Zend Avesta - KHORDA (Book of Common Prayer) - Part 1

Zoroaster, the founder of Zoroastrianism

Translation by James Darmesteter

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Miscellaneous short prayers


Ashem Vohu (invocation of Asha) Scroll Up

Holiness (Asha) is the best of all good: it is also happiness. Happy the man who is holy with perfect holiness!

Ahunwar Scroll Up

(most sacred manthra of Zoroastrianism) The will of the Lord is the law of righteousness. The gifts of Vohu-mano to the deeds done in this world for Mazda. He who relieves the poor makes Ahura king.

Kem Na Mazda (exorcism)

What protector hast thou given unto me, O Mazda! while the hate of the wicked encompasses me? Whom but thy Atar and Vohu-mano, through whose work I keep on the world of righteousness? Reveal therefore to me thy Religion as thy rule!

(Ke verethrem-ja:)

Who is the victorious who will protect thy teaching? Make it clear that I am the guide for both worlds. May Sraosha come with Vohu-mano and help whomsoever thou pleasest, O Mazda!

(Pata-no:)

Keep us from our hater, O Mazda and Armaiti Spenta! Perish, O fiendish Druj! Perish, O brood of the fiend! Perish, O creation of the fiend! Perish, O world of the fiend! Perish away, O Druj! Rush away, O Druj! Perish away, O Druj! Perish away to the regions of the north, never more to give unto death the living world of Righteousness!

Homage, with which (are combined) devotion and milk offerings.

Padyab-Kusti (ablution and formula for tying the kusti) Scroll Up

0. With satisfaction for Ahura Mazda. Ashem Vohu.... Kem Na Mazda: What protector hast thou given ...

Ohrmazd is Lord! Ahriman he keeps at bay, he holds him back. May Ahriman be struck and defeated, with devs and drujs, sorcerers and sinners, kayags and karbs, tyrants, wrongdoers and heretics, sinners, enemies and witches! May they (all) be struck and defeated! May evil rulers not exist, (or) be far away! May enemies be defeated! May enemies all not exist, (or) be far away! O Ohrmazd, Lord! I am contrite for all sins and I desist from them, from all bad thoughts, bad words and bad acts which I have thought, spoken or done in the world, or which have happened through me, or have originated with me. For those sins of thinking, speaking and acting, of body and soul, worldly or spiritual, O Ohrmazd! I am contrite, I renounce them. With three words I distance myself (from them).

1. With satisfaction for Ahura Mazda, scorn for Angra Mainyu! The true achievement of what is most wonderful, according to wish!

I praise Asha! Ashem Vohu...., Yatha Ahu Vairyo...(2). , Ashem Vohu....

2. Come to my aid, O Mazda (3).

I profess myself a Mazda-worshipper, a Zoroastrian, having vowed it and professed it. I pledge myself to the well-thought thought, I pledge myself to the well-spoken word, I pledge myself to the well-done action.

I pledge myself to the Mazdayasnian religion, which causes the attack to be put off and weapons put down; which upholds khvaetvadatha (kin-marriage), which possesses Asha; which of all religions that exist or shall be, is the greatest, the best, and the most beautiful: Ahuric, Zoroastrian. I ascribe all good to Ahura Mazda. This is the creed of the Mazdayasnian religion.

Ashem Vohu...!!

Baj before meals Scroll Up

Thus therefore do we worship Ahura Mazda, who made the Kine (the living creation), and the (embodied) Righteousness (which is incarnate in the clean), and the waters, and the wholesome plants, the stars, and the earth, and all (existing) objects that are good.

(after meal:) Ashem vohu...(4). Yatha Ahu Vairyo...(2). To him splendor...

Baj when answering the call of nature Scroll Up

(Modi 374. This prayer is also known as "Pishab ni Baj".) May wrong actions be done away with a hundred-thousand times. Yatha Ahu Vairyo...

(here perform the natural function)

Ashem vohu...(3).

>>We are praisers of good thoughts, of good words, and of good actions, of those now and those hereafter [(Pazand) of those being done; and of those completed]. We implant (?) them (with our homage, and we do this) the more, and yet the more since we are (praisers) of the good (from whom they spring). (y35.2)<<(2).

>>To the best of good rulers (is) verily the Kingdom, because we render and ascribe it to Him, and make it thoroughly His own (?), to Mazda Ahura do we ascribe it, and to Righteousness the Best. (y35.5)<<(3).

Yatha ahu Vairyo...(4). Ashem vohu...(3).

We worship the Ahunwar. We worship Best Asha, the most beautiful Amesha Spenta. Yenghe... (Y18.9).

Nirang-i Abezar Scroll Up

Broken, broken be Satan Ahriman. .... not reach me. May the thirty-three Ameshaspands and the creator Ormazd be victorious. I praise Asha. Ashem vohu....(3)

The Gah dedications Scroll Up

(Hawan Gah) To Hawan, Ashavan, the master of Asha, for worship, adoration, propitiation and praise. To Savanghi and Visya, Ashavan, the master(s) of Asha, for worship, adoration, propitiation and praise.

(Rapithwin Gah) To Rapithwin, Ashavan, the master of Asha, for worship, adoration, propitiation and praise. To Fradat-Fshu and Zangtuma, Ashavan, the master(s) of Asha, for worship, adoration, propitiation and praise.

(Uzerin Gah) To Uzerin, Ashavan, the master of Asha, for worship, adoration, propitiation and praise. To Fradat-Vira and Dakhyuma, Ashavan, the master(s) of Asha, for worship, adoration, propitiation and praise.

(Aiwisruthrem Gah) To Aiwisruthrem that furthers life, Ashavan, the master of Asha, for worship, adoration, propitiation and praise. To Fradat-vispam-hujyaiti and Zarathushtrotema, Ashavan, the master(s) of Asha, for worship, adoration, propitiation and praise.

(Ushahin Gah) To Ushahin that furthers life, Ashavan, the master of Asha, for worship, adoration, propitiation and praise. To Berejya and Nmanya, Ashavan, the master(s) of Asha, for worship, adoration, propitiation and praise.

Srosh Baj Scroll Up

0. In the name of God , May the bounteous miraculous power and glory of Ohrmazd the lord increase. May it (i.e. the prayer) reach Srosh, the righteous, the vigorous, whose body is the command, having a hard weapon, powerful of weapon, the lord of the creations of Ohrmazd. I am contrite for all sins and I desist from them, from all bad thoughts, bad words and bad acts which I have thought, spoken or done in the world, or which have happened through me, or have originated with me. For those sins of thinking, speaking and acting, of body and soul, worldly or spiritual, o Ohrmazd! I am contrite, I renounce them. With three words I distance myself (from them). 1. Yatha Ahu Vairyo...(5). Ashem Vohu...(3). I profess myself a Mazda-worshipper, a follower of Zarathushtra, opposing the Daevas, accepting the Ahuric doctrine.

(Here recite the appropriate Gah dedication.)

