December 17, 2015 #5639
Re: This question could not be answered in the CHAT. I would like to submit it on the post. It relates to the proper determination of righteous actions according to MAAT philosophy. Quite a few times, before doing something, we are not quite sure about its righteousness and, we can only know after the fact, based on the impact. Particularly, in the time of conflict, this can affect our decision. According to the teaching and MAAT philosophy, what is the proper guidance in relation to being able to judge in advance about the righteousness of our actions? HTP
Apologies for not getting to your question in the chat…please do feel free to resend during the chat if overlooked again in the future.
I’m posting an answer I gave to another aspirant with a similar question for further insight, and then we can discuss more at the next chat… if the below does not completely answer your question.
Seba Dja response to another aspirant:
One can “trust” one’s Self (Higher Self). Relative to trusting one’s inner guidance…the issue is not the inner guidance of the Higher Self…but the egoistic static that can interfere with the message getting through clearly and correctly.
So, ny, this does mean sometimes the information that one receives may be tainted with egoism…and to the degree it is, can give incorrect guidance. But this is something that one’s ethical conscience can facilitate self correction, if one is sensitive and willing to correct one’s path/actions…if not along the way, then after the fact.
Also, being aware that the ego may taint the transmission from the HS…allows one to better screen the received transmission, to try to determine what the taint is and to remove it.
Also, if one receives certain insights, one should be open to reasonable ethical input/challenges from others…to a degree:
KMT Proverb: “Do not be proud and arrogant with your knowledge. Consult with the ignorant and wise. Truth may be found among maids at the grindstones.”
Relative to your comment: but one cannot call spiritual preceptors whenever there is a question, or whenever one receives “inner guidance or vision”.
Ny, this is correct. Even a baby cannot only rely on being able to have her/his parent hold him/her up all the time when learning to walk. The baby must start taking steps on its own, and yes, at times it may in fact fall down…but each fall gives it information to prevent future falls…and thus, strengthens its walking.
Even in ancient times there were warnings about relying on the oracle…and in some traditions, the practitioners cannot move forward in life without consulting the oracle. This can be sometimes helpful…but if a dependency develops such that one cannot act without consulting the oracle…then one can be come paralyzed and fearful about taking actions in life. Similarly, as you indicated, it is not practical or possible for every aspirant to contact their spiritual preceptor to clarify every inner-sight (insight)…so ny, it means at times acting based on your inner-sight (insight)…but with the scrutiny of Rekh and Maat Ari, to help weed out the egoistic taints.
So Ny, there may be incorrect actions taken at times…based on egoistically tainted inner-sight (insights), but these ultimately help the aspirant to recognize the egoistic taints so these taints (obstructions to knowledge of Higher Self) can be sublimated and purified…and as an aspirant progresses on the path, the egoistic taints will be reduced…and the insights that emerge will be more and more in alignment with the Higher Self.
This is the path of spiritual evolution and Shedy…acting with egoism (tainted inner-sight/insight)…learning lessons, purifying the mind, sublimating egoism…evolving/advancing spiritually.
“Don’t rely exclusively on the oracle for guidance; sometimes it is necessary for us to live our lives for ourselves and not to lean too heavily on other minds who, after all, have their own thing to do…”