by Aturbad I Emedan
Translation by Darab Dastur Peshotan Sanjana, 1907.
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For a more recent translation, see Aturpāt-i Ēmētān, and Shaul Shaked. The Wisdom of the Sasanian Sages (Dēnkard VI). Boulder, Colo: Westview Press, 1979.
The DENKARD is a ninth century encyclopedia of Zoroastrianism,
but with extensive quotes from materials thousands of years older,
including (otherwise) lost Avestan texts. It is the single most
valuable source of information on the Zoroastrian religion aside
from the Avesta itself.
Propitiation of the Creator through faith in the Revelation -- Heading of the Sixth Book. (§ 1) Place of good spirits and hindrance of opposing evil spirits in man. (§§ 2-4) On good nature, good wisdom, good intelligence, conscience, spirit, and conscientiousness. (§ 5) On perversion, folly, self-willedness, shame, and honor.
(§§ 8-10) On the essential thing in the Primitive Religion, and the controversy about it. (§§ 11-12) How and why Ohrmazd produced this world, and how and why Ahriman produced objects to oppose them? (§§ 13-15) Three things essential for men. (§ 16) The spiritual blessedness of heaven and the misery of hell.
(§ 17) Who is the most blessed one among men? (§§ 18-20) On righteousness in man and his friendship unto God. (§ 21) On the annihilation of the fountain source of apostasy. (§ 22) Goodness and not evil should he done to any person. (§ 23) The five best things in the Religion. (§ 24) The manifestation of wisdom, good nature, and friendship. (§ 25) On the wisdom of wisdom. (§ 26) On the halters unto wealth, the body and the soul.
(§ 27) The abode of Religion in oneself must be conceived as the abode of plenty and contentment. (§ 28) On the devotion and resignation to God. (§ 29) Whosoever feeds on the produce of the land should be hospitable. (§ 30) On obedience to the Head Priest. (§§ 31-32) On the desires of Ohrmazd and Ahriman with regard to man. (§ 33) On the dearest object to man.
(§§ 34 and 36) Definition of Religion. (§ 35) Belief in the intercession for the soul. (§§ 37-40) On crime, sin, perversion, excess, mean, and deficiency, and on virtue and the golden mean. (§ 43) On the communion, the ardent love, and the mean. (§§ 44-45) On the abstinence of men and the care for fire.
(§§ 48-49) On the reverence to one's superiors, patronage to ones inferiors, and benefit to one's coadjutors. (§ 50) On expiation and non-expiation. (§ 51) On the three qualifications of the greatest ones in righteousness. (§ 52) On the contact with a human body when dead. (§ 53) On the arms of righteousness. (§ 54) On the acts which are apparently, but not really, meritorious.
(§§ 55-56) On the duty of preaching religious sermons to the faithful and on the extent of intelligence requited in the preacher. (§§ 57-59) Men should adhere to their religion, and should guard themselves with caution against demonism and wicked existences. (§§ 60-63) On the holy tongue and on the progress towards Religion. (§ 64) On the different functions of intelligence, understanding, and wisdom. (§ 65) On the rewards of meritorious acts. (§ 66) On the good result of practically observing the precepts and monitions contained in the sections of the Sixth Book. (§ 67) On the five elements of a thing. (§ 68) On the three kinds of elements in man.
(§§ 69-71) On human depravities; and on the spiritual and earthly anxieties and the fear of punishment at the Chinwad Bridge. (§ 72) On the sins of debauchery. (§§ 73-74) On the desirability of devoting one's leisure hours to the divine worship, Religion being the most beneficial object in this world. (§§ 75-76) None is more liberal than Tishtar. (§§ 77-78) On the six opposing spiritual faculties in man.
(§ 79) On the influence of Ardwahisht on trees and vegetation. (§§ 80-81) On the effects of human submission to troubles and distress for the sake of Religion. (§§ 82-83) On the will-power in man. (§ 84) On education in theology. (§§ 85-88) On the superior salvation of the Soul; and on the causes of human deterioration.
(§ 88). On the greatest care of the Amahraspands for the things of this world.
(§ 89). On the desires pertaining to the body.
(§ 90). On greatness from plenty.
(§§ 91, 194). On great virtues.
(§ 92). On the three obligations of a Paoiryo-tkaesha.
(§ 93). On the marks of distinction in a lady.
(§ 94). On the characteristics of one who drinks wine to satiety.
(§ 95). On the meritorious work of man.
(§ 96). On the meditations on the divine nature.
(§ 97). On the joy and thanksgiving to God.
(§§ 98-99). On religious education and other virtues.
(§ 100). On the sins of which the perpetration is unremedied and unatoned for.
(§ 101). What is an honest desire?
(§ 102). On the belief in the good spirits.
(§§ 103-4). On the essence of man.
(§§ 105-6). On the propagation of the religious learning.
(§§ 107-8). On material goodness.
(§ 109). On the safeguard of the body and soul.
(§§ 110, 228). On some of the best things for men.
(§ 111). On two persons being equal in goodness.
(§ 112). On the account book of a man.
(§ 113). On the seven best things for men.
(§§ 114-119, 263). On some of the things best for men, kings, and angels respectively.
(§§ 120-121). On the four virtues by which the soul could be redeemed.
(§§ 122-125). On the things recommended in the Religion.
(§ 126). On the result of reverence towards God.
(§127). On the goodness of man's appreciation of life, character, wisdom, opulence, happiness, friendship, charity, salvation of the souls of others, meritorious acts, and a happy end.
(§§ 128-130). On apostasy.
(§§ 131-132). On some highly good things for men.
(§§ 133, 188). On the association with the righteous
(§§ 134-135). On the requisite faculties in man; the two beneficial results for which he is produced; and his honest or dishonest motive.
(§§ 137, 190, 236). On spiritual wealth.
(§§ 138-9). On several regardable things.
(§140). On the manifestations of goodness and evil respectively in the acts of man.
(§141). Sayings from the "Andarz ol Anshutaan"
(§§ 142-3, 218). On nobility and drivishism.
(§ 144). On the nature of a karb.
(§145). On indigence.
(§§ 146-8). On the counteractions of nobles and drivishes.
(§§ 149-152, 201-203). On material wealth.
(§153). On the three kinds of nature that are heavenly.
(§§ 154, 186-187, 221-222). On good nature, wisdom, etc.
(§155). On trust in God.
(§ 156). On chieftaincy and riches.
(§ 157). On the man who is devoid of the nature of the kavigs and karbs.
(§§ 158, 160-161). On acts of small merit.
(§ 159). On the characteristics of apostasy.
(§ 162). On conscience.
(§ 163). On the spirits of the Religion, holiness and nobility respectively.
(§ 164). On the sources of different objects.
(§ 165). On the sublime wish of friendship with the Religion.
(§166). On devotion to the Religion.
(§ 167). On doubtlessness in the Religion of the Deity.
(§ 168). On human enormities.
(§§ 169-171). On the wickedness, innocence, helpingness, and wisdom of man.
(§ 172). On the path which leads to the highest Heaven.
(§§ 173, 180, 185, 207). On the fortunate and the unfortunate man.
(§§ 174-176). On the estimate of the soul and power of man.
(§177). On the qualifications that are good in money-making.
(§§ 178, 204-205). On the different kinds of men.
(§ 179). On a straightforward habit.
(§§ 181-183). On the four sayings and three precepts of the Religion.
(§189). On the delight for the receipt of a present.
(§§ 191-192). On the propitiation of the good spirits.
(§ 193). On the dwelling of good and evil spirits in man.
(§ 195). On the fruit of goodness and harm.
(§ 196). On the essential of joy.
(§ 197). On the dissatisfaction of the wealth-contented person.
(§ 198). On the spirit of greediness in man.
(§ 199). On the mindfulness of the end of the world.
(§ 200). On the worthlessness of worldly riches.
(§ 206). On the gasanig, the hata-mansrig and the datig people.
(§§ 208-9). On much-friendliness and much-hostility.
(§ 210). On reliance on the soul.
(§ 211). On perseverance in piety.
(§ 212). On the principles which are to be carefully observed by men.
(§ 213). The soul of man never remains in one place.
(§ 214). One ought to be worthy of the mysteries of God and the good spirits.
(§§ 215-6, 231, 246). On the impostors of the Religion, and apostasy.
(§ 219). On contrition and penitence for sins.
(§§ 223-224). On the instruction of a stranger.
(§ 225). On the constant burning of fire.
(§ 226). On an important sermonnette.
(§ 227). On the invocation of the Sun three times a day.
(§ 230). On the coming of the good spirits to this world.
(§§ 232-234). On the order the sovereign regarding religious acts of merit.
(§ 235). On the causes of the ruin of a family.
(§ 237). An example of marvellousness.
(§ 238). On delight in every object.
(§§ 239-240). The life of the soul is from honest habits, etc.
(§ 241). On the belief or disbelief in spiritual things.
(§ 242). Love develops friendship.
(§ 243). One should not contemplate injury to a-sinful man.
(§ 244). A thing is done for one's own sake (§ 245). Distinction between a farehbut and an aibibut.
(§ 247). On the ten kinds of propensities in man.
(§ 249). On Ohrmazd and Ahriman.
(§ 250). On the desire for becoming a sage.
(§ 251). Reverence for the Deity.
(§ 252). On the most excellent friendship, guidance and refuge.
(§ 253). Goodness is manifest spiritually as well as materially.
(§ 254). Reconciliation with every creature and creation necessary.
(§ 255-6). On wickedness and lasciviousness, sorcery, and disobedience.
(§ 257). Laxity in preserving the barashnom qualifications.
(§ 258). Effects on Ahriman on beholding the creatures and creation of Ohrmazd.
(§ 259). On the sources of greatness, Religion, and light respectively.
(§ 260). On the results of an honest character.
(§ 261). The essence of the Religion described.
(§ 262). On asna khratu and gaoshosruta khratu.
(§ 264-5). On the extraction of Ahriman from every human body, and the abode of the good spirits in it.
(§ 266). Meditations on the Religion an armor for the soul.
[May there be] the propitiation of the Creator Ohrmazd through faith in the Revelation established by the Laws pertaining to the (Zoroastrian) worshippers of Mazda, as well as to the primitive believers in that creed.
The Sixth (Book) is about the doctrine which was practiced and upheld [or preserved] by (those) ancient adherents to the creed, as the sayings of the Revelation for the belief of the worshipper of Mazda.
1. (1) The ancient sages among the early followers [poryotkesh] of the (Mazdayasnian) creed thought thus: namely, in the thought (arising) in the life of men, as a good spirit keeps a place (i.e., abides in it), so, also, an evil spirit holds the way (to it). (2) And in the, expression of the mind, as a good spirit keeps a place, so, also, an evil spirit holds the way (to it). (3) And in the practical action resulting from the thought, as a good spirit keeps a place, so, also, an evil spirit holds the way (to it). (4) And in the life-prompted emotion or reasoning, (as) Vohuman keeps a place, (so, also), Akoman holds the way (to it). (5) And in a desire resulting from the heart, (as) Srosh keeps a place, (so, also), Aeshma [[Eshm]] holds the way (to it). (6) And (as) in a thought resulting from the desire Spandarmad keeps a place, (so, also), the druj Taromat holds the way (to it). (7) And (as) in an expression or utterance of the thought, wisdom keeps a place, (so, also), lust holds the way (to it). (8) And (as) in the action resulting from word, conscientiousness keeps a place, (so, also), self-willedness holds an access (to it). (9) And in these several paths and ways (there happens) the struggle of the druj with men. (10) And whosoever is redeemed in these several paths and ways, is redeemed in every place. (11) And whosoever is allured there, comes then into the grasp of the druj and is not able henceforth to rule himself, but thereafter he would act as the druj would order him. (12) And we, men, ought to be alert, so that we may adhere to the path of God, and may not go after (i.e., follow) the drujs.
2. (1) This (i.e., the following), too, was thus thought upon by them namely, that nature is good in which one would not do for another what is not good for oneself1. (2) And that one (kind of) wisdom is good (which belongs to him) who, (when) a benefit has accrued to him, discerns the fruit (of it) and knows how to taste it (i.e., to derive advantage from it), and who does not purchase (i.e., bring on himself) a calamity or injury that has not reached him. (3) And that one (kind of) intelligence is good (which belongs to him) who perceives, in the case of what he does not understand, thus: "I comprehend it not".
|1. Cf. Andarz-i Aturpat by Dastur Peshotanji, # 8: "Do not do that for others which is not good also for thyself". [Cp. The Golden Rule -JHP]|
3. (1) They held even this thus: namely, Love all; that should be wisdom for thee. (2) Hold them for kindred; that should be conscience for thee. (3) Unto them do good; that should be spirit for thee [lit. 'soul'].
4. (1) They held even this, thus: namely, True Nature is that which does not mislead another [lit. 'a person']. (2) And Wisdom is that which does not mislead itself. (3) And Conscientiousness is that which when it recognizes (a thing) as virtue, performs it.
5. (1) They held even this thus: namely, that which when it recognizes that (a thing) is no virtue, and (still) performs it, is Perversion. (2) Perversion is opposed to Nature. (3) And that which white it recognizes that (a thing) is sin (and still) performs it, is Folly. (4) Folly is opposed to Wisdom. (5) And that which while it does not recognize whether (a thing) is virtue or sin, and before it arrives at knowledge, performs it, is Self-willedness. (6) And Self-willedness is opposed to Conscientiousness.
6. (1) They held even this thus: namely, Nature is not (implied) in Wisdom, while Wisdom is (implied) in Nature. (2) And Conscientiousness is implied in both Wisdom and Nature. (3) Spiritual things are known to be regulated according to Nature; the body is preserved by Wisdom (while) the spirit is redeemed by the union of both these.
7. They held even this thus namely, Shame is that in which they do not cease performing sin; Honor (Nang) [Nang 'honor'; it also means 'disgrace'] is that in which they do not cease performing virtue.
8. They even held this thus: namely, the essential thing in the Primitive Religion is Sinlessness.
9. They even held this thus namely, dutiful can be he who is discriminating.
10. They even held this thus namely, the controversy2 about religion is carrying into effect all that is in one's memory3 (or, retention) as much as one knows.
2. Cf. Pers. shikâlîsh, 'care'. Or, ''Care for religion (is shown when) that much knowledge of faith, as one knows, one is carrying out into action."
3. Kîrûkîh may also mean 'revealed knowledge of faith'; cf. Pers. kîrû, 'knowledge of a secret'.
11. They held even this thus: namely, Ohrmazd, the Lord, produced this world according to Nature, and maintains it on Wisdom, and turns it back upon Himself by means of Conscientiousness (Daena).
12. (1) They held even this thus: namely, Ahriman produced everything with a view to the damage of Ohrmazd; but when he had produced it, (he found it) of damage to himself, and of advantage to Ahriman. (2) (Whereas) Ohrmazd produced everything with (simply) a view to the advantage of Himself, (but) when He had produced it, (it was) of advantage to Himself and (also) of damage to Ahriman4.
