(Book of the Arc of Bon 2:1-11) These are the generations of the scattered tribes,
contributory to the bringing forth of Capilya:
2. In Brahma, begotten of the Lord, Hathiv, who begat Runoad, who
begat Yaid, who begat Ovarana, who begat Chesam, who begat Hottaya,
who begat Riviat, who begat Dhor, who begat Avra, who begat Lutha, who
begat Jaim, who begat Yanhad, who begat Vravishaah, who begat Hoamya,
who begat Wotcha, who begat Saratta, who begat Hriviista, who begat
Samatrav, who begat Gatonat, who begat Thurin, who begat Vrissagga,
who begat Hesemwotchi, who begat Ratha, who begat Yoshorvat, who begat
3. Know ye, then, the way of God through his holy angels, and profit
ye in the light of his revelations.
4. Capilya was a natural born iesu; and also a natural born su'is and
5. God said: Behold, man shall not only learn to bring forth seedless
fruits in his garden, but also learn that all flesh tendeth in the
same direction, toward barrenness.
6. And as man draweth nearer and nearer to the light of Jehovih, so
doth his race become less prolific. And when man attaineth to be one
with the All Light, behold he is iesu also.
7. God said: By diet and by fasting, iesu can be attained, even by
many who have it not. But the natural born iesu standeth more to the
way of Jehovih.
8. When Capilya was born, a light in the form of a crescent appeared
above his head, and the voice of God spake out of the light thereof,
saying: This is my son. By him will I overthrow the governments of the
tyrants who have persecuted my people.
9. When Capilya's mother was pregnant, the angels of Jehovih, under
the archangel Hirattax, stood guard over her, thinking holy thoughts
night and day, whereby the mother's soul ran constantly to heavenly
10. And when Capilya was born, behold, Hirattax appointed a host of
one hundred and forty-four angels to be with the child day and night.
Into four watches of six hours each, divided he the guardian angels.
11. So the angels of God taught Capilya from the time of his birth,
and he became wise above all other children.
(Book of the Arc of Bon 2:15-22) For Hirattax, chief loo'is, had said: I will not only
raise up an heir to Thee, Jehovih; but I will have dominion over Thy
enemies, to Thine own glory. For by inspiration will I lead the king
of kings to marry with a barren woman; and because he shall have no
heirs, he shall become a tool in my hands for the deliverance of the
Faithists, who are persecuted and outlawed.
16. And in those days, whoso was of the seed of the worshippers of the
Great Spirit, Ormazd, was outlawed in receiving instruction. So that
the chosen, the Faithists, were held in ignorance, lest a man of
learning might rise up amongst them and deliver them. And the angel of
Jehovih foresaw that Capilya should be a learned man, and acquainted
with the cities and the royal Council. For which matter the angel,
Hirattax, provided the chief king, Yokovrana, to be childless and to
desire an heir as successor to the throne.
17. When the king consulted the oracle, behold, the angels of Jehovih
had possession, and they answered the king, saying: Put thy wife away
in a dark chamber for nine months, and she will deliver into thy hand
a male child, who shall save the crown from thy brother's child.
18. The king told the queen, who was near the time of limit for women,
and she would not believe. Nevertheless, she also went to consult the
oracle, and to her the angel of Jehovih said: Have not kings killed
their wives in order to obtain one who shall have an heir to the
19. The queen acknowledged this, adding: What, then, shall I do, for
of a truth I know I shall bear no child.
20. The angel said: Do thou as the king hath said, and the angels will
bring a male child unto thee in thy dark chamber; and thy maids and
thy servants shall see to it that no other woman entereth into thy
place; and they will testify that the child is thine own. Neither
shalt thou, under penalty of death, inform the king otherwise.
