As Curtis E. John started his service, all eyes and ears were on him. “Give your hearts and thoughts a revolution. The one who presides over the great flow of things is knocking at the very door of your lives. Pay attention to the voice of the Whittling Breath as she spoke through our elders.”
Curtis also told us, “Let her whittle on the crassness of your minds and the hardness of your hearts. Remember the story of Chief Sotah, how his nephew came to him and asked for justice.”
The image of the story unfolded before us as Curtis related the story.
The nephew was rich as Lakota go. He had thousands of acres of land, much cattle, and large gardens of vegetables, corn, and wheat. His neighbor was a poor man who owned far less than an acre of land.
One year the poor man dared to over till his garden and planted on almost an eighth of an acre of the rich man’s land. This rich man, the rich nephew of the chief ran and complained to his Uncle Sotah.
Chief Sotah replied, “I am your Uncle and therefore, as a chief I am disqualified from deciding your case. In addition, our tradition is that all stand before the deciding chief as equals. Look, you are here. Where is he? Therefore, as a chief, I cannot decide your case. Happily, I am your uncle. As your uncle, I am glad to decide the case.”
The chief gave his decision, “The second giving of Torah, 16:20 tells us, ‘Tzadic, Tzadic will be your way so that live, and inherit the land which the Personal name your Mighty Judge gives you.”
From the chief commented, “If you were a Tzadic, a just man, you would see your neighbor was a man in need. You would lend him your finest supervisor to teach him to till his crops, and your finest accountant to show him how to keep his books. “You need to give him twenty-five of your finest acres, which are surplus to you. That way he will afford to feed and take care of himself. So ordered, Bailiff, make it happen.”
Curtis related, “This is bringing harmony back to the tribe and this is justice. Listen, ‘A voice calls out from the wilderness. Take your hands and push every obstacle out of the way. Move aside the Himalaya bushes and the weeds.”
Curtis commanded, “Make a path for our Mighty Savior. The Name is coming, and indeed, he is at the very door of your lives. Look at the parts of your lives where nobody sees or hears. Look at your thoughts and at your feelings. Get them ready, for The Name is coming into these inner most places.”
Curtis asked, “Has life turned your every life force into a valley with grief and hunger? God will fill it. The Mighty Judge will humble everyone who makes himself into a mountain and hill of pride. Remember, Russia, the attitude, not the nation, comes from our word, ‘Rosh’ meaning head, or those who think themselves first.”
Curtis also related, “The Mighty Judge will make straight the people crooked with bad backs and low spirits will, and he will make smooth the roads made rough with hardship. All flesh will see the salvation of our Mighty Savior.”
People from Sacramento, and all of the surrounding counties came out to see Curtis E. John. When they came, he took them out into the lake, and submerged them as a way to wash away their errors.
He did this for three reasons. First, errors make a person spiritually dirty. More important, people err when they follow their eyes. The inner eye is composed of water and needs to be turned. Therefore, the cleaning is with water. The third reason for washing with water is that men are hot with misguided desires. Nothing cools down like cool, flowing water.