4. The idea is that Ahriman had evil intention in the creation of his things and aimed at the damage of Ohrmazd, but the result of his production was quite the reverse of his intention; and he failed in the creation of his things. Whereas though Ohrmazd desired nobody's evil and proposed simply to win advantage to Himself, the result of this creation, besides being a benefit to Himself, was in its nature also a damage to Ahriman. Apart from the application of this circumstance to Ahriman and Ohrmazd, one may see in it a fact of constant human experience.
13. (1) They held even this thus: namely, there are these three things for men: most dutifully to keep an eye on the world; not to honor5 the sinner who through sin is opposed6 to creation; and to pray for the reward of virtue from the divine ones. (2) As regards keeping an eye on the world they said this that every (person) should observe unto oneself thus: What shall be desired by me? How shall I be acting?
5. Reading: khûnînîtan, 'to cause to be famed', cf. Pers. khunîdan, 'to obtain fame'.
6. Paskhâr, 'an enemy'; it may be read pîshyâr, cf. Pers. pîshyâr, 'a servant' who serves to produce sins; perhaps paîdîyâr, a substitute for paitîyâr.
14. (1) They held even this thus: namely, to render three things highly strict; thus even this is one, not to honor the sinner because of his sin. (2) And one is, despite his power and wealth not to exalt a person of false creed. (3) And one is to wish for the reward of meritorious acts from the heavenly beings (or, spiritually) and not from the worldly beings (or, in the affairs of the world).
15. They held even this thus: namely, one should not connive at what is unpardonable, nor should uphold what is connived at.
16. (1) They held even this thus: namely, every man should bear in mind, in every place and at every time, the spiritual circumstance of the blessedness of heaven and the misery of hell. (2) On that occasion when peace, blessedness and joy should have come to him, he should reflect even thus: Behold! There should be blessedness even in heaven when it is thus blessed even here. And on that occasion when distress, harm, misery, and pain should have come intensely to him, he should reflect even thus: Behold! there should be misery even there in hell, when it is so even here. (3) Whereas owing to the manifold blessings of Ohrmazd if they be with one, there shall be no misery there, even though here it be so miserable7.
|7. This sentence is added here to clear a misunderstanding if it should arise; when it is said that the experience of misery here should make one reflect that misery is possible even hereafter, it is not meant that misery here should always be followed by misery hereafter. Indeed, however miserable one should have been here, if one should deserve the blessedness of God, one shall be free from all misery whatever in the state after death.|
17. (1) They held even this thus namely, among men he is the most blessed who during the health of his understand8 should have undertaken and performed such a thing that on the last day when earthly objects pass away, his desire should be thus; "Oh! would that it might have been done more by me!" (2) And that thing should most be avoided for which on the last day (there) should be this desire thus: "Oh would that it might not have been undertaken and performed by me!"
|8. Or, 'during the physical wholesomeness or vigor of his vision or foresight '.|
18. They held even this thus namely, righteousness should be kept in advancement, and sin in depression and neglect9.
|9. Cf. Pers. spûzgâr, 'negligent'. Cf. Andarz-i Khôsrû-i-Kavâtân: Bazak pavan rani spûj: "Take pains to free yourselves from sins" or, "regard sin as the affliction of this transitory world (ranj-i-sepanj)" or, thus: ''regard sin as (a thing) to be thrust off with great pains."|
19. They held even this thus: namely, the essential thing in righteousness should be that which every person would be able to perform, and which even Ohrmazd, the Lord, desires in every person, and which one should not perform unwillingly10.
|10. Reading: agarûkihâ; it can be read also aderangîhâ 'without delay or hesitation'; perhaps, adarûgîhæ, 'without any false motive.'|
20. They stated that thing as follows: namely, whoever is a friend unto the worshipful God, never perverts11 the thought from the friendship of the Lord.
|11. Or, 'corrupts the thought for His friendship'. Naksônatan, 'to corrupt,' 'to destroy'.|
21. (1) They held even this thus: namely, the fountain-source of apostasy must be destroyed12. (2) When it first approaches the world, mankind mostly maintain faith in the soul; and for the reason that it (apostasy) has not acquired power, they prosper. (3) But when it has come to power, they mostly go out of faith even with the influence it has. (4) And even at length for the reason that mankind have departed from the faith, they do not prosper13.
12. Or, " the source of the stream of apostasy can be done
13. Here is the constant Zoroastrian view that peace, health, prosperity, and happiness are essentially related and connected with, or rather included in, Virtue.
22. They held even this thus namely, goodness should be done unto every person; evil should not be done unto any person whatever.
23. (1) They held even this thus: namely, in the Religion, five best of things are even these namely, Truth, Charity, Virtue, Competence (or Industry), and Intercession. (2) That truth is best which if one among the creatures of God should perform, then that one who acts up to it should be so much the more benefited according as one follows it out. (3) That charity is best in which when one makes a gift unto a person, one has no expectation that from the person to whom it is made, there should come to one as recompense anything whatever in the world; and there is nothing for him even in this that one to whom it is made should entertain a wish for thanksgiving and prosperity, (4) And that virtue is best in which one struggles with the spiritual vices (druj), and does not permit within oneself any vice whatever, particularly these live vices Avarice, Jealousy, Folly, Passion, and Infamy. (5) That competence (or, industry) is best in which when a work is being done, it be so done that every moment one should feel confident within oneself that if one should die that very moment, even then nothing different need be done from what is done already. (6) That intercession is best in which one says words in behalf of that person for whom others do not speak, and who is unable himself to state his misery and complaint; that man utters (or addresses) the voice of his own soul and of the suffering poor, and (expresses) the woeful sorrow of another man, or of the world, unto the six Bountiful Immortals (Amahraspands).
24. They held even this thus namely, wisdom is manifested in work, nature in government, and a friend in difficulty.
25. (1) They held even this thus: namely, the wisdom of wisdom, the best one, is that by which one is able so to maintain this body that not even the least harm might come to the body on account of the soul, and so to maintain the soul, that not even the least harm might come to the soul on account of the body. (2) Whereas, if, on the other hand, one is not able to do so, one should give up the body and preserve the soul.
26. (1) They held even this thus: namely, power is a halter to wealth, and wealth is a halter to the body, and the body is a halter to the soul; and mankind unto whom harm comes regarding these four things, should for the removal of them give up (all) worry, wealth, and power. (2) And if one cannot dispense with power, one must thus let go even wealth (for it); (and) if one cannot dispense even with wealth and power, one must even thus forego the body withal; and (whereas) as for the soul after all, it should not thus be disclaimed.
27. They held even this thus namely, you must accordingly conceive the abode of righteousness and religion in yourselves as that of plenty and contentment.
28. They held even this thus: namely, every person should make one's own self devoutly faithful14, and should resign oneself to God, and thenceforward one should be grateful15 unto Him, so that there shall not ever come unto one anything, on occurrence whereof there might be injury.
14. Aûstôfrît; Av. avi-stu, 'to
praise', 'to admire', 'to be devoted to'; and frî,
'to love', 'to pray'; 'to devoutly pray to, or love (God)'.
15. Reading: stîshn for stâyishn (yehvûnishn), 'one ought to be thanksgiving (unto God)'. It can also be read stîyân, 'worldly existences'; according to K. 43, perhaps, vîstâân, 'boastful', or, vastahân, 'striving', 'endeavoring best' or, vastâân, 'glorifying the name of the Lord', cf. Mod. Pers. vastâ corrupted from avastâ.
29. They held even this thus: namely, those who feed upon the produce of the land16 should be hospitable17, should extol (God) by striving in virtue, and pray for grace from the spiritual existences.
16. Reading galak, 'corn', 'land-produce', cf. Pers. galah;
it may be yalak, 'a hero'.
17. Navîtar, cf. Pers. navîd, 'hospitality'.
30. They held even this thus: namely, the spiritual head must be so regarded as the (religious) lord and obeyed that the ruler and the sovereign should also do nothing without (the advice of) the spiritual lord, the Head-priest18.
|18. This sentence can also be interpreted thus: "Life (ahû) should be so kept after the Lord and obedient to him that the ruler and the monarch should not do ever the least thing without (the advice of) the Head-priest of the world." Comp. Chap. 163 of the Denkard, Vol. IV, p. 200, edited by Dastur Peshotanji.|
31. (1) They held even this thus namely, Ohrmazd, the Lord, desires this from men: viz., "Do ye know Me?" because He understands this: viz., ''If they should (fully) know Me, everyone would come after Me19". (2) Ahriman has this desire viz., "Know ye not me", because he understands this: viz., "If they should know me, not even a single person would come after me20".
19. Cf. MX 40.24-27.
20. The point is that the holy nature of God is so good and love-inspiring that if men understood it correctly, they would never depart from it whereas the wicked nature of Ahriman is so bad and repulsive that if men understood it, they would never pursue it.
32. (1) They held even this thus: namely, Ohrmazd desires this of men, viz., "Whatever you should do, do it for your own selves if you would do it according to your desire". (2) Whereas Ahriman desires this, viz., "You need not do for your own selves what you would do according to your desire".
33. (1) They held even this thus: namely, for every person there is an object which is more honorable and dearer to him than anything else; and when he regards that thing as his co-helper, and when there lies nothing else in the midst, only then is one full of gladness therefrom. (2) That thing is Religion.
34. They held even this thus namely, (real) Religion is that which is being practiced.
35. They held even this thus: namely, he who believes in an intercession for the soul is less wicked than he who believes in nothing whatever21.
|21. The dictum, "Man is the maker or his own destiny," is never held more strongly by any other Religion than Zoroastrianism. So it is most repugnant to its spirit to believe that some one can intercede on behalf of one's adherents and procure them heaven, despite all their sins, for no other reason but that they are that one's followers. Now, such an opinion, if absolutely carried out, should take all moral responsibility away from a person, and allow him to sink into degradation and sin. Still, wrong or right, the belief in this opinion is not absolutely devoid of the moral instinct, even though misguided in this case whereas people who have no faith whatever, right or wrong, are absolutely devoid of the moral instinct, and therefore decidedly worse than the former.|
36. They even held this thus: namely, Religion is that which creates happiness unto every creature22.
|22. The proof of a Religion's truth is the peace and happiness it procures in its followers.|
37. They held even this thus namely, crime is that which (is in relation) with the Law; and sin is that which (is in relation) with utility; and perversion and fault are those which abide.
38. They held even this thus: namely, the essence of sin is the Excess and the Deficiency; whereas the essence of virtue is the Mean23.
|23. The Patman, the farehbut, and the Aibibut are the same as Aristotle's the Mean, the Excess, and the Deficiency, respectively. For their explanation, see Aristotle's Nicoomachean Ethics, Bk. II, Ch. 8. For their Pahlavi definition, see Ganj-i Shayagan, §§ 6-7, edited by Dastur Peshotanji.|
39. They held even this thus namely, the Religion is the (Golden) Mean24.
|24. The Religion is most profoundly identified with Virtue's essential nature and therefore with Virtue itself.|
40. (1) They held even this thus: namely, everything should be faultless in the mean. (2) And from this Religion, it is thus manifest that Virtue is the supreme (Golden) Mean, and the (Golden) Mean is this: good thought, good word, and good deed.
41. They held even this thus: namely, whosoever is pious is pious through the Revelation25.
|25. Or, 'in relation to Religion'. True Religion again is identified with Piety or Righteousness.|
42. (1) They held even this thus: namely, Excess is that wherein one thinks, speaks and does what is no (good) thought, no (good) word, and no (good) deed26. (2) Deficiency is that wherein one does not think, speak and do what is the thought, the word, and the deed27. (3) And the Mean is that wherein what one thinks, speaks and does is the thought, the word, and the deed28.
26. That is, in this altitude people do act, but their activity
is wrongly directed.
27. That is, in this altitude people do not act, because they lack the virtuous quality.
28. That is, in this altitude people are active in the fittest things.
43. (1) They held even this thus: namely, in religion three things are most essential -- the communion29, the ardent love30, and the mean. The communion is that wherein with regard to the thought, the word, and the deed, and with all rectitude, one is attached to (the worshipful) God and the good ones, and does not ever corrupt that attachment. (2) And the ardent love is that wherein with regard to improbity and sin one severs oneself from Ahriman, the demons31 and the wicked ones. (3) And the mean is that wherein one is a watch32 on the communion and the ardent love, and does not ever corrupt them.
29. Reading: hamîh, 'attachment', 'mutual friendship',
or 'communion' (with God).
30. Nizak-haîtagîh, comp. Mod. Pers. nîzh, or nizhah, 'ardent love', 'perfume', 'a spear'. Perhaps, vak-haîtagîh, 'pious life'.
31. Reading: shaêdân, vide 'Sassanian Inscriptions,' pl. form shîdân, Paikuli, Frag. III, 2.
32. Pânak, 'a protection', 'a guard'.
44. (1) They held even this thus: namely, abstinence' of men is of many kinds. (2) The highest is that wherein one should hold (or worship) the Deity so much in oneself without apprehension of the people of the world that all that one would wish He would exhibit unto that person.
45. (1) They held even this thus: namely, care for fire is of many kinds. (2) Of the two kinds of that care, the greater is the one when people guard it sinlessly and truthfully. (3) And the other is the one when what men do for it is of high value.
46. (1) They held even this thus: namely, in (any) work that might present itself, one should view one's highest employment. (2) And whoever would not recognize this to be the highest employment should (at least) so regard (all) work of lovingness33.
|33. The point is that if one is in search of employment, one should not allow minor employments to pass away in hope of some greater work, but should take up the very first work that might present itself to one for the highest employment one should aspire to. If, however, one should not agree with this opinion, one will, after all, accept that all work that lovingness inspires is the highest and the sweetest. Here the Pahl. mitrô = Av. mithrô, 'love'. It can also be read matan, 'reach', and may mean 'an advent', or 'approach'.|
48. (1) They held even this thus: namely, one should be reverent to one's great ones and patronize one's inferiors, and should give benefit to one's coadjutors. (2) And of these three this one thing is excellent when one renders happy one's coadjutors, because if one do not give benefit to one's helper, it is manifest that owing to that one's terror in one's dealings with one's superiors, one (may in one's confusion treat) one's inferiors (with) reverence.
49. They even held this thus namely, in the conduct of oneself this thing is excellent when one regards one's inferior as one's equal, and one's equal as one's superior, and one's superior as one's master.
50. (1) They held even this thus namely, through expiation, there remains no passage to hell. (2) And through non-expiation, there remains no passage to heaven. (3) Expiation is that wherein one is in contrition with repentance for a sin committed, and does not commit that sin again.
51. (1) They held even this thus: namely, these three persons are the greatest in righteousness. (2) One is he who has the longing of the liberal. (3) One is he who has the nobility of the truth-speaker. (4) And one is he who does not afflict the afflicted.
52. (1) They held even this thus: namely, in the case of every person that may have died, one should be guarded from him, thus: 'I will not touch or come in contact with the decomposed matter therein, and will not be polluted'. (2) But if one comes in contact with it, one's own body contracts pollution; and the living humanity should be so on guard against the sickness and disease in such other people, as from the corpse of a person in the case of a deceased.
