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On Abstinence and Restriction

Thus spoke the holy Prophet Travancus: In the seventh month, refrain from all intoxicating liquors, save the wine of the holy sacrament. But they said unto him, What if that month be inconvenient to us? He answered them as follows, If the seventh month be inconvenient to any among you, you may substitute another; but if the other month is of thirty-five days, then you need abstain only for the first twenty-eight. And if the first day of the month be inconvenient to you, you may begin on the second, and then end on the first day of the next; likewise you may begin on the third and end on the second of the next, and so forth. Now if in the midst of your abstention it becomes inconvenient to you, you may interrupt it; but in interrupting it for a day, add an extra day to the end; one day for every day of interruption not immediately preceded by a day of interruption; two days for every day of interruption immediately preceded by a day of interruption.

And the holy Travancus taught us follows: Now permit not the Lords of Restriction to enjoy any luxury which those under their restriction do not enjoy; they shall eat the same food which they eat, and drink the same wine which they drink; their robes shall be as fine as theirs, and their lodgings as palatial, and their beddings as pleasant; lest there be drawn to their number those who long for power over others, and to stand upon the heads of others in advancing themselves.

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