Thus we come to the matter of the specialization of knowledge that has always characterized the cults of the ancient Egyptian deities. As a servant of the baboon aspect of Lord Thoth, I believe it is more important for me to handle information with academic responsibility than with (often changing) social responsibility. One example is the use of the word, "cult". If you have studied ancient religions in a university setting, you know that this word has absolutely no negative connotations in that context. It simply denotes a group whose worship is reliant upon certain common rituals. If you are a minister in a modern, public establishment of religion that is expected to make statements regarding itself to those outside of it, it becomes necessary to use a term that will not provoke people who generally have different tastes and motives from those who are better educated.
An initiate who has been entrusted with arcane or proprietary information preserves it in its purest form, and shares it only with those who have a valid interest in its use. Sufism is an ancient priesthood of Hermes that exists within Islam. So, through the ages, when Sufi adepts have made statements in all honesty for the benefit of human knowledge and evolution, the orthodox religious establishment has usually sought to martyr them. This is because a large religious group must rely heavily upon the body of neophytes for its membership, and such people are more often the kind to have a heated discussion on a talk show than are the masters of any spiritual sect. People whose duty it is to preserve knowledge in unadulterated form, then, must exercise greater care when it comes to who should be further entrusted with it. As I did not reveal the combination to my locker in high school to everyone, neither should I discuss what I hear or see in meditation with everyone. Nor, certainly, should I discuss what a client of my guide has confided in me with anyone outside what sacred trust permits.
Those of us who are priests and priestesses have a religious obligation to admonish certain believers when they commit acts of self-indulgence, to protect them from consequences that they are not powerful enough to face without injury. Of course, this inevitably creates a situation where the clergyperson will encounter at least some resentment. In order that the servants of the Universal Benefactor, Lord Thoth, may be effective in the world, the servants of the God of Speech must sometimes, ironically, be silent. Thus, at no time may anyone presume that he may gain immediate access the knowledge or opinions of a priest or priestess of Thoth. We are here to arm ourselves with timeless truth, so that, in the Lord's good time, it may be made properly available.