21. On the other hand the angels of Jehovih foretold the father and
mother of Capilya, even before his birth, that the child would be
carried away and given to the king, Yokovrana, known for his cruelty
as the most hated of men. And the angels said, moreover: Neither shall
ye grieve for loss of the child, for Ormazd will make of him a
deliverer of his people. And it shall come to pass even in the day the
child is delivered to the queen, its own mother shall become its
22. Thus it came to pass; and in the time of the birth of Capilya, the
angels carried him into the city of Oblowski, into the king's palace,
and to the queen's arms, in the dark chamber. And in that same instant
of time, the angels illumed the chamber, so that all the maids and
servants saw the child and the light withal, and they were frightened,
and fell down, beseeching Dyaus for protection.
(Book of the Arc of Bon 3:1-16) When Yokovrana went to the temple to do sacrifice, the
high priest besought him to consult the oracle in reference to the
child, and for his kingdom's sake. And he so consulted the oracle, and
the angels of Ormazd said unto him: O king, thou, before whom all
people fear, hear thou the angels of heaven and be wise, for thy
kingdom's sake, and for Capilya. Behold, thou hast maintained the
custom of thy forefathers, and caused to be slain on the altar of thy
God, Dyaus, twelve young men and twelve virgins for every day of the
twelfth new moon, that by blood thy God might triumph on the earth,
and that thou mightst be the most feared of kings. And thou hast
subdued all the regions of the rich earth to honor thee and thy laws.
2. Therefore, the God of heaven saith thou shalt no longer pursue the
sacrifice of human blood, but instead thereof make sacred the blood of
the lamb, which shall be called the Lamb of thy God. And in the day of
thy first sacrifice, thou shalt bring Capilya to the altar, and
sprinkle the blood of the lamb thou hast slain upon his head, as a
blood offering to thy God. And he shall be called Capilya, the Lamb of
3. To this the king assented, and Capilya was accordingly sprinkled
with the blood of a lamb, which was sacrificed in the altar of the
king. Thus ended the first of the evil edicts of the evil Gods of
Vind'yu; and from that time after mortals were no longer sacrificed to
the Gods, by consent of the kings.
4. Capilya was called Yokovrana's son; and he was taught all things
which it was lawful in those days to teach a prince; and because he
was prepared for the throne, he was made acquainted with the kings and
governors of all the tributary cities and countries in the land of
5. Of the matters of Capilya, hereinafter revealed, know ye that in
all things he was directed by the angels of Jehovih (Ormazd).
6. When Capilya had attained maturity, he besought the king for leave
to travel, saying to the king: Is not the greatest wisdom that which
cometh by the eye and the ear? And is it not wise that he who may some
day become king should acquaint himself with his kingdom whilst he is
yet young? For then, he will not only see and hear better than if he
were old, but he will have time to weigh the nature of the government,
as to its best adaptation to the people.
7. To this the king replied: Thou art already wise, my son; thou
knowest sufficient of the earth and her people according to the laws
of the ancients. Therefore to travel for wisdom's sake would be great
folly. Thine eyes and ears are too sharp already; better is it for
thee that thou seest not the people of thy kingdom. For the time may
come when thou shalt need to use great severity upon them; therefore,
to be strange with them, thy sympathy will not lead thee away from
8. Capilya said: Thou reasonest well, O king; and because thou art
wise, have I no credit in being wise also. For it must be true that a
son hath his wisdom from his father. And since thou hast so wisely put
me off with thy arguments, answer me this: Is it not profitable to a
young prince, before he hath the cares of a mighty kingdom, to go
abroad and enjoy the pleasure of the world?
9. The king said: There are but three pleasures in all the world:
eating and drinking is one; sleeping is another; the presence of women
is the third. Why, then, shall a man go abroad?
10. Capilya said: And yet thou hidest the true reason as to why thou
desirest thy son not to travel.
11. The king said: If thou tell me the true cause, then shalt thou go
whithersoever thou desirest.
12. Capilya said: First, then, I will say to thee that I rejoiced
because thou didst deny me; for I so loved thee, O king, that I knew
no joy but to remain with thee. And, moreover, thou so lovest thy son,
thou wouldst not have him go far from thee?
13. The king was so delighted with this answer, he said: Of a truth, O
prince, thou hast guessed aright. And if thou find it in thy heart to
leave me for a season of travel, then will I indeed bear with thy loss
until thou returnest.
