THE SONGS LEADING TO RADIANT HAPPINESS
(11 stanzas -- Days 140th to 150th)
at fravaxshyâ nû gûshôdûm nû sraotâ
Now, I shall proclaim, hear and listen,
Summary Substance:Feeling fully confident of how to spread his message, Zarathushtra calls a conference. People flock in from far and near to hear him. He addresses them. He wants to make one point clear. He wants them to bear in mind that evil teachers have chosen evil and use perverse language to seduce them back -- a trick that would destroy their life now being built on a new, fresh standard.
Pondering Points:Once guided should never get misguided.
at fravaxshyâ anghêush mainyû pouruyê
Now, I shall proclaim the two foremost mentalities of life.
Summary Substance:Zarathushtra proclaims a second important point. The two mentalities play a foremost part in our lives. They are the good and evil mentality in human mind. One is more progressive and the other is the retarding one. They have nothing in common. They differ in thought, teaching, wisdom, choice, words, deeds, reflection and their very basis.
Pondering Points:Good and evil, two opposite mentalities in human mind, share nothing in common.
at fravaxshyâ anghêush ahyâ
Now, I shall proclaim the foremost point of this life,
Summary Substance:The third important point proclaimed by Zarathushtra is a warning. He has realized through his divine communion with the Wise One, a doctrine which stimulates mind to clearly think and decide to follow the Primal Principles of Life. If one does not use discretion and blindly follows what he/she is taught and told, he/she would experience a woeful life.
Pondering Points:Hear good, think clear, avoid disaster.
at fravaxshyâ anghêush ahyâ vahishtem
Now, I shall proclaim the best in this life,
Summary Substance:The fourth point, the best one to know in this life, is that Mazda is the creator of both good mind and serenity - two principles which are essential to promote a righteous way of life. Zarathushtra realized the fact through the Universal Law of Righteousness. And Zarathushtra reminds us that Ahura is watching all and is in full contact with the creation. Nothing can go undetected. It is futile on part of some who think they can deceive God - a practice among polytheists.
Pondering Points:Mazda established the Primal Principles of Life to watch us be honest in our acts.
at fravaxshyâ hyat môi mraot speñtôtemô
Now, I shall proclaim the word which the Most Progressive One
Summary Substance: Zarathushtra proclaims the Message he has realized through his communion with God who is the most progressive. The Message is, therefore, very progressive. It is the best to be heeded by mankind. If given the attention and the observance it deserves, and then followed wisely by good actions, it surely will lead to perfection and immortality.
Pondering Points: Progressive message means progress to perpetual perfection.
at fravaxshyâ vîspanãm mazishtem
stavas ashâ ýê hudå ýôi heñtî
speñtâ mainyû sraotû mazdå ahurô
ýehyâ vahmê vohû frashî mananghâ
ahyâ xratû frô mâ sâstû vahishtâ.
Now, I shall proclaim the Greatest of all.
(Gathas: Song 10-6)
Summary Substance:Zarathushtra now makes his most important proclamation. It is Mazda Ahura, the Super-Intellect Being, his greatest discovery, his best realization. He vows to praise Mazda through righteousness and precision in action. The first praise is that Mazda is beneficent to all that exist. He wants the Wise One to communicate to him through the progressive mentality, the creative and promoting faculty. While glorifying God, Zarathushtra is consulting his good mind so that he is guided good to perform his duties in the best way.
Pondering Points:The Super-Intellect Being, as against man-imagined deities, is the greatest discovery. It is the best impetus to think, speak and do good.
ýehyâ savâ ishåñtî râdanghô
The living, the departed, and the yet-to-be-born
Summary Substance:Having made his most important proclamation, Zarathushtra states that all - living, departed or to be born, will succeed in their life only if they follow the Divine Principles of Consequences. Righteous people will enjoy eternal strength and the wrongful will face failures until they amend their behavior.
Pondering Points:You ARE responsible for your action. Do right, enjoy success, do wrong, suffer failure.
têm nê staotâish nemanghô â vîvareshô
I shall seek to turn Him towards us with praises of reverence,
Summary Substance:Zarathushtra is in communion with God. He is venerating God because he has realized the Supreme Being with the eyes of his good thoughts, words and deeds and that too through comprehending the Universal Law of Precision. He feels enchanted and wishes all of us, those who have heard his proclamations, to glorify Mazda Ahura in the state where all is song for soul, all music for mind..
Pondering Points:Want to conceive God? Easy! See through your good thoughts, words and deeds, and through the precise order around you.
têm nê vohû mat mananghâ cixshnushô
I shall seek to please Him for us with good mind,
Summary Substance:Zarathushtra realizes that the Wise God has granted human beings to choose between progress and retrogress - a freedom of choice that guides him to praise Mazda through his good thoughts, words and deeds. He prays for strength to work for the promotion of people and their flocks - their livelihood. And he wants to continue his work through good mind and precision - the perfect way to work positive.
Pondering Points:Freedom of choice is divine. Choose progress and promote the world.
têm nê ýasnâish ârmatôish mimaghzhô
I shall seek to exalt Him for us with praises of serenity,
Summary Substance:Serene and satisfied, Zarathushtra glorifies God because Him is no more the old conception of a deity. He is the Super-Intellect Being, a new name that defines Him the best. He has established Primal Principles of Life according to which one achieves immortal perfection in the divine dominion. May He grant us lasting strength and endurance!
Pondering Points:Super-Intellect, Master Mind that kindly creates, carefully maintains, and pleasingly promotes.
ýastâ daêvêñg aparô mashyãscâ
He who denies the false gods and their men,
Summary Substance: Zarathushtra is explicit about Mazda Ahura. One has to categorically deny false gods. One has to completely one's mind to understand, and that too in good spirit, the Being, the Essence, Zarathushtra is describing as the Super-Intellect. Such a person, because of his/her progressive conscience, progressive insight, becomes a benefactor, a leader, in fact a friend, brother/sister, and parent for the community. (Note: words for brother and father, when used in neuter gender stands for both sexes in Avesta and Sanskrit).
Pondering Points:Forget gods to comprehend God - Mazda Ahura. Then act sincerely to benefit the world fellowship.
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