The ancient Mathravani filled the air, seeming to resound in every room of the noble Pourashaspa's house. The deep voice of the mighty Aryan father of Zarathustra intoned the sacred ancient words of the Haoma Yasna, the worship of Haoma where the mighty Haoma juice was prepared.
Centuries before even Zarathustra's birth, the Hom Yasht was sung. The green Haoma plant, full of fragrance was pounded in a mortar during the ceremony and the juice collected. The divine Haoma juice was further purified by the Mathras chanted by the priests and thus had incredible powers: the ability to impart health and strength and, in it's purest form; to defeat death and disease.
Haoma, the foremost of the plants was revered by the Aryan race. So did Pourashaspa explain to Dughdowa, who listened breathlessly to these timeless truths.
"Sweet wife, according to the legendary history of the Aryan race, the first man to prepare the mighty Haoma juice in the Haoma Yasna was Vivangham. That beloved ancestor of the Aryans prayed to Haoma for a son, and on partaking of the juice his prayer was granted and the great Aryan king Yima Khshaeta (JAMSHED) was born to him. Jamshed thus had a divine birth, and during his glorious reign there was no severe cold or heat, no disease, no old age and no death; neither was there any evil in the minds of men during that golden Aryan age on earth. Unaging and undying, father and son would walk; and both looked as if they were fifteen years old - the perfect age according to us.
"The second man to prepare this sacred juice was ATHAWYA, our Aryan ancestor. He too partook of the death dispelling Haoma and to him was born FARIDUN (Thraetona) the great Hero. Well we all know how Faridun fought and defeated the evil Azi Dahak (Zohak), the merciless evil tyrant and monster who had been sent by the evil one for destroying the righteous creation of Ahura Mazda. All to no avail ! Because Faridun triumphed over the demon by the grace of God and we shall ever keep him in our memories and in our prayers for that.
"Third was THRITA, of the clan of Sam. He was blessed with two mighty sons, URVAX and KERESASP. Urvax became a very wise man and a teacher of the Mazdayasni religion and Keresasp a mighty warrior, wielding the great Aryan bull headed mace or VADHARE. With that mighty mace that has so often protected our race and religion in the past, Keresasp destroyed the evil SRAVAR, a gigantic mammoth (ancient elephant) that was a menace to the lives of all men, women and animals.
"Dearest Dughdowa, it was I who was the fourth to prepare the Haoma juice. Yes, I who am Pourashaspa, the Aryan ! I prayed to Haoma to grant me a Godly son, righteous and opposed to evil. In answer, ZARATHUSTRA was born. Yes, it was predicted by the mighty Haoma Himself during the ceremony."
Pausing to look deep into the thrilled tear filled eyes of the mother, Pourashaspa realized Dughdowa's great joy when her son was mentioned. All at once he too shared in the happiness of an Aryan parent in the great future foretold for their son.
"Yes. I was told by the glorious Haoma that Zarathustra would be born as a son to me. Renowned of Aryan lineage, Zarathustra would chant the sacred Mathra known as the AHUNAVAR or the Yatha Ahu Vairyo first of all on this earth. That sacred and extremely powerful prayer of the Aryans would be given to him by Ahura Mazda Himself. This is what the divine Haoma, curer of all death and disease told me as a prophesy for my son :
"O ZARATHUSTRA ! YOU SHALL CAUSE ALL THE EVIL TO HIDE BENEATH THE EARTH, WHO BEFORE THIS WERE ROAMING IN HUMAN SHAPE ON THE EARTH. YOU WHO HAVE BEEN CREATED THE MOST POWERFUL (AOJISHTO), THE MOST VIGOROUS (TANJISHTO), AND OF RIGHTEOUS VICTORIOUS STRENGTH (ASH-VERETHRAJANSTEMO) AMONGST THE CREATION OF SPIRITUAL ONES."
The parents of Zarathushtra lovingly uplifted their baby, and placed him tenderly before the fire, bowing their heads and intoning the sacred words. One wish swam in their minds: that the divine Haoma would remove the illness of Zarathustra.
"O GOLDEN (ZAIRE) WISDOM (MADHEM) ! GUIDE OUR BABY TO HEALTH, GUIDE HIM TO GROWTH, GUIDE HIM TO GREATNESS, GUIDE HIM TO VICTORY SO THAT HE MAY GO FORTH AS A RULER AT WILL IN THE WORLD, DESTROYING THE MALICE OF THE EVIL ONES (TBAESHO-TAURVAO DRUJEMVANO) !
