The Ethical Religion of Zoroaster

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CHAPTER XXXI HEAVEN, HELL, PURGATORY AND THE WAY OUT

"HEAVEN is for saintly souls; and none of them that are wicked can enter Heaven and its shining, wide, sacred streets (and approach) near unto God ( Ahura Mazda)."

Thus the Ardibehist Yast (c. I, 4) sets Heaven apart for the saints, with access barred to the sinful.

The Shayast-La-Shayast (c. XI, 3) says of it:

"Every one ought to be unhesitatingly of one mind about this, that righteousness is the one thing, and Heaven the one place, which is good."

That it is a state and, indeed, a state of mind, however, and not a place, the Gathas thus imply:

"And when these two spirits came together in the beginning, then they set up Life and Not-Life, and at last the worst shall be for them that follow the lie but the best for them that pursue the Right" ( Yasna XXX, 4).

As much is further implied in this passage of the same Yasna (10) although it is there spoken of as an abode:

"Then truly upon the lie will come the blow of destruction; while they that give them the good name shall partake in the promised prize in the fair abode of the Good Mind, of God ( Ahura Mazda) and of the Right."

The "Ashem Vohu," an invocation prescribed by the

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