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The Gathas – in the words of Zarathushtra
By:Yazdi Sidhwa (Zoroastrian), India/Iran
Date: Friday, 8 February 2019, 8:19 pm

The Gathas – in the words of Zarathushtra
by yazdi

In the words of Asho

The Gathas are the Heavenly songs of our Dear Prophet
Zarathushtra. These divine hymns in essence, represent Zarathushtra’s communication with Ahura Mazda, in which the
Prophet enquires about various aspects of the corporeal and spiritual worlds
that embody the Almighty’s Holy Plan. It is through these Gathas that we learn
that Ahura Mazda ordained Zarathushtra to propagate our great religion and lead

The five Gathas address a wide variety of information,
which include, the creation of Nature, the concepts of Asha, Vohu Manah and the
Twin Spirits, the choices that mankind has to make between Good and Evil, the
expected outcome for the demons of the time, the punishment for the followers
of falsehood, and a slew of other material. The devotional ‘Manthras’ that Zarathushtra
prayed at the time to invoke the sacred Blessings from Ahura Mazda, is
sprinkled in different verses of each Gatha. These specific verses could very well be a
great source of divine prayers for us to recite as well.

To allow a true Zarathushti to pray these selected
sacred verses that are relevant to our daily lives, I have extracted these
verses from each Gatha and have compiled them in a PDF format. I have also provided the English translation
for each stanza, to help with the understanding of the meaning of each verse
for the reader. This translation is
based on “Gatha ba Maani” by Ervad Cowasji Eduljee Kanga, and “Divine Songs of
Zarathushtra” by Iruch Taraporewala.

I am well aware of the unfortunate degradation of our community members throughout the world, to shy away from following the tenets of our religion, let alone reciting our daily prayers. However, even if a handful of true Zarathushtis do get a chance to recite these verses, I will consider myself blessed by Ahura Mazda.
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