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Ushtavaiti Gatha

Song 8

THE SONGS LEADING TO RADIANT HAPPINESS

104th Day

NOTE: The second collection of four songs is called Ushtavaiti, possessing Usht, the first word of the first song. Usht, mentioned eight times in the Gathas and many more times in the Later Avesta, carries a subtle meaning. Derived from "ush" to shine, it carries a notion of "health and happiness" that is radiated around to make others healthy and happy. It is used as "hailing" salute also -- Usht!, Hail!, Usht t, usht to thee, Ushta n, usht to us!

Realization--Self, Nature, God

Transliterated Text:

usht ahmi ahmi usht kahmict
vas-xshays mazd dyt ahur
utayit tevshm gat ti vasem
ashem deredyi tat mi d rmait
ry ashsh vanghush gam manangh

Translated Text:

May the Wise, Ruling-at-will God
grant radiant happiness to the person
who radiates happiness to any other person at large.
I pray for steadfast strength and courage
in order to uphold righteousness.
Grant me through serenity
the blessings of a rich life of good mind.

(Gathas: Song 8.1)

Substance Summary: The Wise God rules at his will, a will that grants radiant happiness to whosoever gives radiating happiness to others without discrimination. All joining to create a healthy healthy and happy happy world. Zarathushtra wants steadfast strength and courage not for physical power but to serve righteousness. And he wants stability that produces a rich life based on good mind -- a blessing to live, a life to spread happiness, a happiness that is shared by all.

Pondering Points: True happiness radiates happiness, enriches life.


105th Day

Transliterated Text:

atc ahmi vspanm vahishtem
xvthry n hvthrem daidt
thw ccthw spnisht mainy mazd
d ash vanghush my manangh
vsp ayr daregjytish urvdangh.

Translated Text:

Moreover, may the best of blessings
come to the person who gives blessings to others.
Wise One, may his knowledge grow
throughout the days of his long life of joy,
through Your most progressive mentality,
the wondrous wisdom of good mind
which You created by means of righteousness.

(Gathas: Song 8.2)

Summary Substance: Zarathushtra's guiding benediction continues: The best blessings go to the very person who blesses others. The blessings are the knowledge one imparts to others. Teaching increases knowledge and one enjoys the long days of life. This increasing knowledge is a divine gift through the progressive mentality which is but the super-wisdom of good mind, a faculty created by Mazda through the Universal Law of Precision.

Pondering Points: Teaching increases knowledge, prolongs joyful life.


106th Day

Transliterated Text:

at hv vanghush vahy n aib- jamyt
n erezsh savangh path sshit
ahy anghush astvat mananghasc
haithyg stsh g -shat ahur
aredr thwvs huztushe spet mazd.

Translated Text:

And may that person get much good
who teaches us the straight paths of progress.
May he, in his physical and mental life,
truly attain the existence where God dwells,
for, Wise One, he is like You;
sincere, noble, and progressive.

(Gathas: Song 8.3)

Summary Substance: Continuing his guiding benediction, Zarathushtra goes further: The person who teaches straight paths of progress gets more than good in reward. He/she mentally and physically experiences the very presence of Ahura. In fact, he/she becomes like Mazda -- sincere, noble and above all, progressive.

Pondering Points: Teach others to truly progress, feel progressively godlike.


107th Day

Transliterated Text:

at thw mghi taxmemc spetem mazd
hyat t zast t hafsh av
d ashsh dregvit ashunac
thwahy garem thr ash-aojangh
hyat mi vanghush haz jimat manangh.

Translated Text:

Wise One, I realize You to be powerful and progressive
because You help with Your own hand.
You give rewards to both the wrongful and the righteous
by means of the warmth of Your fire
which is mighty through righteousness,
and through which strength of good mind comes to me.

(Gathas: Song 8.4)

Substance Summary: Zarathushtra realizes Mazda, Super-Intellect, to be powerful and progressive when he finds God directly helping both the wrongful and the righteous. He realizes that the divine help comes through loving enlightenment, firmly based on the Universal Law of Precision -- the very enlightenment that gives strength to Zarathushtra through his good mind, good thinking.

Pondering Points: Warm enlightenment helps and strengthens all who think for themselves.


108th Day

Transliterated Text:

spetem at thw mazd mgh ahur
hyat thw anghush zthi daresem paourvm
hyat d shyaothan mzhdavn c uxdh
akm aki vanguhm ashm vanghaov
thw hunar dmish urvas apm.

Translated Text:

I realized You, God Wise, to be progressive

when I saw You at the birth of life,
and found that You have ordained
that actions and words should have consequences:
bad for the bad, and good for the good.
It shall be so through You excellence
until the final turn of the creation.

(Gathas: Song 8.5)

Substance Summary: Zarathushtra now relates his enlightenment experiences in the following stanzas of the song: He realizes Mazda to be progressive because he sees full justice in the divine action. It begins with the birth of life. Thoughts when turned into words and deeds have their consequences. Bad brings bad and good brings good consequences. This law shall last through divine excellence until the final turn of creation for the ultimate goal.

Pondering Points: Consequences -- bad for bad and good for good -- begin when life begins.


