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Translation by Jivanji Jamshedji Modi, 1903.
2. On the Beginning of the Creation
3. On the First Creation
4. On the Rulers before King Vishtasp
5. On the Rulers after King Vishtasp
6. On the Time of Ushedar, &c.
7. On the People of Hindustan, China, Arabia, Turkestan, and Barbaristan
8. On the Declaration of Five Traits of Character
9. On the Prognostications of the last Millennium
10. On the Division of the Things of the World
Chapter 1. -- Introduction.
In the name of Dadar Ahura Mazda.
In the name of God and in the name of all-beneficent Dadar Ohrmazd, the bountiful, the brilliant, the glorious (and in the name of) the Amahraspands (who are) holy, good, powerful, bountiful, nourishing, and (in the name of) all the Yazads of the spiritual and the Yazads of the corporeal (worlds), (who) are (the givers of) prosperity and goodness from the holy Dadar Ohrmazd. I recite this memoir of Jamasp, which was written at that time, when King Vishtasp was the monarch. Through him (Jamasp), he (Vishtasp) promulgated the religion soon. Through him, he carried on the sovereignty perfectly. Through him, reached a companion in that great war. And withal, Jamasp was a worshipper of Adharbadigan (Azerbaijan), which was a town of evil-minded persons. After Zarathushtra Spitama, Jamasp was the Mobed of Mobeds (i.e., the arch-priest [i.e. Zarathushtrotema]). He was called Jamasp Pedaish (i.e., Baetash) by them, for this reason, that Zarathushtra, in his lifetime said thus before king Vishtasp, "By the command of God, I have made Jamasp wise (i.e., foreseeing). He knows everything." Then Jamasp went before king Vishtasp and said thus: I know (i.e., I have learnt) everything from the immortal Zarathushtra of Spitama, and what a knowledge it is! that when it rains in one winter (i.e., a year), how many drops fall on the mountains, how many on the land, how many on the plain (and) how many in the sea. Who knows this, that in the rains, how many blossoms bloom, how many arbors and trees there are in the world? What a knowledge is this! that how many stars (there are in) the sky, what is (the time of) the falling of each star and what is the good of that! What a knowledge is this! that on a flock of sheep and cattle, how many hairs are black (and) how many, white! I know the calculation of all. O king of kings! having asked Ohrmazd, I give the replies.
Chapter 2. -- On the beginning of the creation.
King Vishtasp asked: Say, what is that, which will exist forever, which existed and exists forever, and which has past and is infinite?
Jamasp the astrologer, said to him, "Know, O king! that, which was for ever, was the voice of Ohrmazd out of Light. And Light from Ohrmazd is that which Ohrmazd calls (into existence). From that, existed (i.e., resulted) the continuance of Religion. From that time, Ohrmazd always continued to exist, since he is a spiritual administrator.
(Another) Reply. The Amahraspands and other Yazads (existed for ever), because all creation and good creatures have been created by Ohrmazd. He tried. He created with purity. He saw, that it was (mixed) with light and darkness. Ahriman, like a worm, is so much associated with darkness and old age, that he (Ahriman) perishes in the end. And if Ahriman had been beaten (annihilated), then those numberless creatures and created beings would not have existed, because the world is to continue mixed for nine thousand years, because the creatures are not of one nature, because they (partake) of light and darkness. From light (proceed) fragrance and goodness (and) every virtue and joy. From darkness (proceed) every harm because on account of the opposition of their natures, they are rivals and opponents with one another, as cold with heat, bad smell with fragrance, and darkness with light, and every other kind of evil with goodness. From all this, this must be known, that all power is not all of one nature, since all natures are opposed to their own natures, and (are) not increasers of power, because God has ordered (lit. controlled) that when water reaches water, wind reaches wind, and fire reaches fire, all their natures have boundless increase for one another. When they are of opposite natures light comes to and reaches darkness, fragrance to bad smell, heat to cold, dryness to moisture ....
Chapter 3. -- On the First Creation
He (Vishtasp) asked again, "What creation did Ohrmazd create? What earthly creation did he first create?
