NPS 105

The holy prophet Claretta spoke as follows: When an old woman and a young woman join together, the wrath of heaven is incurred: the younger one has betrayed the glory of her own flesh, the older one has led the younger one into this betrayal. They asked her: what of the old man and the young woman? She replied: it is not entirely pleasing to heaven, but heaven is far less angered by the latter: far better is the lot of the latter young woman than of the earlier one, and worse is the sin of the old woman than that of the old man. Truly, both are traitors to glory, but the treason of the latter is but a middling trifle in comparison to the treason of the former. They asked her: What of the old man and the young man? She replied: Who am I to rule on such matters which are no concern of mine? I might presume that the other root is governed by like rules as my own, but I might thereby presume wrong. To those who belong to that root, I leave the task of ruling in the matters of that root: it would be improper for me to tell them what to do in their root, as it would be improper for them to tell those of my root what to do in ours. They said: Surely, as Prophet, you possess the right to rule for them? She replied: In matters belonging to both roots equally, I as Prophet have the right to rule for both roots, under the guidance of my holy Council. But as to matters belonging to one root alone, it is proper that I speak only concerning my own root, and say naught concerning the matters of the other, for those matters truly concern me not. Now, if it was said to me, that in the other root, they are practicising acts of grave defilement–then I must inquire, and if the inquiries prove true, then act in correction; but, when each root does not infringe the proper domain of the other, and refrains from all grave wrongdoing, then it would be improper for one root to rule in the matters of the other, even through the holy Prophet. And they asked her, and what would be grave wrongdoing, and grave defilement? She replied: The Prophet-in-Council must discern in wisdom, in each case, what is grave defilement, and what is not. That which maims, that which kills, relations with animals and with children – these matters are without doubt grave defilements, and we must prevent them in whichever root they may occur–and may such vile corruptions occur in neither. But, I will not rule that only these matters can be grave defilements, and not any other; whoever believes some act is a grave defilement, shall argue their case to the Prophet-in-Council, and the Prophet-in-Council shall rule after due reflection. And they asked her, Who has the power to rule for the other root? For each root, three have the power to rule – the holy Prophet, when the Prophet is of that root and not the other; for the female root, the High Priestess, and for the male root, the Chief Priest; and for each root, the Great Orders of that root. And when the two or three act in agreement, the ruling is made for that root. They asked her, And so do you now rule? She replied: Does my high priestess concur in my ruling? And the high priestess said: O beloved Claretta, you speak words of wisdom and truth, which I do not in any way question. And Claretta asked the council of her Great Order, and they gave their agreement. Then Claretta said: The Prophet of that root has spoken, and so has the High Priestess, and the female Great Order–in those days there was one alone–therefore the ruling for that root has been made, and by it those of that root are bound.

They asked the holy Prophet Claretta: O most holy Prophet, we have heard them say, that the ancestor is reborn as the descendant–tell us, O most holy Prophet, if what they have said be true? And she said: I tell you most solemnly, what they have said is not true, and also it is not false, for it is neither false nor true. For when they said this, they spoke of anti-pasting: which may be, or may not be, as the case may be, so it is false of them to propose it as a universal law, or even as a commonplace–for in speaking as such, they are speaking of ignorance. Yet, behind their ignorance is knowledge most true, for how earnest is the desire of the ancestor to know the fate of the descendant! Surely, our Heavenly Mother must answer this desire–and indeed she does: but not by anti-pasting alone, but also by the other ways of knowledge, which are ghosting and tracing, and also by union. And I tell you most solemnly, that anti-pasting is naught but convergent tracing. And they said: O why is it called by that name, of "anti-pasting"? And she answered them as follows: By the law against the pasted cords, pasting is assuredly prohibited–this is a certain and absolute law, from which no deviation is ever possible–as certain as that one and one makes two–but anti-pasting, is not pasting, hence its name; yet, it is the closest thing to pasting which is actually possible, hence its name. And they asked her: O most holy Prophet, if there be many branches from here descending, in which of these branches is the ancestor reborn? She answered them as follows: As the descendant divides, so the ancestor divides also–for there is division prior to the gate of breath, and also division after it–for the heavenly realms are a place of union, but also a place of division–even so, every division is for the sake of union, and in the final unions all division ends, but to begin again.