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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 Yasht (Hymn to the Moon)

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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 Moon that keeps in it the seed of the Bull; unto theonly-created Bull and unto the Bull of many species;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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Hail to Ahura Mazda! Hail to the Amesha-Spentas! Hail to theMoon that keeps in it the seed of the Bull! Hail to thee whenwe look at thee! Hail to thee when thou lookest at us!

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How does the moon wax? How does the moon wane?For fifteen days does the moon wax; for fifteen days does themoon wane. As long as her waxing, so long is the waning; as longas her waning, so long is the waxing.'Who is there but thee who makes the moon wax and wane?'

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We sacrifice unto the Moon that keeps in it the seed of theBull, the holy and master of holiness.Here I look at the moon, here I perceive the moon; here I lookat the light of the moon, here I perceive the light of the moon.The Amesha-Spentas stand up holding its glory; the Amesha-Spentasstand up, pouring its glory upon the earth, made by Mazda.

Continued...

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And when the light of the moon waxes warmer, golden-hued plantsgrow on from the earth during the spring.We sacrifice unto the new moons, the full moons, and the Vishaptathas.We sacrifice unto the new moon, the holy and master of holiness;We sacrifice unto the full moon, the holy and master of holiness;We sacrifice unto the Vishaptatha, the holy and master of holiness.

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I will sacrifice unto the Moon, that keeps in it the seedof the Bull, the liberal, bright, glorious, water-giving, warmth-giving,wisdom-giving, wealth-giving, riches-giving, thoughtfulness-giving,weal-giving, freshness-giving, prosperity-giving, the liberal,the healing.

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For its brightness and glory, I will offer unto it a sacrificeworth being heard, namely, unto the Moon that keeps in it theseed of the Bull.Unto the Moon that keeps in it the seed of the Bull, we offerup the libations, the Haoma and meat, the baresma, the wisdomof the tongue, 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 prayer, and the strength and vigourof the Moon, that keeps in it the seed of the Bull, and of theonly-created Bull, and of the Bull of many species.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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-- Prayers 21 --





 
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