Sacred Books of the East eBook

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And mayest thou be ever fed with wood as the prescription orders.  Yea, mayest thou have thy perfume justly, and thy sacred butter without fail, and thine andirons regularly placed.  Be of full-age as to thy nourishment, of the canon’s age as to the measure of thy food, O Fire, Ahura Mazda’s son!  Be now aflame within this house; be ever without fail in flame; be all a-shine within this house; be on thy growth within this house; for long time be thou thus to the furtherance of the heroic renovation, to the completion of all progress, yea, even till the good heroic millennial time when that renovation shall have become complete.  Give me, O Fire, Ahura Mazda’s son! a speedy glory, speedy nourishment, and speedy booty, and abundant glory, abundant nourishment, abundant booty, an expanded mind, and nimbleness of tongue for soul and understanding, even an understanding continually growing in its largeness, and that never wanders, and long enduring virile power, an offspring sure of foot, that never sleeps on watch, and that rises quick from bed, and likewise a wakeful offspring, helpful to nurture, or reclaim, legitimate, keeping order in men’s meetings, yea, drawing men to assemblies through their influence and word, grown to power, skilful, redeeming others from oppression, served by many followers, which may advance my line in prosperity and fame, and my Vis, and my Bantu, and my province, yea, an offering which may deliver orders to the Province as firm and righteous rulers.  And mayest thou grant me, O Fire, Ahura Mazda’s Son! that whereby instructors may be given me, now and for evermore, giving light to me of Heaven, the best life of the saints, brilliant, all glorious.  And may I have experience of the good reward, and the good renown, and of the long forecasting preparation of the soul.  The Fire of Ahura Mazda addresses this admonition to all for whom he cooks the night and morning meal.  From all these, O Spitama! he wishes to secure good care, and healthful care as guarding for salvation, the care of a true praiser.  At both the hands of all who come by me, I, the Fire, keenly look:  What brings the mate to his mate, the one who walks at large, to him who sits at home?  We worship the bounteous Fire, the swift-driving charioteer.  And if this man who passes brings him wood brought with sacred care, or if he brings the Baresma spread with sanctity, or the Hadha-naepata plant, then afterwards Ahura Mazda’s Fire will bless him, contented, not offended, and in its satisfaction saying thus:  May a herd of kine be with thee, and a multitude of men, may an active mind go with thee, and an active soul as well.  As a blest soul mayest thou live through thy life, the nights which thou shall live.  This is the blessing of the Fire for him who brings it wood well dried, sought out for flaming, purified with the earnest blessing of the sacred ritual truth.  We strive after the flowing on of the good waters, and their ebb as well, and the sounding of their waves, desiring their propitiation; I desire to approach them with my praise.

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