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Holy Zend Avesta - Khorda Avesta (2)

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

Afrinagans (prayers of blessing)

Afrinagan-i Dahman

1
Yatha Ahu Vairyo...(2).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 the Dahman Afrin of the good ones and the strong wise one with higher intellect, for worship, adoration,propitiation, and praise.'Yatha Ahu Vairyo', the zaotar should say to me 'Yatha Ahu Vairyo', he who is the zaotar should say to me 'Atha ratush ashatchit hacha', the Asha-sanctified knowing one should say.

(Karda:)

2
May these blessings of the Asha-sanctified come into this house, namely, rewards, compensation, and hospitality; and may there now come to this community Asha, possessions, prosperity, good fortune, and easeful life, and the long enduring prominence of this Religion, which is Ahuric, Zarathushtrian.

3
Now in this house may the cattle not be tainted, nor the Asha,nor the strength of Asha-sanctified men, nor the Ahuric doctrine.

4
May the good, prosperity-giving, holy, Asha-sanctified, fravashis come here, accompanied by the healing virtues of Ashi, to the width of the Earth, the length of the rivers, and the height of the sun, to give the possession of good things, for the overthrow of misfortunes, and the advancement of riches and fortunes.

5
May Hearkening (Sraosha) overcome disobedience within this house, and may peace overcome discord, generosity overcome greed, reverence overcome rebellion, and honesty overcome falsehood.May Asha conquer the fiend,

6
so that, in it the Amesha Spentas may receive, through Sraosha,companion of Ashi, good acts of worship and prayers of praise; good in reverence and adoration, the abiding offering, the joyous offering, and the devotional offering, until the time of the final harvest.

7
Let the comfort-giving good fortune never forsake this house, nor the comfort-giving riches, nor comfort-giving noble offspring, with long lasting company of what bestows paradise and good rewards. Ashem Vohu...(3)!

(Asirvad:)

8
To Ahura Mazda, rich, possessing good things. Blessings on the rulers of the land, for greater strength, greater victory, greater rule, greater sovereignty, compassion, long rule, enduring physical vitality, and health.

9
(Blessings) to Ama, well-built, fair of form, to Verethraghna,made by Ahura, and to the triumphing Uparatat, completely repelling malice, completely conquering the hostile malicious adversary with a blow.

10
Blessings so that he may be winner of the battle, victorious over every malicious adversary, over every evil adversary, faulty in thoughts, words and deeds.

11
(Blessings) that he may be victorious through timely thoughts, words, and deeds; to suppress all the evil-minded, and all Daeva-worshippers, so as to attain to good reward, and to good renown, and to long happiness of my soul.

12
Blessings for long life, for the desired life, for the service of Asha-sanctified people, and for the disservice of ill done deeds - the best existence of the Asha-sanctified, the luminous, offering all blissful. Thus may it come as I wish. We praise good thoughts, good words, and good deeds, performed here and elsewhere, now and in the past. Thus we glorify and invoke all that is good (2). I yearn for good mind. May Peshotan son on Gushtasp come to my aid, may he accept my prayers, may he shine for me. Thus may the holy attain long life and may their desires be fulfilled. May this Afrinagan and Khshnuman reach the Yazad Dahman. May the knowledge, promulgation, and glory of the good Mazdayasnian religion spread throughout the seven regions of the world, through speech, righteous persuasion, the good kingly authority and justice. So be it.Yatha Ahu Vairyo....Ashem Vohu...!

13
Yatha Ahu Vairyo...(2).I desire worship and adoration and strength and force for the Dahman Afrin of the good ones and the valiant wise one with higher intellect. Ashem Vohu....May we all be one in Asha.Thus may it come as I wish. We praise good thoughts, good words, and good deeds, performed here and elsewhere, now and in the past. Thus we glorify and invoke all that is good.

Afrinagan-i Gatha

1
As the Ahu is (revered and) to be chosen, so (is) the Ratu (one who rules) from the Righteous Order, a creator of mental goodness, and of life's actions done for Ahura, and the Kingdom (is) to Mazda, which to the poor may offer a nurturer. I confess myself a Mazda-worshipper - for the praise of Ahura Mazda, the resplendent, the glorious, and of the Bountiful Immortals, for the bountiful and holy Gathas which rule in the ritual order. (Propitiation and praise be) to the Gatha Ahunavaiti, and to the Gatha Ushtavaiti, to the Gatha Spenta-mainyu, and to the Gatha Vohu-khshathra, and to the Gatha Vahishtoishti.

2
Propitiation to the Fravashis of the saints, the mighty, overwhelming, even to those of the saints of yore, who held the primeval faith (the Gathic faith), and to those of the next of kin.

