“Up with your feet and up with your hands and keep your minds in readiness to do lawful and timely deeds and for the undoing of unlawful and untimely deeds,” exhorts us he who is Zarathushtra, Thy prophet, Ahura Mazda. Life, he says, is activity. Industry is a priceless virtue. An active life of hard and honest work is the ideal life. Man’s nature warrants it; his being demands it. Passivity is weakness; it is deviation from active duty. Everything in a Zoroastrian cries out for action and still more action.
Thought is noble, but action, thought out with caution and done with firmness is nobler. Not thought but action is the final word. To live is to act and to work. Let me act with purpose and with decision and let me strive to do all that I can and do it with might and main. The vagrant sports away his life and the aimless one sleeps it away and the idler dreams it away. Ennui becomes intolerable to such persons living lifeless lives. They encumber the earth with their useless lives. Lead them, O Lord, to fight ennui with work and save them from sinking into soul-killing lethargy.
Give me an active mind that is averse to slovenliness. Give me bodily vigour and intellectual. Give me strength to endure my labour and to fatigue and hard toil. Give me energy to work with insatiable activity. Give me industrious habits and make me resolute in action. Let me wear out myself in hard and strenuous activity than rust in indolence, Ahura Mazda!
By activity and industry man rises from obscurity to eminence. Help me, Ahura Mazda, to make my way in the world and work my way upward in life and make a place for myself and toil up the heights and fight my way to the front ranks by honest industry and effort and grit. Let me rejoice in my activity, find pleasure in it, and be happy with it. Let me be up and doing and let me work actively and strenuously while yet I may and let me die in harness when it pleases Thee to call me back to heaven, Ahura Mazda!