Jamasp, the astrologer, said to him, "Ohrmazd at first created the creation of Amahraspands, because, when the accursed Ahriman was in darkness, Ohrmazd, through good thoughts (and) good gifts, thought (over the matter) and created Vohuman out of that good thought. His name was boundless good mind (Vohuman), because it was (treated) out of the good thought of Ohrmazd. (Then) Vohuman praises righteousness (Asha) From that righteousness (Asha), which Vohuman praises, Ardwahisht came forth. Then Ardwahisht praises righteousness. From that praise (came forth) Shahrewar, because he is a spirit (i.e., a spiritual being) of Ohrmazd. From Shahrewar, Spandarmad. From Spandarmad, Averdad. From Averdad, Amurdad. (Thus) one was created from the other. One is and was from the other. When a lamp takes (light) from another lamp, nothing diminishes from that other lamp: on the other band, they increase it. In the same way, the Amahraspands are created one from the other. They are created holy, wise, far-seeing, increasing, intelligent. In each other's company they have intelligence.
He said we must give the origin (i.e., explanation) of God and Dastur, (and settle) that who should be our God and Dastur. Then the Amahraspands and especially Ardwahisht said, "The one who existed for ever and will exist for ever, our Lord and Dastur, it is you O Dadar Ohrmazd! You are our guide. You have given and created everything from your own thoughts. May all thoughts opposed to that, be confounded."
Ohrmazd by his self-creation thinks well, and the explanation about Ohrmazd is this, that God is all-knowing in that He, i.e., God created himself. From him are the creations of the world.
He created at first the sky; secondly, water; thirdly, the earth; fourthly, trees; fifthly, the cattle; sixthly, man. He then performed the myazda (ceremony) with glory and joy with the Amahraspands, who had just come forth. He gave it (i.e., to the ceremony of myazda) the name of Gahambar. After that, he first created the cow and then Gayomard. Then from the body of that cow, he created 282 species of animals and cattle. When affliction came among the created beings, it first (came) to the cow. From the cow are (i.e., proceeded) those which are mankind, i.e., he who is Gayomard in place of mankind. From he seed of Gayomard men came forth from the earth in the body of the plant rovâs.
|This was so for fifty years, when people were born and died. For ninety-eight years and eight months, births and deaths went on. Seven pairs of children were born from the wombs (of mothers), one of which was female and another male. One was given to the other for wife or husband (i.e., they were married with (one another). By corporeal progress the animals of the world are (i.e. proceed) from these two. These are the creatures and the creation. And affliction and acquirements, and the mixture of the creation will continue till resurrection and the future existence of the body. This quality of nature will not be purified till then. Zarathushtra, who is holy and opposed to the Daevas said, "this process will continue. The noxious creatures [khrafstras] will continue until (the time) when there will be that victory and that salvation and that help (which is expected at the resurrection.1||1. Frashegird. -JHP|
Chapter 4. On the Rulers before King Vishtasp
|King Vishtasp asked Jamasp the astrologer: Who were the first ruling monarchs and kings? What was the faith2 of each of those kings? What kind of religion and justice and leadership and kingship did they have? What did they do in paying homage to the name of Dadar Ohrmazd?||2. Varôishn 'to believe.'|
|Jamasp the astrologer replied to him that the first monarch was Gayomard Gilshah.3 For three thousand years he was without opposition (i.e., any affliction from the evil spirit). For thirty years he lived under opposition and grief. His work and justice were such as those revealed in the religion. His knowledge was good. In the same way he met with opposition in bringing forth mankind. At the time of his passing off (i.e. death) he said thus: "It is good for me that for the sake of piety and goodness, opposition, came to me. From him the seed passed to the tree.4 The tree accepted it, and it passed off to the earth. The earth accepted it. It remained in the earth for thirty years. Then in the form (kêrêf)5 of the plant rovâs, it grew up from the earth. From them were first born a noble woman and a man. And by (means of) the valuable association of the woman with man, was born Hooshang (as a pair of) a man and a woman. He (Hooshang) ruled for forty years over the seven lands [haft keshwar]. Hooshang was (called) Peshdad because it was he who first promulgated the justice of God.6 He struck seven heshâim [Aêshma] [[Eshm]] (i.e., demons). He overthrew one Druj. From Hooshang were born a woman and a man (by name) Vivangan. That (female) Vivangan was like a fairy. He (i.e., the male Vivangan) took her in to the snare of his jurisdiction, and Tahmurasp was born. A male, Spedivar7 was born from Tahmurasp.||
3. They say that Gayomard was called Gilshah, i.e.
the king of clay or dust, because in those primitive times he
made his throne of clay. A raised platform of clay served him
as a throne.
