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Pahlavi Texts, Part II (SBE18), E.W. West, tr. [1882], at

p. 237


1. As to the seventy-ninth question and reply, that which you ask is thus: Concerning him who does not order ceremonies what is then the decision?

2. The reply is this, that, excepting those. among which is specially the selected religious rite (dînô) of him whose ceremony is not performed--who, even though having many good works, does not afterwards attain unto the supreme heaven, which is determined 1--this, moreover, is thus said, that he who is not able to perform his ritual himself, when he orders a Gêtô-kharîd 2 ceremony and they shall perform it, can become fit for the supreme heaven (garôdmânîkŏ); this is greatly to be commended.


237:1 It is the general opinion that if the proper ceremonies are not performed during the three days after a death (see Chap. XXVIII) the deceased cannot attain to the highest grade of heaven; this is, however, denied by some of the commentators (see Sls. VI, 3-6).

237:2 See Chap. LXXIX, 4 n.

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