53. (1) They held even this thus: namely, every person should desire the arms of righteousness34. (2) And he who should put the arms of meritorious acts on the waist would thenceforward cause increase in merit and disappearance of sin. (3) And the wise apostles of the Religion have so spoken of the arms of meritoriousness and made them the accompaniment of rectitude.
|34. Cf. MX43.6-14, wherein virtue, are compared to arms: "(6) That is, when they make the spirit of wisdom a protection for the back, (7) and wear the spirit of contentment on the body, like arms and armor and valor, (8) and make the spirit of truth a shield, (9) the spirit of thankfulness a club, (10) the spirit of complete mindfulness a bow, (11) and the spirit of liberality an arrow; (12) and they make the spirit of moderation like a spear, (13) the spirit of perseverance a gauntlet, and they put forth the spirit of destiny as a protection". (14) "In this manner it is possible to come to heaven and the sight of the sacred beings, and to escape from Ahriman, the wicked, and hell, the depreciated". These sections, Dr. West observes, "bear some resemblance to Isaiah LIX, 17, and Ephesians VI, 14-17, so far as mode of expression is concerned". (Vide S.B.E., Vol. XXIV., p.84.)|
54. (1) They held even this thus: namely, if one performs (apparently) meritorious acts for these four things, those cannot (really) be meritorious acts (viz.), an evil name, or an immoral name, or shame, or the fear of someone else.
55. (1) They held even this thus: namely, sermons should he delivered to the faithful, and the Religion should be explained to co-religionists. (2) And virtue and vice should be pointed out to every person.
56. They held even this thus: namely, he should deliver sermons whose intelligence is such as to further advancement, and comprehension is such as not to be confounded, and wisdom is such as to be able to turn good one who is different35.
|35. Reading tanid; perhaps, tang, and so it may mean, 'one who is in difficulties, or embarrassed'.|
57. They even held this thus: namely, the (real)36 thing is that which, when one stands within, one does not miss; and which, when one does not stand within, one misses.
|36. Meaning, of course, that that real thing is Religion.|
58. They held even this thus: namely, everyone who stands within (the pale of) Religion, in so far as one stands within it, does not miss it.
59. (1) They held even this thus: namely, men should be cautious and the most on (their) guard against the demon who is expectant of authority over the wicked existences. (2) That demon is the existence of every vice, and such is (his) demonism, because the entire vices which the man who commits, commits in being expectant of supremacy over the wicked existences, so that one does not know that I do not speak the fair mind. (3) But if anyone should understand it, I shall be observant of the embellishment thereby; and if I should be free (from all danger), then I shall stand up and (boldly) say thus: 'That is what I ought to have done'.
60. They even held this thus: namely, if thy tongue be holy or pious, and if thou shoulds't say unto a hillock37, 'Move forth,' then it must move (indeed).
|37. Lit. 'a mountain.'|
61. They held even this thus: namely, even when you should move three steps towards Religion, it shall come forward a thousand steps to meet.
62. They held even this thus: namely, if one should have performed a righteous deed with special reference to one's own self or to one's ancestors, then its principle is not according to the Primitive Creed.
63. They held even this thus: namely, whosoever turns (one's) virtuous face to Religion and embellishes one's nature (accordingly), then unto that person Religion reveals a thousand truths38, such as one has never heard from anyone; and if one should religiously think upon them with the doctors of the Religion (or, the head priests) and with wise men, (they must really be found) true.
|38. Reading: drenjishn, Av. rt. drenj 'to meditate,' 'to recite'.|
64. (1) They held even this thus: namely, the function of intelligence is to search out the thing. (2) And the function of understanding is to treasure up and guard the thing intelligence has sought. (3) And the function of wisdom is to discriminate things and recognize good and evil, and to adopt what is good and reject what is evil.
65. (1) They held even this thus: namely, that everything is made (the appropriation of) him owing to whom it is performed, and the reward and recompense therefor are (also) assigned unto him owing to whom it is performed. (2) And men should highly be striving in this manner: 'May we perform virtuous deeds that there may be (attained) unto us the reward from Ohrmazd the Lord; because whatever recompense proceeds from Ahriman, that recompense is assuredly harmfulness.
66. They held even this thus namely, that he who learns to observe these several sections which have been written in this treatise, recognizes the good of himself and of others.
67. They held even this thus: namely, that a thing has these five elements [lit. essentials] -- the generic essence, the material substance, the consciousness, the energy40, and the specific essence41.
39. Pahl. kîrûk (see Pand-nâmak î Âtrôpât
Mahraspendân, §§ 142-143, edited by Dastur Peshotanji);
comp. Mod. Per. kîrû, 'memory'.
40. Âtâsh: as energy in nature manifests itself into the heat principle everywhere the same term signifies both in the Old Iranian languages.
41. Lit. 'the essence or any kind whatever.'
68. (1) They even held this thus: namely, the elements in men are of these three kinds. (2) One, that which is good for germination (3) One, that which is bad for germination. (4) And one, that which is mundane. (5) That which is good for germination is the one wherein though no instruction be imparted to one, even then it manifests itself. (6) And that which is bad for germination is the one wherein though much instruction be imparted to one, even then it does not manifest itself. (7) Whereas that which is mundane becomes good or bad according to instruction. (8) It becomes good by chaste instruction and bad by corrupt. (9) There is (however) a case wherein one utilizes chaste instruction for corrupt ends, such as the apostates (do with) the teachings of Religion.
69. They held even this thus: namely, neither through anxiety nor through fear should any person seek remedy out of depravity.
70. (1) They held even this thus namely, spiritual anxiety is owing to the transgression of those who are versed in the Gathic lore (gâsânîgân). (2) And the earthly (one) is owing to the ill-repute of those who are versed in the Hadha-Manthric lore. (3) And the fear (of punishment) at the (Chinwad) Bridge and much affliction are owing to the sins of those who are versed in the Datic (legal) lore, and who do not (barâ) protect themselves (from such sins)42.
|42. Read in connection with this, Dastur Peshotanji's Edition of the Denkard, Vol. I., Question IX, pp.1-3; and the note to the Denkard, Bk. VIII., Chap. 1, § 5, pp. 4-5, by Dr. E. W. West in S.B.E., Vol. XXXVII.|
71. (1) They held even this thus: namely, if the worth of things is inquired into and recognized by a man, certainly he should not take noted power and great wealth for goodness, nor (also) should he praise little wealth and indigence as goodness. (2) Because if worth be taken not according to the goodness or wickedness of a person, but according to little or great wealth, then it shall so happen in the world that an ill-natured man of manifold means would, in spite of his being depraved, sinful, and corrupt, entertain desire for reputation, and who compared with his desire for reputation values (or regards even) wealth less. (3) He who is needy, discontentedly and corruptly robs (even) poverty; and he who is a gambler squanders away whatever he possesses; and he who is indolent makes no wealth, but even flatters other people who are evil in many ways, and scorns the illustriously wealthy and munificent man. (4) And still the indigent niggard43 evidently sets himself off owing to the illustrious, and whatever defect there is in him he renders less conspicuous through the bounty of that illustrious person. (5) Whereas the munificent man is he who becomes regretful for whatever he is taking44, and who should have entertained (even) him who offers up prayer for the decrease of the bounty of his charity towards the world, and thus craves such a loss to it.
43. This probably refers to the indolent man who, though he pretends
to despise wealth in excuse of his indolence, has still so much
to depend on the bounty of the munificent man.
44. The munificent man is so very anxious to keep always the current of his own liberality running that he almost feels shame if he has to borrow something or even receive it as gift.
72. They held even this thus: namely, whoever lies with a woman married (to another), although he does not fall verily into the sin which is inexplicable, even still by the action of that man peacelessness and affliction swell in the world; and because peacelessness and affliction swell in the world owing to the action of that man, he should be made to expiate them.
73. They even held this thus: namely, one should humbly lie down within the threshold (of a sacred place), or else confusion shall come unto him, because the man who (squanders away his time) outside that threshold becomes the demon's own45.
|45. It is every man's duty to have provided himself a sacred home to ease his soul therein; and none should squander away the hours of leisure, seeking life of dissipation, for that would lead him into the company and relationship of demons.|
74. They even held this thus: namely, there is nothing more beneficial than Religion, because whoever exalts the glory of Religion, never becomes an affliction unto men.
75. They even held this thus: namely, there is no person more liberal than Tishtar46, because no person performs liberality so excellently and perfectly as Tishtar.
|46. Cf. Afrin i Buzorgan: Râd bîd chûn Tishtar, 'Be liberal like Tishtar' (the Agency in Nature that procures rain). Surely, the bounty of rain to the world is great.|
76. They held even this thus: namely, according to this Religion47, one instruction is even thus: there is no reason that all persons should be unique, and he that is unique must be ascertained (to be such).
|47. Namely, the Religion revealed by Zarathushtra Spitama.|
77. They held even this thus: namely, there is never a person born in whom these six spiritual things do not struggle -- good mind and bad mind, virtuous moral sense and passion, and honor and scorn.
78. (1) They held even this thus: namely, one who has the good mind as guest within himself has verily this mark that one is warm in virtue and in confidence with the good, and continues in peace, and promotes intercession towards the Lord. (2) And one who has Akoman (Evil Mind) as guest within himself, has then his characteristic such that he is benumbed in point of meritorious actions, forms evil relations, gets troublesome with good people, and in himself becomes an opponent to peace-making and its progress. (3) And (when) anybody has Sraosha (Pious Obedience) as guest within himself, then his mark is this that words are always uttered (by him) with politeness, and when they are uttered he is verily listened to, and when (they are) defective, they are withdrawn, and he utters no falsehood for the acceptance and embellishment of others, nor does he smite anybody who is innocent, but smites moderately anybody who is sinful. (4) And whoever has Aeshma (Wrath) as guest within himself, has then his characteristic such that there is (by him) always the conversation of an improper subject, and when he speaks (upon it) he is not listened to, and when he has uttered what is offensive as well as blemished, then it is not withdrawn; he speaks manifold lies for the aggrandizement of others, and much smites the sinless ones. (5) And (when) anybody has Spentomad as guest within himself, then his characteristic is this that there is plentiful devotion, and when people persuade him to commit a sinful act he commits it not; and when even plenty of the share of the wealth of this world reaches him, even then he turns not away from the wealth of the good spirits; and he desires for the reward of merit from the spiritual existences and not from the material ones. (6) And whoever has the druj (i.e., the vice) of Tarokmat ("Perverted Conception'') as guest within himself, has then his characteristic such that his thinking is rash, and when they persuade him to commit a crime, he is led to commit it; even when a small share of the wealth of this world reaches him, then he stands away from the wealth of the good spirits; he desires for the reward of merit from the material existences and not from the spiritual ones.
79. (1) They held even this thus namely, Ardwahisht is seven months in the material world, and five months in the spiritual world. (2) And when he is in the spiritual world he sits invisibly in the body of vegetation, watches the seeds of plants and nourishes and rears them , and in those five months he produces trees. (3) In those seven months when he manifests himself in the material world in the body of vegetation, the trees put forth blossoms and produce fruits. (4) So that for this reason there is the manifestation of the period of Rapithwin of the genius of Ardwahisht in the seven months of the year and not (so) in the (remaining) five (months).
80. (1) They held even this thus: namely, (when) any-body should voluntarily submit himself to troubles and distress for the sake of the Law of Religion, and then should recognize it as some act different from an apt deed of merit, still (then) that meritorious act thereby develops itself, i.e., even through the sin he would commit owing to any fear from those troubles and distress. (2) But there is no absolution from the sin of unnatural sexual intercourse and other sins of that nature which are committed by one, because through one's share in them one does not pass over (the [[Chinwad]] Bridge) even by suffering the troubles and distress to which one has approved to submit in this world (for the sake of Religion).
81. They held even this thus namely, (when) anybody submitted himself, for that faith, to (such) troubles and distress in this world, and then also perceived those troubles arid difficulties as other than meritorious acts, even (then) among the invisible (heavenly) spirits those toils and pain people suffer on account of any such thing are regarded as not included in the other sins committed (by them).
82. (1) They held even this thus: namely, there was one who asked this (question) thus: ''What is that spiritual faculty which leads a man from straightforwardness to dishonesty and from dishonesty to rectitude". (2) And the Aerpats [[ervads]] (priests) said that (it was) the ragîh (will-power48 in man). (3) And the pious people49 inquired thus: "What is that ragîh (will-power) in man? (Is it) the head, or the eye, or the ear?" (4) And the Aerpats said thus: "Ragîh is verily something which (exists) in the body of mankind". (5) And (still) the pious people did not comprehend what ragîh was. (6) And, finally, the sages that were amongst them said thus: "Ragîh is produced in every man, because he who has ragîh (in him) invokes Him Who is Ohrmazd and also invokes him who is Ahriman and when he likes he follows Ohrmazd, the Lord, and when he likes he goes after Ahriman." (7) In this world their proportion is said to be such that for the man who wishes not to perform perverse acts there is much goodness (or happiness), and for him who desires to do perverse acts there is worst evil; regarding him they say (that) even he, also, would not do perverse acts at the end (of life)50 . . . . .51
48. The word may be read in several ways: (1) radkâ (Semetic),
meaning 'true', 'fact', 'truth', 'extension', 'rule', 'chastisement',
and 'assistance' (vide s.v. The Pahlavi-Pazend Glossary). (2)
Rahîh, 'veins', 'will', 'wish', 'effusion'; see Denkard,
Bk. 9, Chap. XXXII. § 21, S.B.E., Vol. XXXVII. (3) Lakîh
(cf. Mod. Pers. lakkah), 'spot', 'blemish', 'slur', 'disgrace'.
(4) Lakash (for Mod. Pers. lakâsh), money.
49. Or, ' the noblemen'.
50. After this some text seems to me to have been omitted, as will be observed from the context of the following passage.
51. Words similar in reading and spelling to the ragîh mentioned in section LXXXII., occur in the Pahlavi version of the Gathas 46.8b, and 48.11c. In 46 the text runs thus: "on account of that deed of his innocent will-power [(the deed) which the ragîh would cause by the (media of) the body, the life, and the soul], I am not to drive (him) off, [that is, it is not possible (for me) to inflict the original punishment (upon him)]." In 48: "who produces in the wicked a cruel [will-power] and [the inactivity of an] invalid condition." In the Gatha 49.2b, the word represents the Pahlavi rendering of the Avestan word râreshô and, therefore, ought to he read rêsh 'wound.' The reading rêsh of the word in the first two references is distinctly incorrect.
83. (1) They held even this thus: namely, there is nobody who stands upon (or maintains) both those objects, (and) who is as he ought to be for the one and (also) for the other; that happens so when it is not possible to understand, namely, what is better and more honest. (2) Since these two ways are one: in other words, one attains to self-culture through one's own wisdom, that is, he is wise who attains to that virtue whence he becomes knowing.