4. Cf. Bundehesh 15.1-3 where it is said, that a part of the seed, which separated from Gayomard at the time of his death passed to Spandarmad, the angel presiding over earth, and then to a plant named Rawâs, from which appeared Mashi and Mashani, the progenitors of mankind. Vide my Bundahishn p. 59.
5. Rivâs Karpas of Bundahishn. Sorrel, a plant of the species Rumex.
6. i.e., he was called Peshdad because he promulgated at first (pêsh) the justice (dâd) of God. Cf. Pahl. Vendidad Ch. XX (Spiegel, p. 221, 1.8)
7. He is Spityara of the Avesta. It is said in the Bundahishn that he slew his brother Jamshed.
|He ruled over the seven countries (of the world) for thirty years. He kept the body of Ahriman like baggage under his thighs (i.e., rode over him).8||8. This is explained in the Shah Nameh....|
|For thirty years he (i.e., Ahriman) could not commit any sin (i.e., harm). He (Tahmurasp) killed many (devs) demons, and fairies9 and devils, and he separated the demons from all connection and company of men.||9. pairikas. -JHP|
|From Vivangha were born a man and woman -- were born Jama and Jamai. And Jamshed (Jama) was (possessed) of a good retinue, full of glory, of laborious habits, liberal, and successful. He took the seven countries (of the world) under his sovereignty. (He ruled) over men and demons seven hundred and seventeen years and seven months and five days.10. Clouds, wind, (and) rain were under his command. He gave the demons, the devils and the Drujs in the complete service of man (i.e., he subdued them for the good of mankind).11 The demons prepared food12 for men. Men were living in a state of easiness, fulfilling their desires. In the rulership of that Jamshed, there was neither cold nor heat, neither old age nor plague, (or untimely death), nor envy given by the demons.13 He (Jamshed) kept them away from work (i.e., counteracted their influence). He deprived of sight seven fairies, who, like a star which moves in its revolution, wandered from stars to stars. He imprisoned them and made them blind with one eye. Again he took a promise from them. He arranged cold and heat, (and) everything according to (a) measure (i.e., moderately). He made the world more prosperous. For complete 717 years and 7 months he was thankful to God. For 100 years he went away with the woman Jamai secretly to the sea in despair.14 Then, after being both grateful and well-asked for., when he became a speaker of untruth, when his splendor and glory were displeased with him, misfortune overtook him. The accursed Az-Dahak [[Zohak]], whom they call Baevar-aspa, with the prince15 Spediver16 and with may demons caught him, slew him17, and took up one thousand rays from it (i.e., Jamshed's Glory).||
10. Cf. Zamyad Yasht (Yt19.31).
11. Cf. Yt19.32
12. The meaning is "He placed the demons under the service of men." Here the word "demons" must be taken in the broad sense of all those who had extraordinary unusual powers. Thus we learn from the Shah Nameh, that it was from them, that the early Persian kings learnt different arts and languages.
13. Cf. Yt19., 33.
14. i.e., he went away secretly to the sea in despair; or the word may be 'old age', i.e., for 100 years of his old age. If you take the word parîse for splendor, it may mean "The Glory of Jamshed went to sea." In that case Cf. Yt19.51. Khwareno 'Glory' is personified here.
16. Av. Spityûr, who is spoken of as the brother of Jamshed in the Bundahesh.
17. Cf. Yt19.46.
The sovereignty of Az-Dahak [[Zohak]], who had three tongues,
six eyes, one thousand artifices, (continued) for 1000 years over
the seven lands, the seven countries, (and) over demons (and)
men. He spread sins and evils and mischiefs among men. He caught
every day two young persons and killed them, and satiated with
the brains of these persons the two serpents which he had on his
neck. Then he himself ate bread. He spread among men, mischief,
much injustice, (and) unworthy deeds. At the end of 1000 years,
less one day and a half, came Faridoon Athwyan, a relation of
Jam [[Jamshed]]. In revenge for Jam he made Baevar-asp prisoner,
and in the most surprising way bound him in fetters in Mount Damawand.
