The Treasure of the Magi: A Study of Modern Zoroastrianism

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CHAPTER 6
PARSI PIETY

I stood in the midst of the world,
And in flesh was I seen of them,
And I found all drunken
And none found I athirst among them;
And my soul is grieved over the sons of men,
Because they are blind and see not,
Poor and know not their poverty.

Agraphon Jesu.

THE supreme test of a religion is its power of producing saints. If it can do this, there must be life in it, however encrusted it be with error and beset with elements that historically and practically compel strong condemnation. If it cannot, the purest and loftiest theory of religion, the most splendid array of poetry and philosophy, will not redeem it from an inexorable doom. And what are saints? It would be a bold thing to attempt a definition. Beauty, poetry, love--all the greatest things of life refuse to be defined. But the Book which has made more saints than all other books put together has a summary which goes far towards the portraiture we seek:

He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what cloth Jehovah require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?1

There is none other commandment greater than these, which bid men love their neighbour as themselves, and their God with heart and life, with mind and strength. By such tokens the King of Saints knows His own in every land.

One who loves and reveres Zarathushtra confesses with

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1
Micah 68.

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