(15 stanzas -- Days 89th to 103rd)
ýâ shyaothanâ ýâ vacanghâ
The deed, the word, and the veneration
(Gathas: Song 7 - stanza 1)
Summary Substance:The message of Zarathushtra leads to mental veneration, words and deeds that give righteousness, power to move towards wholeness, and immortality. And these very things are what he and his companions offer to Mazda Ahura.
Pondering Points:Offer the Wise One what wisely we achieve. What a veneration!
atcâ î-tôi mananghâ
Moreover, all these offerings are made to You alone
(Gathas: Song 7 - stanza 2)
Summary Substance:The offerings of all the achievements of Zarathushtra are made to Mazda alone. No one else. They are made through good thoughts and actions by a person who is progressive, not statically traditional, a person whose soul, self, is in harmony with truth. He sings his songs -- the Gathas -- praises for Ahura and guidance for mankind.
Pondering Points:Progressive songs praise God to promote humanity.
at tôi myazdem ahurâ
Therefore, we make a humble offering
(Gathas: Song 7 - stanza 3)
Summary Substance:The offering of veneration, words and deeds -- a solemn dedication to serve the Creator and the creation --are made by Zarathushtra and companions. True living persons in the divine dominion are those who promote good mind to acquire useful knowledge. Feeling a rise, a surge in himself because of the dedication, Zarathushtra foresees the gain awaiting the dedicated to Mazda.
Pondering Points:Dedication to serve returns in gain.
at tôi âtrêm ahurâ
Therefore, Lord, we yearn for Your fire,
(Gathas: Song 7 - stanza 4)
Summary Substance:The divine "fire" is the zeal that derives its strength from righteousness -- precision. It is forceful and swift in clearing and opening the way for the promotion of the mission. It is also strong enough in stopping those who want to harm the cause.
Pondering Points:Righteous zeal speeds progress, stops mischief.
kat vê xshathrem kâ îshtîsh
What is Your dominion, what is Your power,
(Gathas: Song 7 - stanza 5)
Summary Substance:Zarathushtra is seeking to know the divine dominion and power so that one acts according to the universal law of precision and good mind and provide a social order in which those oppressed and deprived of their rights are protected and rehabilitated. Zarathushtra and his companions have renounced all false gods and the cruel people whose superstitious cult is the cause of all exploitation and oppression.
Pondering Points:Order and power, well thought and well done eliminate oppression.
ýezî athâ stâ haithîm
If indeed, You are so, Wise One,
(Gathas: Song 7 - stanza 6)
Summary Substance:Through good thinking and righteousness, Zarathushtra has all false gods and their worshipers completely out of his mind. Mazda is the only Ahura -- the only Guide. He prays to achieve all the goals of his present life -- his mission to spread his message so that he successfully returns to Mazda with more praises of love and adoration.
Pondering Points:Mission accomplished ends in happy reunion.
kuthrâ tôi aredrâ mazdâ
Wise One, where are Your devotees
(Gathas: Song 7 - stanza 7)
Summary Substance:Once dedicated to the cause and comprehending the circumstances with good mind, one is not deterred by initial failures. One continues to wisely work for the mission one feels is his/her inheritance. Zarathushtra knows no one else except Mazda. He prays for support for himself and his companions as they work on right basis.
Pondering Points:Failures fail to deter the dedicated.
tâish zî nå shyaothanâish byeñtê
Indeed, they are afraid of our actions
(Gathas: Song 7 - stanza 8)
Summary Substance:The days when ritualistic priests and exploiting princes were in power appear to be disappearing. They are now as afraid of the Zarathushtrian mission as a weakling fears a strong person. The reason is simple. They do not think of righteousness and and do not use their good mind, and therefore remain antagonists to the Divine Doctrine.
Pondering Points:Wrong, when not strong, fears the rising right just because of not consulting good mind.
ýôi speñtãm âramaitîm
Wise One, he forsakes progressive serenity,
(Gathas: Song 7 - stanza 9)
Summary Substance:Progressive serenity and stability is valued by the wise one who is devoted to Mazda. But the person lacking good mind forsakes serenity because of his evil actions. Just as uncivilized people shun our company, such a person would avoid good people because of their righteousness.
Pondering Points:Evil actions isolate one from stability valued by wise community.
ahyâ vanghêush mananghô shyaothanâ
The person of good intellect says
(Gathas: Song 7 - stanza 10)
Summary Substance:A wise person wants that one should maintain deeds done with good mind, because he knows that progressive serenity and growing stability is the right result of proper procedure. These deeds promote the divine dominion [chosen and established by righteous people].
Pondering Points:Good deeds increase growing stability, promote good order.
at tôi ubê haurvåscâ
Both wholeness and immortality
(Gathas: Song 7 - stanza 11)
Summary Substance:Wholeness and immortality lead to divine splendor. For that goal, a self-reliant good mind, enjoying stability and rightness, gives one the lasting strength and courage to overcome antagonism.
Pondering Points:Good mind, stability, and righteousness, when combined, give courage to win.
kat tôi râzarê kat vashî
What is Your guidance and what is Your wish?
(Gathas: Song 7 - stanza 12)
Summary Substance:Zarathushtra asks and then supplies the subtle answer: The paths leading through righteous to the goal -- self-reliance that enjoys good mind. This is what the guidance is for, what the Wise One wishes. God does not want praise and veneration. All Mazda wishes is that we are guided to our goal. It is us who praise and venerate God out of love.
Pondering Points:The goal guided by Mazda: Self-reliance based on good mind.
têm advânem ahurâ
God, this is the same road of good mind
(Gathas: Song 7 - stanza 13)
Summary Substance:Proceeding towards the goal, Zarathushtra sees that it is very path he has divinely realized. It is the religion of benefactors, a religion in which good deeds, done precisely according to the universal law, lead to happiness, eternal bliss. It is the reward promised and granted by Mazda to those who promote goodness.
Pondering Points:Deeds done to benefit all have divine bliss in reward.
tat zî mazdâ vairîmastvaitê ushtânâi dâtâ
Indeed, Wise One, this reward is given to those,
(Gathas: Song 7 - stanza 14)
Summary Substance:The reward of eternal bliss is for those who choose, through their free will, to serve humanity on this earth of ours as best as they can. This world is very productive and rewarding. Serving it with good mind and close cooperation means promoting the divine plan so wisely prepared.
Pondering Points:Joining others in wise service is to make life more fruitful, more blissful.
mazdâ at môi vahishtâ
And in response to my request in praises,
(Song 7 - stanza 15)
Summary Substance:Zarathushtra concludes his Ahunavaiti Gatha with this stanza. In his concluding wish, he prays, in fact, prepares himself for best words and deeds that issue from good mind and clear thinking. It is these words and deeds that continue to renovate --update -- our life with divine support because that is what Mazda wishes us to accomplish.
Pondering Points:Continuous renovation of life is the Divine wish.
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