14. Capilya traveled for nine years, and he went to the uttermost
extent of the land of Vind'yu, east and west, and north and south. And
because his nurse, who was, in fact, his real mother, had told him
thousands of tales about the persecution of the Faithists, and their
sufferings, he sought to obtain information of these scattered people,
but as yet he knew not he was of that race.
15. At the end of nine years Capilya returned to Yatinghadatta, rich
in knowledge as to the inhabitants of Vind'yu. And when he came before
the king, Yokovrana, where he was received in great honor, he related
the knowledge he had obtained of the country, its extent and grandeur,
and its hundreds of great cities and innumerable people. To all of
which wisdom the king lent a willing ear; and he declared Capilya was
the wisest and most learned man in all the world.
16. And now was come the time when God, Son of Jehovih, came to
establish Jehovih, and begin the deliverance of the Faithists, and to
collect them together in the places designed for them.
(Book of the Arc of Bon 4:1-16) The word of Jehovih
(Ormazd) came to Capilya, saying: Son of heaven, hear thou the Voice of
the Ever Present! Capilya asked: How sayest Thou? The Ever Present?
2. Jehovih (Ormazd) said: Behold Me; I am not of the king's laws; I am
the Maker of kings. They have made a law against Me, the Ever Present.
They have scattered My people. They have denied My people the right to
3. Capilya said: Mine eyes and ears have proved these things. What shall
Thy servant do?
4. Jehovih said: Thou shalt deliver the slaves unto freedom, and provide
them places to dwell together, according to the laws of the ancients.
5. Capilya said: O Ormazd (Jehovih), why hast Thou put this upon me, Thy
servant? Why gavest Thou not such matters into the hands of the Vrix?
6. Jehovih said: Thou art thyself of the race of Faithists, and have
been prepared for this labor from the time of thy birth. Go thou and
find thy nurse that cared for thee in infancy, and when thou hast her
alone, say to her: Nurse, the voice of heaven hath come to me, saying:
Capilya, thou art of the race of Faithists: how sayest thou? And the
nurse will say to thee: My son! my son! Alas me! Thinkest thou I would
by thy death, or thy mothers death? For is not such the law?
7. Capilya went and inquired of the nurse, and she said to him: My son,
my son. Alas me! Thinkest thou I would be thy death, or thy mother's
death? For is not such the law? Capilya answered: Such is the law. But
tell me the truth, and I swear unto thee, both under the name Dyaus and
under the name of thy God, Jehovih (Ormazd), that thy words shall be
secret with me, as the God's will. Am I an adopted Vrix?
8. The nurse said: Behold, thou hast loved me all thy days; from mine
own breasts wert thou fed. Shall I, then, lose thy love, and so die of a
9. Then Capilya made oath before the Gods, and thereafter she answered
him, saying: I am thy mother, O prince! The angels of the Ever Present
came to me in the moment thou wert born, and carried thee into the
queen's arms; and the king knew not even to this day but thou wert his.
10. Capilya said: Why hath this been done unto me?
11. The nurse said: Hearken, O prince! The king's wife was barren; the
king desired a son who should be heir to the throne.
12. Capilya interrupted: And thou barteredst thy flesh and flood with
the queen for this?
13. The nurse said: Patience, O prince! I am of a race that owneth only
One King, the Ever Present! Respect me, therefore, till thou hast
learned the whole truth. The angels of Ormazd came to me before thy
birth, saying: Alas, the Chosen People are persecuted and abused,
scattered and despised; but because they are faithful and most virtuous,
the Ever Present will come and deliver them. Then I said unto the
angels: What is this matter to me? Behold, I am myself but a servant,
and can do nothing.
14. Then the angel answered, saying: Thou shalt have a son, and shalt
call his name Capilya; and he shall be the deliverer of thy people. For
which purpose he shall receive great learning. But because great
learning is denied to thy people, thy son shall be adopted by the queen,
and the king, believing it is his own son, will render unto the child
learning and power also.
