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1. The sage asked the spirit of wisdom (2) thus: 'Wherefore do people consider these very little,

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these four things which it is necessary for them to consider more, as warnings (dakhshak), (3) the changeableness of the things of the worldly existence, the death of the body, the account of the soul 1, and the fear of hell?'

4. The spirit of wisdom answered (5) thus: 'On account of the delusiveness (nîyâzânîh) of the demon of greediness 2, and of discontent.'


50:1 That is, the account to be rendered by the soul after death.

50:2 See Chap. VIII, 15 n.

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