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Dua Bastu Baket,
I too appreciated The point you referenced in Vs. 71.3, that was emphasized again in the conclusion: “Therefore there was great effort was made to create precedent law so that when issues came up they could be dealt with dispassionately and impartially, regardless of tempers and emotions…decisions can be made from the perspective of truth instead of personal desire or emotion…..Buddhist term Nirvana means without desire…laws can be distorted or ignored…why laws are not enough…ordinary individual cannot sustain the law due to pressures of their own internal desires…a body of elevated people, schooled in philosophy and trained in the disciplines of self-mastery are necessary to interpret the law and enforce it with moral conviction…but also to explain why they are necessary and relevant.”
So the clergy upheld the laws, and led by example (another point emphasized). But also, they did not simply say, do this or do that…just do it. They also explained its relevancy and import, and appealed to the better nature of people, much as we do through Knumt Nefer in the Shetaut Neter community, lots of explanations to appear to their Heru nature. So I appreciated this point also, not just to have laws, rules, and not just to say, do this or don’t do that, but also to give an explanation of why they should or should not, appealing to their higher self nature.
All of this led me to reflect on dispassion, and that the societal laws of Maat, Ethical Conscience & Righteous Conduct cultivate and develop, at an individual and societal level, a culture that is inherently dispassionate, that values and hold in high esteem as a virtue, to able to turn away from what they desire, if it is in opposition to Maat, and a culture that considers it a virtue to not be compelled or impelled by one’s feelings and emotions, but to instead Do Maat. The society as a whole supports one’s turning away from one’s egoistic desires, and sublimating those. This develops both dispassion and will power, which are interrelated character traits/qualities. This is what is praised. As I am keenly aware in dog behavior, what is praised and rewarded grows/expands.
Further, this turning away from the egoistic ariu bubbling up, impelling and compelling one, which may initially require some necht, then leads one to further develop to the level of being able to be a witness to one’s thoughts, what which is bubbling up, without being compelled or impelled by them, thus the practicing of the witnessing consciousness…Amun level of mind.
So then, when aspirants enter the temple as novice initiates, they have already engaged as part of their normal childhood and youth, in the preparatory pre-initatic practices of having control over the mind and its thoughts, and the actions that would then come forth from those thoughts: The 10 VIRTUES of the Initiates: (1)”Control your thoughts,” (2)”Control your actions,”. This is in contrast to modern times, where aspirants are often times just being introduced to the practices of detachment and becoming a witness to the mind, and controlling one’s thoughts, when they enter the Temple programs.
Yes, as you indicated, “As we look at our society today we can easily see how far we have strayed. Examples were given of our degraded society and supposed leaders today,”.
Imagine if not following every egoistic whim was something that was instilled in us from childhood, how the mind works, how feelings/ariu will bubble up, and sometimes the desires that arise may not be healthy for one to follow, so one must learn to suppress, substitute, sublimate, silence.
Indeed then we would have a very different culture and society, one based on Maat.
Dua for your thoughtful reflections,