"This We beg of you as the first blessing, O true worshiper who drives the death afar. The Heaven (Vahistem Ahum) which is filled with righteous people, bright and happy. May Universal Happiness come to be, for all righteous men and women, of every country in the world. This we ask of you as a second blessing, O true worshiper. This health (Dravatatem) of the body (Anghaose Tanvo). This we ask from you as a third blessing, O true worshiper. The long vitality (Daregojitim) of Life (Ushtanahe).
"Great Warrior Haoma ! Lift up your Mace (VADHARE) and smite the evil in the world. Smite the evil and the unrighteous, the fiendish women, the magicians and the tyrants. You destroy the lust in the minds of men, so that it flees from the body of the righteous. You are indeed the Fountain of Righteousness !
"To increase your power in the world, Almighty God Ahura Mazda made the sacred girdle (Aiwiyaonghanem) that is star studded (Stehrpaesanghem) and put it around the earth. Yes, the stars that surround the earth are indeed the original Kusti that we Aryans wear, placed there by Ahura to guide the world first in the good Mazdayasni religion. We Aryans, children of Ahura follow the ORDER OF THE UNIVERSE when we place our own sacred Kusti around the waist, and the most ancient commandment of God.
"We praise the earth, who indeed is your mother and the mother of us all, o Haoma. The earth is wide, spacious, productive and enables us to be self supporting; allowing us to eat without unnecessarily taking animal life. We praise mother earth, sweet scented (Hubaoidhish) and exalted (Aurvo) in the fields (Charanem). When we cultivate the earth, the good creation of Ahura flourishes and You, Haoma become more powerful and prosperous. When we Aryans grow crops, fruits and flowers; it is as if we are singing (GARA) in the praise of God ! "
GAVE NEMO ! We salute the earth.
GAVE UKHDHEM ! Praise worthy is the earth.
GAVE VERETHREM ! Victory to the earth.
GAVE KHARETHEM ! Glorious is the earth.
This earth is the glory increaser of the Aryans,
The Aryans prosper when they till the earth.
(End of Chapter Nineteen)
The divine Mathras, full of pregnant meaning to the ancient Aryans infused their highly potent spiritual power into the Haoma juice that was being prepared. The Yasna (worship) ended and at that point the radiant parents, certain of the power of the juice put it to the lips of the baby.
The golden child Zarathustra smiled with delight as the milky white Haoma passed down it's small throat. It seemed to know and thrill in the spiritually potent drink. Pourashaspa and Dughdowa watched and held the baby as the miraculous Haoma, giver of life worked it's way in the small baby; and as if a shadow on the ground were passing away under the advancing rays of the sun, the sickness in Zarathustra shrunk and retreated in mere seconds before the spiritual power of Haoma !
Staunch in their ancient faith, the parents watched with satisfaction and looked at one another with quiet joy.
"He is well again." Pourashaspa said to Dughdowa, who nodded.
"We are thankful to the great Haoma. As you know, Dughdowa, in the final days of the world when all will be judged and all the dead will be resurrected in their bodies once again, at that time the Mighty Haoma will play a direct part. The final savior of the world at that time, ASTAVAT-ERETA (He who establishes Righteousness), the SAOSHYANT will himself perform the Haoma ceremony. The white Haoma juice prepared by him at that divine time, will be an elixir of immortality - it shall banish death forever from the world. Death, the instrument of the evil one shall no longer prey upon the good creation of Ahura Mazda. So, the power of HAOMA is no ordinary one. Little wonder than that our child has been cured. "
At that very moment one of the kinsmen of Pourashaspa approached the happy couple.
"The Physician has arrived ! He stands outside the house."
Suddenly remembering that he had called the physician, Pourashaspa realized that the medicines he had asked for to cure his sick child were no longer needed. Looking at his wife, he nodded and hurried to the door.
(and so the story continues...)
- Excerpts of Chapters from "The Saga of the Aryans", Vol II
by Porus H. Havewala
A "modern" Zarathushtri wrote from North America:
"As for the "joint", it is my understanding that Zarathushtra himself administered *haoma* to King Vistasp. Now from all accounts, *haoma* was considered to be a mind-altering substance, even though how precisely it was concocted may never be known with certainty. But I think it would certainly qualify as a *joint* if it existed in this day and age."
I dont think you should say such things about our Prophet. Please dont compare Haoma to a "joint", it is a powerful spiritual Yazata, as seen in the Hom Yasht (Mr. T. R. Sethna's English translations of the Yashts) and the Hom liquid is prepared through a spiritual Yasna, akin to the one that purifies Gomez into pure and spotless Nirang.
We believe that the Saviour Saoshyant will prepare Haoma in a final holy ceremony or Yasna and give it to humanity at the end time, so as to make the bodies shining, ageless and immortal. This is the great promise of the Hom Yasna in our faith.
No lousy "joint" in the West can compare to this divine promise of our religion.
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