109th Day

Transliterated Text:

ahm spet thw mainy urvas jasmazd xshathr ahm voh manangh

ehy shyaothanish gath ash frdet

aiby ratsh sghait rmaitish

thwahy xratush m nacish dbayeit.

Translated Text:

At that turn, in which I exist,
You, Wise One, come with Your progressive mentality,
dominion, and good mind, through the actions
of which the living worlds are promoted by righteousness.
Serenity explains to them the proper laws of Your intelligence
which none can deceive.

(Gathas: Song 8.6)

Substance Summary: The final turn towards the goal begins with Zarathushtra explaining the Principles of divine progressive mentality, the good dominion chosen and established by the people, and good mind which help to promote the living worlds through righteousness, and the worlds enjoying serenity and stability get the opportunity to understand the Divine Intelligence which watches every move and nothing ever escapes its attention.

Pondering Points: The final turn to goal begins the day when good mind, righteousness, divine dominion, stability, and creative mentality begin to work and progress together.


110th Day

Transliterated Text:

spetem at thw mazd mgh ahur
hyat m voh pair-jasat manangh
peresatc m, cish ah kahy ah
kath ayr daxshr ferasayi dsh
aib thwh gathh tanushic.

Translated Text:

I realized You, God Wise, to be progressive
when I was encircled by it (enlightenment) through good mind,
and it asked: "Who are you? To whom do you belong?
How would you, in these days of questioning,
explain the directives to the living and to yourself?"

(Gathas: Song 8.7)

Substance Summary: The enlightenment experience now turns to self. Zarathushtra realizes Mazda to be progressive when enlightenment encircles him through his own good mind. It asks: Who are you? Whom do you belong to? You stand questioning and do not have all the answers yet. How would you explain what the directives are, what the entire message is -- to yourself and to others? It makes him reflect more.

Pondering Points: Understand your self first to fully realize God and the divine purpose.


111th Day

Transliterated Text:

at hi aoj zarathushtr paourvm
haithy dvash hyat isy dregvit
at ashun rafen xym aojghvat
hyat bshtsh vasase xshathrahy dy
avat thw mazd stum ufyc!

Translated Text:

Then I said to it first: "I am Zarathushtra.
I am, as far as I can be, a true opponent of the wrongful,
and a strong supporter of the righteous.
In order to establish the adorations of the Ruler-at-will,
I shall continue to praise and glorify You, Wise One.

(Gathas: Song 8.8)

Substance Summary: In reply to the enlightenment, Zarathushtra dedicates himself to, as far as he can, oppose the wrongful people and strongly support the righteous persons. In addition, he dedicates himself to continue to weave songs of praise to Mazda who rules at will, songs which are simultaneously guidance for mankind.

Pondering Points: Self-realization means self-dedication to oppose wrong and help right.


112th Day

Transliterated Text:

spetem at thw mazd mgh ahur
hyat m voh pair-jasat manangh
ahy ferasm kahmi vvduy vash
at thwahmi thr rtm nemangh
ashahy m avat isi manyi.

Translated Text:

I realized You, God Wise, to be progressive
when I was encircled by it through good mind.
To its question:
"For what purpose do you want to acquire knowledge;"
I said: "With the gift of homage to Your fire,
I shall meditate, as long as I can, in quest of righteousness."

(Gathas: Song 8.9)

Substance Summary: Zarathushtra realizes Mazda to be progressive when enlightenment encircles him through his own good mind. It asks him: Why do you want to acquire knowledge? He says that with the guidance of the divine FIRE -- light, warmth and strength -- he will continue to concentrate how to gain knowledge to better proceed on the path of righteousness.

Pondering Points: Knowledge enlightens the way to Truth.


113th Day

Transliterated Text:

at t mi dish ashem hyat m zaozaom
ramait hacimn t rem
peresc n ti hm parsht
parshtm z thw athan tat mavatm
hyat thw xshaysh ashem dyt mavatem.

Translated Text:

So, show me righteousness which I continue to invoke.
I am well accompanied by serenity.
Ask us what we want to ask you.
An inquiry by you amounts to an inquiry by the strong,
because the Ruler makes one
strong and powerful through you (the enlightenment).

(Gathas: Song 8.10)

Substance Summary: Praising and adhering to righteousness, Zarathushtra wants to see more about it. His adherence to righteousness has given him serenity and stability. In his search and research, he wants to know what is the divine will, the will of the Ruler-at-will (see stanza 8.8). The knowledge of the divine will, gained through enlightenment to which Zarathushtra is directing his searching questions, certainly makes him feel more strong and enlightened.

Pondering Points: Adhering to righteousness and enjoying stability gives strength to search more for divine will.


114th Day

Transliterated Text:

spetem at thw mazd mgh ahur
hyat m voh pair-jasat manangh
hyat xshm uxdhish ddaingh paourvm
sdr-mi ss mashyash zarazditish
tat verezyeidyi hyat mi mraot vahishtem.

Translated Text:

I realized You, God Wise, to be progressive
when I was encircled by it through good mind,
and when I first learned from Your words
that it would be difficult for me to teach people
the devotion to practice what You told me is the best.

