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Post 23079 – Pgs. 194-203
Neterianism and Sexual Misconduct
Neterian Spirituality founded on Maat Philosophy recognizes the harmony and natural order of the universe and within this order sexual union is harmonious between a man and a woman because it perpetuates life. Homosexuality do not produce offsprings and therefore do not promote the natural order of nature(Maat). However, the goal of higher spirituality is to transcend gender and thus both homosexuals and heterosexuals alike need to control the sex urge. In Neterian Philosophy, the sex urge is seen as a movement away from order and truth towards egoism. Furthermore, androgyny is the unity of opposites and the extinguishing of sex desire in the oneness of the Divine. This understanding is important to spiritual evolution because seeking to engage in sex to derive pleasure or to be fulfilled/happy reinforces ego identity in various ways. Two major ways are, firstly, one is a physical limited human being separate from other human beings (half/other) and thus needs to be ‘coupled’ with another to be whole. Secondly, that true abiding happiness can be found through worldly experiences and interrelationships rather than through one’s inner experience of oneness with the Divine. The latter is an outcome of the first, egoism. Thus those who desire to be Neterian clerics must be willing to renounce these lower erroneous notions and adhere to the regulations of Maat in all sexual matters.
Vegetarianism, Celibacy & Self-Control of the Neterian Clergy
In ancient Egypt, The initiates were required to keep a much more restrictive diet than the general population which excluded fish, alcohol beverages and carnal indulgence. These austerities constituted an advanced form of ascetic life style that allowed Ancient Egyptian initiates to pursue the path of spiritual development unhindered by the unquenchable desires of the ego. A non-vegetarian diet intensifies the physical experience and thus distract the mind by creating ariyu for future cravings and desires, which leads to countless reincarnations. Plutarch described the purpose and procedure of the proper diet observed by the initiates of Aset and the goal to be attained through the rigorous spiritual program (pg.197 – 198) summarized below:
“…The end and aim of all these toils and labors is the attainment of the knowledge of the First and Chief Being who alone is the object of the understanding of the mind; and this knowledge the goddess invites us to seek after, as being near and dwelling continually with her”
So for the clergy, food and the sex urge needs to be controlled, if there’s no control in these areas the higher aspects of the teachings and their practices will not be understood easily or correctly as this allows the mind and body to settle to peacefully enter into higher states of conscious awareness.
Faithfulness to the Tradition
The fundamental elements of the teaching are universal and timeless and should be followed faithfully even if minor changes are made to accommodate present day technological advances. The writings also serve as a record of the teachings and its practice and this is what allows understanding of the ancient tradition and how it should be carried out in the present as well as in the future. Qualified priests and priestesses are allowed to expound on as well as add to the teachings as long as its in keeping/alignment with the original tradition.
Personal Standards for Kamitan Priests and Priestesses and Criteria for Evaluating Spiritual Maturity and Spiritual Evolution and Spiritual Qualities in their Students
Priests and Priestesses should learn to evaluate their own spiritual standing with honesty and sincerity and also judge the progress of aspirants assigned to them by the same criteria. The initiatic criteria are as follows and all aspiring priests and priestesses should reflect upon the them for themselves and/or aspirants. Consistency and balance, Reliability, Integrity-Honesty, Intelligence, Competency-Initiative, Good Company, Faith (informed vs. blind, Sensitivity, Self-Control & Good Natured.
Dua Sebai Maa
Dua Seba Dja
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