The good and glorious Faridoon took the sovereignty in the country of Khwaniras over demons and men for five hundred years. He accepted the religion from God. He learned from God, charms and mystic formulae and remedies. He introduced in the creation of God, much of friendliness and health. He ordered men that all men may live well, and go and toil after their own work. (He said to them), "You have no business with demons. (Have) neither work, nor food, nor company, nor friendship (with them). Live and behave among yourselves, one with another, in peace, unanimity and good bearing. Adopt regular justice. Turn from improper (ways), because you have no business whatever with demons."
|At times a freebooter18 and plunderer keeps the sea at his foot19, and comes to the country of Khwaniras. From these people (i.e., the people of the country) the plunderers took away cooked food and victuals. Then people came to Faridoon complaining against the people of Mazendaran. They said, "Az-Dahak was a very bad king (sunk) in every kind of pleasure. He kept back the enemy of Muruv [Merv?]. He cannot keep you away." Then Faridoon went in the vicinity of Mazdendaran. He said to them (i.e., to the freebooters of the place), "Do not take away men from this country, go to the path of the pure (i.e., keep away from injuring the people)." They said, "We will not go away from here, we will not leave (this place) when (i.e., as long as) you are alive here." Faridoon, when he heard (words) in this way, by the splendor and glory of the angel (Yazad) Eshiaja (?)20 stood supreme. Wind (lit. air) began to blow up. From that (i.e., as a result of that) wind began to blow [doubtful]. From that, a promontory of stones (arose) from every direction. Each (promontory i.e., heap) was more than a thousand mounds. They threw each hill (i.e., the heap of stones) one over another, and that Mazendaran disappeared from that country21 (i.e., the freebooters were expelled from the country).||
18. Mazendaran was known as a country of freebooters,
so a Mazendar meant a freebooter.
19. This seems to be a metaphorical way of saying "oppresses people."
20. The word seems to have been miswritten for Srosh or it is a corrupted form of 'ashya' an epithet of Srosh. We read in the Shah Nameh that Faridoon was visited by this angel.
21. The meaning of these sentences is not quite clear, but here it seems to be an allusion to the magical powers, which, we learn from other books, Faridoon was believed to possess. The sentences may mean to say that Faridoon went to the country of Mazendaran, where the people were evil-minded. A complaint was made to him against them. He persuaded the people to turn to honest good life, but they refused. So Faridoon, in order to punish them (by his magical powers), raised a storm of wind, which, with its force, carried heaps of heavy stones and buried the city.
|From Faridoon were born three sons. Salm, Tuj, and Airik were their names. Then he called all the three before him, and said to each of them, "I am going to divide the whole world among you. Everyone of you may ask what appears best to you, so that I may give it to you." Salm (asked for) much pomp. Tuj for comfort. From Airik, over whom there was so much of Kayan Khwarrah, the desire was that of religious justice. Faridoon said, "Whatever is your wish shall be given to you." He gave to Salm the land of Hurem22 up to the edge of the sea. He gave Turkestan till the edge of the sea to Tuj. To Airik came the country of Iran with India up to the edge of the sea. Faridoon at once there and then took off (the Glory) from his own head and placed it on the head of Airik. He said, "My glory has sat on the bead of Airik till the morning of the day when resurrection will be performed. May you (Airik) live always with your children, and may the kingship and sovereignty continue over the children of Salm and Tuj." When Salm and Tuj saw (the state of) affairs in this way, they said, "What is this that our father Faridoon has done! He has given the chiefship neither to the eldest son, nor to the middle son, but has given it to the youngest son." From that time they sought for a remedy. They killed Airik, their own brother, and his good young children by his wife, named Vizak, so that no child may remain alive. Then Faridoon brought up the woman (i.e., Airik's wife) secretly. The woman remained concealed from (her) relations in a mountain for 330 years. Three thousand men went under the chieftainship of Manashviar23 and at the command of (the angel) Neryosang, they came to the country of Iran. They asked for revenge for Airik. They killed Salem and Tuj. Manashviar of Airik sat on the throne of the country of Iran. They called him Manashviaran because his face resembled (Mânaêt) that of Airik. They said that his face resembled well the face of Airik.||