3
We sacrifice to Ahura Mazda, the resplendent, the glorious;and we sacrifice to the Amesha Spenta who rule aright, and who dispose (of all aright). And we sacrifice to the bounteous and holy Gathas, which rule (as the first) in the ritual order. We sacrifice to the Gatha Ahunavaiti, the holy, as it rules in the ritual order; and we sacrifice to the Gatha Ushtavaiti, the holy, as it rules in the ritual order; and we sacrifice to the Gatha Spenta-mainyu, the holy, as it rules in the ritual order; and we sacrifice to the Gatha Vohu-khshathra, the holy, as it rules in the ritual order; and we sacrifice to the Gatha Vahishtoishti,the holy, as it rules in the ritual order.

4
(=Yt13.49-52.)

Afrinagan-i Gahambar

[This prayer is part of the ceremony of blessing (Afrinagan) addressed to the community during the great seasonal festivals (Gahambars).]

1
I confess myself a Mazda-worshipper, and of Zarathustra'sorder, a foe of the Daevas, devoted to the lore of the Lord, for the holy Havani, the regulator of the ritual order (and its lord in its turn), for its sacrifice, homage, propitiation, and praise;(and I confess myself) for Savanghi and for Visya, the holy lords of the ritual order for their sacrifice, homage, propitiation,and praise, and for that of the Asnya, the day-lords of the days during daylight, and of the days in their length, for the Mahya, month-lords, and the Yairya, year-lords, and for those of thee special seasons, and for the worship, homage, propitiation, and praise of that lofty lord who is the Ritual Righteousness (itself); yea, for the worship, homage, propitiation, and praise of the lords of the days, months, years, and seasons - for those lords of the ritual order who are of all the greatest, who are the regulators of the ritual at the time of Havani.

2
To Maidhyo-zaremya, the lord [or to Maidhyo-shema, the lord, or to Paitishahya, the lord, or to Ayathrima, Maidhyairya, or Hamaspath maedhaya], be propitiation, homage, and praise.

Continued...

3
O ye Mazdayasnians who are here present offer ye this ritual service, and present ye the Myazda which is that of the Maidhyo-zaremaya, taking a piece of sound flesh from a choice beast, with a full flow of milk.

4
If ye are able to do this, (well); if ye are unable to do it, ye may take then (a portion) of some liquor of equal value, it matters not which it is, and have it consumed as it is proper; and so be ye discreet from your obedience, most correctly faithful in your speech, most saintly from your sanctity, best ordered in your exercise of power, least straitened by oppressions, heart-easy with rejoicings, most merciful of givers, most helpful to the poor, fulfilling most the ritual, the blest and longed-for Asha,(coy ?) riches woman-minded (?) bringing (as reward). If ye can do this and with vigour, (well);

5
if not, bring wood to the Ratu's house. It matters not what kind, so it be well cut, and very dry, and in loads of fitting size. If that is possible, (well);if not, let a man bring wood to the Ratu's dwelling, and heap it up as high as the ear, or to reach the fore-shoulder, or with the fore-arm measure, (or at least as high as the end of the hanging hand). If that is possible, (well);

6
but if it has not been possible, then let the worshipper (with the mind's offering) ascribe the power to him who rules the best, Ahura, (saying): Wherefore for this cause verily we offer and ascribe the Sovereign Power to Ahura Mazda, who rules the best, and to Righteousness (the ritual and moral Order), and we complete our sacrifice to them. Thus is the Myazda offered with the well-timed prayer for blessings.

7
In case that a man does not give of the first Myazda which is that of the Maidhyo-zaremaya, O Spitama Zarathushtra! the Ratu that has the right to that Myazda, and who has this person under his guidance, expels that (false) disciple who has not his Myazda with him, as a man that does not worship, from the midst of the Mazda-worshippers.

8
In the case that a man does not give of the second Myazda, O Spitama Zarathushtra! which is that of the Maidhyo-shema, then let the Ratu to whom the Myazda should come,and who has the person under his guidance, expel that disciple,since he comes without his Myazda, as he would a man who refuses to recite his vows, from among the number of the Mazda-worshippers.

9
In the case that a man does not give of the third Myazda, O Spitama Zarathushtra! which is that of Paitishahya, then let the Ratu who ought to receive that Myazda, and who has had the person under his guidance, expel that disciple which brings no Myazda,as a detected reprobate, from among the number of the Mazdayasnians.

10
In case that a man does not offer of the fourth Myazda, O Spitama Zarathushtra! which is that of the Ayathrima let the Ratu who ought to receive that Myazda, and who has the person under his guidance, expel that disciple, since he brings no Myazda,as a refuse beast from among the number of the Mazdayasnians.

11
In the case that a man does not give of the fifth Myazda, which is that of the Maidhyairya, then let the Ratu to whom that Myazda belongs as a perquisite, and who has that person under his guidance, expel him, since he brings no Myazda, as an alien,from among the number of the Mazdayasnians.