84. They held even this thus: namely, (if) one proceeds to educate (people) in theology (or in religious knowledge), he should do it if he is highly persevering (or self-sacrificing), and then he will be able to save (their) souls by the infallibility that exists in the Revelation of God.
85. They held even this thus: namely, the superior salvation of the soul, (to express it) in the most concise way, (is) this that one should act so that the Deity is adored and not the demon.
86. They held even this thus: namely, he who cohabits with a menstruating woman, is sinful even if he has done it blindly in darkness.
87. (1) They held even this thus namely, mankind ought to be vigilant so that, as far as possible, no injury might happen unto them, since when in anyone's body deterioration abides, then Akoman settles itself in the body; and no sooner Akoman sits in the body than Vohuman goes away from that body; and then every object is perceived through the evil mind and the evil thought of everything that appears worst. (2) And he who is versed in evil thoughts, has then his path (leading) into Hell; and out of those who go into Hell, while some come back, some do not return.
88. They considered this, too, thus: namely, the greatest care of the Amahraspands52 for the things of this world (gaetâ) is (due to) this (that)53 the person who enjoys and appreciates them, (is) worthy of that which he enjoys and appreciates.
52. Vide Bk. VI., § 79, Vol. X., p. 22; -- "In those
seven months when Ardwahisht (Amahraspand) manifests himself in
the material world in the body of vegetation, the trees put forth
blossoms and produce fruits."
53. This is according to the text given in K43; but according to DM. and DE. the passage may be translated thus: "They considered this, too, thus: namely, the things of this world are under the greatest protection of the Amahraspands in this: When they come (to this world) the person who enjoys and appreciates (the things of the world) becomes worthy of what he enjoys and appreciates." (Pâhrîj also means "abstinence" or "forbearance.") If we read in DM. and DE., amat gehân yâtûnd for amaîshân yâtûnd, the meaning would be: "when they (viz., the Amahraspands) come to his world ......" -- The word gaêtâ means generally "the material world," hence here "the material objects of this world." The text of this eighty-eighth Section is rather ambiguous.
89. (1) They considered this, too thus namely, desires pertaining to the body and other earthly objects have access to men; (but) if they do not fulfill the desires pertaining to the body54, it is more beneficial to the soul. (2) At the time (when such desires occur) this is the best remedy which is represented (by man) thus: namely, "I will not do it today, but tomorrow"; and then on the next day and thenceforward, in the hope of the future, he postpones (the fulfillment of) that religious object. (3) And when it so happens that as far as possible he postpones it in that manner from day to day and never performs it. (4) And then (at death) when that man passes away from this world, demons and fiends become close-girded and evilly-joyful. (5) And this they howl thus: he acted (so) even deliberately; and he acted (so) when nothing was possible for us to do in his case (patash)".
|54. It may mean "personal wish;" lit., "the wish of the body," Pahl. kâmak î tan.|
90. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, greatness (is) from plenty, and it is manifest also from this that just as in this world, in the case of the horse, the ox, the sheep, the goat and other varieties of small cattle, whichever has a large male the female yields a good offspring and just as in the case of the bowls of gold, silver and other metals, whichever is more clean and untarnished has then the more delightful clink; so also is the case of a man who (is) more pious in the midst of worldly riches and unblemished in his own person, and who knows to maintain a little good, to him therefore Sraosha would convey the best utterance, and he is more esteemed in greatness (than others).
91. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, these five things (are) highly virtuous, and these (are) as follows: Liberality and truth and moral heroism and eloquence and prudence. (2) Liberality is this: whose yields up his person to God obviously for the love of the soul and for the Religion. (3) And truth is this: whose speaks anything speaks what be ought to speak, and speaks so with caution as though God and the Amahraspands stood near behind him listening to his utterance and observing him. (4) And moral heroism is this whoso lodges faithfulness -- and faithfulness for the Religion -- in his own person, and stuns the evil within his body. (5) And eloquence is this: whoso would intercede for that person for whom if he (were) not an intercessor no body else would be an intercessor; and the person (who intercedes) should intercede for the sake of his own soul. (6) And prudence is this: whoso knows (how) to bring to an end anything that he would begin.
92. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, regarding these three obligations whoso is a sinner in the case of anyone (of them) is a darvand55. (2) One (of these) is (his) obligation towards the world, and one is (his) obligation towards the Religion, and one is (his) obligation towards the Renovation [[Frashegird]] (of the world.) (3) (His) obligation towards the world is this: helpfulness, and his door open (sharitunt) so that one might associate with another. (4) (His) obligation towards the Religion is this: whoso appoints (one) a straightforward head-priest of the time, and does not turn away from (the decisions of) that head-priest. (5) The obligation towards the Renovation (of the world) is this: whoso marries in (due) time, and longs for children and continues on a lineage.
|55. Compare Avesta darvand, which literally means "a deviator" from the Doctrine of Zarathushtra.|
93. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, a woman who possesses these several marks of distinction is a lady : (namely, she is) an ornament to (her) husband, an embellishment of hospitality (or festivities), and herself a protection to home-life, and (who) manifestly keeps unsullied herself and her own person and judgment. (2) And whoso possesses these several (evil) characteristics in her is a harlot: (namely,) sorcery (yâtûgîh) or intrigue or idol-worship (aûzdis-paristîh) or obscene talk or adultery or masquerading [[or prostitution]] and (the habit of) not keeping pure her own person and judgment.
94. They considered this, too, thus: namely, these several characteristics subsist in him who drinks wine to satiety56 (namely) righteousness subsists (in him) provided he is most liberal, and (he is) most good-thinking and most devoted (to God) and most prudent-speaking.
56. Pahlavi sîr generally means "sufficiently;"
it can also be read aîr, signifying "moderately,"
or hîr, signifying "costly." According
to Pahlavi writers, especially the compilers of the Denkard and
the Menog i Khrad, wine among
the ancient Iranians was drunk "moderately" (patmân
vashtamûnt), or "sufficiently" (sîr vashtamûnt),
or "immoderately" (apatmân vashtamûnt).
See the Denkard, vol. I (Dastur Peshotanji's Edition, p. 11; and
the Dinai I Menog i Khrad, (edited by me) Chap. XVI,
p. 83-85, §§ 20-63. The Eleventh Question and Reply of
the Denkard Book III, states: "The (next) Question of the
heretic (aharmôg) runs thus: 'Why do you call the excessive
(drinking) of wine a sin, since wine cannot be drunk in moderation?'"
"Answer: Be it known that we should call the excessive drinking
of wine a sin, just as the Religion says': -- 'he who eats food
to satiety, probably drinks liquor to satiety, thereby he is fermented
and commits the sin of not chanting the Gathas; and owing to the
defect of sore-throats of the heretics, there is a change in their
voice and a contraction of great disorder (in their physical systems).'"
The ideas of the ancient Iranians regarding wine and the effects produced by drinking it moderately or immoderately, are mentioned in MX, Chap. XVI, §§ 20-63:-14. Regarding wine it is evident that it is possible for good and bad temper to come to manifestation through wine. The goodness of a man is manifested in anger, the wisdom of a man in irregular desires; for he whom anger hurries on is able to recover himself from it through goodness, he whom lust hurries on is able to recover himself from it through wisdom, and he whom wine hurries on is able to recover himself from it through temper. It is not requisite for investigation, because he who is a good-tempered man, when he drinks wine, is like a gold or silver cup which, however much more they burn it, becomes purer and brighter. It also keeps his thoughts, words, and deeds more virtuous; and he becomes gentler and pleasanter unto wife and child, companions and friends, and is more diligent in every duty and work. And he who is a bad-tempered man, when he drinks wine, thinks and considers himself more than ordinary. He carries on a quarrel with his associates, displays insolence, makes ridicule and mockery, and acts arrogantly to a good person. He distresses his own wife and child, slave and servant, and dissipates the joy of the good, carries off peace, and brings in discord.
"But every one must become intelligent through the moderate drinking of wine; because from the moderate drinking of wine thus much benefit happens to him: since it digests food, kindles the fire of life, increases the understanding and intellect, semen and blood, removes vexation, and inflames complexion. It causes recollection of things forgotten, and goodness takes a place in the mind. It likewise increases the sight of the eye, the hearing of the ear, and the speaking of the tongue, and the work which it is necessary to do and expedite, becomes more progressive. He also sleeps pleasantly in the bed, and rises light." -- "And, on account of these contingencies, good repute for the body, righteousness for the soul, and also the approbation of the good come upon him."
"And in him who drinks wine more than moderately, thus much defect becomes manifest, since it diminishes his wisdom, understanding and intellect, semen and blood; it injures the liver and accumulates disease, it alters the complexion and diminishes strength and vigor, and the homage and extollings of God are forgotten" "The sight of the eye, the hearing of the ear, and the speaking of the tongue become less. He distresses Hordad and Amurdad, and entertains a desire of slothful sleep. That, also, which it is necessary for him to say and do, remains undone; and he sleeps in uneasiness and rises uncomfortably. And, on account of these contingencies, himself, wife and child, friend and kindred are distressed and unhappy, his troubles are uppermost and enemy glad. God, also, is not pleased with him, and ill-repute comes to his body and even wickedness to his soul." See S.B.E. vol. XXIV., pp. 46-49, by E.W. West. One of the monitions of Adarbad Mahraspandan is: "Drink wine temperately, for he who indulges in it immoderately commits thereby many kinds of sin." See Dastur Peshotanji's Pand Namak i Atropat, § 112.
95. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, that is the meritorious work of him who cherishes that good work within himself57; that is the good work which he should perform himself, and which he should perform in this world, and which becomes entirely his own58. (2) And that meritorious deed (is) such through (his) communion with the righteous ones; since by communion (ham-pûrsagîh) with the pious a man knows God, and thoroughly knows also the Demon. (3) And whoso has fully recognized God will never turn back from God; and whoso has fully known the Demon is not after the demons.
57. Lit., "the meritorious act of him who lodges it within
himself as a guest."
58. Meaning that that work is regarded as meritorious in the Religion, which a man sincerely appreciates as such and performs it personally in this world.
96. They considered this, too, thus: namely, whatever (sacred) language thou mayest have command over (for realizing thy obligations to God, still) this one act is good (that) thou shouldst (always) meditate on the divine nature59 (haêm i yazdân) in this world.
|59. Probably meaning thereby the divine laws of nature regulating this world.|
97. They considered this, too, thus: namely, we men ought to toil hard for the personal gratification of the pious people and for the joy and thanksgiving (Niyayesh) to God, so that as long as (we are) in this world we are uncorrupted; since when we are thus (uncorrupted) in this world, the good spirits enter our bodies in this world and, consequently, our bodies become joyful.
98. They considered this, too, thus: namely, religious education should not be abandoned; because when one prosecutes religious studies for many years on this one subject (of the Religion) that one may be doubtless as to the Almighty60 -- that God exists (to eternity) and (that) the Demon does not (so) exist-then Ohrmazd the Lord does not smite (one) at the (Chinwad) Bridge.
|60. That is, when religious training is continued on for many years, a firmly rooted conviction is naturally established in one's mind, which refuses to doubt the existence of the Almighty Ahura Mazda in the Universe.|
99. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, one should endeavor strenuously for these three things -- for truth and temperance61 and helpfulness (to others). (2) And one should earnestly turn away from these three things-from falsehood and non-assistance (to others) and intemperance.
|61. Patmân also means "a marriage compact" in Pahlavi; comp. Mod. Pers paêmân.|
100. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, in an unremedied and inexpiated (state) there are some for whom it is necessary to know that a sin has been committed -- a sin of which the perpetration is unremedied and unatoned for. (2) That is, whoso has any sins unremedied and inexpiated, does neither attain permanent greatness, nor the fulfillment of (his) desire by means of (his) worldly riches; or (if) he does attain (them, still) he is afflicted (by the sting of his conscience), and considerable harm of other kinds in addition reaches him in this world; and that is the sin (mandavam, which is said to be) unremedied and inexpiated. (3) If the opposite (i.e., its expiation) is not done, then this (is) the dread (of him) therefrom that with the help of his own material person it is not possible (for him) to maintain (his own) life and health (in immortality); and the sin owing to its being unremedied and unatoned for is (after death), consequently, inexpiable. (4) He should, therefore, not commit a sin which (becomes) inexpiable, in consequence of its not being remedied and atoned for (in his lifetime).
101. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, an honest desire should be formed, and then adequate speech as well as action should be observed with that honest desire. (2) And whose would do so when he is gifted with this good fortune (far(r)akhûîh) that even in (his usual) speech and action there is nothing distinctly afflicting, then (only) should he be regarded as righteous. (3) And if it so happens to him that there is something distinctly conflicting, then he should be in contrition (for it) so that in the end God may not abandon with the demons the man who (is) in that position, under the judgment of spiritual beings [maînyûgân]. (4) Indeed they (will) say this: namely, "Since we ourselves are created by the Good Spirit, so we are favored and exalted by Him; whereas the gin which the Fiend produced is handed down to us (by him alone), and he (viz., the druj) through that cause becomes familiar (with us, and) drags (us) to himself."
102. They considered this, too, thus: namely, belief in the good spirits is of many kinds; and this, too, is a belief regarding the good spirits: whoso practicing good deeds believes in the good spirits, (believes) that it is possible for them (i.e., for the good Spirits) to allot worldly happiness to mankind, and they (i.e., mankind, therefore) seek from them the happiness of this world.
103. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, the essential object (mâtigân) in the body of man is (his) essence (gaôhar62) and after that other faculties. (2) And (those) faculties63 are requisite in (mankind) for this use that as much as they: make the essence manifest so much do they bring it into use.
62. Gaôhar, which means. "essence," also
63. Afzâr, comp. Old Pers. rt. har. In. Mod. Pers. it also means "an organ", "an instrument", "a weapon."
104. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, the object of annihilation should be recognized as most adverse, that is to say the essence of man is either good or bad; since (there is) many a man whose essence is thus vitiated (by that object of annihilation) and (he) is ruined. (2) For that reason a very highly cultured faculty of judgment and manifold learning are requisite (in man), whereby it could be manifested that good or bad, what is abundant or what is scarce, should be essayed and (properly) recognized.
105. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, the intellect of man should above all recognize this one thing, viz., when superior learning is communicated, it should be made known with an honest motive. (2) And the religious belief (being thus) established, one either performs a meritorious act or a sinful act; and when (that act is) under a test then only is the nature (of the man) revealed.
106. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, when a man stands by the Religion of God, and then he sees circumstantial troubles (lit. the troubles allotted (to him)) which (occur) in this world, he should pass (his) life, in the course of the troubles that approach him, with agility and in superior endeavors. (2) The suffering (on account) of hunger and thirst and calamity and sickness that approach him (in this world) is, however, considered at the reckoning of the good spirits with whatever else he may have suffered.
107. They considered this, too, thus: namely, the goodness of the good ones should be for him who makes amends for that goodness; material goodness (is) that which (emanates) from a good desire.
108. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, three things are exceedingly good for men. (2) And these (are) as follows: The drinking of Haoma, and the drinking of wine, and the leading of a secluded life64. (3) The drinking of Haoma (is) when it stands in the mortar (havanîm)65; and the drinking of wine (is) when supreme tranquillity (madam âshtîh) subsists; and the leading of a secluded life (is) when one is isolated (jvît) from the evil ones.
64. Kûstak barishnîh, lit., "to lead one's
life aside or apart from the world"; i.e., to lead
a private life thinking of goodness and meditating on God.
65. The writer probably here refers to the drinking of the Haoma juice which is prepared by pounding small bits of a Haoma twig in a mortar during the consecration thereof in the yazishna [[Yasna]] and other like ceremonies. Lit., "The drinking of Haoma (is) this (or thus) when......"
109. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, some good people inquired thus: "What (is) the safeguard of the body? What the safeguard of the soul? And what the safeguard of fame?" (2) The Paoiryo-tkaesha answered thus: "The safeguard of the body (is) orderliness; the safeguard of the soul (is) sinlessness; and the safeguard of fame (is) pre-eminence in eloquence."
110. (1) They considered this, too, thus; namely, (there are) several things which (are) best for men. (2) And these are as follows: An abundance of hospitality, an abundance of honor, a sufficiency of discrimination, and a longing for the recompense of good deeds from the good spirits, and a profession of discipleship (in the Religion). (3) Because, out of those virtues this one object is the best, viz., to profess discipleship, since it is possible to recognize all the five (virtues aforesaid) in the practice of the discipleship (of the Prophet).
111. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, when (there are) two persons who are equal in goodness, and one believes more (in the Religion) than the other, consequently when (both are) together (they are) of different natures. (2) As to the former he ought to discern why (it is) so; since if he does not discern (it), then his spiritual wealth diminishes thereby for this reason (that) the other one thinks little (of that spiritual wealth.)
112. They considered this, too, thus: namely, (every) man makes (his) account-book (dastak) himself; because if the deeds of a man (are) straightforward, then the good spirits (Yazads) would approach him and regard (him) as much as though (they were) most virtuously beneficent towards that man.
113. (1).They considered this, too, thus: namely, for men seven things are best. (2) And these are as follows: Renown and piety and nobility and controlling power and sovereignty and soundness and appreciation (of God). (3) Renown is this: whoso always keeps his door open for the apt pleasure of the good ones. (4) Piety is this: whoso performs meritorious acts for the soul. (5) Nobility is this: whoso makes offerings to the pious and the deserving ones. (6) Controlling power is this: whoso having withheld the body from sin, keeps back (from it). (7) Sovereignty is this: whose causes the maintenance of the good and the stunting of the evil. (8) Soundness is this: whoso keeps the body and soul apart from evil people (hûnutak) and adverse natures, and keeps company with the nature like his own. (9) Appreciation (of God) is this : whose for the happiness that has reached (him ) regards with complete reverence the good spirits and the Deity; and if he has not attained the divine recognition, they, viz., the good spirits bring him up to it, and drive away from him the affliction which besets him; and what is good always comes to him from God (Ahû).
114. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, these things are best for men: Friendship of man and longing for paradise [Vahisht khvâhîsht], and truth and aid unto kinsmen, and perfect devotion and polite bearing, and charity and sincere gratefulness, and (religious) conference and moderation. (2) The law of Ohrmazd (is) friendship of man; and the law of Vohuman (is) longing for paradise; and the law of Ardwahisht (is) truth; and the law of Shahrewar (is) aid unto kinsmen; and the law of Spandarmad (is) perfect devotion and humility; and the law of Hordad (is) liberality and sincere gratefulness; and the law of Amurdad (is religious) conference and moderation.
115. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, for men (there are) these several things which are greatly good. (2) And these are as follows: Conscience and good nature and wisdom and moral goodness and glory. (3) If they (are) not in accord with (their) own faculties, they do not attain the objects enumerated. (4) The faculty of conscience (Phl. daêna afzâr) is this whoso (is) faithful; and faithfulness (is) this: whoso holds a friend who is good-natured, who is pious, who is a good man, as a supreme guide to his own person, and speaks (to him) thus: "whatever defect thou mayest discern (in me) declare (unto me), so that I may (thereby) improve; and whatever he says (he) keenly and willingly listens to and obeys. (5) The faculty of good nature is: an honest disposition to move with the virtuous and to adopt virtue from every one, and not to embrace vice from any body whatever. (6) The faculty of wisdom is, the entertainment of an awful regard for the pious., (7) The faculty of excellence embodies industry and diligence. (8) The faculty of honor embodies truthfulness and sincere love.
116. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, (there are) three things which are exceedingly good in regard to the heavenly good spirits (mainyugan yazdan). (2) And these are as follows: Love and veneration and hope.
119. They considered this, too, thus: namely, the unique virtue is this: an excellent openness in thought and word and deed; for this reason that a sin is committed clandestinely, not (so) a righteous act.
120. (1) They considered this, too, thus namely, the soul could be much redeemed66 by four virtues. (2) And these are as follows: By gratefulness and peacefulness and deviation from vices and pious actions.
|66. Here we have the doctrine that virtue is coupled with sincerity and frankness. For virtue, which consists in good thoughts, good words, and good deeds, has no motive to conceal its operation, whereas vice needs hypocrisy for its success.|
122. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, in the Religion these (things) are thus recommended. (2) One is the love of sovereigns; and another is (the accomplishment) of that (man) who keeps his person with minute care and liveliness, and clean from guilt, and practices divine worship at the risk of life and following religious authorities.
123. They considered this, too, thus: namely, whoso would grieve over a fault should pronounce a blessing on Ohrmazd the Lord and the Amahraspands and the kings, and the righteous and virtuous who are born and will be born, and should denounce a curse on Ahriman (Evil Spirit) and the demons and the wicked.
124. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, Ohrmazd the Lord has produced nature and Religion most excellent. (2) Whoso has no good nature has no religion; and whoso has no virtuous friendship has no goodness; and whose is a friend of the virtuous for the sake of virtue is goodness himself.
125. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, Whoso desires to be glorious, shall adore the sun with reverence. (2) Whoso desires that the Yasna ceremony he performs may reach God best, shall wash the hands clean and shall keep pure himself and (his) clothes (3) And whose wishes to acquire best whatever he solicits from God, shall perform divine worship with veneration. (4) And whoso desires that good words may reach (the heart of) a well-chosen assembly, shall solemnly recite the important Avesta texts67.
|67. Purity of body and purity of mind go together (cf. Section 122 with this.) In 121 we have the glorification of worldly wealth as a medium of relieving the affliction of the poor. There is thus a harmony of bodily and mental and spiritual gifts in man which alone can constitute the highest good.|
126. They considered this, too, thus: namely, whose for the affliction that has reached (him), and even for that which has not reached (him), is awfully reverent towards God, is freed from that which has reached (him), and that which has not reached him does not approach him forthwith.
127. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, in life man's appreciation (of it is) good, and in appreciation physical soundness (is) good. (2) Secondly, character (is) good, and in character steadfastness to the true and good Religion (is good). (3) Thirdly, wisdom (is) good, and in wisdom endurance and vigilance (are) good. (4) Fourthly, opulence (is) good, and in opulence contentment and worthiness68 (are) good. (5) Fifthly, happiness is good, and in happiness a woman who (is) a respectable materfamilias and a beloved of (her) husband, (is) good. (6) Sixthly, friendship (is) good, and in friendship unity (is) good. (7) Seventhly, charity with truthfulness (is) good, and in charity which (is) coupled with veracity the bestowal of great benefits (is) good. (8) Eighthly, even apart from the salvation of one's own soul, (it is) good to endeavor for the salvation of the souls of others. (9) Ninthly, (it is) good to do meritorious acts, to abstain from sin, to do much more meritorious acts according to great religious tenets, and to greatly abstain from sin and (especially) from the sin which is grievous. (10) Tenthly, a happy end (is) good, and in the happy end the salvation of the soul from Hell (is) good.
|68. That is, one is worthy of worldly possessions when the latter are utilized for alleviating the miseries and afflictions of the needy and destitute. Charity, for charity's sake and not for any personal motive or honor, is enjoined by the Zoroastrian religion on its followers and may be regarded as one of its cardinal virtues. Compare the seventh sentence in the same section.|
128. They considered this, too, thus: namely, apostasy from its very import should be much abstained from; and even he who is a great observer and wise man should not be proud thus: "It (i.e., apostasy) is not able to fetter me"; since this dust which is so minute and soft is wholly made out of a hard and compact stone.
129. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, one might wish for an evil (druj) in one's own abode, not in the abode of actions69. (2) Because whose invites it to his own (abode) overpowers it, and is able, when he desires, to remove it from the abode. (3) And whoso desires it in his actions does not overcome (it)70.
69. This Section hints at an ancient belief in demonism. There
is an allusion to a superstitious idea of the primitive Zoroastrians,
as of other nations of antiquity, that the devils (the belief
in whose existence was then rampant) are at the root of all sorts
of mischief and the supposed generators and upholders of all struggles
and conflicts waging in this world. Hence the Section exhorts
not to suffer the evil influences (druj) or wicked tendencies
to mix with one's actions lest one might acquire devilish proclivities.
But such was not the idea with regard to one's abode, since, as
the ancients supposed, if the druj found his way into one's abode
or into one's body (reading katag î nafshâ,
meaning the "abode of the soul") it was possible to
cast him out by reciting the Yasna, Niyayeshs, and other ritualistic
prayers; but these were of no avail when one's actions were prompted
by evil designs and wicked intentions. An almost similar belief
in the literal existence of demons and the demoniacal possession
obtained among the primitive and the medieval Christians. Considered
metaphorically, the constant indulgence in devilish practices
and wicked motives is no doubt sufficient to debase a good character
to a real extent. The character of Macbeth, described by Shakespeare,
is a good illustration of a noble character degraded to the utmost
pitch of wickedness by adhering to and following evil influences.
70. Compare Section 132.6.
130. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, an evil (druj) should be removed from such a place that when removed from that place, (it) would be cast out from the whole of this world. (2) And, also, a good spirit should be lodged in such a place that when lodged in that place, (it) would be lodged in the whole of this world; and that place (is) thus (hand) one's own person and family.
131. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, a person rises to an essential place to adorn (it) and when that essential place is adorned, the whole world is then adorned by him; and when that essential place is not adorned, no place whatever is then adorned by him. (2) And they called that essential place one's own person.
132. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, for men (there are) four things which (are) highly good. (2) And these (are) as follows the food of the soul, and the word of the soul , and the deed of the soul, and the female consort of the soul. (3) The food of the soul is this: whoso enjoys and preserves (his) share of life, so enjoys and preserves it as though he were discharging a duty (towards the soul). (4) The word of the soul is this whoso is an intercessor for his own soul. (5) The deed of the soul is this: whoso struggles with the evil (druj) of the soul , and not with the evil (druj) in his actions; since whoso struggles with the druj in his actions gets inclined to fighting (cp. 129). (6) The female consort of one's soul is this: whoso in every act of piety is of the same desire (with the soul)71.
|71. That is, that wife helps the soul of her husband in the next world, who is unanimous with him, and helps him in every act of merit achieved by him in this world.|
133. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, whose (associates) with the righteous here (in this world, associates) with the angels there (in the next world). (2) And whose (mingles) with the wicked here (mingles) with the demons there. (3) And whoso moved here with both the good and the evil, this was said of him that he (was) one with (them) in thought and word and deed.
134. They considered this, too, thus: namely, Ohrmazd the Lord has (deemed) it requisite for every living man to be with these several faculties within (him): (viz.) with the nose, and the vocal organ, and the eyesight, and the reasoning (faculty.)
135. They considered this, too, thus: namely, Ohrmazd the Lord has produced all (His) creatures, likewise, for these two beneficial results: for the annihilation of the Blemish-giver (Ahriman) through them, and for the evidence of Himself (i.e., of His Supreme Being).
136. (1) They considered this, too, thus namely, one should always choose out one's own motive in connection with a passing event, and see whether it is achieved (by him) certainly with an honest or a dishonest purpose. (2) He should estimate (it) thus: "Have I an honest or a dishonest motive?" (3) If his own actual wish be honest, he should stand to it accordingly; and if the reverse, then he should turn away from it.
140. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, as to a person whose renown is great, they say that the manifestation of goodness in his acts is owing to this (that) when he does honest acts as much as he can, the desire that occurs to him is: "Would to Heaven (kâch), I were able to do more (such deeds)." (2) And as to every man whose ill-fame is great, they say that evil is manifest in his actions owing to this that when he does harm as much as possible, the desire that occurs to him is: "Would to Heaven, I were able to do more (such evil acts)." (3) In the assembly of the good spirits they have regard for that man who in the above manner has done those acts of goodness, and who has not deliberately done harm (to others); and, in this world, they glorify (him) through the mouths of men.
141. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, in the Andarz ôl Anshûtâân ("Admonitions unto Men"), it is said thus" "Thou shouldst practice (righteous) poverty which (is) best for the great ones"; and hence hard is the superior kind of poverty, which (is) the best of objects. (2) And whoso (is) not helpless, but prosperous, stands in poverty for the goodness and sublimity of, (that) poverty, he who is Ahriman is (then) cast out from the world with the most wicked among the demons; and the maintenance and progress through him of every righteous act which (is possible) in this world, (are) like unto a river which is ever navigable. (3) And this, too, is said thus: namely, "In poverty he could remain glorious who, for whatever (is) requisite for this body, would be more delighted with what is most poorly attained than with what is most superbly gained." (4) And he who acts thus can remain prosperous in poverty, whereas he who practices the reverse is held back from the splendor of (such) poverty.
142. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, nobility is this whoso possesses mighty earthly resources in full abundance for the use and benefit (of others), and appreciates and consumes and bestows (those) mighty resources which are for him on others, for (averting) afflictions, for which, from whatever cause they may arise, (he is) an intercessor for the drivishes (drigûshân), and causes their happiness thereby. (2) He who (is) a drivish and practices (drivishism) acts in such a way that all persons consider themselves happy owing to his splendor and mighty riches, and are proud thus: "If troubles and difficulties come upon us, then he will bring (us) the desired remedies".
143. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, the state of a drivish is this: whoso on account of (the) potent earthly riches72 is personally and fully devoted to God (Ahû), whose thoughts are centered in God, and who is therewith contented and is not harsh within. (2) And for him who is illustrious and opulent (he has) no disregard, but contemplates in this manner: namely, "(Compared) with his splendor and resources, my poverty is eventually just the same wherever I am."
|72. That is, for the physical resources of this world, which he attributes to God as a blessing conferred by Him on mankind.|
144. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, karpîh73 is this whoso consumes immoderately and keeps (for himself) the powerful earthly means which are amply attained. (2) On account of his splendor and resources others are afflicted; for him who is a drivish and contented person (he has) a dislike; he hates and despises them, and regards poverty as an affliction. (3) Men have no such hope of him as the following: "If troubles and difficulties come upon us, then he will bring (us) the remedies wished for.74"
73. Comp. Avesta Karapan, an enemy of the Zoroastrian doctrine,
who turns a deaf ear to its religious precepts (see Yasna 32.12.)
