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By Dr Brian Carr, Brian Carr, Indira Mahalingam

" ... a different one-volume reference paintings which makes a vast diversity of richly different philosophical, moral and theological traditions available to a large viewers. The significant other is split into six sections overlaying the most traditions inside Asian suggestion: Persian; Indian; Buddhist; chinese language; jap; and Islamic philosophy."--Publisher's description.


Written through a group of the world over well known Asian and western students, this encyclopedia examines the culture of Asian philosophy, together with Persian, Indian, Buddhist, chinese language, eastern and Read more...

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He who makes better or worse his thought, O Mazdā, he by act and word (makes better or worse) his Daēnā; she follows his leanings, wishes and likings. At Thy will the end shall be different (for each)’ (Y. 4). This end was to be decided by weighing each person’s good thoughts, words and acts against the bad, the soul’s fate being decided by how the scales tipped. There will then be unswerving justice ‘for the dregvant as well as for the ashavan, and for him whose falsehood and honesty are assessed as equal’ (Y.

E. ’ It would be possible in this verse to render haurvatat- and ameretat- as common nouns, and this is often the case with names of members of the Heptad in the Gāthās, for the virtues or qualities which they hypostatize not only belong to God and are divine but can be brought to dwell in men. There is, it must be admitted, a logical problem here, for presumably to entertain Asha within oneself one must already be partly, or at least striving to be, ashavan; but this perhaps accounts for the great importance of Vohu Manah, Good Purpose, in what is essentially a religious, not a philosophical, system.

6), elsewhere (Y. 2) called by him the Evil Spirit, Angra Mainyu. Even as he had come to believe in a self-existent, original, spenta Spirit, Mazdā, so, logically and analogically, Zarathushtra came to postulate also a self-existent, original Spirit who is opposed to what is spenta, one who is bad, destructive, a negating force. In two Gāthās this doctrine is declared in terms which suggest that, perhaps after logic had guided his thinking, the prophet saw these Spirits with visionary eye as they first encountered, before the world was made.

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