15. And I said unto the angel: Flesh and blood of me are nothing if I
can thereby serve Jehovih (Ormazd).
16. Capilya said: Since thou committedst me to thy God, then am I indeed
his. Now whilst they were yet talking, Jehovih spake to Capilya, saying:
I am not come to give new doctrines unto men, but to rescue My people
from bondage, and to restore equal rights unto the inhabitants of the
earth. For this purpose wert thou, O Capilya, sent into the world.
Because thou wert of the race of the Faithists My voice hath come to
(Book of the Arc of Bon 4:17-32) Because the king imagineth thou art his son, and loveth thee dearly, thou shalt not
suffer from his hand. Go, then, whither I will lead thee, and it shall
be testimony to thee, that I am the Ever Present, moving them by means
of the spirit to come to thee.
18. In due time the prince departed from home, not advising the king of
his purpose; and he went as Jehovih led him, and came to Hosagoweth,
near the river Vesuthata, where there was a forest, with meadows
interspersed, and he found a camp of four families of wandering
Faithists, and they were famished with hunger, and were ragged.
19. The prince, seeing they feared him, said: Be not afraid; I come not
to persecute or drive you hence. As ye perceive by my dress, I am a
prince, judge ye not me to be your enemy, come to destroy you. For, by
the same power ye were led hither, am I come also. This land do I
bequeath to you, to be yours forever. Cease ye, therefore, traveling
about, but begin and till the soil.
20. Yatithackka, the rab'bah, said: How sayest thou? Thou wert brought
hither by the same God? Then, of a truth, thou knowest the signs and
21. Capilya said: None of these things have I learnt; but even as there
is a legend amongst thy people that one would come of Jehovih and
restore His chosen people, so declare I unto you, I am he. That thy
Ruler is my Ruler; take me in private with thee, O rab'bah, and the Ever
Present will give the signs and pass-words, and thus prove me.
22. Moreover, I say to thee in prophecy, ere three suns have risen and
set, there shall come to this place hundreds and hundreds of thy people.
Now when the rab'bah had examined Capilya, and found that he had the
signs and pass-words, he wondered exceedingly. The prince then caused
wood and stone to be laid in the form of a crescent, and its size was
sufficient for seats for one hundred people. He said: This is the altar
of Jehovih (Ormazd). Let us sit this night, for the Father's voice is
23. During the day, many more came; so by night there were one hundred,
men, women and children, and the prince commanded them to sit about the
altar of Jehovih. And presently the Voice spake in the midst of the
altar, saying: This is My Son, of whom it hath been prophesied, one
would come to restore My people. Behold, I am the Ever Present, and not
in the figure or image of a man, but I am the All Space and Place, doing
My will through My angels and through the souls of men. Be ye steadfast
in righteous works and love toward one another; and most just to a
fraction with all other peoples. With you will I establish Myself, even
as in the ancient days with your forefathers.
24. Capilya then appointed the oldest rab'bah as chief of the altar; and
this was the first established family [community--Ed.] since many a
hundred years, that was assured by a prince that they should not be
25. On the next day the prince took the people a little way off, about
half an hour's walk, and he said to them: Build ye here another altar,
for yet, ere night comes, there shall come others even here. Let the
Ever Present have an altar provided unto them. Accordingly the people
fell to in faith, and built another altar; and when it was finished, and
the sun gone down, there came many wanderers, Faithists, to the place.
26. Capilya said unto them: Come ye to the altar of Ormazd, for he
desireth sacrifice of all whom he blesseth. And they went in and sang,
and prayed, giving thanks to God. Jehovih said: Suffer him I have sent
unto you to build three more altars at like distances apart; for I will
bring My people together for three places of sacrifice.
27. On the next day there came many more wanderers, who had escaped from
the province of Anassayon, where a war was being carried on against
raiders from Tubet, the high mountain region. And Capilya built altars
for them also; and to them he also appointed rab'bahs and chief rab'bahs.