The proper name refers to the descendants of some one whose lineage
is traced to the sister of Manuschihar (see Y46.11 seq.)
His five sons, three of whose names are almost alike, are called
Bratarvakhsh, Bratroyish, Bartarush, Azan and Nasm; and the first
one Bratarvakhsh is often mentioned in Pahlavi writings as the
murderer of the Prophet Zarathushtra. They belonged to the Turanian
priesthood. The name is Karap in Pahlavi, and Karapâh in
Neriosangh's Sanskrit Version. The Karaps generally mentioned
in Pahlavi writings are Durasrob, Bratrok-resh, Vaedvoisht and
Jeshmak. They are frequently mentioned with the Kavigs (Av. Kavi
or Kavans), the name of an equally hostile class, and are designated
"demon-worshippers and idolaters." Afterwards the words
Kavigs and Karbs came to be applied in a metaphorical sense to
the blind and the deaf people respectively, who winked at and
would not listen to the Religion. Vide the
Denkard Book 8, chap. 35.18;
Book 9, chap. 29.3, etc.
74. Comp. 142.2
145. They considered this too, thus: namely, indigence (shekunâîh)75 is this: whose has not adequately the mighty wealth of (this) world, (and) is discontented with it, considers himself unfortunate (has) a hatred for him who is rich and glorious, (and) himself always conflicts with splendor and power.
|75. It can also be read "an ostentatious or pompous fellow." While drîgûshin is devoted to the divine cause for the ample resources and physical blessings conferred by the Deity on mankind, shekunâîh, the opposite character, is without any gratitude for the divine blessings which humanity enjoys in the material wealth; on the contrary, it is dissatisfied with them. The former takes a favorable view of the physical world; the latter inclines to pessimism.|
146. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, counteractions are four: two of the wealthy nobles, and two of the drivishes having no powerful wealth. (2) If those counteractions do not exist, they together will be equal in meritorious deeds; and the counteractions of the drivish-nobles (are) counteractions of the wealthy nobles. (3) (Of the four influences), one (is) nat to exalt drivishism; one (is) to distress the drivishes, and not to release the drivishes from it (i.e., from distress); one (is) arrogance, (namely), not to teach the great ones about the soul-substance; and one (is) a distracted mind.
147. They considered this, too, thus: namely, if among (themselves) the drivishes prune off this one thing, (namely), arrogance which (is prevalent) amongst the powerful great, then for hundred years76 they do not come to Hell.
|76. The expression here indicates an indefinite point of time. The passage alludes to an ancient belief or idea now unknown and consequently as it stands, is not intelligible.|
148. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, in this world there is nobody whatever to whom lordship and riches (are) reverential. (2) He who (is) happy is (so) owing to straightforwardness, while he who (is) unhappy is (so) through every path of avarice (Az).
149. They considered this, too, thus: namely, material wealth should not be immoderately embellished; since the man who immoderately embellishes material (wealth), is a destroyer of spiritual (wealth).
151. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, the wealth of this world shall be so employed during the period (of thy life) as if thou knewest thus: "I may live a thousand years, and whatever I may not perform today I shall then perform the next day." (2) And spiritual objects shall always be so employed thoughtfully and diligently as if thou knewest thus: "I (may) live for a day, and whatever I may not perform today I cannot perform thereafter."
152. They considered this, too, thus: namely, one should not be proud and greedy of material wealth and (its) excesses; because the earthly wealth of nobody whatever becomes more ample than Jamshed's (Yim)77; and even Jamshed's (wealth) became less (as) each day passed on, and the entire wealth of (this) world at last became remote from him, and (his) cry for help was for the soul.
|77. Yima Khshaeta of the Avesta, the third king of the Paradhatan dynasty, known as the Pishdadians in the Shah Namah and in the Persian literature. According to Vd2.5, he was the richest and most powerful king that one could imagine, rich enough to nourish. rule, and watch over the whole world. In the same Fargard, Yima speaks to Ohrmazd: "Yes! I will make Thy world increase, I will make Thy world grow. Yes! I will nourish, rule, and watch over Thy world. There shall be, while I am king, neither cold wind, nor hot wind, neither disease nor death." It is stated in the Bundahish, Chap. 34.4, that the Aryan Glory (Airyanem Khwareno) followed Yima for a long time, for 616 years and 6 months; and according to the Zamyad Yasht, §§ 31-38: "When Yima began to find delight in words of falsehood and untruth, the Glory was seen to flee away from him..... When his Glory had disappeared, then the great Yima Khshaeta [[Jamshed]], the good shepherd, trembled and was in sorrow before his foes" (Azi Dahaka [[Zohak]] and his followers); "he was confounded, and laid him down on the ground." See the Bundahish, Chap. 17.5, and 31.5. References to Yima are also found in the Denkard, Book 7, Chap. 1.20-24; Chap. 2.59-61; Book 9, Chap. 21.2.|
153. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, these three kinds of (human) nature are heavenly (garothmanig). (2) One (is) this: whoso, when be has seen too much harm and affliction from anyone, is not even then inimical and malevolent to that man. (3) And one (is) this: whoso for the food that has already come to him, being not abundant, holds no anticipation thus: "It will reach me" (in abundance); and if a man who has already had no food comes to him (for it), this one partakes of these victuals with him as he should. (4) And one is this: when a woman and a man have come to a desert-place, they have eaten sufficient food and are cheerful, and they are much enamored of each other, and even if they were then led away by love which none might be aware of, still the man would not cohabit with the woman on account of the voice (aivâj râi) of (his) conscience (rûbân)78.
|78. Generally means "the soul" in Pahlavi.|
154. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, good nature is this: whose does not wish to commit a sin. (2) And wisdom is this: whose, when he desires (to commit a sin), nevertheless will not allow (the desire to be fulfilled). (3) And the lack of good nature is this: whoso speaks what he does not understand. (4) And the lack of wisdom is this: whoso questions what he does not comprehend.
156. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, whose, seeking chieftaincy and riches, comes by them, should preserve them for the benefit and happiness of men, and make them qualified in the world. (2) And whoso stands exalted in drivishism and good deeds (or, "(religious) meditations"), brings thereby the good spirits into (this) world with rejoicing.
157. They considered this, too, thus: namely, a man who has not the nature of the kavigs and the karbs79 (in him), and who. likewise (has an) intuitive sense (asno-ich), is virtuous as long as he is self-reliant.
|79. Vide the footnote on the Kavigs and the Karaps on §144.|
160. They considered this, too, thus: namely, an act of small merit is a covering for a sin, because an enormous crime which might be committed, being a little apparent owing to a small act of merit, attains thereby little diminution.
161. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely when a highly talented man performs many acts of such small merit, it will not be possible (for him) to be holy thereby; but when an act of very great merit is performed by (such) a man, he becomes holy thereby. (2) And we men ought to be nobly striving, so that an act of sublime merit may be our own.
162. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, every person has a conscience (ahû); and when that person's conscience remains healthy and uninjured, the thing (viz., the faculty of conscience, is) then an intermediary for an object. (2) And when the reverse, then that thing is destroyed, (even) if an object which is highly-spoken of be declared highly good and practiced.
163. They considered this, too, thus: namely, the spirit (ahû) of the Religion (is) Zarathushtra, the spirit of holiness (is) Manthra, and the spirit of nobility is magnanimity.
164. They considered this, too, thus: namely, every object has a source; the source of knowledge is good nature, and the source of light is the Sun, and the source of water is Vourukasha80, and the source of the soul is the spirit81.
80. Av. Vouru-kasha, the sea mentioned in the Aban Yasht, 8.116,
etc., and identified with the Caspian Sea. In Pahlavi, it is called
81. Ahû, "the divine element."
165. They considered this, too, thus: namely, a sublime wish is friendship with the Religion, because an ever-attached friendship is the friendship with the Religion, and because he who is friendly to the Religion (and the Religion) are both together here and there.
166. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, everyone should devote himself to the Religion, or what he believes in, and should thoroughly judge about his own desire (for devotion) thus: "What is that object in which he should believe self-devotingly." (2) And in the Religion (there are) several things to which he should be self-devoting. (3) And that one is steadfast in the Religion who, whenever he attains anything (enumerated in the Religion,) to which he should be devoting, does devote himself, and does not perform those several things by which an act of self-devotion (results in) a sin which is inexpiable. (5) This is he who devotes himself to the Religion, to the wife and the offspring, as well as to the holy ones, and priests and other good ones, when they approach (him).
167. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, (there is) a saying in this Religion, which is very essential, and this (is) as follows: "Doubtlessness in the Religion of the Deity." (2) And doubtlessness in the Religion of the Deity should be such that although they mitigate sins after sins, still they do not stand aloof from the wealth of the good spirits.
168. (1) They considered this, too, thus namely, when a man commits a thousand enormities (or, 'helplessly commits an illicit intercourse') (he) is sorrowful and in contrition for it, and says (to himself) thus: "In the end I shall not be (one of) Ahriman's own (adherents); but I shall act so that I may be (one of) Ohrmazd's own (adherents); then Ahriman will think little of me and can boast little of me." (2) Whereas another man is humbled (even) by a very insignificant crime, and is (as it were) dumbfounded regarding his acts of merits on account of the sin, and speaks thus: "Now what (are) my acts of merit, if in the end I shall also be (one of) Ahriman's own (adherents)."82
|82. In this passage a distinction is drawn between a depraved character who, after a slight contrition for his crimes, deems himself absolved from them, and a virtuous man who feels so much for an insignificant crime that he gives up hope of doing acts of merit, and gaining salvation in the future. Vide the following Section.|
169. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, a man considers all (other) men in this world as wicked; however, he does not consider himself as wicked but as holy, (saying) thus: "I am (one of) Ohrmazd's own (adherents), Ahriman therefore will bring little trouble on himself (for me)." (2) Whereas a man with a trivial crime of his own helplessly (done) says: "I am wicked." (3) Since in the world although many a man may be opposed to the wickedness of a man, still it is never possible (for them) to discern the wickedness of that man as fully as when the man himself relates his own wicked acts.
170. They considered this, too, thus: namely, whoso, during the approach of harm and affliction to him who is a strangers, solicits (for him) a favor from God (has) an inborn (âsnô) faith in the divinity (maînûg), for this reason that even if the acts (of the afflicted one) be foolish and dishonest, still he believes regarding the Deity that God is able to achieve what is good and what is bad.
171. They considered this, too, thus: namely, this little and much, and near and far, and comfort (khvâr) and discomfort, he who (is) eminently wise comprehends.
172. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, the path which (leads) to Garothman (the highest Heaven, is) the covenant83 with the Religion. (2) When Ohrmazd prepared that path, Ahriman then laid out two paths together: One farehbut, and one aibibut. (3) He (Ahriman) prepared both of these as far as the dark region, and it was not possible (for him) to prepare further than that.
|83. Pahl. Daêna-paîmân, or "faith in the Religion."|
173. (1) They considered this, too, thus namely, fortunate (is) that man who walks in the main (divine) path; because whosoever treads (it) very religiously reaches in consequence the heavenly abode in time. (2) And unfortunate (is) that man who walks in an out-of-the-way path84; because, howsoever much industrious (he may be), still farther (he is) from the abode. (3) And (that) main road (is) the Religion, and (that) abode (is) Paradise.
|84. Râs i avîrâs, lit., "The path which is no path", that is, a devious path; comp. Pers., bî-rah, "bewildering."|
85. Sections 174 and 175 are somewhat obscure and unintelligible.
86. The true power does not fail in the acquisition of one's object; since the higher the soul is in the scale of virtue and excellence, the higher the degree of such power. Of Section 174 an admissible free rendering may be: "They considered this, too, thus namely, the capacity of the soul-measure is not possible to determine by the wealth-measure.
87. Namely, the wealth of this world.
175. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, it may help and it may not help, (since it is an object that) transforms things and persons. (2) There are some (whom) it does not help, even though they possess splendor and wealth, and gold, silver, and other riches abundantly. (3) There are some whom it helps when they possess nothing beyond a single head of cattle88, and (their) desire does not go further.
|88. A man of the lowest aspirations would believe that wealth is power, but the great righteous man values it much less than spiritual virtue and excellence. Of Section 175 an admissible free rendering may be: "They considered this, too, thus: namely, to help or not to help hinges on objects and persons; and there are some who will not help unless they possess plentiful wealth in brilliants, in gold and silver, and other objects; and there are some who will help when they have a single strong bull, and their desire does not go further." Or, "there are some to whom it may be of help if their desire does not go further than (the possession of) a solitary head of cattle"|
176. They considered this, too, thus: namely, it is thus to help and not to help the Religion; as it is helped when they commit no sins; but it is not (so) helped except when they perform acts of merit.
178. (1) They considered this, too, thus namely, men are of four kinds: two of the experienced, and two of the inexperienced (kind). (2) Of the two kinds of the experienced, the one (includes) those who (are) good in the company of the righteous, and another (includes) those who (are) wicked in the company of the evil. (3) Since, it possibly happens that he who has stayed among the virtuous, (turns) worse when (he happens to be) among the wicked; and he who has stayed in the company of the wicked, (turns) better when he has access to the virtuous. (4) And of the two varieties of the inexperienced, one (includes) those who were in the company of the good and eventually (turned) worse; and another (includes) those who were in the company of the wicked and eventually (became) better.
180. They considered this, too, thus: namely, that man is most fortunate who so mingles this decaying wealth of the world with that which is undecaying that, when he passes away from (this) world, he attains Heaven (maînûg).
181. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, in the sayings of the Religion (there are) four which are much mentioned. (2) And these are such: Not to connive at (lit. see) a sinner in regard to (his) sin, and not to elevate a man of wicked judgment on account of power and wealth; to seek a reward from the heavenly beings for an act of merit, and to be a religious disciple. (3) Especially, to be a religious disciple, because everything is known by discipleship (in the Religion).
182. They considered this, too) thus: namely, there should be more longing for these three precepts than for the entire Avesta and Zand: One (is) not to connive at a sinner in regard to (his) sins; one, not to elevate a man of wicked judgment on account of power and wealth and one, to seek a reward for an act of merit from the spiritual and not from the materiel existences.
