Spenta Mainyu GATHA
Communion With God
(11 stanzas -- Days 200th to 210th)
kat mŰi urv‚ isÍ cahy‚ avanghŰ
Does my soul seek any help?
(Gatha: Song 15.1)
Summary Substance:How can one help himself, his property and his people? Only by using his best mind to concentrate and then have his very best thoughts translated into proper actions. That is what Mazda wants one to do.
Pondering Points:Want instant help? Ask your mind, use your body.
kath‚ mazd‚ r‚nyŰ-skeretÓm g„m ishasŰit
How, Wise One, shall one seek the joy-bringing world,
(Gatha: Song 15.2)
Summary Substance:In a world being destroyed by destructive wars and unproductive nomadism, Zarathushtra expresses his wish in his peculiar answering question. He wants us to seek and attend to our living world. It will bring us joy if we promote it by creating settlements in which we live as honest inhabitants. We shall truly enjoy a bright, righteous life of peace, prosperity, and progress.
Pondering Points:Promote and enjoy an ideal life in an ideal world.
atcÓt ahm‚i mazd‚ ash‚ anghaitÓ
Indeed, Wise One, it will, through righteousness,
(Gatha: Song 15.3)
Summary Substance:The ideal living world belongs to the person who works through good mind, righteousness, and sovereignty. Successful in his work, such a person will bring peace, prosperity, and progress to a world torn apart by the wrongful.
Pondering Points:Only good thoughts, weighed words and proper actions can make an ideal world of prevailing chaos.
at vŚ żaz‚i stavas mazd‚ ahur‚
Wise God, singing praises, I shall always venerate You
(Gatha: Song 15.4)
Summary Substance:Zarathushtra beautifully defines veneration of Mazda Ahura. It is working through the best mind, righteousness and the divine dominion so that one is well on the right path to listen to the divine voice within and be guided to the House Song, a state in which one enjoys a mental melody.
Pondering Points:Venerate God through mind, precision and sovereignty, and feel songfully inspired.
‚rŰi zÓ xshm‚ mazd‚ ash‚ ahur‚
Wise God, indeed, it is for Your praise through righteousness.
(Gatha: Song 15.5)
Summary Substance:Zarathushtra properly praises Mazda by working through the best mind, righteousness, and the divine dominion. He wants to be sure that if his is the right way of provoking people to think right, then he should soon see the divine help in making his mission a happy success. Events proved that he was right.
Pondering Points:Provoking to think right brings bliss to all.
żÍ m„thr‚ v‚cem mazd‚ baraitÓ
Wise One, I, Zarathushtra, am, through righteousness,
(Gatha: Song 15.6)
Summary Substance:Prepared to spread his Divine Thought-provoking Message, Zarathushtra declares that he is that person's friend who joins him in spreading the message. He prays that the Mazda, the Creator of Intelligence, guide that person's speech so that he teaches, through his good mind, only the Divine Doctrine taught by Zarathushtra.
Pondering Points:Teach and preach only Zarathushtra's words, the Gathas. No adulteration!
at vÍ żaoj‚ zevÓshtyÍŮg aurvatŰ
Now, I shall yoke for You the swiftest and most appropriate
(Gatha: Song 15.7)
Summary Substance:Assured of his missionary success, Zarathushtra breaks into glorifying Mazda. He offers the best of his prayers. Using good mind and precisely working to the righteous plan, he is well on his road to victory. And he owes the success of his mission to Mazda Ahura.
Pondering Points:Glory to God for the helping hand in serving the godly creation!
mat vŚ pad‚ish ż‚ frasrŻt‚ ÓzhayŚ
Wise One, I approach You
(Gatha: Song 15.8)
Summary Substance:The glorification continues with loud devotional songs and outstretched hands. The glorification is an offer by a devotee who is righteous in action and good in mind. It is devotion through thoughts, words, and deeds.
Pondering Points:More glory to God with sweet songs and loving arms!
t‚ish vŚ żasn‚ish paitÓ stavas ayenÓ
Praising, I shall resort to You, Wise One, with these praises
(Gatha: Song 15.9)
Summary Substance:Zarathushtra's glorification of God is practical. His songs are accompanied by deeds directed by good mind. He would continue his mission until he achieves his objective. His success in mission and not personal favor would be the reward for his prayers and deeds.
Pondering Points:Sing your way to God and success.
at ż‚ varesh‚ ż‚c‚ pairÓ ‚ish shyaothan‚
Now, whatever I have performed and shall perform,
(Gatha: Song 15.10)
Summary Substance:Zarathushtra dedicates all his past, present, and future actions done and to be done through good mind and righteousness to glorify Mazda.
Pondering Points: Full dedication will introduce Mazda and the Divine Message to all.
at vÍ staot‚ aoj‚i mazd‚ angh‚c‚
I am, Wise One, Your praiser and shall continue to regard
(Gatha: Song 15.11)
Summary Substance:The dedication to the Divine Mission is thorough. Zarathushtra would continue until his very last breath. His dedication to duty would promote the Laws of Life for mankind because when truly translated into action, life on earth will be always fresh, always modern. And Mazda wishes us to continuously renovate our life.
Pondering Points:Continuous renovation of life is what God wishes us to do.
NOTE:The last line "haithy‚-varesht„m hyat vasn‚ ferashotemem -- true actions make life most renovated as God wishes.." is the beginning of the Gathic part of the Koshti prayer, and with it on lips, the girdle is placed on the waist for girding.
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