With propitiation of Sraosha, companion of Ashi , the brave, who has the Manthra for body, with bold club, the ahurian, for worship, adoration, propitiation, and praise. 'Yatha Ahu Vairyo', the zaotar should say to me 'Atha ratush ashatchit hacha', the Asha-sanctified knowing one should say. 2. We worship Sraosha, companion of Ashi, fair of form, victorious, world-promoting, the Ashavan, master of Asha . The Ahuna Vairya prayer protects the body. Yatha Ahu Vairyo....

(Here recite the Kem Na Mazda prayer.)

Yatha Ahu Vairyo....(2) 4. I desire worship and adoration and strength and force for Sraosha, companion of Ashi, the brave, who has the Manthra for body, with bold club, the ahurian. Ashem Vohu.... 5. Bestow on him riches and good things; bestow health of body, toughness of body, and resistance of body; bestow on him possessions giving abundant ease, future noble offspring, and a lengthy long life; bestow on him the best existence of the Asha-sanctified, the luminous, offering all happy. [This paragraph follows Bailey, p. 10.] Thus may it come as I wish. Ashem Vohu.... A thousand remedies, ten thousand remedies (3). Ashem Vohu....

Come to my help, O Mazda (3). To Ama, well-built, fair of form, Verethraghna, Ahura-created; and to Triumphing Uparatat; and to Raman of good pastures, and to Vayu of superior activity, superior to other creatures. That part of you, Vayu, which belongs to Spenta Mainyu; to self-governed Thwasha, to boundless Zurwan, to Zurwan of the long dominion.

Ashem Vohu.... For the reward of virtue and the forgiveness of sins, I do (deeds of) righteousness for the love of my soul. May all virtuousness of all good ones of the earth of seven climes reach the width of the earth, the length of the rivers, the height of the sun in their original form. May it be righteous, live long. Thus may it come as I wish. Ashem Vohu...!!

Hoshbam (Prayer at Dawn) ------------------------ 1. Then thou shalt say those victorious, most healing words; thou shalt chant the Ahunwar five times: Yatha ahu vairyo... (5). The Ahunwar protects the body....

(Here recite the Kem Na Mazda prayer.)

Ashem vohu.... Yatha Ahu Vairyo...(21). Ashem vohu...(12) 2. Homage to you, O Dawn (3). (Y27.1-2:) This is to render Him who is of all the greatest, our lord and master (even) Ahura Mazda. And this to smite the wicked Angra Mainyu, and to smite Aeshma of the bloody spear, and the Mazainya Daevas, and to smite all the wicked Varenya Daevas. 3. And this is to further Ahura Mazda, the resplendent, the glorious, to further the Bountiful Immortals, and the influences of the star Tishtrya, the resplendent, the glorious, (and) to the furtherance of the holy man, and of all the (bountiful and) holy creatures of the Bounteous Spirit. (Y52.1-4:) 4. I pray with benedictions for a benefit, and for the good, even for the entire creation of the holy (and the clean); I beseech for them for the (generation which is) now alive, for that which is just coming into life, and for that which shall be hereafter. And (I pray for that) sanctity which leads to prosperity, and which has long afforded shelter, which goes on hand in hand with it, which joins it in its walk, and of itself becoming its close companion as it delivers forth its precepts, bearing every form of healing virtue which comes to us in waters, appertains to cattle, or is found in plants, and overwhelming, all the harmful malice of the Daevas, (and their servants) who might harm this dwelling and its lord, bringing good gifts, and better blessings, given very early, and later (gifts), leading to successes, and for a long time giving shelter. And so the greatest, and the best, and most beautiful benefits of sanctity fall likewise to our lot.

For the sacrifice, homage, propitiation, and the praise of the Bountiful Immortals, for the bringing prosperity to this abode, and for the prosperity of the entire creation of the holy, and the clean, (and as for this, so) for the opposition of the entire evil creation. (And I pray for this) as I praise through Righteousness, I who am beneficent, those who are (likewise of a better mind). (Y8.5-7:) May'st Thou, O Ahura Mazda! reign at Thy will, and with a saving rule over Thine own creatures, and render Ye the holy (man) also a sovereign at his will over waters, and over plants, and over all the clean and sacred (creatures) which contain the seed of Righteousness. Strip ye the wicked of all power! Absolute in power may the holy be, bereft of all free choice the wicked ! Gone (may he be), met as foe, carried out from the creatures of Spenta Mainyu, hemmed in without power over any wish! ----------

I will incite, even I who am Zarathushtra, the heads of the houses, villages, Zantus, and provinces, to the careful following of this Religion which is that of Ahura, and according to Zarathushtra, in their thoughts, their words, and their deeds. (Y60.11 seq.:) 5. In order that our minds may be delighted, and our souls the best, let our bodies be glorified as well, and let them; O Mazda! go likewise openly (unto Heaven) as the best world of the saints as devoted to Ahura, and accompanied by Asha Vahishta (who is Righteousness the Best), and the most beautiful! And may we see Thee, and may we, approaching, come around about Thee, and attain to entire companionship with Thee! Ashem Vohu...(3). Bestow on him riches... (Recite SrB5.) Ashem Vohu...!!

Gahs (prayers for each period of the day) Scroll Up

Hawan Gah - (sunrise to midday)

1. Propitiation to Ahura Mazda. Ashem Vohu...(3). I profess myself a Mazda-worshipper, a follower of Zarathushtra, opposing the Daevas, accepting the Ahuric doctrine. To Hawan, Ashavan, the master of Asha, for worship, adoration, propitiation and praise. To Savanghi and Visya, Ashavan, the master(s) of Asha, for worship, adoration, propitiation and praise. 2. With propitiation of Mithra of wide pastures, with a thousand ears, ten thousand eyes, a Yazata who is invoked by name, (and) Raman Khwastra, for worship, adoration, propitiation and praise. Yatha Ahu Vairyo, the zaotar should say to me Atha ratush ashatchit hacha, the knowing Asha-one should say. 3. We worship Ahura Mazda, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship Zarathushtra, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship the Fravashi of Ashavan Zarathushtra. We worship the Ashavan Amesha Spentas. 4. We worship the Ashavan, good, powerful, holy Fravashis, the material and the spiritual. We worship the most effective of masters, the most active of Yazatas, and the most worthy of the masters of Asha, who is best able to reach his goal of satisfaction, the Ashavan master of Asha! 5. We worship Hawan, Ashavan, the master of Asha, We worship Haurvatat, Ashavan, the master of Asha, We worship Ameretat, Ashavan, the master of Asha, We worship the Ahuric question, Ashavan, the master of Asha, We worship the Ahuric doctrine, Ashavan, the master of Asha, We worship the mighty Yasna Haptanghaiti, Ashavan, the master of Asha. 6. We worship Savanghe and Visya, Ashavan, the master(s) of Asha, We worship the Airyema-ishyo (prayer), Ashavan, the master of Asha, mighty, victorious against the hostility [of Daevas], overcoming all hostility, destroying all hostility, which is the last, middle, and the foremost of the Manthras to be invoked, the five Gathas. 7. We worship Mithra of wide pastures, And we worship Raman Khwastra, and the master Visya, for worship and praise; and we worship Visya, Asha- sanctified, the master of Asha. 8. We worship Mithra of wide pastures, with a thousand ears, ten thousand eyes, a Yazata who is invoked by name. We worship Raman Khwastra! 9. We worship you, O Atar, son of Ahura Mazda, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship this Baresman spread with Asha and provided with Zaothra and girdle, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship Apam Napat, Nairyosangha, and the brave Yazata Damoish Upamana. We worship the souls of the deceased, they, the Fravashis of the Ashavan. We worship the exalted master who is Ahura Mazda, who is highest in Asha, who is furthest going in Asha. We worship all the teachings of Zarathushtra. We worship all well done deeds (those already) done, and those that will be done. We worship all those Beings whom Ahura Mazda knows to be best for worship according to Asha, male and female. 10. Yatha Ahu Vairyo...(2). I desire worship and adoration and strength and force for Mithra of wide pastures, with a thousand ears, ten thousand eyes, a Yazata who is invoked by name, (and) Raman Khwastra. Ashem Vohu.... Bestow on him riches... (Recite SrB5.)

