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Ashem Vohu (/ /, Avestan: 𐬀𐬴𐬆𐬨 𐬬𐬊𐬵𐬏 aṣ̌əm vohū) is a very important prayer in Zoroastrianism. The Ashem Vohu, after the Ahunavar is considered one of the basic, yet meaningful and powerful mantras in the religion. It is considered a lesson and praise of those who embrace Asha, along with being a sacred blessing for the aforementioned. It is also at the end of most of the prayers in the Khordeh Avesta, except a certain few, most notably the Fravarane.
- aṣ̌əm vohū vahištəm astī
- uštā astī uštā ahmāi
- hyat̰ aṣ̌āi vahištāi aṣ̌əm
- aʃəm vohuː vahiʃtəm astiː
- uʃtaː astiː uʃtaː ahmaːi
- hjat aʃaːi vahiʃtaːi aʃəm
There are many translations that all differ significantly due to the complexity of Avestan and the concepts involved.
- "Righteousness is best (of all that is) good.
- As desired, what is being desired
- is truth for him who (represents) best truth."
- “Asha is virtuously magnificent,
- And joy upon joy is what Asha provides
- For thus is Asha Vahishta."
- "Truth is best (of all that is) good.
- As desired, as desired, truth
- is for him who (represents) best truth."
- "Holiness (Asha) is the best of all good:
- it is also happiness.
- Happy the man who is holy with perfect holiness!"
- "Righteousness is the best good and it is happiness.
- Happiness is to her/him who is righteous
- for the sake of the best righteousness."
There is also a Sogdian version of the prayer: ]𐼺𐼴𐼶𐽁𐽂 𐼺𐼷𐽁𐽂𐼰𐼷 𐼴𐽁𐽂𐼰𐼰𐼷 𐼰𐽁𐽂𐼴𐼶𐼺𐼰𐼷 𐽂𐼴𐽀𐽂𐼰𐼷 𐼰𐼶𐼴𐽁𐽂𐼰𐼷𐽀𐽂𐼺.
The main point to be noted in the translation is that the word "Holiness", can also be replaced with Righteousness and its main origin term "Asha".
- Boyce, Mary (2001). Zoroastrians:Their Religious Beliefs and Practices. Routledge.