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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

Srosh Yasht Hadokht

1
We sacrifice unto the holy, tall-formed, fiend-smiting Sraosha,who makes the world increase, the holy and master of holiness.
Good prayer, excellent prayer to the worlds, O Zarathushtra!

2
This it is that takes away the friendship of the fiend andfiends, of the he-fiend and of the she-fiend; it turns away ingiddiness their eyes, minds, ears, hands, feet, mouths, and tongues;as good prayer, without deceit and without harm, is Manly Courage,and turns away the Druj.

3
The holy Sraosha, the best protector ofthe poor, is fiend-smiting;he is the best smiter of the Druj.
The faithful one who pronounces most words of blessing is themost victorious in victory; the Mathra Spenta takes best the unseenDruj way. The Ahuna Vairya is the best fiend-smiter among allspells; the word of truth is the fighter that is the best of allfiend-smiters.
The Law of the worshippers of Mazda is the truest giver of allthe good things of all those that are the offspring of the goodprinciple; and so is the Law of Zarathushtra.

4
And he who should pronounce that word, O Zarathushtra! eithera man or a woman with a mind all intent on holiness, with wordsall intent on holiness, with deeds all intent on holiness, whenhe is in fear either of high waters or of the darkness of a rainynight;
Or at the fords of a river, or at the branching-off of roads;
Or in the meeting together of the faithful, or the rushing togetherof the worshippers of the Daevas;

5
Whether on the road or in the law he has to fear, not in thatday nor in that night shall the tormenting fiend, who wants totorment him, prevail to throw upon him the look of his evil eye,and the malice of the thief who carries off cattle shall not reachhim.

6
Pronounce then that word, O Zarathushtra! that word to bespoken, when thou fall upon the idolaters and thieves and Daevasrushing together. Then the malice of the wicked worshippers ofthe Daevas, of the Yatus and their followers, of the Pairikasand their followers, will be affrighted and rush away. Down arethe Daevas! Down are the Daeva-worshippers, and they take backtheir mouths from biting.

7
And therefore we take around us the holy-natured Sraosha,the holy, the fiend-smiter, as one does with shepherds' dogs;therefore we sacrifice unto the holy-natured Sraosha, the holy,the fiend-smiter, with good thoughts, good words, and good deeds.

8
For his brightness and glory, for his strength and victoriouspower, for his offering sacrifices unto the gods, I will offerhim a sacrifice worth being heard. I will offer up libations untothe holy Sraosha, unto the great Ashi Vanguhi, and unto Nairyo-sangha,the tall-formed.
So may the holy Sraosha, the fiend-smiter, come to us for help!

9
We worship the holy Sraosha; we worship the great master,Ahura Mazda, who is supreme in holiness, who is the foremost todo deeds of holiness.
We worship all the words of Zarathushtra, and all the good deeds,those done and those to be done.
Yenhe hatam: All those beings of whom Ahura Mazda....

10
We sacrifice unto the holy, tall-formed fiend-smiting Sraosha,who makes the world increase, the holy and master of holiness;
Who strikes the evil-doing man, who strikes the evil-doing woman;who smites the fiendish Druj, and is most strong and world-destroying;who maintains and looks over all this moving world;

11
Who, never sleeping, wakefully guards the creation of Mazda;who, never sleeping, wakefully maintains the creation of Mazda;who protects all the material world with his club uplifted, fromthe hour when the sun is down;

12
Who never more did enjoy sleep from the time when the twoSpirits made the world, namely, the good Spirit and the evil One;who every day, every night, fights with the Mazainya Daevas.

Continued...

13
He bows not for fear and fright before the Daevas: beforehim all the Daevas bow for fear and fright reluctantly, and rushaway to darkness.
For his brightness and glory, for his strength and victoriouspower....

14
Yatha ahu vairyo: The will of the Lord is the law of holiness....
We sacrifice unto the holy, tall-formed, fiend-smiting Sraosha,who makes the world increase, the holy and master of holiness;
Who with peace and friendship watches the Druj and the most beneficentSpirit: so that the Amesha-Spentas may go along the seven Karshvaresof the earth; who is the teacher of the Law: he himself was taughtit by Ahura Mazda, the holy One.
For his brightness and glory, for his strength and victoriouspower....

15
Yatha ahu vairyo: The will of the Lord is the law of holiness....
We sacrifice unto the holy, tall-formed, fiend-smiting Sraosha,who makes the world increase, the holy and master of holiness;
Whom the holy Ahura Mazda has created to withstand Aeshma, thefiend of the wounding spear; we sacrifice unto Peace, whose breathis friendly, and unto the two withstanders of sin and guilt,

16
The friends of the holy Sraosha;
The friends of Rashnu Razista;
The friends of the good Law of the worshippers of Mazda;
The friends of Arstat, who makes the world grow, who makes theworld increase, who makes the world prosper;
The friends of Ashi Vanguhi;
The friends of the good Chisti;
The friends of the most right Chista;

17
The friends of all gods;
The friends of the Mathra Spenta;
The friends of the fiend-destrqying Law;
The friends of the long-traditional teaching;
The friends of the Amesha-Spentas;
The friends of ourselves, the Saoshyants, the two-footed partof the holy creation;
The friends of all the beings of the holy world.
For his brightness and glory, for his strength and victoriouspower....

18
Yatha ahu vairyo: The will of tbe Lord is the law of holiness....
We sacrifice unto the holy, tall-formed, fiend-smiting Sraosha,who makes the world increase, the holy and master of holiness;
The first [Sraosha], the next, the middle, and the highest; withthe first sacrifice, with the next, with the middle, and withthe highest. We sacrifice unto all [the moments] of the holy andstrong Sraosha, who is the incarnate Word;

19
The strong Sraosha, of the manly courage, the warrior of thestrong arms, who breaks the skulls of the Daevas; who smites withheavy blows and is strong to smite; the holy Sraosha, who smiteswith heavy blows; we sacrifice unto the crushing Ascendant ofboth the holy Sraosha and Arshti.

20
We sacrifice for all the houses protected by Sraosha, wherethe holy Sraosha is dear and friendly treated and satisfied, aswell as the faithful man, rich in good thoughts, rich in goodwords, rich in good deeds.

21
We sacrifice unto the body of the holy Sraosha;
We sacrifice unto the body of Rashnu Razishta;
We sacrifice unto the body of Mithra, the lord of wide pastures;
We sacrifice unto the body of the holy wind;
We sacrifice unto the body of the good Law of the worshippersof Mazda;
We sacrifice unto the body of Arshtat, who makes the world grow,who makes the world increase, who makes the world prosper;
We sacrifice unto the body of Ashi Vanguhi;
We sacrifice unto the body of the good Chisti;
We sacrifice unto the body of the most right Chista;
We sacrifice unto the bodies of all the gods;

22
We sacrifice unto the body of the Mathra Spenta;
We sacrifice unto the body of the fiend-destroying Law;
We sacrifice unto the body of the long-traditional teaching;
We sacrifice unto the bodies of the Amesha-Spentas;
We sacrifice unto the bodies of ourselves, the Saoshyants, thetwo-footed part of the holy creation;
We sacrifice unto the bodies of all the beings of the holy world.
For his brightness and glory, for his strength and victoriouspower....

23
Yatha ahu vairyo: The will of the Lord is the law of holiness....
I bless the sacrifice and prayer, the strength and vigour of theholy, strong Sraosha, who is the incarnate Word, a mighty-spearedand lordly god
[Give] unto that man brightness and glory, ... give him the bright,all-happy, blissful abode of the holy Ones!

11a. Srosh Yasht (See Yasna, chapter 57)

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