Rapithwin Gah - (midday to mid-afternoon) Scroll Up

1. Propitiation to Ahura Mazda. Ashem Vohu...(3). I profess myself a Mazda-worshipper, a follower of Zarathushtra, opposing the Daevas, accepting the Ahuric doctrine. To Rapithwin, Ashavan, the master of Asha, for worship, adoration, propitiation and praise. To Fradat-Fshu and Zangtuma, Ashavan, the master(s) of Asha, for worship, adoration, propitiation and praise. 2. With propitiation of Asha Vahishta and Atar, (son) of Ahura Mazda, for worship, adoration, propitiation and praise. Yatha Ahu Vairyo, the zaotar should say to me Atha ratush ashatchit hacha, the knowing Asha-one should say. 3. We worship Ahura Mazda, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship Zarathushtra, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship the Fravashi of Ashavan Zarathushtra, We worship the Ashavan Amesha Spentas. 4. We worship the good, powerful, holy Fravashis, Ashavan, the material and the spiritual. We worship the most effective of masters, the most active of Yazatas, and the most worthy of the masters of Asha, who is best able to reach his goal of satisfaction, the Ashavan master of Asha! 5. We worship Rapithwin, Ashavan, the master of Asha, We worship the Ahunawad Gatha, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship the Ushtawad Gatha, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship the Spentomad Gatha, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship the Wohukhshathra Gatha, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship the Wahishtoisht Gatha, Ashavan, the master of Asha. 6. We worship Fradat-Fshu and the Ashavan Zantuma, the master of Asha, and we worship the Fshusho Manthra, and we worship the truthfully spoken word; we worship the truthfully spoken sayings, victorious, Daeva smiting. We worship the waters and the Earth; we worship the plants and the spiritual Ashavan Yazatas, conferring good; and we worship the Ashavan Amesha Spentas. 7. We worship the Ashavan, good, powerful, holy Fravashis; and we worship the peak of Asha Vahishta: of great Manthra, of great operation, of great fidelity, of great performance, of great effect in spreading the Mazdayasnian religion. 8. We worship that assembly and meeting of the Amesha Spentas when they visit the heights of Heaven, to worship and praise the master Zantuma, and the Ashavan Zantuma, the master of Asha. 9. We worship Asha Vahishta, and Atar, the son of Ahura Mazda! 10. We worship you, O Atar, son of Ahura Mazda, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship this Baresman spread with Asha and provided with Zaothra and girdle, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship Apam Napat. We worship Nairyosangha. We worship the brave Yazata Damoish Upamana. We worship the souls of the deceased, they, the Fravashis of the Asha- sanctified. 11. We worship the exalted master who is Ahura Mazda, who is highest in Asha, who is furthest going in Asha. We worship all the teachings of Zarathushtra. We worship all well done deeds (those already) done, and those that will be done. We worship all those Beings whom Ahura Mazda knows to be best for worship according to Asha, male and female. 12. Yatha Ahu Vairyo...(2). I desire worship and adoration and strength and force for Asha Vahishta and Atar (son) of Ahura Mazda. Ashem Vohu.... Bestow on him riches... (Recite SrB5.)

Uzerin Gah - (mid-afternoon to sunset) Scroll Up

1. Propitiation to Ahura Mazda. Ashem Vohu...(3). I profess myself a Mazda-worshipper, a follower of Zarathushtra, opposing the Daevas, accepting the Ahuric doctrine. To Uzerin, Ashavan, the master of Asha, for worship, adoration, propitiation and praise. To Fradat-Vira and Dakhyuma, Ashavan, the master(s) of Asha, for worship, adoration, propitiation and praise. 2. With propitiation of the lofty Ahura Apam Napat, and the waters made by Mazda, for worship, adoration, propitiation and praise. Yatha Ahu Vairyo, the zaotar should say to me Atha ratush ashatchit hacha, the knowing Asha-one should say. 3. We worship Ahura Mazda, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship Zarathushtra, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship the Fravashi of Ashavan Zarathushtra, We worship the Ashavan Amesha Spentas. 4. We worship the good, powerful, holy Fravashis, Ashavan, the material and the spiritual. We worship the most effective of masters, the most active of Yazatas, and the most worthy of the masters of Asha, who is best able to reach his goal of satisfaction, the Ashavan master of Asha! 5. We worship Uzerin, Ashavan, the master of Asha; we worship the Zaotar, Ashavan, the master of Asha; we worship the Havanan, Ashavan, the master of Asha; we worship the Aterevaxsh, Ashavan, the master of Asha; we worship the Fraberetar, Ashavan, the master of Asha; we worship the Aberet, Ashavan, the master of Asha; we worship the Asnatar, Ashavan, the master of Asha; we worship the Rathwishkara, Ashavan, the master of Asha; we worship the Sraoshavarez, Ashavan, the master of Asha; 6. We worship the Fradat-Vira and Dakhyuma, Ashavan, the master(s) of Asha; we worship the stars and the Moon and the Sun, the [celestial] luminosity. We worship Anagra Raochah; and we worship the comfortable abode of the blissful, which is the torment of the druj-followers. 7. We worship those Asha-ones who perform their duty, the master(s) of Asha; and we worship the later doctrine. We worship the Asha-believing creation of Asha, performing its duty by day and night with worthy offering of Zaothra, for worship and adoration of the master Dahvyuma; and we worship the Ashavan Dahvyuma, the master of Asha. 8. We worship the lofty Ahura, the radiant Khshathra, Apam Napat, possessing swift horses; and we worship the Ashavan waters, made by Mazda. 9. We worship you, O Atar, son of Ahura Mazda, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship this Baresman spread with Asha and provided with Zaothra and girdle, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship Apam Napat. We worship Nairyosangha. We worship the brave Yazata Damoish Upamana. We worship the souls of the deceased, they, the Fravashis of the Ashavan. 10. We worship the exalted master who is Ahura Mazda, who is highest in Asha, who is furthest going in Asha. We worship all the teachings of Zarathushtra. We worship all well done deeds (those already) done, and those that will be done. We worship all those Beings whom Ahura Mazda knows to be best for worship according to Asha, male and female. 11. Yatha Ahu Vairyo...(2). I desire worship and adoration and strength and force for Asha Vahishta and the fire of Ahura Mazda. Ashem Vohu.... Bestow on him riches... (Recite SrB5.)

