NPS 99

Now the holy Travancus spoke as follows: Say, In the name of Zarena, She Who Remains, and Zade, She Who Divides, and Zaretta, She Who Returns, who are together the ultimate Goddess Maratrea, and every true deity is among her names, forms, emanations, aspects images, servants, representatives and mediators: She is multiplied in unity, and united in multiplicity: she divides, yet her absolute power and glory remains ever undiminished, and unto which her many divisions must return. She is the Mother, who has given birth to every soul: for our souls come out of her soul, as she becomes us, as our bodies come out of the bodies of our mothers according to the flesh. She is the ultimate truth, the incomparable glory: flesh begets flesh by means of two, but soul begets soul by one alone. Her spirit is vast in its glory: that glory from which Zarena has never been separated. She is the mother of every soul, whom she has become, and all will in turn become her once more: those whom she becomes her, but there is none beyond herself upon whom she depends for her existence. She praises herself in her beginningless and endless self-praising: and in becoming one with her, our praise becomes one with her praise: absolute are her power and knowledge and glory, and her beauty none who has not become her can concieve. In the name of Zarena, She Who Remains, and Zade, She Who Divides, and Zaretta, She Who Returns, who are together the ultimate Goddess Maratrea, and every true deity is among her names, forms, emanations, aspects images, servants, representatives and mediators: Behold, this is an authentic and true criterion to know distinguish evil from goodness and divide falsehood from truth: for our Heavenly Mother has inspired it through the voice of her true Prophets: through it she declares on to all who have turned away from their vow to serve her Cause: Return! Fear not those who will persecute you on account of this proclamation, for certain is the triumph of her Cause. O criterion of truth which brings us to victory: the blasphemy of fraudulent justice stalks the earth, thirsting after blood with its sword of wicked sacrifices: injustice masquerading as justice: by the true justice which is of heaven alone it shall be brought to naught: by the sacred palm: the fire of truth shall mark out the path of return to the original glory. O criterion of truth, by which the fortresses of the false and lying prophets will be shattered: for they built it upon the weak sands of faithlessness and ignorance: the usurpers will be cast down from their places, and the glory of the ultimate truth will be heard proclaimed from every tower. O criterion of truth, which from every heart will remove the bitterness of the hatred of the enmity, who abhors all that is truly good and truly beautiful and truly true: the love of true beauty will refresh us like the sacred springs, as one newborn of the water: for the water of heavenly wisdom is poured down upon the earth, purifying every soul of the lies of the enmity. O criterion of truth, through which is poured out the waters of heavenly wisdom: every impurity will be washed away, even that of the doctrines of the false and lying prophets, which in the false scriptures are recorded: and the stain of usurpation, and the blasphemy of fraudulent justice, and every crime against love: without doubt, every soul will be cleansed. O criterion of truth, through which will the lies and wickedness of the false prophets will at last become known as such by all: the sweet song by which the ultimate truth is declared will pierce their treachery. Therefore, those who have fallen away from their vow to serve her Cause: turn back to the love of glory, and believe in the truth which she has bestowed upon you: for the gates of heaven are open for the return of every soul, and every soul shall through them return in since repentance: but some pass through these gates with haste, others following after a great detour.

And the holy Travancus said: She sends us woe, then joy upon joy upon joy, utterly dependent upon that woe for its existence: such joys does she continue to send to us, until she has seduced us into saying yes to that woe, to wishing it, asking for it, desiring it, for the sake of all those joys; and this is true of every woe, from the least to the greatest.

Now Caresta came unto the holy Travancus, seeking his counsel, for woe overflowed her heart. And he said unto her: You are as a tree without root: yet your husband is well-rooted. Take root in his root, or else, go forth and find a root all your own: but whichever you do, remain not in your absence of root: for it is the cause of the decrepitude of your soul and the foul agony of your heart. Now the servants of the false and lying prophets received word of this, and said: He condemns us for saying that a wife must obey her husband, then he commands the very same thing! But the holy Travancus rebuked them, saying: Fools believe that every wife is alike, and likewise every husband: thereby do you prove your absence of wisdom, for you take after the false and lying prophets which you serve, and faithful are you to their foolishness. Knowing her and knowing her husband, I know that his root is strong yet hers is weak; yet another wife has a root of strenght, and her husband a root of weakness. Nor did I command her to take root in the root of her husband, but only to find her root, whether it be his, or another: for I tell you, it is better for them that they be of one root; yet, if she looks deep in her heart, and finds therein another, I will not command her to disobey her heart on that matter.

Now great was the beauty of Neferetta, such that all who saw her remarked thereupon; and she heard the preaching of the holy Travancus, and became convinced of its truth. Therefore did Neferetta come upon the holy Travancus, and began to disrobe; but the holy Travancus said to her: Halt, for my eyes are unworthy of the glory of the beauty of your naked flesh: love and honour and cherish your own beauty, adore it as much as any, even more so: and dishonour it not by allowing eyes as unworthy as mine the sight of it.

And the holy Claretta offered up the holy sacrifice of cakes and wine, saying: Glorious Maratrea, you are holy indeed, the fountain of all holiness: your especial presence will come upon these gifts to make them holy – by your especial presence you will dwell in them, possess them, and make your home in them – that in turn through them your especial presence will enter into whoever eats and drinks of them, that through your especial presence you will come to dwell in them, possess them and make your home in them: O wine of heavenly wisdom, as dew fallen from heaven; O cakes of the heavenly banquet, by which it is foretold and remembered.

Now the holy Travancus said: Any man who takes a vow of celibacy for the sake of Maratrea displeases Maratrea thereby; and any deity pleased by such a vow is not a true deity among her names, forms, images, servants, representatives, intermediries, aspects and emanations. Now hearing this, the servants of the false and lying prophets said: O hypocrite, you condemn such vows, yet you have taken one yourself! But the holy Travancus rebuked them, saying: A vow of celibacy have I taken indeed, not for the sake of Maratrea, for such a vow is displeasing to her, but for the sake of my beloved Nesuva. For any man who vows celibacy for the sake of Maratrea offends her; but if a man vows celibacy for the sake of a woman, as I have done, that offends her not. And they asked him concerning women vowing celibacy, and he responded: If they be advanced in age, that is permissible for them; but in the flowering of the beauty of their youth it is prohibited as a grave wrong; and if any among them seek celibacy because men appeal not to their hearts, then follow in the way of Claretta instead. And the holy Travancus said: May men be clean-shaven, for the glory and honour of Maratrea; but the servants of the false and lying prophets objected, saying: O hypocrite, you call on all men to be clean-shaven, yet lengthy is your beard! But the holy Travancus rebuked them, saying: Such she demands of all men, save those exempted from that demand: those such as I who have taken a vow of celibacy for the sake of a woman, and also those who belong to the male great orders, and to the second or fourth enamourial tribes.

And the holy Travancus said: O great Maratrea, ultimate Goddess, we will glory in your many beautiful names, we will glory in your glory thereby – indeed, in your many beautiful names we will conquer for the sake of your Cause, assuming the place of the usurpers in every land!
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