22. Arum, cf. Firdausi (Mohl. Vol. I. p. 138).
23. According to the Bundahishn, Minocheher was born as the tenth in decent from the daughter of Airik.
|He ruled for 120 years. Under his sovereignty the world was prosperous, virtuous and without fear (from anyone). In the midst of the sovereignty of Manashviar, the demon, Frasiyav Tur, took away the sovereignty for twelve years. Manashviar-i-Eraj lived in the mountain of Padashkhar.24 Then Spandarmad went to the earth25 complaining. They (used) many remedies and contrivances of good abstinence, and other good means, and the land was taken back from Frasiyav.||
24. Cf. Aiyadgar-i Zariran, My Translation, p. 93.
25. Cf. Aiyadgar-i Zariran, My edition, p. 92.
After Manashviar, Huzuba Tukhmaspan ruled for five years. Kay
Kobad for one hundred years. Kay Kaus one hundred and fifty years.
Kay Khosraw Siavakhshan sixty years. Kay Lohrasp one hundred and
twenty years. From Kay Lohrasp the sovereignty came to you.
Chapter 5. On the Rulers after King Vishtasp
King Vishtasp asked, "After all these rulers (and) kings, which king will keep this great throne? Tell me quickly, that the sons of which dynasty shall be (rulers)? For how many years will they keep each country? At what time after me, bad time will come to the good Kayan (kings)? How long and for how many years will this Mazdayasnian religion continue?"
|Jamasp the astrologer said, "Let me tell you that, after you, this great throne will go to Bahman of Aspandyar. He will keep the country under his rule for one hundred and twelve years. Awashama26, whom they call Chehrazad, shall hold sovereignty for thirty years. Dara-i Darayan, shall hold sovereignty for thirteen years. After him, Arsakinder (Alexander) Rumi thirteen years. After him, the sovereignty goes to his descendants. Then the kingship comes to Ardwan. They, i.e., (the whole line), keep it for two hundred and eighty-two years. Under these sovereigns, evil will come to an end little by little, virtue shall be complete, and this country shall be in prosperity and out of fear from anyone. Men shall be kept in a state whereby they will live according to their desire (i.e., they will be happy).||26. For Homai. The word may perhaps be "awa Hamâ", i.e., with Homai. It seems to be a corrupted form of Awâdân, which is another form of Azâdân, a name which we see in her second name "Cheher Azad"|
|Then the sovereignty goes to Bahman27 Babegan. He keeps the country under his sovereignty for thirteen years. Shahpur Bahman (rules) for twenty years. Shahpur Shahpuran for one year. Another Awara Mazda for one year ten months. Bahiram Bahiraman, whom they call Saganshah for four years. Narsha [Narsi], the brother of Bahiram, for nine years. Shawar Avarmazdan (Shahpur Hormazd) seventy-two years. Ashahpuran seventy-five years. Vahiram Vahiraman, whom they call Kirmanshah, for eleven years. Shkuta Shahvaran [Yazdegird Shapuran] for twenty-one years five months. Vahiram Shakutan (Beheram of Yazdegird), whom they call Vahiramgor, for twenty-three years ten months. Shakut (Yazdegird) Vahiraman for eighteen years and four months. Piruz Shakutan for twenty-two years. Lish Pirozan for four years. Kavan Pirozan for two years. Jamasp Humost forty-seven years, seven months, and seven days. Avarramazda Khusruban for twelve years. Khusruba Avaramazdan, the triumphant monarch, for thirty-five years. Kavat Khusrub, whom they call Seroz, for nine years. Bahiram Kavadhan for one year five months. Shakut (Yazdegird) Shaheryar for ten years. Those before28 him fall (and) they disperse themselves. Afterwards there come up Arabs who bring up their seeds from the branch of Haeshem.29 They take the country of Iran with violence and force for ten hundred and eighty-two years, nine months, seven days, and four hours.30||
27. Another name of Ardeshir Babegan.
28. The word frâz may also mean after (him), but as there were no kings after Yazdegird the allusion seems to be to the few weak kings before him.
29. i.e. descendants of Hashim. Hashim was one of the tribes of the Arabs. The tribe was known as Hashimates.
30. The writer gives 1082 years for the rule of the Arabs. Thus, according to him, the rule of the Arabs ought to have lasted up to (1082 + 641 the date of the defeat of Yazdegird=) 1723 A.D.