Aiwisruthrem Gah - (sunset to midnight) Scroll Up

1. Propitiation to Ahura Mazda. Ashem Vohu...(3). I profess myself a Mazda-worshipper, a follower of Zarathushtra, opposing the Daevas, accepting the Ahuric doctrine. To Aiwisruthrem that furthers life, Ashavan, the master of Asha, for worship, adoration, propitiation and praise. To Fradat-vispam-hujyaiti and Zarathushtrotema, Ashavan, the master(s) of Asha, for worship, adoration, propitiation and praise. 2. With propitiation of the Ashavan Fravashis, and to the women with their troops of heroes, and the Yairya Hushitay and to Ama, well-built, fair of form, Verethraghna, Ahura-created; and to Triumphing Uparatat, for worship, adoration, propitiation and praise. Yatha Ahu Vairyo, the zaotar should say to me Atha ratush ashatchit hacha, the knowing Asha-one should say. 3. We worship Ahura Mazda, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship Zarathushtra, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship the Fravashi of Ashavan Zarathushtra. We worship the Ashavan Amesha Spentas. 4. We worship the good, powerful, holy Fravashis, Ashavan, the material and the spiritual. We worship the most effective of masters, the most active of Yazatas, and the most worthy of the masters of Asha, who is best able to reach his goal of satisfaction, the Ashavan master of Asha! 5. We worship Aiwisruthrima, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship Aibigaya, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship you, Atar, the son of Ahura Mazda, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship the stone mortar, the master of Asha. We worship the iron mortar, the master of Asha. We worship this Baresman spread with Asha and provided with Zaothra and girdle, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship the waters (and) plants; we worship the Aourvatam Urunay , Ashavan, the master of Asha. 6. We worship the Fradat-vispam-hujyatay, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship Zarathushtra, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship the sacred Manthra, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship the Geush Urvan, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship the Zarathushrotema, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship Zarathushtra, Ashavan, the master of Asha. 7. We worship the Athravan, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship the warrior, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship the cattle farmer, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship the cattle farmer, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship the homes with a house-lord, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship the villages with a village-lord, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship the provinces with a province-lord, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship the countries with a country-lord, Ashavan, the master of Asha. 8. We worship the youth of good thought, good words, good deeds, good Daena , Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship the youth (who) makes intercession, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship the Khvaetvadatha, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship the (priest) within the country, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship the blessed (priest who) goes about abroad, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship the homes with a house-lady, Ashavan, the master of Asha. 9. We also worship the Ashavan woman, predominating in good thoughts, predominating in good words, predominating in good deeds, well instructed, having power over the masters , Ashavan, (as are) Spenta Armaiti and your females, O Ahura Mazda. We also worship the Ashavan man, predominating in good thoughts, predominating in good words, predominating in good deeds, knowing the creed, not knowing the Kayadha, through whose activity Creation is advanced in Asha, for worship and adoration of the master Zarathushtrotema, and we worship the Ashavan Zarathushtrotema, the master of Asha. 10. We worship the good, powerful, holy Fravashis, Ashavan, the material and the spiritual. We also worship the women with their troops of heroes, and we worship the Yairya Hushitay. And we worship Ama, well-built, fair of form; and we worship Verethraghna, Ahura-created; and we worship Triumphing Uparatat. 11. We worship you, O Atar, son of Ahura Mazda, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship this Baresman spread with Asha and provided with Zaothra and girdle, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship Apam Napat. We worship Nairyosangha. We worship the brave Yazata Damoish Upamana. We worship the souls of the deceased, they, the Fravashis of the Ashavan. 12. We worship the exalted master who is Ahura Mazda, who is highest in Asha, who is furthest going in Asha. We worship all the teachings of Zarathushtra. We worship all well done deeds (those already) done, and those that will be done. We worship all those Beings whom Ahura Mazda knows to be best for worship according to Asha, male and female. 13. Yatha Ahu Vairyo...(2). I desire worship and adoration and strength and force for the Ashavan Fravashis, and to the women with their troops of heroes, and the Yairya Hushitay and to Ama, well-built, fair of form, Verethraghna, Ahura-created; and to Triumphing Uparatat. Ashem Vohu.... Bestow on him riches... (Recite SrB5.)

Ushahin Gah - (midnight to dawn) Scroll Up

1. Propitiation to Ahura Mazda. Ashem Vohu...(3). I profess myself a Mazda-worshipper, a follower of Zarathushtra, opposing the Daevas, accepting the Ahuric doctrine. To Ushahin that furthers life, Ashavan, the master of Asha, for worship, adoration, propitiation and praise. To Berejya and Nmanya, Ashavan, the master(s) of Asha, for worship, adoration, propitiation and praise. 2. With propitiation of Sraosha, companion of Ashi, procuring rewards, victorious, who furthers the world, (and) the very straight Razishta and Arshtad, who further the world, who augment the world, for worship, adoration, propitiation and praise. Yatha Ahu Vairyo, the zaotar should say to me Atha ratush ashatchit hacha, the knowing Asha-one should say. 3. We worship Ahura Mazda, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship Zarathushtra, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship the Fravashi of Ashavan Zarathushtra, We worship the Ashavan Amesha Spentas. 4. We worship the good, powerful, holy Fravashis, Ashavan, the material and the spiritual. We worship the most effective of masters, the most active of Yazatas, and the most worthy of the masters of Asha, who is best able to reach his goal of satisfaction, the Ashavan master of Asha! 5. We worship Ushahin, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship the beautiful Ushah; we worship the radiant Ushah, with swift horses, the men ..., the insight of men ..., the deceased, together with (?) Nmanya; the swift Ushah, with swift horses, which appear throughout the seven regions of the earth; we worship that Ushah. We worship Ahura Mazda, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship Vohu Mano; we worship Asha Vahishta; we worship Khshathra Vairya; we worship the good Spenta Armaiti. 6. We worship Berejya, Ashavan, the master of Asha; for the practice of Asha Vahishta, for the practice of the good Mazdayasnian religion , for worship and adoration of the master Nmanya; and we worship Nmanya, Ashavan, the master of Asha. 7. We worship Sraosha, companion of Ashi, fair of form, victorious, world-promoting, the Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship the very straight Rashnu; and we worship Arshtad, who further the world, who augment the world! 8. We worship you, O Atar, son of Ahura Mazda, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship this Baresman spread with Asha and provided with Zaothra and girdle, Ashavan, the master of Asha. We worship Apam Napat. We worship Nairyosangha. We worship the brave Yazata Damoish Upamana. We worship the souls of the deceased, they, the Fravashis of the Ashavan. 9. We worship the exalted master who is Ahura Mazda, who is highest in Asha, who is furthest going in Asha. We worship all the teachings of Zarathushtra. We worship all well done deeds (those already) done, and those that will be done. We worship all those Beings whom Ahura Mazda knows to be best for worship according to Asha, male and female. 10. Yatha Ahu Vairyo...(2). I desire worship and adoration and strength and force for Sraosha, companion of Ashi, procuring rewards, victorious, who furthers the world, (and) the very straight Razishta and Arshtad, who further the world, who augment the world. Ashem Vohu.... Bestow on him riches... (Recite SrB5.)

