Zoroastrians from which can be inferred the principles of their doctrine, is what is generally called the Zend 9A vesta. This book is a small volume in itself and appears to have been subjected to fearful interpolations and amputations ;and is to say the least, a very disappointing specimen of Zoroastrian literature. There are some other books of the Zoroastrians, written in the Pehelvee and the Pazand dialects ;but, they, a few passages excepted, contain nothing, to elucidate the obscurities of the A vesta and, moreover, betray deplorably, the ignorance of their authors in regard to the philosophy of the Zoroastrian doctrine. The A vesta is evidently a fragment literature, containing nothing but prayers, recitations, and instructions for purifications ;and when we take into consideration, the imperfect state in which even these exist, no one could, for a moment, entertain the idea that the A vesta as it is, could ever be made capable of yielding any sort of systematic philosophy or religious system. It is a greater absurdity, indeed, to expect that any system could be traced out by outsiders however learned they may be in Zend as well as in other oriental languages. Mere knowledge of languages does not necessarily make one competent to understand a religious system or plulosophy in its true light. An A ryan religious system can be comprehended by those alone who have mastered the A ryan religions and A ryan philo Beprinted from the Theosopnist Magazine, with some alterations and corrections.
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