183. They considered this, too, thus: namely, he who, regarding a precept which he does not understand, says: "I understand it;" then, on account of that precept being obscure, a thousand (other) precepts which he knows go out of him.
|89. Zak mûn levît, which literally means "that one who is not," or "that which does not exist;" that is, the spiritual non-entity.|
185. (1) They considered this, too, thus namely, one should be deserving, since fortunate is he who is deserving and knows the principles (âînîh) of the Religion; namely, where (and) to whom one should take90 something (for a gift). (2) Because both, the spiritual and the material, have concern with the Religion; and he is, likewise, most delighted when he bestows something on the deserving from the beneficence (spenâgîh) and wisdom and delight and prosperity and abundance, which (are) in the Religion.
|90. The question as to where and by whom one should guide one's spiritual self.|
186. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, in a person good nature is something more than all the vegetation in a hilly wood. (2) In that person, likewise, that good nature is inborn (âsnô) (and) when he makes (it) a guiding spirit (pîshôpâê)91, (his) whole disposition then turns towards straightforwardness.
|91. Generally, "a leader", comp. Mod. Pers. pîshvâ.|
187. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, one should keep one's door open for men; because people do not approach the dwelling of him who does not keep his door open for men. (2) And when92 people do not approach his dwelling, there is no cherishing then of the good spirits in the house. (3) And when there is no advent of the good spirits in the house, then (there) is no (divine) splendor for him. (4) Because men are after bread and the good spirits are after men, and splendor follows the good spirits.
|92. Here mûn is used for amat. In Yasna, Chapter 57.6, the angel Sraosha is spoken of as visiting the house in which he is invoked, honored and propitiated, and which is inhabited by a holy person. Such a dwelling is termed Sraoshô-pâta, i.e., "guarded by the (angel)."|
188. (1) They considered this, too, thus namely, endeavor much for association and messing with the virtuous. (2) Because, if thou shouldst know any one who, howsoever good for companionship and boarding with the virtuous, has not obtained so much as may be offered suitably to the pious, then thou shouldst take thy bread and go amongst the pious (shapîrân), and eat it with them.
189. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, one should entertain as much delight for (the receipt of) a present as a juvenile slave (does), and should endeavor so highly that the delight may never depart from oneself. (2) And when one desires pleasure in that object from which, when obtained according to wish, a sin is (incurred), then not in that object but in some other object (one should desire pleasure) which, when obtained, (will be) an increase of joy. (3) One should not commit a sin and, as a consequence, relinquish joy for oneself; because even a slave boy longs for much of that object which, when he obtains to his satisfaction, occasions much grievous sin through it. (4) Hence, in the nature of the object, there is so much eatable matter as (is) in a date, or a walnut, or in any other object which is given, and therewith he is contented and in gaiety.
190. They considered this, too, thus: namely, men ought to be vigilant in order that spiritual comfort (yazdân râmishn) may abide in the body; since the object of that comfort is to long for and help the meritorious deeds (mentioned) in the Religion.
193. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely one should keep the body in joy, and hold back the hands from sin; since when the body (is) in joy, Vohuman then lodges (mâhmân, lit. "is a guest") in the body. (2) When Vohuman (is) a guest in the body, (it is) then difficult to commit a sin, and (there is) much witholdment from (bodily) disorder. (3) Because whoso allows disorder in the body, then Akoman enters into (his) body; and into whosoever's body Akoman enters, then it is difficult to perform the acts of integrity.
194. They considered this, too, thus: namely, (there are) two (actions) which (are) virtuous; and these are as follows: the embellishment of the pious93, and the conversion (vashtârîh) of the immoral (varûn, to the right path).
|93. Reading: ashôg; it can be also read ahûg, meaning "conscience," "nature", etc.|
196. (1) They considered this, too, thus namely, the essential of joy is the contentment of the good mind, and the essential of pain is discontentment. (2) Since, if Ohrmazd the Lord is not satisfied with the goodness which is His, then He is not happy; and if Ahriman is not dissatisfied with his own affliction, then he is not distressed.
198. (1) They considered this, too, thus namely, a man into whose body the spirit of greedy desire enters, displays, consequently, a longing for worldly riches. (2) This, then, is the best remedy (for him) when the material wealth of this world seems to be a surplus to a man, he should think thus: "Consider that what is held by me why should I hold if it be necessary to relinquish it soon henceforth I will not hold it, so that the love of it which remains apart from me may not return; since, not to hold the material wealth is much more glorious (khvârtar) than to relinquish it."
199. They considered this, too, thus: namely, a perfectly wise man remains everywhere mindful of the end of the world.
200. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, worthless (khvâr,94 are) the worldly riches; because within a day it is possible that a man (who) was this morning a healthy artisan, and (is) now with remote aspirations, becomes ill and disabled and hopeless within six hours, and before the night (falls) that one dies, and even his entity becomes nil on the third day when it mingles with the earth and becomes dust. (2) Mankind should reflect (from this) thus namely, "when it was possible in the case of that man, it might happen to me who am (in this world), in the same manner as to him consequently, why should I exert myself excessively (frehbûtiha) for (such) material wealth?"
|94. Khvâr "insignificant" or "worthless." This section rather savors of pessimism. A sort of contempt is shown for the physical wealth and its futility, considering the short period of human life on this earth, which, as is the strain of the Sixth Book throughout, should qualify a human being for the supposed spiritual existence.|
|95. The sentence means that one should keep as much wealth as is sufficient for continuing on one's business.|
203. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, with this money or provision if it is possible that a man attains at a rnargarjan sin for an immoderate keeping of that money and provision; (2) how is it possible that he whose wealth is (such) money and provision, and exhausts the wealth and provision that he has, could attain meritoriousness; (3) who would not offer gifts from it and thereby transgresses?
204. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, men are of three kinds: one, redeemed, one (who has) not transgressed, and one (who has) transgressed. (2) Redeemed is he who brings into action anything he listens to from God. (3) Unerring is he who follows him who has listened to the (inward) matter96. (4) And the transgressor is he who turns away from head priests97.
96. Probably meaning "conscience."
97. Or, religious authorities.
206. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, men are of these three kinds: one (is) the gâsânig [[Gathic]]; one, the hadha-mansrig [[Hadha-Manthric, i.e. scientific]]; and one, the dâtig [[legal]]. (2) He who (is) gâsânig, (has) a union with the good spirits, and an aversion from the demons and fiends; (his) wealth-measure (is) due to (his) piety (dâhm)98 and commonsense (givar);' and, for the sin which he commits, (he has) a sense of shame and (is in) latent anxiety of the (future) punishment. (3) And he who (is) hâta-mânsrig (has) an association with the righteous, his aversion is from the wicked, his wealth-standard (is) what is performed with honesty; and for the sin which he might commit, is (obligatory) the destruction of pernicious creatures (khrafstas) with the weapon (ashtra) of Sraosha-charana -- the atonement to save himself from the punishment of Hell. (4) And he who (is) dâtig, has an association with the humble (aîrân), his aversion is from the arrogant (an-aîrân), the standard of his wealth (is) by the court of law, that is, it is necessary (for him) to act according to law and for the sin which he might commit, the smashing of an idol temple (kang)99 on the Daena day100 is (obligatory) as a punishment.
98. Pahl. dâhman. See the use of the word dâhm
or dahâm in the Denkard, Book 8, chap. 43.1,
where the words dâhm and an-aîr are
contradistinguished. Dahma means a member of the Zoroastrian
priesthood, or a holy man, in the Mihr Yasht
and in other places in the Avesta. With reference to the use of
the word in the Avesta, see Prof. Geldner's interpretation of
the Av. word dahma in his "Studien Zum Avesta,"
1852, p.14; as well as Prof. Ch. Bartholomae's explanation in
his "Altiranisches Wörterbuch," sub voce.]
99. Comp. Mod. Pers. kang in the sense of "a pagoda," or "a temple." West reads kûg zîvishn, "the lifetime of a fowl."
100. Pahl. Daêna yôm. West reads dêvô yôm, "the day of a demon." This whole Section is translated into English by the late Dr. E. W. West in S.B.E., Vol. XXXVII, p. 4, footnote 2. This note is interesting in connection with the Pahlavi terms gâsânig, hâta-mânsrîg, and dâtîig.
208. (1) They considered this, too, thus namely, one should make this body a (barren) plain, and not a peak. (2) The water which rains on a plain entirely remains in (it), and that which rains on a peak and on other (altitudes) which are higher, entirely passes down from them; what does not rain on (the top) does not then reach it (viz., the plain) first. (3) They said this regarding gaôbar: (it implies) much friendliness, (that is) to keep to oneself the surplus of wealth which is necessary for others (in their need, and) to be satisfied thereby101. (4) They said this regarding chikât: (it implies) much hostility, (that is) to keep the surplus (of wealth) to oneself (for personal use, as being) not needed by others, (and) to be distressed thereby.
|101. The idea is that one should not appropriate the surplus of one's wealth for personal gratification, but should preserve it for helping those who are in embarrassed circumstances, so that by helping other people and making many friends he may have spiritual comfort. Here one might prefer to liken much friendliness to a peak and much hostility to a plain, since the plain receives and keeps for itself the surplus water flowing down the mountain-top and is thereby fertilized.|
209. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, as to a man of much friendliness, of all the acts of merit which are accomplished in this world, owing to the proportion of what he would himself perform he remains as exalted as a plain; the water that rains on it reaches it for the same reason from other places. (2) As to a man of much hostility, of the entire acts of merit of this world so much is within him that whatever he would perform himself so passes away from him and does not correspondingly reach him from other places as the water on a peak.
210. They considered this, too, thus: namely, whoso for the divine voice (within him) greatly relies on the soul in good faith, although the object which he relies on is neither the Religion nor the Path of God, and still he would hold unto God102, has (then) the well-being thereby that be will follow the Religion and the Path of God.
|102. Here the reference is to a man with little or no education, who has a good deal of superstition and hazy notions about God and the Religion, yet has a faith in both. He, therefore, should not be classed with the skeptics, since his religious conceptions are not in exact conformity with the religious precepts.|
211. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, one should persevere in piety, and should be doing good acts and be well-awarded in provisions and properties with whatever is most active, most meritorious and most well-working. (2) And a less diligent man, when be comes to the reckoning of the spiritual beings, has then this desire namely, "I should have enjoyed little and kept little, and I should have done much."
212. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, every body should practice and carefully observe (these) two principles. (2) As to one principle, he should look to his own life (and) endeavor as much as possible for (its) improvement. (3) As to the second principle, he should observe moral virtues in actions, appropriate (them), be gratified therewith, and learn a superior lesson therefrom.
213. (1) They considered this, too, thus namely, the soul of man never (permanently) remains in one single place; since, according to its principle; it is progressing or regressing. (2) As to its progress and regress this is said thus: "As long as man follows spiritual desires (rûbân-kâmag), it is progressing; when he follows bodily desires, then the soul deteriorates."
214. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, one ought to be worthy by innate wisdom (âsnîh) of all the mysteries of the acts of God and the good spirits. (2) When a man becomes worthy (of them), the good spirits themselves then render (him) cognizant of the mysteries (of God) and the conflicts of the soul; because they seek the treasure which is reliable, and then the divine mysteries and the conflicts of the soul are not hidden from any one whatever; because it is well known that as much more men know, so much more ably civilized they are. (3) As to those who were worthies, this is declared thus: "You will be pious men to such an extent that there may be a passage of the good spirits into your bodies, who will well reveal the secrets of the wealth of (your) soul."
|103. Reading: badtûm. This word occurs in the Pahlavi Version of the Gathas, Yasna 49.1, wherein badtûm damân is the Pahlavi rendering of the Avesta proper name Bendva, and is translated by Mills: "the worst time." Pahl. badtûm "worst," or "most severe," as here, is found rarely used for vadtûm in Pahlavi books. I believe that badtûm may be taken as a corrupt form of the Pahlavi bandtûm which can be compared to Av. banda and Sanskrit bandh "a tie," hence bandhu means "a kinsman ". Read in this connection Mills' note on the word, in page 577 of his "Gathas." Bad is also the Persian form of the Pahl. pat, Av. paiti "lord," "chief," as in the Pers. spah-bad and Pahl. spâh-pat respectively. In the Avesta Religion, I believe, the Manthras form the best link or connecting support of the religionists.|
216. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, there is no one whatever who (is) most counter-working, for this Religion as the heretic; since it is found (that) from amongst the heretics there is no opponent whatsoever who is a base impostor and indeed most severe to the Religion (for whom) it is possible to come into (the Religion). (2) He who is an heretic, a base impostor and most severe (to the Religion), comes into (the Religion) with the (seeming) desire of propagating the Manthras; (but) it is he who really brings selfishness and dissensions in the Religion.
217. They considered this, too, thus: namely, 'Thou (art) of the race of the heroes of mankind, that is of that most glorious (khwartar) race which recognized the instruction of the Avesta and Zand as requisite."
218. (1) They considered this, too, thus namely, there is nobody who does not toil in this world for the fruit of the object which he possesses (or) spurn it for the trouble therein; and when in a state of poverty everybody does spurn it in this world. (2) When he who is the best male driwish arrives at the reckoning of the good spirits (to receive judgment on his acts of merit or demerit), such is his wish: "Would that I had been righteously poorer (still, so that) my present reckoning might have been still more shining and more glorious."
219. They considered this, too, thus: namely, (if) a man for the reckoning of the good spirits has not performed other acts of merit which he ought to have performed on this earth, he for not having performed (them) brings so much contrition and penitence on himself as though this occurred to him thus: "Alas! that I consigned to the fire for burning and to the waters what (was the real) human blessing (râm, namely) several acts of high merit, otherwise (there would have been) less punishment for the soul (I am) just like one who has stolen the treasure of a person and is distressed thereby."
221. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, the good spirits do not so tend an angelic-natured [Yazdân haêm] man in this world as he wishes himself (to be). (2) They preserve (him) in his person so much virtuous and take so much care (of him) as is most beneficial to the soul.
222. They considered this, too, thus: namely, the good spirits so take care of a man of angelic nature (that) they would not likewise cause nor allow him to be led according to (his) personal desire, just like a man who has some stale food for (his) offspring, which appears to him very delicious, and when he eats it he dies; in other words, the rottenness of the food is of more serious consideration for the man's offspring when he does not gratify (the child's) desire for that food.
223. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, for the instruction of him who is a stranger the one thing (which is) excellent (is) this that one should embellish one's own nature and make oneself a mirror and place it before him who is a stranger. (2) He who is a stranger looks and gazes into it, (and) therefrom receives superior instruction.
224. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, he who, besides embellishing himself in goodness, lives to attain success in (his) labors, then anybody who does not learn from him, does not become better, for this reason that a man observes (his own) defect from the standard of him who is polished in judgment, (and for this reason) that in this world he sees himself in that object which is brighter and more shining than himself. (2) Hence, many a time a man does not see himself in a goblet of iron entirely clean, while he sees himself clearly in a mirror which is pure, on this account that the metal (of the mirror) is brighter for the man's vision and the goblet of iron is darker.
225. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, one should exert oneself; and (when) any person during one-third part of the interval of night keeps fire burning in, all the evil influences are thereby everywhere destroyed. (2) And as long as the fire stands burning, everywhere that fire opposes gloom and darkness, cuts them off entirely, and renders them invisible and unknown. (3) That action, moreover, brings help in the spiritual world for whomsoever is appointed to break darkness and render gloom invisible. (4) And that light which causes darkness unseen and not apparent, rises upward in the spiritual world before the soul of the man for whom the light subsists, and renders the man's soul enlightened (rûshan), happy and comfortable.