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Khwarshed Niyayesh (Sun Litany)

Translation by Dhalla, 1908.

0. In the name of God. I praise and invoke the creator Ormazd, the radiant, glorious, omniscient, maker, lord of lords, king over all kings, watchful, creator of the universe, giver of daily bread, powerful, strong, eternal, forgiver, merciful, loving, mighty, wise, holy, and nourisher. May (his) just kingdom be imperishable. May the majesty and glory of Ormazd, the beneficent lord, increase. (Hither) may come the immortal, radiant, swift-horsed Sun. Of all sins ... I repent. 1. Homage to you, O Ahura Mazda, trice prior to other creatures. Homage to you, O Amesha Spentas, all of one accord with the Sun. May this (homage) seek its way so as to reach to Ahura Mazda, this (homage) to the Amesha Spentas, this (homage) to the Fravashis of the righteous, this to Vayu, that follows its own law for the Long Period. 2. Propitiation to Ahura Mazda.... I praise Asha. 3. I praise good thoughts, good words, and good deeds and those that are to be thought, spoken, and done. I do accept all good thoughts, good words, and good deeds. I do renounce all evil thoughts, evil words, and evil deeds. 4. I proffer to you, O Amesha Spentas, sacrifice and prayer, with thought, with word, with deed, with (my) being, with the very life of my body. I praise Asha. 5. Homage to Ahura Mazda. Homage to the Amesha Spentas. Homage to Mithra of wide cattle pastures. Homage to the Sun, the swift-horsed. Homage to these two eyes that are of Ahura Mazda. Homage to the Bull. Homage to Gaya (Maretan). Homage to the Fravashi of the righteous Spitama Zarathushtra. Homage to the whole creation of the Righteous One, that is, that is coming into being and that will be. (At the Hawan Gah:) Further the body through Vohuman, Khshathra, and Asha in accordance with (my) desire. (At the Rapithwin Gah:) (To) these lights, the highest (light) of the high. (At the Uzerin Gah:) At which end you (i.e. Ahura Mazda) will come with your Beneficent Spirit. 6. We sacrifice to the immortal, radiant, swift-horsed Sun. We sacrifice to Mithra of wide cattle pastures, Whose word is true, who is of the assembly, Who has a thousand ears, the well-shaped one, Who has ten thousand eyes, the exalted one, Who has wide knowledge, the helpful one, Who sleeps not, the ever wakeful. 7. We sacrifice to Mithra The lord of all countries, Whom Ahura Mazda created the most glorious Of the supernatural yazads. So may there come to us for aid Both Mithra and Ahura, the two exalted ones. We sacrifice to the immortal, Radiant, swift-horsed Sun. 8. We sacrifice to Tishtrya of sound eyes. We sacrifice to Tishtrya. We sacrifice to those attendants on Tishtrya. We sacrifice to Tishtrya, the radiant (and) glorious. We sacrifice to the star Vanant, made by Mazda. We sacrifice to the star Tishtrya, the radiant (and) glorious. We sacrifice to the Sky that follows its own law. We sacrifice to the boundless Time. We sacrifice to Time, that follows its own law for the long period. We sacrifice to the wind, the holy (and) beneficent. We sacrifice to Wisdom, the most upright, righteous, made by Mazda. We sacrifice to the good Mazdayasnian Religion. We sacrifice to the Path leading to the good state. We sacrifice to the golden shaft. We sacrifice to Mount Saokanta, made by Mazda. 9. We sacrifice to every righteous Yazad of the spiritual world. We sacrifice to every righteous Yazad of the material world. We sacrifice to our own soul. We sacrifice to our own Fravashi. Come to my help, O Mazda. We sacrifice to the good, helpful, holy Fravashis of the righteous. We sacrifice to the immortal, radiant, swift-horsed Sun. 10. I proclaim ... of the Ahurian Faith.

(Here recite the appropriate Gah dedication)

Propitiation ... glorification to the immortal, radiant, swift-horsed Sun. As (he is) the Lord that is to be chosen ... let one who knows it pronounce it to me. 11. We sacrifice to the immortal, radiant, swift-horsed Sun. When the Sun warms with its light, when the sunlight gives warmth, there stand the spiritual Yazads, a hundred and a thousand. They gather together this glory. They distribute this glory. They bestow this glory upon the earth made by Ahura, with the furtherance of the world of Asha, with the furtherance of the material existence of Asha, with the furtherance of the Sun that (is) immortal, radiant, swift-horsed. 12. When the Sun rises up, purification comes to the earth made by Ahura, purification to the flowing waters, purification to the waters of the wells, purification to the water of the seas, purification to the water that is standing. Purification comes to the righteous creation, which is of the Beneficent Spirit. 13. If indeed the Sun were not to rise, then the daevas would kill all things that are in the seven regions. Not at all would the spiritual Yazads find support and stability in the material world. 14. Whoever sacrifices to the Sun that is immortal, radiant, (and) swift-horsed, in order to withstand darkness, to withstand the daevas, the progeny of darkness, to withstand the theives and robbers, to withstand the sorcerers and the enchantresses, to withstand death that creeps on, He sacrifices to Ahura Mazda, he sacrifices to the Amesha Spentas, he sacrifices to his own soul. He propitiates all heavenly and earthly Yazads, who sacrifices to the Sun that is immortal, radiant, swift-horsed. 15. I shall sacrifice to Mithra of wide cattle pastures, who has a thousand ears, ten thousand eyes. I shall sacrifice to his mace, well aimed against the skulls of the Daevas, Mithra of wide cattle pastures. And I shall sacrifice to that friendship which is the best of friendships, that between the Moon and the Sun. 16. For his splendor and fortune I shall sacrifice to him with audible worship, the immortal, radiant, swift-horsed Sun, with libations. We sacrifice to the immortal, radiant, swift-horsed Sun, with milk provided with Haoma, with the Barsom, with skill of tongue, and with the spell, and with word, and with deeds, and with libations, and with rightly spoken words. Of whomsoever among beings Ahura Mazda has known the excellence (lit. something better) in Yasna-sacrifice in accordance with Asha, to both these males and females we sacrifice. (Recite quietly:) .... Y.A.V.(2) I desire worship and adoration and strength and force for the immortal, radiant, swift-horsed Sun. 17. I bless the sacrifice ... of the immortal, radiant, swift-horsed Sun. 18. (Whoso sacrifices to) the Ahuranis (Ladies) of Ahura with most excellent libation, with fairest libations, with libations filtered by the pious man, (give) to that man radiance ... as I bless. A thousand ... ten thousand of the healing remedies. Come to me for help, O Mazda! ... of the Time of Long Duration.

(Paz.) The reward of merit ... as I bless. 19. Homage to the creator of the creatures of the world, on the day (N.) of good name, of holy name, of auspicious name, of the month (N.) of auspicious name, of the gah (N.). Propitiation ... I praise Asha. May there be an increase in the luster and glory of the immortal, radiant, swift-horsed Sun, the courageous, victorious in courage and victory. May the knowledge, promulgation, and glory of the good Mazdayasnian Law and Religion be in the seven regions of the earth. So be it. I must go thither (i.e. the next world).

