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Pahlavi Texts, Part III (SBE24), E.W. West, tr. [1885], at

p. 54


1. The sage asked the spirit of wisdom (2) thus: 'Is it possible to provide, for one's own hand, the treasure and wealth of the worldly existence through exertion, or not?'

3. The spirit of wisdom answered (4) thus: 'It is not possible to provide for one's self, through exertion, that benefit which is not ordained; (5) but a morsel (kazd) of that which is ordained comes on by means of exertion. 6. Yet the exertion, when it is fruitless in the worldly existence, through the sacred beings not being with it 1, still comes, afterwards, to one's assistance in the spiritual existence, and outweighs in the balance 2.'


54:1 TD2 has 'time not being with it.'

54:2 The balance in which men's actions are weighed by the angel Rashnû (see Chap. II, 119-122).

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