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Aspirant Name: Bastu Heryt
Report Assignment for Book: EM Vol. 3: Shetaut Hemu, Priests and Priestesses of Ancient Egypt. Pages: 39-43

Fitness to Join the Neterian Clergy

Thus far we have studied the qualifications of becoming an initiate and what it means to live by truth. In this portion of the text we will examine what qualifies one to join the Neterian Clergy. It is clearly pointed out who is not fit for the Clergy and why. The text further sets forth a Q. & A. for “Important Considerations for discussion and reflection for those who want to become Neterian Priests and Priestesses.” (Ashby, p. 40)

In the first segment of this chapter it thoroughly enumerates the aspects that would eliminate one from pursuing the Neterian Clergy. It leaves no stone unturned and should be referenced often if one is seriously considering joining the Neterian Clergy. Perhaps, it will reveal one’s personal weaknesses that may need to be improved upon before making such a decision. However, it would be paramount that one review it with an honest eye, free from the influences of the ego which has a way of seeing what it wants to see. It was not written to discourage the initiate, merely to make no mistakes about what disqualifies one from pursuing the Priest/Priestess-hood in the Neterian Clergy which demands a high level of purification of one’s worldly personality.

In the Q & A section of the text it begins with the question: “ Do Neterian priests and priestesses need to give up their religion of birth or one which they have adopted previously in life?” (Ashby, p. 40) It is on this particular question that focus will be directed because it is so very critical. The answer is a resounding YES! This question alone should disqualify one from the Neterian Clergy because it reveals an inner conflict of doubt that Neterianism can stand on its own merits, or that it is somehow “less than.” As the text so poignantly points out: “This would be like asking a Christian if he could be a Muslim Imam or a Jewish Rabbi at the same time.” (Ashby, p.40) It comes from a place of uncertainty rather than commitment. It is imperative that one should concentrate on the Neterian teachings alone to qualify for the Clergy because it is an AUTHENTIC religion based in Myth, Ritual, and Mysticism.

In conclusion, this text is a highly useful tutorial of truth for those who would like to consider or believe they are ready for the Neterian Clergy. It clearly states, without ambiguity, what disqualifies one from seeking the Neterian Priest/Priestess-hood and what is required of those who want to move forward into the Neterian Clergy. A final quote from the text states: “Therefore, your choice should be clear. If it is not, then you are not ready and should study more, pursue more truth, reflect and meditate more on the truth of these statements until there is full conviction. If that is not possible then the aspirant should act as outlined above until it is.”

Htp,
Bastu Heryt