(Homage) to the Creator of the world, to the Mazdayasnian Religion, the Law of Zartusht. Homage to you, O righteous Ardvisura Anahita, most profitable, righteous one. Homage to you, good Tree, righteous one, created by Ormazd! We sacrifice to the immortal, radiant, swift-horsed Sun. (Hither) may reach the immortal, radiant, swift-horsed Sun.

Mihr Niyayesh (Litany to Mithra) Scroll Up

0. In the name of God. May the majesty and glory of Ormazd, the beneficent lord, increase. (Hither) may come Mithra of wide cattle pastures, the true judge. Of all sins ... I repent. 1-9. Homage to you, O Ahura Mazda ... come to my help, O Mazda. We sacrifice to the good, helpful, holy Fravashis of the righteous. We sacrifice to Mithra of wide cattle pastures. 10. I proclaim ... of the Ahurian Faith.

(Here recite the appropriate Gah dedication)

Propitiation ... glorification to Mithra of wide cattle pastures, who has a thousand ears, who has ten thousand eyes, the Yazad who is invoked by name, (and) to Rama Khvastra. As (he is) the Lord that is to be chosen ... let one who knows it pronounce it to me. 11. We sacrifice to Mithra of wide cattle pastures, whose word is true ... the ever wakeful. We sacrifice to Mithra, who is around the country. We sacrifice to Mithra, who is within the country. We sacrifice to Mithra, who is in the country. We sacrifice to Mithra, who is above the country. We sacrifice to Mithra, who is under the country. We sacrifice to Mithra, who is before the country. We sacrifice to Mithra, who is behind the country. 12. We sacrifice to Mithra and Ahura, the exalted, imperishable, righteous ones, and the Stars, the Moon, and the Sun, by means of trees yielding Barsom. We sacrifice to Mitha, the Lord of all countries. 13. For his splendor and fortune I shall sacrifice to him with audible worship, Mithra of wide cattle pastures with libations. We sacrifice to Mithra of wide cattle pastures, who gives an abode of joy, and a good abode to the Aryan countries. 14. May he come hither to us in order to help (us). May he come hither to us for spaciousness. May he come hither to us to support (us). May he come hither to us to (grant us) mercy. May he come hither to us to cure (us of disease). May he come hither to us so that we are able to defeat our enemies. May he come hither to us to (grant us) a good life. May he come hither to us to grant us possession of Truth. (May) strong, unshakable, undeceivable Mithra of wide pastures, who is worthy of worship and praise, (come hither) for the sake of the whole material world. 15. This powerful strong god Mithra, strongest in the (world of) creatures, I will worship with libations. I will cultivate him with praise and reverence, worship him with audible prayer, with libations, Mithra of wide cattle pastures. We worship Mithra of wide cattle pastures with Haoma-containing milk and baresman twigs, with skill of tongue and magic word, with speech and action and libations, and with correctly uttered words. We worship the male and female Entities in the worship of whom Ahura Mazda knows (there is (or: consists) what is) best (lit. better) according to Asha.

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All good thoughts, all good words, all good deeds I do willingly. All evil thoughts, all evil words, all evil deeds I do unwillingly. All good thoughts, all good words, all good deeds will reach Paradise. All evil thoughts, all evil words, all evil deeds will reach Hell. And all good thoughts, all good words, all good deeds are the badge of the Ashavans for Paradise. Ashem Vohu....

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(Translation by B. N. Dhabhar, Translation of Zand-i Khurtak Avistak, Bombay, 1963, pp. 44 ff.)

1. With propitiation of Ahura Mazda. Ashem Vohu.... Praise be to the name of Him Who always was, always is and always will be. (He is), by name, the Yazad Spena Menoi. Even among the spiritual (yazads). He is Menoi (i.e. an invisible spirit). One of His own names is also Ohrmazd. (He is) the greatest Lord, powerful and wise, creator, nourisher, protector, compassionate, virtuous, forgiver, pure, a good dispenser of justice and all powerful. 2. Thanks be to that Great Architect who, with His own unrivaled strength and wisdom, created the sublime world, the six Amahraspands of higher rank, many wonderful Yazads, the bright paradise Garothman, the revolution of the sky, the shining sun, the brilliant moon, stars of different germs, the wind, atmosphere, water, fire, the earth, trees, beneficent cattle, the metals and mankind. 3. Adoration and praise be to the righteous Lord Who made man the greatest of all earthly creatures and through (the gift of) speech and the power of reasoning, created them for the sovereignty of the times and for the management of the creatures through the contest in battles against the daevas. 4. Homage to the Omniscient One, to him who is compassionate, who, through Zartosht Spitaman of holy farohar, sent for the creatures the apostleship (of religion), the knowledge of and the trustworthiness with regard to, the Religion, innate wisdom and wisdom acquired through the ears, and the instruction of, and guidance for all who are, were, and will be, and the science of sciences, viz., the bountiful Manthra, so that the soul at the Chinwad bridge may be released from hell, and may cause them to pass over the Best Existence of the holy, the bright sweet-smelling, and all-beneficent. 5. In obedience to your command, o compassionate one, I accept your pure religion, and think, speak, and practice (in accordance with it). I am steadfast on every meritorious deed and desist from all sins. I keep pure my own personal conduct and completely preserve the six powers of life, viz., first, thought, second, word, third, deed, and again fourth, reasoning, fifth, memory, and sixth, intellect. 6. O righteous one, according to your will, I shall accomplish to the extent of (my) power, your worship with good thoughts, good words, and good deeds. I shall open (for myself) the brilliant way (of paradise) so that the grievous punishment of hell may not be inflicted on me. I shall pass over the Chinwad bridge and attain to the abode of paradise (which is) very fragrant, all-embroidered, and of all happiness. 7. Praise be to the merciful Lord who bestows rewards for meritorious deeds on those who obey his commands according to his will, and at last will liberate even the wicked from (the torture of) hell and will embellish with purity the whole creation. 8. All praise to the creator Ohrmazd the omniscient, omnipotent, and powerful, and to the seven Amahraspands, to the victorious Yazad Warharan, the vanquisher of foes, and to the well-shapen (Yazad) Ama (strength). (May all these) come (to my help).

[May the glory of the pure and good religion of the Mazdayasnians be triumphant].

9. Homage to these places and cities [these regions and districts], [know that they are not specially mentioned], pasture lands [i.e., stalls of cattle are so called], houses [i.e., dwellings], drinking places [i.e., fountains of water], to the waters, lands, and trees, to this earth and the yonder sky, and even to the holy wind, to the stars, the moon and the sun, and also to the self-sustained eternal lights, [know that the self-sustainedness is this that every one of them acts for itself] and to all creations of Spena Menoi, males and females, [especially] the lords of holiness. Ashem Vohu...(3).

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Of all sins I repent. Ashem Vohu.... (Recite once facing East, West, South, and North respectively:) >> Homage to these places and these lands, and for these pastures, and these abodes vith their hay-racks, and for the waters, land, and plants, and for this earth and for yon heaven, and for tbe Asha-owning wind, and for the stars, moon, and sun, and for the eternal stars without beginning, and self-disposing, and for all the Asha-owning creatures of Spenta Mainyu, male and female, the regulators of Asha. Ashem Vohu.... (4)<< Bestow on him riches... (Recite SrB5.) Ashem Vohu....

