Conjunctions:63 Speaking Volumes

Fragments from Lost Zoroastrian Books
There where the sun rises

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The edge of a razor

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Of knowledge, not love

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The several kinds of wheat

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All good thoughts I think willingly; all good words I say willingly;
all good deeds I do willingly. All evil thoughts I think unwillingly;
all evil words I say unwillingly; all evil deeds I do unwillingly.

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The skin on the head
[…]
The head of a man
[…]
One bone of the skull
[…]
All the blows that […] the skull are counted

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One whose words are accepted

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As much as the earth

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Fifteen sheep, their hind feet

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Libations offered by a liar

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All the agreements in the world

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The smallest of those stars is as large as the head of a man of middle size

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He makes himself guilty of the sin of breaking a man’s leg

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thwam khratus
[Meaning unknown.]

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A place that gives pleasure, though not absolute pleasure

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The column of life made marrowless

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From there they come to kill and strike at heart, and they bring locusts, as many as they want

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The ox rose up, the land bore

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Soon he changed this to death by the fault of his tongue

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Of the same thickness

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For the first time he comes near to her, for the first time he lies beside her

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What is between the kidneys and the spleen?

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The shortest hathra is of three words
[Hathra: a measurement of both space and time.]

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The dead shall rise up, life shall come back to the bodies, and they shall keep the breath

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The man who […] does not […] anything, be it ever so little

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badha idha afrasani danhubyo
[Meaning unknown.]

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It becomes more violent than that

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Give lawful, well-examined wood

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Another man, of a steady leg, […] glory

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stavano va puiti paidhi davaisne va
[Meaning unknown.]

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Even uncovered and naked he will chant

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How many sorts of plants are there?

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If their fathers at once

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In such a way that death should not be produced by burning

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As much as a fly’s wing, or of a wingless

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He calls him

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Let no man alone by himself carry a corpse

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By two fingers, O holy Zarathustra!

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Of the dog-kind

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Than the nose is to the ears, or than the ears are to the mouth

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For all of them shall a path be opened across the Kinvad Bridge

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As large as the top joint of the little finger

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He has made the good waters and the good plants

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And Paradise, boundless light, undeserved felicity

Eliot Weinberger’s books of essays include Karmic Traces, An Elemental Thing, and Oranges & Peanuts for Sale (all New Directions).