The Ethical Religion of Zoroaster

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CHAPTER XVI RIGHTS OF FELLOW MEN

"THIS I ask thee, tell me truly, oh Lord ( Ahura Mazda), he that will not give that reward to him that earns it, even to the man, who fulfilling his word, gives him what he undertook--what penalty shall come to him for the same at this present? I know that which shall come to him at the last." ( Yasna XLIV, 19).

The sentence which this passage presages is what the dictates of the Right indicates:

"That nature alone is good which shall not do unto another whatever is not good for its own self."

This saying in the Dadistan-i-Dinik (c. XCIV, 5) is like Jesus or, put negatively, like Confucius, and it is followed immediately by this which is like unto it:

"And this, too, was considered by them, that one should become the friend of every man, and this is thy nature; also should bring them forward into a good life, and this is thy wisdom; also think of them as thine own, and this is thy religion; and, through them, bring happiness unto thyself, and this is thy very soul."

The Dinkard speaks of this:

"Be it known that the duration of the soul is everlasting" ( V, 301).

This elementary principle of moral conduct of man toward men is also found in this fragment of the Nasks (Aögemaïde Nask, 48):

"How is it that any mortal can wish for another

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