The Four Sacred Mathras: Airyaman Ishya

The Four Sacred Mathras: Airyaman Ishya
by Pablo Khorramdin

The Airyaman Ishya (or Airyemaa Ishyo) is one of the sacred mathras of the Mazdan Way. With its recitation and a true meditation upon its words, we remind ourselves that we do not just work for ourselves, but for our brethren as well. Through our unity in the great fellowship of the Good Mind (Vohu Manah), of Ahura Mazda, not only do we become unstoppable against the Lie (the Druj), but we are strengthened through Asha as individuals in our every day lives. It is usually known as the final mathra, the one that dispels the Druj in full from our minds and renews us truly.

Throughout the ages, the Airyaman Ishya has been considered words of power that provide great healing, mostly of a spiritual kind. It heals not just the spirit of our bodies, but the spirits of our communities as well, whether it be as grand as the Fellowship of the Good Mind or as intimate as one’s closest friends and family. Through it, we are brought to task to never forget that we are not alone. We are here as companions of Ahura Mazda in the great cosmic battle against the Druj and, as such, we will always be united with each other to bring forward the Frashokereti, the literal “making wonderful” of all existence, a continual Great Work by us all. 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 Airyaman Ishya is as follows:

“May the desired Fellowship come
to unite the men and women of Zarathushtra,
in support of the Good Mind,
so that the conscience of every person earns
the choice reward, the reward of Asha,
by the Wise Lord’s delighted accord.”

“ā airyə̄mā iš́yō rafəδrāi jaṇtū
nərəbyascā nāiribyascā zaraϑuštrahē
vaŋhə̄uš rafəδrāi manaŋhō
yā daēnā vairīm hanāt̰ mīždəm
aṣ̌ahyā yāsā aṣ̌īm
yąm iš́yąm ahurō masatā mazdå.”

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