Chapter 6. On the Time of Ushedar, &c.
|King Vishtasp asked, "After the coming of the spiritual31 ...." King Vishtasp asked, "what time and period will pass after the time when spiritual Dasturs will come to the country of Iran and destroy (lit. strike) idolatry, and turn the world from uncleanness to holiness and devotion? What time and period will pass (after this)? How many kings and rulers will there be in one millennium And how will they administer the world? What kind of justice and opinions will prevail in the world? What customs will prevail in the millenniums of Ushedar, Ushedarmah and Soshyant?||31. The question is begun at first in Pahlavi, but left unfinished. It is then put in Pazand.|
|(Reply) Jamasp the astrologer replied to him, "In the time of Ushedar there will be eighteen kings. At that time there will be less of affliction. The race of the violent Drujs will be extirpated. The works (and) opinions, (which) they do not form according to the justice of God,32 will grow less every year, month, and day.||32. Av. hâta-marena lit. one who counts the deeds of existing beings. cf. Yasna 32.6.|
|When the millennium of Ushedar will end at the close of 500 years, the sun will strike the creation. Ushedarmah, [son of] Zarathushtra will come into the creation, will promulgate religion, (and) will annihilate all sorts of ambition and want. Then the demon Malkos will come and will bring about the winter of Malkos, (and) all creations and animals will be annihilated in that winter. Then they will exterminate the Var33 built by Jam (Jamshed). Men, cattle, and animals will come out of that Var. They will adorn the world again. Then there will be deceit. Baevarasp will come out of captivity, will conquer the world, and will then eat up men, (and) will eat up many animals.||33. Enclosure, colony. This is an allusion to Vd2.22 where the Pahlavi commentator refers to Malkosh (a Hebrew word for rain). Vide Saddar Chap. 9 and MX 27.28.|
|Then Ohrmazd will send Srosh (and) Neryosang, that they may awake Sam Nariman. They will go and awake Sam. They will give back to him his strength. Sam will get up and go to the Var of Aza Dahaka [[Zohak]]. Aza Dahaka, when he will see Sam Nariman, will say to Sam Nariman, "Let us have friendship with one another." Sam Nariman (will say) ''Accept (religion), so that we may keep together the chieftainship of this world." He (Azi Dahaka) [[Zohak]] will not hear these words. So he (Sam) will strike a mace (Gurz) on the head of that irreligious person (darwand). The irreligious man will say to Sam, "Do not strike me. You yourself and I may be leaders, and we may keep this world." Then Sam will not hear the words of that irreligious man, and shall strike the mace one after another over the head of that irreligious man, and he will die.|
|Then will follow the millennium of Soshyant. Soshyant will ask questions to Ohrmazd, will accept the religion, (and) will promulgate it into the world. Then Neryosang (and) Srosh will go away. Kay Khosraw of Syavakhsh [[Siyavarshan ]], Tus of Naodar, Giv of Godarya, and others will rise with one thousand chiefs and treasurers. Ahriman will keep himself away from the creation. The men of the world will be all of (good) thoughts, of (good) words, (and) of (good) actions. The miscreated Ahriman will not be influential (lit. blazing) (i.e., shall have no influence) over the creation of Ohrmazd. Then the demon Az will say to Ahriman, "You are not able to do anything in the creation of Ohrmazd." Then Ahriman will go to Tahmurasp (and will say, "I must have food. We, I and you, great men, must have food. What is kept is not easy to be given, because all that, which Ahriman keeps, goes for the food of all Daevas and Drujs (and) khrafstras (noxious creatures). And my creation goes away from the Devs (i.e., is destroyed) by Glory.34 What shall I say to you, that with all the creation and creatures which Ahriman eats up, he is not satisfied!"||34. It is read Qastru by D.E. It is another form of hwarrah, Av. kwarenah. If read Qaru, it is perhaps xru 'a cock'. It perhaps refers to the idea that with cock-crow the influence of the ghosts or evil spirits disappears. Tahmurasp is reputed to have been the first person who taught the cock to crow. Vide my essay on "Cock as a sacred bird." In this para Ahriman speaks of himself in the third person. His talk with Tahmurasp is significant, as the latter is reputed, according to Firdausi, to have curbed the power of Ahriman.|
|Then the demon Az, Ahriman, and (the demon) Zar [Zairich] shall be powerful. Then Soshyant will perform three Yasna (ceremonies), at first for the living35, who are immortal (by their good deeds), and then for the dead, who are unchangeable. When he will perform the Yasna in the Hawan Gah (the dead) men will rise up. When he will perform the Yasna in the Rapithwin Gah, men will come into existence. When he will perform the Yasna in the Uzerin Gah, men will be righteous and without fraud.36 When he will perform the Yasna in the aiwisruthrem Gah, all men will be again (as young as) fifteen years old. When he will perform the Yasna in the Ushahin Gah, then (the archangel) Shahrewar will melt the metal in all the mountains of the world. In the whole world, all men will rise up and will pass on with the melted metal, so that they will be pure and bright and clear in the same way, as the sun with his light (or as the sun purifies by his light). They will strike (i.e., drive) Ahriman out of Heaven and cut off his head. Then the creation will be pure, men will be forever without death, immortal and without old age, and will be (as young as) of the age of fifteen years. With them, everything will be such as they will desire.||
