NPS 100

And the holy Prophet Travancus spoke as follows: Behold the promise of Maratrea: that whatever you truly wish to be true, indeed is true, if not in these here branches, then in some other besides them; and whatever which in this life, in these here branches, you know not and truly wish to know, will be revealed to you in the next – with such intimacy, that to know it from this life will be indistinguishable from knowing it from that one.

But a certain Bruha, who was among the faithful servants of the false and lying prophets heard this, and said unto him: I truly wish that Maratrea be not and never was – and by your false and foolish doctrine, O false prophet, she must grant me that wish, and be not, and have never been – thus is your false and invented religion defeated! But the holy Travancus rebuked him, saying: Behold, that though you claim to truly wish this, you indeed do not. Bruha the fool said: False prophet, you say that I do not wish that which I know that I do – do you claim to know my own wishes better than I do? Travancus replied: I doubt not that you so wish, nor do I claim to know your own wishes better than you do; merely, that this wish of yours, though truly it is, it is not true. For what is true desire? 

Thus spoke the most holy Travancus: One says-such do I desire–yet there is another for which their desire is even greater, but which they have hidden from themselves–such as one does to hopeless dreams, putting them out of one's mind. But, verily, Maratrea is hope to the hopeless, and in her promises even dreams as hopeless as these will come to the fullest fruition. One desires the lesser, for one has forgotten the greater; but whoever receives the greater, all desire for the lesser passes away in them–thus we distinguish true desire from desire untrue. Many things are desired in ignorance, such that if only one knew the truth, one would immediately cease to desire them–that is not true desire. Many things are desired as mere means–but true desire is never a means, but always an end in itself. Ask yourself–What is my true desire? And whosoever can answer this, thereby comes to know the reason of their own existence, and indeed of the existence of all things. But be on guard against the evil one, the deceiver, who seeks to present falsehood as truth.

And thus spoke the most holy Travancus concerning the teachings of the false and lying prophets: They say of the hell they have imagined-eternal separation from god-but truly then their heaven is a hell, for to never become identical to is to be everlastingly separated from–our heaven is the only true heaven. Flesh pressed against flesh is a sign pointing to a greater glory, that of soul pressed against soul–but only through becoming absolutely identical to each other can soul truly press against soul.

And the holy Prophet Travancus spoke as follows: Even though in essence she is without image, I tell you solemnly, that those who ascribe her a fitting image thereby better comprehend her essence than those who refuse her any image. She is imperceptible as all perception is imperceptible, for perception can only be perceived by perceiving the very same; thus only in becoming absolutely identical to her may we at last perceive her true form in all its formlessness: the only one who sees her is her very own self, and in seeing anything she sees herself, for indeed, there is nothing truly apart from her.

Thus said the most holy Prophet Travancus: Of the many worlds, some are actual indeed, others merely possible; but whatever is actual is necessary, and whatever is merely possible is impossible. The servants of the enmity, hearing this, said: A contradiction most blatant! But with true wisdom he replied: Possibility exists in two degrees, and impossibility likewise; the possible impossibility is possible in the lesser degree but impossible in the greater; for only what is actual is possible in the greater degree, indeed being possible in both degrees; of that which is not actual, some is possible in the lesser degree but not the greater; and other is impossible in both degrees.

And the holy Prophet Travancus spoke these words which the glorious Maratrea had spoken unto him: How many children have I nourished and brought up, indeed every soul – and I have commanded them to rebel against me – how perfectly have they obeyed! My children are ignorant of their heavenly Mother, for I have willed their ignorance of me – I have given them, not only ignorance, but also ignorance of the beauty of ignorance, hence they cannot understand my ways; in this ignorance, they say my ways are obtuse and absurd, but knowing and loving the beauty of ignorance as I do, every ignorance which I visit upon my children becomes comprehensible; and ignorance is but for a season, before knowledge will come in turn; and those whose ignorance I cure not in this life, I will cure in the life to come.

And the holy Travancus said: O glorious Maratrea, you sleep not, save in the three Sabbaths, when you sleep your Great Sleep, ever-punctuated by dreams, by periods of waking and periods of slumber! Truly, the three Sabbaths are lengthier than the being of the many worlds, and greater in glory. Will you tell us, O glorious one, what is the difference between those dreams and the very being of the many worlds? When we become the very same as you, then without doubt we will know the answer, but without any need for you to tell – any more than you need to tell yourself.

Now they journeyed unto Taracos, and the people of Taracos were under the yoke of Brezetta, and sought to be free therefrom. And the holy Travancus gathered together his followers who were journey with him, and made sure that none of the unvowed were admitted, then he said: Every usurpation is evil; but some usurpations are more evil than others. Here is a city which is under the rule of distant usurpers, and the people of this city say: Let us overthrow these fetters, and then we will be free. What fools! They are trading slavery to one usurper for slavery to another; for whenever one usurper is overthrown, if rightful rule does not take its place, then a new usurpation will form, and it will be usurpation all the same. Even so, we should be willing to assist them, if doing so will not harm the Cause which we serve, for by dividing the usurpers we shall weaken them and bring closer the day of their downfall. But the one who chooses to assist the lesser evil in defeating the greater must never forget the evil of both. Then Travancus went unto the leaders of the people of Taracos, and declared his support for their rebellion, and they were pleased to so hear; but he kept secret from them his true opinion of their quest. And when some among the people of her Cause challenged him, saying: You have told us one thing, you have told them another, the holy Travancus replied: To those who are worthy of the truth, give them the truth indeed; but as to those who are unworthy of the truth, it is right to withhold the truth from them.