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The Zoroastrian Occult Knowledge

Supplement No. 3

Knowledge of Discerning Technical Terms in Avest Absent in Philology

In the case of philological translations without the aid of the esoteric knowledge of Ilm-e-Khshnoom, it is not possible to distinguish a proper noun from common. The result is that technical terms are translated literally as common nouns by finding out their roots, which often result in renderings without any_ sensible meanings.

For instance, in Yasna 19 quoted before, under the heading "Vacha..," (Chapter IX), the learned translator Dr. Mills has rendered

  1. Atarem Ahurahe Mazdao Puthrem as "Fire, Ahura Mazda's Son", and
  2. Mazdadata Asha Chithra as "seed of righteousness, made by Mazda".

With regard to (1) Ilm-e-Khshnoom teaches that Atarem- Ahurahe-Mazdao-Puthrem, which is almost the same as Athro Ahurahe-Mazdao-Puthra, is a compound technical term not to be rendered etymologically. It is the most sublime and most powerful, luminous, intelligent, fire-energy functioning on the 9th Asman (Av. Asma, heaven) from which Ahura Mazda, the Creator draws his sustenance and power (force) for creating all phenomena and noumena in the whole Universe right from the Minoi Alam, heavenly world at the top of the Universe, down to the material world, from the dead past to the dim future.

With regard to (2), i.e., Mazdadata Asha Chithra, the literal translation of Asha Chithra as "seed of righteousness" conveys no sensible meaning. Ilm-e-Khshnoom teaches that Asha Chithra and Vohu Chithra are subtle spiritual seeds the spiritual crop produced by the rotations and revolutions of the planets in the planetary world, and in addition by the thoughts and functions of Ahura Mazda, and the Yazats, the angelic intelligences. These Asha Chithra and Vohu Chithra are the manna or the spiritual food of the two higher classes of souls called "Subut" and "Dukhul".

The Dukhul souls lit., mean those that entered or have gained admission to the immortal world. Asho Zarathushtra was highest in this Dukhul class. Next come "Subut" souls meaning those who have attained constancy, but are yet awaiting admission. Kings and warrior-saints of ancient Iran, who possessed the higher aura of Kyan Khoreh (Av. Kavaem Khareno); or of Farreh Izadi aura, belonged to this Subut class. We ordinary human beings fall under the "Kharij" class, literally meaning external.

Again, "Mazdadata" is a technical term, which does not merely mean "created by Ohrmazd" as rendered in philology. According to Khshnoom exposition, "Mazda-data" and "Ahuradata" are the two of the three 'stages' of Creation, the former of Infoldment, the latter of Un-foldment of the soul. .

Souls trail down to this earth by the law of Evolution in material garb, i.e., body, from the immortal worlds by the law of Mazdadata (Av. Data, law), meaning the law of Infoldment of Spirit into Matter. This is the first stage of the Creation. When they come down to Nisti, the evanescent world (Space), and lastly to this earth, they (souls) pass through the processes of Reformation in which the Evil is transmuted into Good. This is the second stage of the Creation. When a Zoroastrian soul attains purity and its Evil is transmuted into Good, it can cross the Chinvat Bridge as promised by the holy Prophet in Gatha (Ysn. 46,10). Now onwards that soul is governed by "Ahura-data", the law of Unfoldment of Spirit from Matter, whereby that soul soars higher and higher till at length it attains "Tane-Pasin", the fiery-type body, and regains paradise, i.e., the luminous state.

This is the third and the last stage of the Creation, the Summum Bonum of human existence. Of course all this reformation and transmutation is a process entailing ages and ages. Thus, the term Mazdadata does not merely mean "created by Ohrmazd" but has very deep import and connotation as explained above.

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