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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

Khwarshed Yasht (Hymn to the Sun)

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May Ahura Mazda be rejoiced!....Ashem Vohu: Holiness is the best of all good....I confess myself a worshipper of Mazda, a follower of Zarathushtra,one who hates the Daevas and obeys the laws of Ahura;For sacrifice, prayer, propitiation, and glorification unto [Havani],the holy and master of holiness....Unto the undying, shining, swift-horsed Sun;Be propitiation, with sacrifice, prayer, propitiation, and glorification.

Yatha ahu vairyo: The will of the Lord is the law of holiness....

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We sacrifice unto the undying, shining, swift-horsed Sun.

When the light of the sun waxes warmer, when the brightness ofthe sun waxes warmer, then up stand the heavenly Yazatas, by hundredsand thousands: they gather together its Glory, they make its Glorypass down, they pour its Glory upon the earth made by Ahura, forthe increase of the world of holiness, for the increase of thecreatures of holiness, for the increase of the undying, shining,swift-horsed Sun.

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And when the sun rises up, then the earth, made by Ahura,becomes clean; the running waters become clean, the waters ofthe wells become clean, the waters of the sea become clean, thestanding waters become clean; all the holy creatures, the creaturesof the Good Spirit, become clean.

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Should not the sun rise up, then the Daevas would destroyall the things that are in the seven Karshvares, nor would theheavenly Yazatas find any way of withstanding or repelling themin the material world.

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He who offers up a sacrifice unto the undying, shining, swift-horsedSun - to withstand darkness, to withstand the Daevas born of darkness,to withstand the robbers and bandits, to withstand the Yatus andPairikas, to withstand death that creeps in unseen - offers itup to Ahura Mazda, offers it up to the Amesha-Spentas, offersit up to his own soul. He rejoices all the heavenly and worldlyYazatas, who offers up a sacrifice unto the undying, shining,swift-horsed Sun.

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I will sacrifice unto Mithra, the lord of wide pastures, whohas a thousand ears, ten thousand eyes.I will sacrifice unto the club of Mithra, the lord of wide pastures,well struck down upon the skulls of the Daevas.I will sacrifice unto that friendship, the best of all friendships,that reigns between the moon and the sun.

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For his brightness and glory, I will offer unto him a sacrificeworth being heard, namely, unto the undying, shining, swift-horsedSun. Unto the undying, shining, swift-horsed Sun we offer up thelibations, the Haoma and meat, the baresma, the wisdom of thetongue, the holy spells, the speech, the deeds, the libations,and the rightly-spoken words.Yenghe hatam: All those beings of whom Ahura Mazda....

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Yatha ahu vairyo: The will of the Lord is the law of holiness....

I bless the sacrifice and the invocation, and the strength andvigour of the undying, shining, swift-horsed Sun.Ashem Vohu: Holiness is the best of all good....Give unto that man brightness and glory, give him health of body,.... give him the bright, all-happy, blissful abode of the holyOnes.

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