226. They considered this, too, thus: namely, in a collection (of religious precepts) there is a very essential sermonnette, and it is as follows: "Who always performs that action by which he attains fame and publicity in the eyes of many persons, mankind in this case will not speak about him thus: 'Thou hast done immoral and bad actions (in life)'."
227. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, every man when he invokes the Sun three times104 every day, shall then give himself up entirely to God, and shall avow the existence of the Religion and the Deity, and the non-existence of Ahriman and the demons. (2) For every sin that he conceives he is (as it were) renounced on the day (on which it is committed, and) solicits God in contrition for the forgiveness of (his evil) thought, word and deed. (3) He should every day estimate himself thus: "What have I consumed and saved this day? What duties have I discharged, and what sort of deeds have I done? This day have I been an instrument of the good spirits or of the demons?"
|104. It is incumbent on a Zoroastrian to recite the Khwarshed and Mihr Niyayeshes three times every day during the gahs of Hawan, Rapithwin, and Uzerin, when the sun is above the horizon. A true and sincere Zoroastrian is required to say his prayers five times during day and night, during the five successive gah or divisions of time into which the diurnal period is divided in the Avesta.|
228. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, to do these three things is the function of men, and whoso would not do them (is) a sinful person. (2) One (is) to embellish thoroughly one's own nature; and one (is) not to look into the defects of others; and one (is) to trust in God.
229. They considered this, too, thus: namely, the fruit of the wealth of this world (is) vital protection; the fruit of vital protection (is) the maintenance of the physical body; the fruit of the body and the fruit of the soul (is) the Renovation (and) the fruit of the Renovation (is) the undecaying joy, and it has always been and will be for ever.
230. They considered this, too, thus: namely, the coming of the invisible spirits from the spiritual to the physical world is first to the Atash I Warharan (Atash-i Behram)105, and then to other places.
|105. That is, to the most sacred place (Sanctum Sanctorum). The Warharan Fire, looked upon from the Zoroastrian standpoint as the most sacred object end visible emblem of the Deity in the physical world, was naturally regarded as the first object of visit by angels during their terrestrial sojourn. An almost identical belief obtained amongst the Israelites, by whom the Holy Land of Palestine, being the most favored of God, was believed to he frequently visited by angels. Also comp. Milton's Paradise Lost, Book III., (ll. 532-534).|
231. (1) They considered this, too, thus namely, if apostates come into the Religion, and hold dispute regarding the existence and non-existence of the God of the Good Religion, then only he who is a priest and whose function that is, (is) capable of saving (his) soul from the heresy (aîrangih) expressed by the apostates. (2) Consequently, other people when they long for (the Religion) will inquire of him (about it); they themselves then shall not enter into a contest with their own spiritual leader nor should speak anything; (but) whoso does speak (anything) thereby brings on the wounding (of his conscience, and) himself atones for it. (3) Moreover, when people long for it and inquire (about it), then as long as there is a desire for life they should titter everything which is true; (but) whoso does not speak (the truth. is) in the position of an apostate.
232. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, the greatest (or Mazdayasnian) act of merit, too, should not be performed when the order has been given by him who is the sovereign lord that it shall not be performed; and whoso performing it, should then relinquish it. (2) Know that (otherwise) it is no act of merit but a great sin; for one's share (is) the position of disloyalty, and as to (the lot of) sovereignty (it) is undermined.
233. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, when the king asks (the head priest) whether drons should be consecrated or not, (and) if sins (accumulating) through sins are thereby mitigated (the priest) shall not say that they should not be consecrated. (2) But if the king gives an order to a man thus: "Don't consecrate the drons," (and) if he consecrates (them), it is no yazishn [[Yasna]] but a sinful act; just as (in the case of) the draona ceremony and every other act of righteousness, if the king asks as to these whether these should be done or not, one should thus abide by (the ruler's judgment): if the king orders "Don't do it," they should abide by it.
234. They considered this, too, thus: namely, whoso begins that act for the performance of which sanction has been granted by the king, atones for it if any wrong happens through him, just as he suffers who is fearless of the enemy, self-willed, and does not act according to (religious) decisions; and there is no protection and prosperity for such a one except that he is under the old affliction to which he has been subject; he passes away, dies or is struck (by some calamity); he himself atones for (his sins), being himself struck with pestilence106.
|106. From these passages it would appear that a Zoroastrian monarch, in the days of Persian supremacy, besides being the temporal lord was to some extent supreme in religious matters. On certain occasions, for the performance of religious rites, such as the consecration of drons, his sanction was necessary and, in such cases, a head-priest was supposed to give his consent if be thought according to the then prevalent idea that by so doing there would be a reduction of sinful acts. The performance of a ritual without a royal consent when necessary was, therefore, tantamount to a sin.|
235. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, the ruin of a family is in some oases through adverse circumstances, and in some cases through the breach of trust. (2) Prudent is he who, when he sees two families ruined, realizes which one was ruined through adverse circumstances and which one through the breach of trust.
236. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, spiritual wealth (is) always in the mind. (2) He who does not stand to it, ought to so rely on this that never should an improper object be thought of in the mind. (3) With regard to the mortal state of mankind, which approaches nearer every single hour, inward dread at the time when death (takes place) approaches the man who is always thinking of immoral objects especially earlier than (it would approach) the man who performs straightforward deeds; (and) then he proves (himself) to be the enemy of (his) soul. (4) Since, as long as a man contemplates the meritorious acts of piety, the good spirit in (his) body abides in the body, and the demons are overpowered and go out (of it). (5) And if he contemplates immoral objects, then the demons rush into (his) body; and when the man dies, at that time the druj gets into the body, (and) then it is most oppressive to the soul. (6) And, consequently, it is as difficult for the good spirits (yazdân) to take hold of the body from the hands of the druj, as (for that man) to have overpowered the druj out of the body in his material existence.
237. They considered this, too, thus: namely, there is also marvellousness (in this) he who worships and is reverent towards the good spirit that renders him every kind of protection is thereupon saved from harm, and he spoke of the good spirit thus: "This is my own soul" (that directs me to goodness.)
238. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, in every object one should acknowledge (one's) delight. (2) In what is good one should admit (it) for this (reason) thus: "I, too, have therein a share for the soul." (3) In what is evil one should admit (it) for this (reason) thus: "Goodness, too, has been produced wherein I have no (share) for my soul."
239. (1) They considered this, too, thus namely, the life of the soul is from straightforward habits and the life of (one's) habits is from (good) nature; and the life of good nature is from friendliness with men. (2) And if a man is gifted with other good objects, but his nature is evil, then, through that man's actions, there is no (happy) existence for his soul.
240. They considered this, too, thus: namely, the life of wisdom (is) from endurance; the life of conscience (is) from truthfulness; the life of the soul (is) from the adoration of God with ardor; and the life of worship (is) from the (recital of the) sacred formulae (nirang)107; and the life of the sacred formulae (is) from the head priest; and the life of the head-priest (is) from the ties of the Religion through love (mitrô).
|107. Originally, nîrûg, comp. Av. niru, the formula or prayer that produces moral strength in the reciter of it. and serves as a sort of charm against evil.|
241. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, an exceedingly vicious person does not believe in spiritual things; since for him who has not listened in this world to any sacred teaching is then no salvation. (2) Whoso in the least possesses spiritual wealth does not disbelieve to this extent that a sacred teaching of every description exists.
242. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, love develops friendship of one with another. (2) The love of that man who has no regard for others, entirely listens to (his own) fame. (3) The love of that man who is very talented is to this extent that when such a one meets in sight another, it increases a hundredfold as much as before. (4) And when (he meets) another in mutual conversation, it increases a hundredfold as much as when they meet for dining together, and it develops manifold as much as before. (5) And then every day people undergo much labor for increasing it (viz., that friendly love, saying) thus: "We shall develop love and friendship to that extent; because in the end it will be possible to exterminate every single druj on account of such love and friendship (as are cherished)".
243. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, nobody should be an injury-contemplating enemy to a man who commits a sin, (since) for the sin which becomes manifest he ought to ask pardon (of God). (2) This, too, should be considered that he who is Ahriman is also miserable in thus deceiving and inducing him (to commit sins.)
244. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, there is no man whatever by whom (when) anything is done that thing is not done for his own sake, whether it be an honest or a dishonest (act); since whosoever does (anything) in (this world), increases or decreases (thereby, the merit of) his soul. (2) All kinds of acts are performed by them (viz., men) for (their) own souls. (3) And we men ought to be highly exerting thus: "We long for our own soul's happiness, not misery."
246. They considered this, too, thus: namely, the opponent of the Religion is skepticism and non-Aryanism, its ally is apostasy; the opponent of wisdom is deception, its ally is lust; the opponent of good-nature is arrogance, its ally is self-love.
247. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, (there are) ten (kinds of) propensities (in man); these are mostly comparative, such as charity, persevering energy, truthful utterance and diligence; and stinginess and boasting and immorality and fearlessness and indolence- (2) A man ought to know what these are, (and) what those are.
249. They considered this, too, thus: namely, both Ohrmazd and Ahriman fix (their minds) on the desires of men; and he whom Ohrmazd (is) a promoter (has) then his reward from Ohrmazd; and he whom Ahriman (is) a supporter (has) then his reward of affliction from him.
250. They considered this, too, thus: namely, whoso wishes that he may become a sage should first of all do this one thing, viz., he should be reverent towards God and should move with the wise, he should always be devoting to his own mental capacity, just as when a delicious food is eaten by him and his own body kept in (healthy) preservation; so that the druj may not become triumphant and powerful in his body.
252. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, this friendship is most excellent: whose holds his own soul in friendship and never quits its friendship, either in prosperity or in adversity. (2) And this guidance is most excellent: whose holds his own conscience as a leader and never forsakes its guidance. (3) This refuge is good: whose holds his own good nature as a refuge and never forsakes (its) protection.
253. They considered this, too, thus: namely, it is not goodness which is not manifest unto men spiritually and hence also materially; since the vehicle of this world (is) nature, the vehicle of nature (is) an honest habit, the vehicle of (an honest) habit (is) wisdom, the vehicle of wisdom (is) conference with the pious people, the vehicle of skill (is) diligence, the vehicle of glory (is) truth, (and) the vehicle of the soul (is) the invocation of the good spirits.
254. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, one should reconcile (oneself) with every creature and creation, relate acts of merit to every one, and explain the sacred commentaries in a religious seminary, and declare (their) mysteries to the faithful. (2) And one should observe decorum and established principles in an assembly, should render the (sacred) place (gâs) of myazd108 full of joy, and perform the (ritualistic) invocations of the good spirits in the aurvisgâh109.
108. Av. myazda, "sacred offerings to the good spirits,
such as dron, fruit, milk, etc.
109. A term used technically in the Rivayats for the room specially set apart for the Baj, Yazishn [[Yasna]] and Vendidad rituals. The Pahlavi word is here read jâk i yasna, a contraction of jîvâg i yasna, "the place set apart for the Yasna ritual."
255. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, there is no one in whose essence these (elements) may not exist at all, (namely) wickedness and lasciviousness, sorcery and disobedience. (2) And for any one whatever it is not possible to improve, unless improvement (is) through the religious communion with the pious.
256. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, wickedness implies tyranny, oppression. (2) Lasciviousness implies deceitfulness, and total affliction. (3) Sorcery implies concealed nature, and the exhibition of oneself differently from what one (really) is. (4) Disobedience implies the smiting and harassing of him who is more valiant than himself.
257. (1) They considered this, too, thus namely, so long as male Mobeds are lax in (maintaining) the barashnom (qualification)110, they shall not perform the yazishn [[Yasna]] ritual; since (if they did), the impurity of women in this world which was (ere now) very little would become irremediable. (2) So long as they did not leave the barashnom defiled (by a transgression), the mortality of youths was much less111.
110. The same spelling is also used for the word barsom,
111. Otherwise (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, so long as male Mobeds do not perform the yazishne ritual with barsoms tied up, the female impurity in this world which was (ere now) very little becomes irremediable. (2) So long as they did not use the unconsecrated barsoms, the mortality of adult males was much less." Barsam sharituntag for "barsoms tied up" might convey the same meaning as the Avestan phrase hacha baresman frasiairyât, "with barsoms tied up," in the Srosh Yasht.
258. They considered this, too, thus: namely, when Ahriman beheld the creatures and the creation of Ohrmazd, he became languid; and when he beheld (His) work of Renovation, he fell on his knees; and when he beheld the Resurrection, he was dumfounded and hid himself for three thousand years.
259. They considered this, too, thus: namely, the source of every greatness is humility or devotion towards the King of Kings; and the source of the Religion (is) Manthra; and the source of light is the Sun.
260. (1) They considered this, too, thus namely, when a thing is looked upon with an honest character then all (its) modes and defects are perceived -- an honest character (implies) the maintenance of good will. (2) (But) when a thing is looked upon with an impious (motive), no excellence whatever is discerned (in it).
261. They considered this, too, thus: namely, the essence of the Religion is of such a kind (that) when anything is observed through it one's own self is seen through it; this, likewise, is such that whoso knows how to observe sees through it every goodness and evil.
262. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, masculinity and femininity (are) of many kinds and the following, too, (have) masculine and feminine characters: asna khratu (inborn wisdom) and gaoshosruta khratu: (acquired wisdom.) (2) Since gaoshosruta khratu is placed in the class of males, and asna khratu is placed in the class of females. (3) And as much is the (proportion of) asna khratu in the body of a man, so much is (the proportion of) whatever is understood by him by means of that asna khratu. (4) And whoso does not acquire gaoshosruta khratu understands nothing whatsoever; but when he acquires it, as much is then understood (by him) as is perceived through good nature and asna khratu. (5) And asna khratu, (when it) is not coupled with gaoshosruta khratu, is like a female who does not couple with a male, and does not become pregnant and bear fruit. (6) And he in whom asna khratu is not perfect, is just like a female whom a male would not accept (for a wife); since a female whom a male would not accept, produces no offspring in the same way as when she has no male for procreation112.
112. Similes, as a rule, are not rare in Pahlavi writings, and the comparisons drawn are generally appropriate and felicitous; but in some cases, as here, they are somewhat far-fetched, and to a modern reader would appear extraordinary.
264. (1) They considered this, too, thus: namely, Ahriman should be thus cast out from the world; everyone for the sake of self shall extract (him) from the body, since Ahriman has his abode in human bodies in this world. (2) Consequently, when he has no lodgment in the bodies of men, he will be exterminated from the whole world; since so long as in the body of any one whatever in this world a dwelling is made by a (druj), Ahriman (will be) in the world.
265. They considered this, too, thus: namely, the good spirits have made their abode in such a place that when they have their abode in that place, they have (as it were) their abode in the whole of this world; since when Ahriman is exterminated from the bodies of men he is destroyed from the whole of this world, and the good spirits will then predominate in human bodies.
266. They considered this, too, thus: namely one ought to endeavor most for meditations (hûskârishn) on the Religion, that is, on the Avesta and Zand; since meditations on the Religion are an armor for the soul.