Mah Niyayesh (Moon Litany) Scroll Up

0. In the name of God. May the majesty and glory of Ormazd, the beneficent lord, increase. (Hither) may come the purifier Moon, the Yazad Moon. Of all sins ... I repent. 1. Homage to Ahura Mazda. Homage to the Amesha Spentas. Homage to the Moon that has the seed of the Bull. Homage (to the Moon) when looked at. Homage with the look. 2. Propitiation to Ahura Mazda. ... I praise Asha. I proclaim ... of Ahurian Faith.

(Here recite the appropriate Gah dedication.)

Propitiation ... glorification to the Moon that has the seed of the Bull. To the sole-created Bull. To the Bull of many species. As (he is) the Lord that is to be chosen ... let one who knows it pronounce it to me. 3. Homage to Ahura Mazda .... Homage with the look. 4. How does the Moon wax? How does the Moon wane? Fifteen (days) does the Moon wax. Fifteen days does the moon wane. As long as (is) her waxing, so long the waning. So long (is) the waning, even as the waxing. Who (is it) through whom the Moon waxes (and) wanes, (other) than you? 5. We sacrifice to the Moon that has the seed of the Bull, the righteous and master of Asha. Now I look at the Moon. Now I present myself to the Moon. Now I behold the brilliant Moon. I present myself to the brilliant Moon. There stand up the Amesha Spentas, they hold the glory. There stand the Amesha Spentas, they bestow the glory on the earth created by Ahura. 6. When the Moon warms with its light, then the golden-colored plants always grow up together from the earth in the spring. (We sacrifice to) the new-moon days, the full-moon days, and the intervening seventh day. We sacrifice to the new-moon, the righteous, master of Asha. We sacrifice to the full-moon, the righteous, master of Asha. We sacrifice to the intervening day, the righteous, master of Asha. 7. I will sacrifice to the Moon that has the seed of the Bull, the bestower, radiant, glorious, possessed of water, possessed of warmth, possessed of knowledge, possessed of wealth, possessed of riches, possessed of discernment, possessed of weal, possessed of verdure, possessed of good, the bestower, the healing. 8. For his splendor and fortune I shall sacrifice to him with audible worship, the Moon that has the seed of the Bull, with libations. We sacrifice to the Moon that has the seed of the Bull, the righteous, master of Asha, With Haoma-containing milk ... and with correctly uttered words. We worship the male and female Entities in the worship of whom Ahura Mazda knows (there is (or: consists) what is) best (lit. better) according to Asha. 9. Y.A.V.(2). I desire worship ... of the Moon that has the seed of the Bull, of the sole- created Bull, of cattle of all species. Ashem...(3). 10.Give strength and victory. Give a satisfactory supply of cattle. Give a multitude of men, steadfast, belonging to the assembly, vanquishing, not vanquished, vanquishing adversaries at one stroke, vanquishing enemies at one stroke, of manifest help to the blessed. 11. O Yazads full of fortune! O Yazads full of healing! Manifest by your greatness, manifest be those of you who help when invoked. O waters give indeed just your own manifest fortune to the worshiper.

Aban Niyayesh (Litany to Water) Scroll Up

0. In the name of God. May the majesty and glory of Ormazd, the beneficent lord, increase. (Hither) may come Banu Aban Ardvisur. Of all sins ... I repent. 1. To the good waters, created by Mazda. To the waters of Aredvi Anahita, the righteous. To all waters created by Mazda. To all plants created by Mazda. Propitiation ... glorification. As (he is) the Lord that is to be chosen ... let one who knows it pronounce it to me. 2. Ahura Mazda spoke to Spitama Zarathushtra: 'May you sacrifice for me, O Spitama Zarathushtra, to her who is Aredvi Sura Anahita, The wide-expanding, the healing, Foe to the daevas, of Ahura's Faith, Worthy of sacrifice in the material world, Worthy of prayer in the material world, Life-increasing, the righteous, Herd-increasing, the righteous, Fold-increasing, the righteous, Wealth-increasing, the righteous, Country-increasing, the righteous.' 3. Who purifies the seed of all males. Who purifies the wombs of All females for bearing. Who makes all females have easy childbirth. Who bestows on all females Right (and) timely milk. 4. The great, far-famed, Who is as much in greatness As all these waters That run along on this earth. Who, the strong one, flows forth From the height Hukairya To the Sea Vourukasha. 5. All the shores around the Sea Vourukasha Are in commotion, The whole middle is bubbling up When she flows forth to them, When she streams forth to them, Aredvi Sura Anahita. To whom belong a thousand lakes, To whom a thousand outlets; Anyone of these lakes And any of these outlets (Is) a forty days' ride For a man mounted on a good horse. 6. And the outflow of this One water of mine penetrates to all the seven zones. And (the outflow) of this one water of mine Flows continuously Both summer and winter. She purifies my waters, she (purifies) the seed of males, the wombs of females, the milk of females. 7. Whom I, Ahura Mazda by movement of tongue (?) brought forth for the furtherance of the house, village, town, and country. 8. Inasmuch as I shall henceforth recite the Staota Yasna, and shall recite the Ahuna Vairya, and shall pour forth (?) the Asha Vahishta, and shall purify the good waters with (lit. together with) that Gathic word 'Ahura Mazda attained first in the Abode of Praise' - she will therefore give me reward. 9. For her splendor and fortune I shall sacrifice to her with audible worship, I shall sacrifice to her with the well-sacrificed worship. Through this may you be commanded when invoked! Through this may you be more than well-sacrificed! (We sacrifice) to Aredvi Sura Anahita, the righteous, with libations. We sacrifice to Aredvi Sura Anahita, the righteous, master of Asha, With Haoma-containing milk ... and with correctly uttered words.

We worship the male and female Entities in the worship of whom Ahura Mazda knows (there is (or: consists) what is) best (lit. better) according to Asha.

Atash Niyayesh (Litany to Fire) Scroll Up

0. With propitiation of Ahura Mazda. Homage to you, O Fire of Ahura Mazda, O good created, great Yazata. Ashem Vohu.... In the name of God. May the majesty and glory of Ormazd, the beneficent Lord, increase. (Note: If praying at an Atash Bahram, recite:) To the Fire Behram, the great Fire. (Note: If praying at an Atash Adaran, recite:) To the Fire Adaran, the great Fire. (Note: If praying at an Atash Dadgah, recite:) To the Fire Dadgah, the great Fire.

Of all sins ... I repent. 1. Arise unto me, O Ahura! give vigor through Armaiti, Strength by the good reward through Thy Holy Spirit, O Mazda! Mighty power through Asha, supremacy through Vohu Manah. 2. For my support, O Far-seeing One, may Ye manifest unto me those incomparable things Of your Khshathra, O Ahura, which are the reward of Vohu Manah; Instruct our consciences, O Holy Armaiti, through Asha. 3. So Zarathushtra gives as an offering even the life of his body, And the excellence of Vohu Manah unto Mazda, As also obedience and power of deed and word unto Asha. 4. Propitiation unto Ahura Mazda. Homage unto thee, O Fire of Ahura Mazda, thou good-created, great Yazata. Ashem Vohu...(3). I profess myself a Mazda-worshipper, a follower of Zarathushtra, opposing the Daevas, accepting the Ahuric doctrine.