35. In the modern Parsi phraseology, 'zinda-ravan'.
36. Avi and Av. draosha fraud.
|Finished with pleasure, delight and joy.37||37. This phrase usually ends the book. It shows therefore that at first the Pazand Jamaspi ended here and the subsequent chapters have been added later on. The Persian Jamaspi also ends with a similar chapter.|
Chapter 7. On the People of Hindustan, China, Arabia, Turkestan, and Barbaristan
King Vishtasp asked, "In the case of the people of different customs, of India and China and Arabia and Turkestan and Barbaristan, that are known, what kind of life and virtue shall be had from them? When they die, where will the souls of those who are non-victorious (i.e., the sinners) go?"
|Reply. -- Jamasp the astrologer said to him, "The country of India is a great one. It is cold and hot, wet and dry. It has wood and trees because there is a great desert. They are without ambition because their living is upon rice, upon milk and38 cattle, which feed upon seeds. Their manners and customs are much enlightened. They are of the nature of Ohrmazd. Of the nature of Ahriman the devil, they declare that he will die There are some who bury (lit. cover) (their dead) under earth. There are some who throw (their dead) in water. There are some who burn (their dead) in fire. Those, who are not of good religion, go to hell.||38. If we take 'u' for 'i' then milk of cattle. This is a better rendering.|
The country of China is great. It has much of wealth, much of
musk, much of jewelry. Its people are under affliction because
among them there is no far-sight as among us. They worship idols.
When they die, they are irreligious persons (i.e., go to
hell like irreligious persons).
The countries of Arabia and Barbaristan are hot and dry. They are not without ambition. Their food is fruit, water, worms and tigers, noxious creatures (khrafstras), mice, and snake and cat, fox and by hyena and other such (animals). They worship idols (uzdesht parastand). Living on camels (or cattle) and four-footed animals is not an easy thing with them.
Chapter 8. On the Declaration of Five Traits of Character
|By the name of Dadar Ohrmazd. I am for five39 (beliefs). I am not for five. I am for five desires. I am not for five desires. I am in the midst of five wishes. I am not (in the midst of) five wishes. I am for good thoughts. I am not for bad thoughts. I belong to that which is of good thoughts. I do not belong to that which is of bad thoughts.40 I am for good words. I am not for bad words. I belong to that which is of good words. I do not belong to that which it of bad words. I am for good actions. I am not for bad actions. I do not belong to that which is of bad actions.41 I am for obedience. I am not for disobedience. I belong to that (class) which is for obedience, i.e., one who keeps a Dastur.42 I do not belong to that (class) which is for disobedience, i.e., one who does not keep a Dastur. I am righteous. I am not a darwand (i.e., unrighteous). I belong to that (class) which righteous. I do not belong to that which is unrighteous. (I will continue to be so) up to the time when the struggle between the two mainyus (i.e., spirits, the Spenta Mainyu [[Holy Spirit]] and the Anghra Mainyu [[Evil Spirit]]) will end (apem anghat).43 Be it known44 that this thing will be such (i.e., will continue) from this up to that end, till which the mainyus are in distinction.45||
39. This is a quotation from Y10.16. The five things to which
he acknowledges adherence are (1) good thoughts, (2) good words,
(3) good actions, (4) obedience, and (5) piety. The five things
which he disapproves are quite the contrary of these.
