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 http://www.zawa.asn.au/ashem.shtml. This is followed by the second of the Zoroastrian liturgical prayers known as the Ahuna Vairya http://www.zarathushtra.com/z/article/ahunavar.htm.  After this I recite the 101 Zoroastrian Names of God in their Pazand pronunciation http://www.avesta.org/ka/101names.htm. 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

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





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