(Here recite the appropriate Gah dedication.)

Unto Fire, the son of Ahura Mazda. Unto thee, O Fire, son of Ahura Mazda. 5. To Fire, the son of Ahura Mazda; to the good fortune and Prosperity, created by Mazda; to the Aryan good fortune, created by Mazda; to the kingly good fortune, created by Mazda; to Fire, the son of Ahura Mazda; to Kavi Husravah, to the Lake of Husravah; to Mount Asnavant, created by Mazda; to Lake Chaechista, created by Mazda; to the kingly good fortune, created by Mazda. 6. To Fire, the son of Ahura Mazda; to Mount Raevant, created by Mazda, to the kingly good fortune, created by Mazda; to Fire, the son of Ahura Mazda; O Fire! holy warrior, O Yazata full of fortune, O Yazata full of healing; to Fire, the son of Ahura Mazda, with all fires; to the Yazata Nairyosangha, offspring of sovereignty (Khshathra). Propitiation for worship, adoration, propitiation, and praise. 'Yatha Ahu Vairyo', the zaotar should say to me 'Atha ratush ashatchit hacha', the Asha-owning, knowing one should say. 7. I bless in reverence and adoration the abiding offering, the joyous offering, and the devotional offering (offered) to you, O Fire! son of Ahura Mazda. Worthy of sacrifice you are, worthy of prayer, worthy of sacrifice may you always be, worthy of prayer, in the dwellings of men. May there be hope to that man who verily shall sacrifice to you with fuel in his hand, with the Baresma in his hand, with milk in his hand, with the mortar in his hand. 8. May you be provided with proper fuel! May you be provided with proper incense! May you be provided with proper nourishment! May you be provided with proper upkeep! May you be maintained by one of full age! May you be maintained by one wise (in religion), O Fire, son of Ahura Mazda. 9. In order to be burning in this house, in order to be ever burning in this house, in order to be blazing in this house, in order to be increasing in this house, Even throughout the Long Time, until the mighty Renovation, including the mighty, good Renovation. 10. Give me, O Fire, son of Ahura Mazda! well-being immediately, sustenance immediately; life immediately, well-being in abundance; sustenance in abundance, life in abundance; knowledge, holiness, a ready tongue, understanding for (my) soul; and afterwards wisdom (which is) comprehensive, great, imperishable. 11. (Give me) then the manly valor, which is ever afoot, sleepless, (for one third of the days and nights), watchful while lying in bed. (Give me) native offspring that give support, ruling over the region, belonging to the assembly, thoroughly developed, possessed of good works, delivering from distress, of good intellect, that may further my house, village, town, country, (and) the renown of the country. 12. Give me, O Fire, son of Ahura Mazda, the Best World of the righteous, the shining, the all-happy, so that it may fulfill my wish, now and for ever, so as to attain to good reward, and to good renown, and to long happiness of my soul! 13. The Fire of Ahura Mazda Gives command to all For whom he cooks The night and the morning meals. From all he solicits A good offering, and a wished-for offering, And a devotional offering, O Spitama! 14. The Fire looks at the hands of all passers-by - 'what does the friend bring to the friend, the one that goes forth to the one that sits still?' We sacrifice unto the holy Fire, the bold, good warrior. 15. Then if that one brings unto him either fuel righly brought, or Baresma rightly spread, or the plant Hadhanaepata, to him thereupon, in fulfillment of his wish, the Fire of Ahura Mazda, propitiated, unoffended, gives a blessing: 16. 'May a herd of cattle attend you, A multitude of men to you, And may an active mind And an active spirit attend you. May you live with a joyous life The nights which you live!' This is the Fire's blessing (on him) Who brings him fuel, Dry, exposed to the light, Purified in accordance with the ritual of Asha. 17. (Recite silently:) Ormazd the Lord! the increaser of mankind, of the species of mankind, of all species, and of all good ones! May he cause intelligence, steadfastness, and goodness, unto me (who am) one of the good Mazdayasnians. So be it! (Recite aloud:) Yatha Ahu Vairyo...(2). I desire worship and adoration and strength and force for Fire, son of Ahura Mazda. For Fire, son of Ahura Mazda, to the good fortune and prosperity, created by Mazda, to the Aryan good fortune, created by Mazda; to the kingly good fortune, created by Mazda; to Fire, the son of Ahura Mazda; to Kavi Husravah; to the Lake of Husravah, to Mount Asnavant, created by Mazda; to Lake Chaechista, created by Mazda; to the kingly good fortune, created by Mazda. To Fire, the son of Ahura Mazda; to Mount Raevant, created by Mazda; to the kingly good fortune, created by Mazda; to Fire, the son of Ahura Mazda; O Fire! holy warrior, O Yazata full of fortune, O Yazata full of healing; to Fire, the son of Ahura Mazda, with all fires; to the Yazata Nairyosangha, offspring of sovereignty (Khshathra). Ashem Vohu...(3). 18. Then through Asha, O Ahura! we wish your mighty and powerful Fire, which is taught through Asha, to be a manifest help to the ally, but a visible harm at your beck, O Mazda! to the foe. Ashem Vohu.... 19. Bestow on him riches... (SrB5) 20. Homage to the creator of the creatures of the world, on the day (name the day) of good name, of holy name, of auspicious name, on the month (name the month) of auspicious name, of the Gah (name the Gah). With propitiation of Ahura Mazda. Homage to you, O Fire of Ahura Mazda, O good created, great Yazata. Ashem Vohu....

May there be an increase in the luster and fortune . (Note: If praying at an Atash Bahram, recite:) To the Fire Behram, the great Fire. (Note: If praying at an Atash Adaran, recite:) To the Fire Adaran, the great Fire. (Note: If praying at an Atash Dadgah, recite:) To the Fire Dadgah, the great Fire.

May the powerful and victorious fires - Adar Gushasp, Adar Khordad and Adar Burzin Meher and other Adaran and Atashan which are established in their proper places (dad-gah) be on the increase. May the greatness and brightness of Menoi Karko which is powerful and victorious be on the increase. May these be on the increase - these fires which possess power and victory. May the knowledge, promulgation, and glory of the Mazdayasnian law and religion be in the seven regions of the earth! So be it! I must go thither (3). Ashem Vohu.... (Recite facing south:) To the creator of the world, to the Mazdayasnian religion, the Law of Zarthusht. Homage to you! O righteous Ardvisura Anahita, most profitable, O righteous one. Ashem Vohu.... Homage to you, O good tree, righteous, created by Mazda. Ashem Vohu.... With propitiation of Ahura Mazda. Homage to you, O Fire of Ahura Mazda, O good created, great Yazata. Ashem Vohu....

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KHORDA AVESTA (Book of Common Prayer) Translation by James Darmesteter (From Sacred Books of the East, American Edition, 1898.)