40. This is a Pazand rendering of the preceding Avesta quotation.
41. The corresponding portion in the affirmative seems to have been omitted by mistake.
42. The idea is that every Zoroastrian should have a Dastur or priest as his spiritual guide and he must be under his advice and orders. Such a priest was known as his Sraosha-vareza.
43. This also, like many of the preceding sentences, is a quotation from Y10.16.
44. From here begins the Pazand rendering of the above Avesta quotation.
45. i.e., are distinct from, and opposed to each other.
Chapter 9. On the Prognostications of the last Millennium
|King Vishtasp asked Jamasp, "what prognostications and signs do there appear for the coming time, for the coming of those my children?46||46. So the question is about the last generation of the coming apostles Ushedar, etc.|
Jamasp the astrologer said to him that when the time of Ushedar
would appear, these several signs shall necessarily appear. The
first is this, that the nights will be brighter. The second is
this, that (the star) Haptoring (constellation of the Bear) will
leave its place and will turn in the direction of Khorasan. The
third is this, that the intercourse of persons one with another,
will be great. The fourth is this, that the breach of faith, which
they will make at that time, will have quicker and greater results.
The fifth is this, that mean persons will be more powerful. The
sixth is this, that wicked persons will be virtuous. The seventh
is this, that the Drujs (i.e., evil powers) will be more
oppressive. The eighth is this, that the magic and tricks which
they will perform in those times, will be very bad. The ninth
is this, that the noxious creatures, like the tigers, the wolves,
and four clawed animals will do great harm. The tenth is this,
that misinformed persons will commit great oppression upon the
Dasturs of religion. The eleventh is this, that the injury to
the Dasturs of religion will be unlawful; they will take their
property by force and will speak evil of them. The twelfth is
this, that the blowing of the summer and winter winds shall not
be useful. The thirteenth is this, that affection for pleasure
will be prevalent. The fourteenth is this, that those who are
born at that time will reach death more (i.e., die more)
in a miserable way and in untimely way (i.e., they will
die an untimely miserable death). The fifteenth is this, that
respectable persons in spite of their respectful position, will
practice too much of untruthfulness, injustice, and false evidence.
Death, old age, unchecked pride, and strength will overtake (lit.
reach) all countries. Then there will come the Dastur of the world
(i.e., Ushedar) The apostle will cleanse the whole country. The
sixteenth is this, that the two caves which are in Seistan will
be destroyed and the seas of the cities will carry away the water
and the whole of Seistan will be full of water.
Chapter 10. On the Division of the Things of the World
By the Name of God.
What is it, that is said, that the things of the world are divided into twenty-five parts?
(Reply.) Five rest on luck, five on actions, five on disposition, five on nature, five on physical power. Life, and wife, and children, and sovereignty, and wealth rest on luck. Priestship, warriorship, husbandmanship, and righteousness (and) manners, on actions. To be effeminate, to leave off work, and to eat, and to wander (lit. go about), and to sleep, on disposition. Mercy, respect, and generosity (and) truth, and good thoughts, on nature. Body and beauty and understanding and light and strength, on physical power. Finished.
Completed. I am the writer of Jamaspi, I a servant of the religion from the humblest to the dust-faced, I, Rânâ, son of Herbad Jesang, son of Herbad Dâdâ, son of Herbad Jesang, son of Herbad Mobad, son of Herbad Kayâmdin, son of Herbad Mobad, son of Herbad Kâmdin, son of Herbad Zartusht, son of Mobad Harmazdyâr, son of Herbad Râmyâr. I have written it from a copy of Herbad Karvâ (may he live long), son of Bikajiv of Broach, for the knowledge of new preceptors and for the increase of righteousness of the Behdins (i.e., the Zoroastrians). May there be health of body, long life, i.e., in this physical world, may they be righteous, (and) in the spiritual world may their souls attain paradise. Ruz Mihr, mah Ardwahisht, year eight hundred and seventy-three. In the Indian year Samvat 1560 Ruz Mihr, mah Ardwahisht, Parsi era 873.
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