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Bastu Baket 11-06-2021 Reply to Post# 20656 of 07-05-2020 Clergy Mtg.
Book Report Assignment for Pages 39-43 of EM Vol. 3 The Priests and Priestesses of Ancient Egypt
Qualification of aspirants and clergy was the main theme of these few pages and the insights brought out through Sebai Maa. Using the example of being a Devotee of Aset, it was shared that being mature, virtuous, and centered on the goal of Spiritual Enlightenment just as in the teachings from the Temple of Aset are necessary qualities to gain the true knowledge of the teaching and advance along the path of Shetaut Neter. Being mature is not in reference to age but to a well-adjusted, righteous personality. One must have a firm foundation in Maat Philosophy as well, without this there cannot be a capacity to fully advance in the teachings. I felt the following proverb applied here: “The wise person who acts with MAAT is free of falsehood and disorder.”
Many examples of delusions of personalities were brought forth to help delineate who can be considered qualified to not only receive the teachings but to help disseminate them as Clergy. There is a skill, an art if you will, of recognizing who or what is proper association, meaning alignment with worldly desires, thoughts etc. or alignment with what is Truth, meaning Maatian principles. This allows for disillusionment of the world which, is one of the tenets of the Teachings of the Temple of Aset, Khak – ab.
It was also shared about the importance of controlling Aryu rather than being controlled by Aryu. Identifying oneself with Heru rather than Set. This brought to mind the Proverb: “To free the Spirit control the senses; the reward will be clear insight.” Humility in the practice is also an essential element. When one becomes self-willed, Shems Ab, they may “think” they are in alignment with Maat using rationalizations, so this again proves the significance of proper alignment and application of the injunctions of Maat.
This is a work in continual progress as one’s capacity to overcome aryu and learned patterns is no easy task at any level of spiritual evolution as Uab Setna posed in his question – “Who is left?” But Sebai Maa’s response was clear, “The Righteous.” So, this once again highlights to me that the true Khnumt Nefer in staying close to the Goddess, by continuing the integral practice of Shedy, growing in the teachings, and keeping in contact with our Spiritual Preceptors allows us to gradually move past those learned patterns, and sufficiently alleviate Aryu so one may recognize what was always there, the True Self.
Dua Sebai Maa, Dua Seba Dja and Hemu.