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English translation of
Holy Zend Avesta - Khorda Avesta (1)

English translation by James Darmesteter, Dhalla, B. N. Dhabhar,
L. Mills, J. H. Peterson, C. Bartholomae
taken from http://www.avesta.org/avesta.html

Mah Niyayesh (Moon Litany)

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.

Continued...

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.

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-- Prayers 12 --





 
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