The Four Sacred Mathras: Ahuna Vairya

The Four Sacred Mathras: Ahuna Vairya
by Pablo Khorramdin

The Ahuna Vairya, also known as the Ahu Vairyo and Ahunwar, is considered the most powerful and sacred mathra in the religion. It is not simply enough that one recite it to gain its power, but also one must act according to it, making its message become reality. The Yasnas themselves speculate that the mantra was the primordial utterance of Ahura Mazda, that it aids the righteous in their course, supports one in repelling the daevas, and that it is powerful enough to redeem all from simple mortality. It is a lesson on how to order one’s life and how to build a progressive community centered around Asha.

It calls upon the blessings of Vohu Manah (Good Mind), Ahura Mazda (the Wise Lord), and of the Wise Teachers, most notably the Prophet Zoroaster, who was believed to be the first person to recite these words. Asha as a term is beautiful, multi-faceted and nuanced. It is Truth, it is Being, it is Right-Working, it is Cosmic Order, it is Harmony. The Ahuna Vairya is as follows:

“As humanity works their will on Earth,
So do the Wise Teachers by their Asha;
The gifts of the Good Mind come as the reward
For deeds done out of Love for the Lord of Life;
The blessings of Ahura Mazda surely cometh down
On those who serve with zeal their meekest brethren!”

“ýathâ ahû vairyô
athâ ratush ashâtcît hacâ
vanghêush dazdâ mananghô
shyaothananãm anghêush mazdâi
xshathremcâ ahurâi â
ýim drigubyô dadat vâstârem!”

To learn how to pronounce it in Avestan, click here for a recording.