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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 22 : Angra Mainyu creates 99,999 diseases; Ahura Mazda counters with the Holy Manthra and with Airyaman

I.

1
Ahura Mazda spake unto Spitama Zarathushtra, saying: 'I, Ahura Mazda, the Maker of all good things, when I made this mansion,the beautiful, the shining, seen afar (there may I go up, there may I arrive!)

2
'Then the ruffian looked at me; the ruffian Angra Mainyu,the deadly, wrought against me nine diseases, and ninety, and nine hundred, and nine thousand, and nine times ten thousand diseases.So mayst thou heal me, thou most glorious Mathra Spenta!

3
'Unto thee will I give in return a thousand fleet, swift-running steeds; I offer thee up a sacrifice, O good Saoka, made by Mazda and holy. 'Unto thee will I give in return a thousand fleet, high-humped camels; I offer thee up a sacrifice, O good Saoka, made by Mazda and holy.

4
'Unto thee will I give in return a thousand brown oxen that do not push; I offer thee up a sacrifice, O good Saoka, made by Mazda and holy. 'Unto thee will I give in return a thousand females big with young,of all species of small cattle; I offer thee up a sacrifice, O good Saoka, made by Mazda and holy.

5
'And I will bless thee with the fair blessing-spell of the righteous, the friendly blessing-spell of the righteous, that makes the empty swell to fullness and the full to overflowing,that comes to help him who was sickening, and makes the sick man sound again.

6
'Mathra Spenta, the all-glorious, replied unto me: "How shall I heal thee? How shall I drive away from thee those nine diseases, and those ninety, those nine hundred, those nine thousand,and those nine times ten thousand diseases?"'

II.

7
The Maker Ahura Mazda called for Nairyo-sangha: Go thou, Nairyo-sangha,the herald, and drive towards the mansion of Airyaman, and speak thus unto him:

8
Thus speaks Ahura Mazda, the Holy One, unto thee: 'I, Ahura Mazda, the Maker of all good things, when I made this mansion, the beautiful, the shining, seen afar (there may I ascend,there may I arrive!)

9
'Then the ruffian looked at me; the ruffian Angra Mainyu,the deadly, wrought against me nine diseases, and ninety, and nine hundred, and nine thousand, and nine times ten thousand diseases. So mayst thou heal me, O Airyaman, the vow-fulfiller!

10
'Unto thee will I give in return a thousand fleet, swift-running steeds; I offer thee up a sacrifice, O good Saoka, made by Mazda and holy, 'Unto thee will I give in return a thousand fleet, high-humped camels; I offer thee up a sacrifice, O good Saoka, made by Mazda and holy,

11
'Unto thee will I give in return a thousand brown oxen that do not push; I offer thee up a sacrifice, O good Saoka, made by Mazda and holy. 'Unto thee will I give in return a thousand females big with young,of all species of small cattle. I offer thee up a sacrifice, O good Saoka, made by Mazda and holy.

12
'And I will bless thee with the fair blessing-spell of the righteous, the friendly blessing-spell of the righteous, that make, the empty swell to fullness and the full to overflowing,that comes to help him who was sickening, and makes the sick man sound again.'

Continued...

III.

13
In obedience to Ahura's words he went, Nairyo-sangha, the herald; he drove towards the mansion of Airyaman, he spake unto Airyaman, saying:

14
Thus speaks Ahura Mazda, the Holy One, unto thee: 'I, Ahura Mazda, the Maker of all good things, when I made this mansion,the beautiful, the shining, seen afar (there may I go up, there may I arrive!)

15
'Then the ruffian looked at me; the ruffian Angra Mainyu,the deadly, wrought against me nine diseases, and ninety, and nine hundred, and nine thousand, and nine times ten thousand diseases.So mayst thou heal me, O Airyaman, the vow-fulfiller!

16
'Unto thee will I give in return a thousand fleet, swift-running steeds ; I offer thee up a sacrifice, O good Saoka, made by Mazda and holy. 'Unto thee will I give in return a thousand fleet, high-humped camels; I offer thee up a sacrifice, O good Saoka, made by Mazda and holy.

17
'Unto thee will I give in return a thousand brown oxen that do not push; I offer thee up a sacrifice, O good Saoka, made by Mazda and holy. 'Unto thee will I give in return a thousand females, big with young, of all species of small cattle; I offer thee up a sacrifice,O good Saoka, made by Mazda and holy.

18
'And I will bless thee with the fair blessing-spell of the righteous, the friendly blessing-spell of the righteous, that makes the empty swell to fullness and the full to overflowing,that comes to help him who was sickening, and makes the sick man sound again.'

IV.

19
Quickly was it done, nor was it long, eagerly set off the vow-fulfilling Airyaman, towards the mountain of the holy Questions,towards the forest of the holy Questions.

20
Nine kinds of stallions brought he with him, the vow-fulfilling Airyaman. Nine hinds of camels brought he with him, the vow-fulfilling Airyaman. Nine kinds of bulls brought he with him, the vow-fulfilling Airyaman. Nine kinds of small cattle brought he with him, the vow-fulfilling Airyaman. He brought with him the nine twigs; he drew along nine furrows.

21
'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 Azhana and I drive away Azhahva; I drive away Kurugha and I drive away Azhivaka;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.

22
'I drive away all manner of sickness and death, all the Yatus and Pairikas, and all the wicked Jainis.

23
'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.

24
'May the vow-fulfilling Airyaman smite all manner of sickness and death, all the Yatus and Pairikas, and all the wicked Jainis.

25
'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 Atar and 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 thyteaching? Make it clear that I am the guide for both worlds. MaySraosha 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 ofthe north, never more to give unto death the living world of Righteousness!'

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-- Fargard 22 --





 
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