(Gathas: Song 8.11)

Substance Summary: Zarathushtra realizes Mazda to be progressive when enlightenment encircles him through his own good mind. He comprehends the divine message and also realizes that it would be difficult to teach people, so used to their old-age cultic beliefs, to accept and practice what Zarathushtra has learned to be the best religion.

Pondering Points: Blind faith bars one from seeing light. Enlighten them to help them see.


115th Day

Transliterated Text:

hyatc mi mraosh ashem jas frxshnen
at t-mi nit asrusht pairyaoghzh
uzeredyi par hyat mi -jimat
seraosh ash mz-ray hacimn
v ashsh rniby savi vdyt.

Translated Text:

And You said: "You have come to understand righteousness,
and have not paid attention to disobedience."
I would, therefore, set myself so that revelation comes to me
in company of a splendid reward,
and rewards both the factions (good and bad) with gain.

(Gathas: Song 8.12)

Substance Summary: With enlightenment, Zarathushtra realizes that he has understood righteousness and ignored things worthy of not listening to. He prepares himself to be in constant communion so that he obtains what he wants -- a wonderful reward of guiding both the righteous and the wrongful to gain the final goal.

Pondering Points: Full attention to the divine voice guides one to guide others.


116th Day

Transliterated Text:

spetem at thw mazd mgh ahur
hyat m voh pair-jasat manangh
areth vizdyi kmahy tm mi dt
daregahy ush m v nacsh dresht it
vairy stish thwahm xshathri vc.

Translated Text:

I realized You, God Wise, to be progressive
when I was encircled by it through good mind,
so that I attain my desired goals.
Grant me a long life which no one has dared to ask for,
the chosen existence, said to exist only in Your dominion.

(Gathas: Song 8.13)

Substance Summary: Zarathushtra realizes Mazda to be progressive when enlightenment encircles him through his own good mind. The reason: He wants to reach his desired goals. Not an easy task to accomplish in a short time. So he prays for a long life, a life he has chosen to serve in the divine dominion of Mazda Ahura -- the Super-Intellect Being.

To that day, when polytheism and superstitions ruled minds and bodies, no one had dared to ask for a long life to be dedicated to serve an entirely new cause. And we know Zarathushtra lived 47 years after his enlightenment to reach his goals.

Pondering Points: Live long to serve in the divine dominion chosen by and for mankind.


117th Day

Transliterated Text:

hyat n fryi vadamn isv daidt
maiby mazd tav rafen frxshnenem
hyat thw xshathr asht hac frsht
uzereidyi azm saredan sghahy
mat tish vspish i-ti mthr maret.

Translated Text:

Just as a wise and powerful man helps his friend,
Wise One, give me Your enlightening support,
ensuing from righteousness through Your dominion.
I shall, then, motivate and lead those loyal to the teachings
and all those who remember Your thought-provoking message.

(Gathas: Song 8.14)

Substance Summary: Zarathushtra knows Mazda as his wise and powerful friend, and asks for enlightening support -- a support that comes from righteousness, the universal law of precision and the divine dominion of order and peace. Enjoying the blessings, Zarathushtra wants to lead his companions and every person who comprehends the Divine Message to the ultimate goal.

Pondering Points: Our support, Mazda, our friend. Our guide, Zarathushtra, our companion.


118th Day

Transliterated Text:

spetem at thw mazd mgh ahur
hyat m voh pair-jasat manangh
daxshat ushyi tushn maitish vahisht
nit n poursh dregvat h'yt cixshnush
at ti vspg agrg ashun dar.

Translated Text:

I realized You, God Wise, to be progressive
when I was encircled by it through good mind,
and it showed that silent meditation is the best.
One should never try to please wrongful people
because they hold the righteous as being totally bad.

(Gathas: Song 8.15)

Substance Summary: Zarathushtra realizes Mazda to be progressive when enlightenment encircles him through his own good mind. It showed that the best way to meditate and concentrate thoughts was to do in silence. It also cleared another point. One must not appease and please wrongdoers. It does not change them. They continue to consider the righteous as totally bad people.

Pondering Points: (1) Want to get the best, think deep in silence. (2) Appease and change the hating wrongful? Impossible.


119th Day

Transliterated Text:

at ahur hv mainym zarathushtr
veret mazd ast cishc spnisht
astvat ashem xyt ushtn aojghvat
xvg daresi xshathri xyt ramaitish
ashm shyaothanish voh daidt manangh.

Translated Text:

Therefore, Wise God, I, Zarathushtra choose for myself
the very mentality of Yours, which is the most progressive.
May righteousness breath a strong life in body.
May serenity prevail in the sun-bathed dominion.
May the reward for actions be given through good mind.

(Gathas: Song 8.16)

Substance Summary: Enlightened by the divine progressive mentality -- the creative faculty, Zarathushtra chooses it for his self. He prays: May righteousness infuse his body with strong life. May serenity and stability prevail in the bright dominion chosen and established by the righteous. And may people be rewarded by their good mind with radiant happiness for good actions done through the very good mind.

Pondering Points: Choose the progressive mentality, see the reward in body and mind -- health, happiness, satisfaction, and serenity.

 

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