Ashem Vohu, Ahuna Vairya and 101 Names of God in Zoroastrianism

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Xshnaothra Ahurai Mazdao
Although I am a Shi'ite Sufi Muslim, I also often pray in the ancient liturgical language of ancient Zoroastrian Iran known as Avestan. The following is a recording of me reciting, first, the liturgical prayer known as the Ashem Vohu This is followed by the second of the Zoroastrian liturgical prayers known as the Ahuna Vairya After this I recite the 101 Zoroastrian Names of God in their Pazand pronunciation Finally, I finish with the Ashem Vohu again.

My translation and interpretation-commentary of the Ashem Vohu  is as follows:

The [cosmic] balance (ashem) [of celestial righteousness] is the All-Good [which is the Universal] Mind (vohu) that [establishes the universal] harmony of being/existence (vahishtem asti). It is [the highest existential] felicity (ushta asti). Thus [the highest] felicity belongs to the one (ushtma ahmai) who [righteously] strives for the [justice of the existential] balance [of the cosmos] (hyatashai vahishtai ashem).

  The 101 Names

Antonio Panaino's
The List of Names of Ahura Mazda (Rome: 2002)
Appendix IV: The 101 Names of Ahura Mazda

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