12
In case that a man does not give of the sixth Myazda, which is that of the Hamaspath maedhaya, O Spitama Zarathushtra! let the Ratu to whom that Myazda belongs as a perquisite, and who has this person under his discipline to learn him the lore of Ahura, expel him, (as ignorant) since he brings no Myazda, from among the number of the Mazdayasnians.

13
And let him decry him afterwards without hesitation, and drive him out; and let that Ratu lay upon him afterwards the expiating deeds without reserve; and in accordance with these rules, let the disciple treat the Ratu. (Let him beware of failure to bring his Myazda, or if he fails let the disciple bear, as is befitting, what is due.) A blessing is Righteousness (called) the Best, it is weal, it is weal for this (man) when toward Righteousness Best there is right.

14
I bless with my prayer the royal Province-chiefs (who are faithful worshippers) of Ahura Mazda, the resplendent, the glorious,(beseeching) for superior strength for them, and for more important victory, and more influential rule, and desiring for them further authoritative power, and helpful support, and long duration to their reign, and the prolonged vitality of their frames, and health.

15
And I pray in my benediction for strength well-shaped and stately of growth, and which smites victoriously, Ahura-made,and crushing, and for an ascendency abundantly subduing all who are filled with furious hate, assaulting the evil-minded enemies,and destroying, as if at once, the deadly, godless foes.

16
And I pray in my blessing that he (the province-governor) may conquer in victorious battles every malicious foe, and each malignant, profane in thoughts, and words, and actions,

17
that he may indeed be constantly victorious in his own religious thoughts,and words, and deeds, and unvarying in the smiting of every foe,and of every Daeva-worshipper, and that he may, as he proceeds,be well rewarded, and of good repute, possessing a far-foreseeing preparation of the soul.

18
And I pray with blessings thus: Live thou long and blessed be thou, 'hail' to thee; live for the aid of holy men, and for the crushing of the evil; and I pray for Heaven (for thee) the best world of the saints, shining, all glorious. And thus may it happen as I pray -. And I bless in my prayer the sacrifice, and homage, and the strength, and swiftness of the day-lords during daylight, and of the lords of the days in their length, of the month-lords, and the year-lords, and of the lords of the seasons (in their course), and for the worship, homage, propitiation, and praise of the lofty lord who is the Righteous Ritual itself, and of those lords of the ritual who are of all the greatest, and who are the lords of the ritual at the time of Havani, for Maidhyo-zaremaya the lord, [(or) for Maidhyo-shema the lord, (or) for Paitishahya the lord, or for Ayathrima, Maidhyairya,or Hamaspath maedhaya].

Afrinagan-i Rapithwin

1
I confess myself a Mazda-worshipper, of Zarathushtra's order,a foe to the Daevas, devoted to the lore of the Lord, for Rapithwina,the holy lord of the ritual order, for sacrifice, homage, propitiation,and praise, and for Fradat-fshu and Zantuma, the holy lord(s)of the ritual order.

2
And to Ahura Mazda, the resplendent, the glorious, and to the Bountiful Immortals, be propitiation, and to Asha Vahishta (who is Righteousness the Best), and to the Fire, Ahura Mazda's son, and to all the holy Yazads, heavenly and earthly,and to the Fravashis of the saints, the mighty and overwhelming-.

3
For thus did Ahura Mazda speak to Spitama Zarathushtra the word which was spoken for the ritual time of the Rapithwina, (saying):Ask us, O holy Zarathushtra, what are Thy questions to be asked of us, for Thy question is as that mighty one when Thy ruler speaks his mighty wish.

4
Then Zarathushtra asked Ahura Mazda: O Ahura Mazda, most bountiful creator of the material worlds and holy! what does that man acquire, what does he merit, what reward shall there be for that man

5
Who shall recite the Rapithwina office with the Rapithwina prayer for blessing, and who shall sacrifice with the Rapithwina office with hands (well) washed,and with (well) washed mortars, with the Baresman spread, and with Haoma high uplifted, and with fire brightly flaming, with Ahuna-vairya loud intoned, with Haoma-moistened tongue, and with a body Mathra-bound?

6
And Ahura Mazda answered him: As the wind from the southern quarter, O Spitama! causes the entire material world to advance and to increase, and as it will bless it, rejoice it, and cause it to progress, such a like reward does such a man receive,

7
who recites the Rapithwina-ratu with the Rapithwina blessing,and sacrifices with it with (well) washed hands, and mortars,with Baresman spread, and Haoma lifted, with fire brightly flaming,and with Ahuna-vairya loud intoned, and with Haoma-moistened tongue,and a body Mathra-bound!

8
Thus hath Ahura Mazda declared to Spitama Zarathushtra the word which (should be) spoken at the Rapithwina time.

9-10
(See A1.14-19.)

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