The Ethical Religion of Zoroaster

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CHAPTER XXV EARTHLY REWARDS AND PUNISHMENTS

"EVEN that way of the Good Mind, oh God ( Ahura Mazda) of which thou didst speak to me, whereon, a way well made by the Right, the souls of the future benefactors shall pass to the reward prepared for the wise as thou determineth, oh God."

Thus the Gathas ( Yasna XXXIV, 13) give assurance of real blessings for them who live good lives upon the earth.

That this is true while yet in the flesh, as well as after death, the Shayast-La-Shayast thus inculcates (c. XX, 10):

"This, also, that he whose deeds are for the spirit, the world is his and the world of spirit yet more is his; while he whose deeds are for the body, is subject to the will of the world of spirit which snatches from him this world, whether he will or no."

The same notion, i.e. that the man who is blinded by material things cannot divine the spiritual, though he be thwarted by it constantly, is set forth in the Nasks (Tahmura's Fragments, c. XLV, 101, 102):

"There be many works of wisdom that the soul may not conceive nor any tongue declare, without the Holy Word."

That is, without thought upon, and insight into, revealed truth.

Zoroaster in no wise commended fasting or emaciation. Of this the Vendidad speaks thus:

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