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Egyptian Mysteries Vol 3
“Who is Qualified to be Taught the Teachings”
Pg. 34-35 Reply to 20471

Egyptian Mysteries Vol 3 pages 34-35 discusses the topic of “who is qualified to be taught the teachings” of Shetaut Neter (SN), highlighting who is a good candidate, who is not a good candidate, and ego as a quality that makes it difficult to qualify.   The qualities that make a good candidate center around individuals who are reasonably adjusted in life, able to leave behind notions of worldly existence, and adopt self-knowledge that leads to spiritual enlightenment.  In contrast, the qualities that do not make for a good candidate for the Shetaut Neter teachings include those not committing to the mystical spiritual philosophical path and practicing and accepting it partially.  Another quality to understand about who is qualified to be taught the teachings is egoism, whereby individuals see the world through dualistic thinking.

Good candidates are mature, reasonably well-adjusted personalities who can cope with the challenges of life without undue stress so as to be free to follow the path of an authentic spiritual life towards self-knowledge and enlightenment. A well-adjusted personality is in contrast to someone with serious neurotic or psychotic mental issues who may have trouble dealing with life, gaining a clear sense of self-identity, or being unable to properly discern worldly existence due to mental agitation or cognitive incapacities. Adopting the pursuit of self-knowledge is seen in good candidates as well, as they seek to integrate the spiritual teachings, meaning they develop a vision for being transformed by the new spiritual knowledge with a changed spiritually identified personality.

On the contrary, someone who is not a good candidate for the teachings of SN is not ready to commit to learning the higher mystical spiritual philosophy and is best suited to study Maatian virtues, practice mental and physical purification, and conduct devotional exercises. Moreover, inappropriate candidates will only accept the teachings partially, meaning not fully adopting the teachings and thereby only partially gaining the benefits and not achieving the goal of enlightenment. For example, Sebai indicates that most people in the dominant culture subscribing to secularism and theism (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam traditions) will hold to worldly based desires and need extensive remedial work to develop dispassion and detachment towards the world and be ready to psychologically heal and have a lucid mind.

In fact, this partial commitment can also be seen as egoism, which is another quality that makes it difficult to qualify to be taught the teachings because one is seeing the world dualistically, with the personality being driven by desires born out of ignorance instead of seeing the self as a transcendental being who in reality is non-dual and immortal. To counter egoism an aspirant can be directed to practice the mystical disciplines of selfless service and divine worship, which both provide the opportunity for seeing the world beyond the ego-self with compassion and love. These later qualities lead to expansion and purification of the heart, as well as mental and emotional strength.

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