it difficult at the beginning but will get easier in time and at the end of the process receive the greatest reward by doing so. Based on the what ancient Kemet was able to do when it afforded value to its clergy and allowed it time for leisure, society today could greatly benefit by adopting these same practices.