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English translation of
Holy Zend Avesta - Vendidad

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

Fargard 20 : Thrita, the First Healer

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Zarathushtra asked Ahura Mazda: 'Ahura Mazda, most beneficent Spirit, Maker of the material world, thou Holy One! Who was he who first of the healers, of the wise, the happy, the wealthy,the glorious, the strong, the Paradhatas, drove back sickness to sickness, drove back death to death; and first turned away the point of the sword and the fire of fever from the bodies of mortals?'

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Ahura Mazda answered: 'Thrita it was who first of the healers,of the wise, the happy, the wealthy, the glorious, the strong,the Paradhatas, drove back sickness to sickness, drove back death to death, and first turned away the point of the sword and the fire of fever from the bodies of mortals.

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'He asked for a source of remedies; he obtained it from Khshathra-Vairya,to withstand sickness and to withstand death; to withstand pain and to withstand fever; to withstand Sarana and to withstand Sarastya;to withstand Azana and to withstand Azahva; to withstand Kurughaand. to withstand Azivaka; to withstand Duruka and to 'withstand Astairya; to withstand the evil eye, rottenness, and infectionw hich Angra Mainyu had created against the bodies of mortals.

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'And I Ahura Mazda brought down the healing plants that, by many hundreds, by many thousands, by many myriads, grow up all around the one Gaokerena.

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'All this do we achieve; all this do we order; all these prayers do we utter, for the benefit of the bodies of mortals;

6
'To withstand sickness and to withstand death; to withstand pain and to withstand fever; to withstand Sarana and to withstand Sarastya; to withstand Azana and to withstand Azahva; to withstand Kurugha and to withstand Azivaka; to withstand Duruka and to withstand Astairya; to withstand the evil eye, rottenness, and infection which Angra Mainyu has created against the bodies of mortals.

Continued...

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'To thee, O Sickness, I say avaunt! to thee, O Death, I say avaunt! to thee, O Pain, I say avaunt! to thee, O Fever, I say avaunt! to thee, O Evil Eye, I say avaunt! to thee, O Sarana,I say avaunt! and to thee, O Sarastya, I say avaunt! to thee,O Azana, I say avaunt! and to thee, O Azahva, I say avaunt! to thee, O Kurugha, I say avaunt! and to thee, O Azivaka, I say avaunt!to thee, O Duruka, I say avaunt! and to thee, O Astairya, I say avaunt!

8
'Give us, O Ahura, that powerful sovereignty, by the strength of which we may smite down the Druj! By its might may we smite the Druj!

9
'I drive away Ishire and I drive away Aghuire; I drive away Aghra and I drive away Ughra; I drive away sickness and I drive away death; I drive away pain and I drive away fever; I drive away Sarana and I drive away Sarastya; I drive away Azana and I drive away Azahva; I drive away Kurugha and I drive away Azivaka; I drive away Duruka and I drive away Astairya; I drive away the evil eye, rottenness, and infection which Angra Mainyu has created against the bodies of mortals.

10
'I drive away all manner of sickness and death, all the Yatus and Pairikas, and all the wicked Jainis.

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'A Airyama ishyo. May the vow-fulfilling Airyaman come here,for the men and women of Zarathushtra to rejoice, for Vohu-mano to rejoice; with the desirable reward that Religion deserves.I solicit for holiness that boon that is vouchsafed by Ahura!

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'May the vow-fulfilling Airyaman smite all manner of sickness and death, all the Yatus and Pairikas, and all the wicked Jainis.'

13
Yatha ahu vairyo:- The will of the Lord is the law of righteousness. The gifts of Vohu-mano to the deeds done in this world for Mazda. He who relieves the poor makes Ahura king. Kem-na Mazda:- What protector hast thou given unto me, O Mazda!while the hate of the wicked encompasses me? Whom but thy Atarand Vohu-mano, through whose work I keep on the world of Righteousness?Reveal therefore to me thy Religion as thy rule! Ke verethrem-ja:- Who is the victorious who will protect thy teaching? Make it clear that I am the guide for both worlds. May Sraosha come with Vohu-mano and help whomsoever thou pleasest, O Mazda! Keep us from our hater, O Mazda and Armaiti Spenta! Perish, O fiendish Druj! Perish, O brood of the fiend! Perish, O world of the fiend! Perish away, O Druj! Perish away to the regions of the north, never more to give unto death the living world of Righteousness!

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-- Fargard 20 --





 
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