Quiz On: Preparatory Study in the Perennial Tradition



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1. Perennialist books, essays, stories, diagnoses, and exercises possess intrinsic power to influeence, but not in fact effect transformation in persons.
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2. If we do not develop within ourselves a deeply rooted feeling that there is something higher than ourselves, we shall never find the strength to evolve to something higher.
A. Agree
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3. The transmission of the Perennialist message is not a right but a privilege granted to those who merit it, feel a deep need for it, and understand that their present character contains flaws which must be transformed.
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4. Higher Knowledge is of a unique kind; it can come to people without effort on their own part.
A. Agree
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5. It is appropriate and effective for persons to work with a Perennialist teacher even before they've succeeded in the effort to achieve the first essential break-through into preliminary awareness and power.
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6. The superior experience and knowledge will be made available to a man or woman in exact accordance with his capacity and earning of it.
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7. The Superior Knowledge can be withheld from him who deserves it, but it cannot be given to him who does deserve it
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8. Your attachments to family, friends, habits, and past life-patterns would have to have become secondary to participation in Perennialist Work, including becoming involved in the Perennialist commonwealth enterprise, for you to be accepted as a student in the Perennial Tradition.
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9. Most persons applying for acceptance into a Perennialist study program assume that their present, ordinary state of awareness, with all its questions, doubts, and suspicions, should be respected and molified by a Perennialist Teacher.
A. Agree
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10. An applicant must have his occupational, interpersonal, and financial circumstances under personal control to the point that he would be easily able to relocate to another area if he were successful in the preparatory phase of study and became qualified for Introductory Study involving direct instruction with a Perennialist Teacher.
A. Agree
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11. Truly intelligent persons will easily dismiss this entire essay, feeling relieved that they're intelligent enough to have "seen through" a transparent effort to fool them into thinking there's something extraordinary in Perennialist material, when it's evident from a cursory perusal of the books and essays that they contain nothing more than ordinary ideas and exercises--nothing magic.
A. Agree
B. Disagree

12. A Perennial Teacher may approach you: this experience is either everything or nothing. Nothing, if you meet it in the frame of mind with which you confront everyday matters; everything, if you are prepared and attuned to the meeting.
A. Agree
B. Disagree

13. You have been brought up to imagine that every question has an answer. This is not true. Every question is capable of being answered, but as to whether the answer is valuable is a different matter. You feel that you must ask, have the right to ask, and have the intelligence to understand the answer.
A. Agree
B. Disagree

14. Perennialist books and essays are studied in such a manner that the different levels of meaning are absorbed gradually into the very texture of your conscious being and your inner self.
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B. Disagree

15. If you fervently wish to work with a Perennialist Teacher, you can be assured that a Perennialist Teacher likewise wants to work with you.
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16. Fundamentally you have the right to desire to be given a book marked "Secrets of the Unknown and How to Know Them", which you could follow lesson by lesson and become perfect.
A. Agree
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17. Students in the Perennial Tradition can make initial improvements in themselves and gain essential understanding of key teachings, yet fail to continue to develop crucial elements of understanding and capability, necessitating the Perennialist Teacher terminating his work with them.
A. Agree
B. Disagree

18. In spiritual science a fundamental attitude is called the path of veneration, of devotion to truth and knowledge and to a Teacher of High Knowledge; without this attitude no one can become a student.
A. Agree
B. Disagree

19. Feelings like reverence and respect have nothing to do with understanding. Understanding is a faculty by itself--one that stands in no relation to what otherwise occurs in our soul.
A. Agree
B. Disagree

20. A would-be sudent has to learn that he cannot bring his assumptions about his own capacity to learn into a field where he does not in fact know what it is that he is trying to learn
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