28. Now, behold, they were without food, and many had been famished for
many days. Capilya, perceiving that some of the people were suspicious
of him, said unto them: Whoso hath faith in me of Jehovih, let him stand
with me this night, for the Father will manifest unto us.
29. Not more than forty came to the place designated; for they feared
Capilya was an imposter. And when they were assembled, Capilya tried
them, and found of a truth they had faith. And he said unto them: Stand
in a circle and join hands, and I will stand in the midst. Yet I know
not what the Great Spirit will do for us.
30. And when they were thus standing, Jehovih sent a cold wind, and
there came down from heaven an abundance of Ahaoma, sufficient to feed
the whole of the people for many days. Neither knew any man of what
ahaoma was made; but it was savory and nutritious.
31. And the people came and ate, and also gathered up the ahaoma, and
carried it home. Capilya said unto them: Because Ormazd hath done this,
go ye into the altars and return thanks unto Him.
32. And the people did as commanded; and from this time forth not one of
them lacked faith in Capilya. And thereupon he said unto them: This
place shall be called Maksabi, for it is the first colony (Tarag-attu)
in all the world where the Father hath fed His people with His Own hand.
So the place was called Maksabi, which, in Vedic, would be Suta-ci-ci (I
speak with food!).
(Book of the Arc of Bon 5:1-9) For forty days Capilya
remained in Maksabi, teaching and helping the people; and on the
fortieth day he said unto them: I go now; the Father desireth me. Be ye
faithful unto Jehovih, and maintain the sacrifices (worship). The eye of
Jehovih is upon you; His ear heareth not only your spoken words; but the
thoughts in your hearts. In time after this I will come again unto you,
and restore your rites and ceremonies.
2. Jehovih said unto Capilya: Even as thou hast done in Hosagoweth, so
shalt thou do in Tibethkilrath; for thither will I also bring My chosen
from the Province of Yusitra.
3. So Capilya went to Tibethkilrath, where were assembled more than
seven hundred Faithists; and they feared him, saying to one another: Is
this not some one sent of the king to entrap us?
4. But when Capilya beheld they feared him, he said unto them: He who
hath faith in Ormazd feareth nothing in heaven or earth. For the Father
appointeth a time unto all peoples; nor can they make it more or less.
Throtona, one of the rab'bahs, said unto Capilya: Art thou indeed one of
us? Capilya said: Because I am as I am, I cannot answer thee. If I say I
am of thy race, then will not thy people be restored to liberty; for I
would suffer death, being a teacher of thy people. If I say I am not of
thy race, then thy people will not have faith in me.
5. I say unto thee, I am but a man, even as thou art; neither am I pure
and good; for there is but One pure, the Creator. Therefore, put thy
faith in Jehovih, and wherein my words and labors are good, render unto
me even as to any other man, nor more nor less. And yet, even as thou
believest in the Ever Present, so do I; as thou believest not in a
man-God, so do not I.
6. Are not all men brothers, and created by the same Spirit? Because the
kings acknowledge not this doctrine, they persecute and outlaw thy race.
To restore thy people, who are my people also, am I sent into the world.
My labor is now upon me; and for that purpose am I here with thee and
7. This land, around about, I bequeath unto the Faithists; and they
shall settle here and till the soil, and reap the harvests, and shall
not be driven away. And in time to come I will provide teachers, and the
Faithists shall have the right to obtain knowledge.
8. Capilya built altars for the multitude, saying to them: First of all,
thou shalt dedicate to God all things thou puttest thy hands to, for
without the rites of bestowal upon the Great Spirit, thy people cannot
be in harmony. To neglect the rites is to neglect all things. Know ye
the doctrines of the ancients?
9. None of the rab'bahs could answer Capilya, and so he said: Ormazd
provided your servant with great learning. For this am I sent to you.
Know ye, then, the doctrines of the ancients, even from the time of
Zarathustra and Brahma:
(Book of the Arc of Bon 6:1-2) For three
years Capilya traveled over the land of Vind'yu, east and west and north
and south, establishing the Faithists wherever he found them; and he
donated to them whatever lands laid waste and not tilled; but he touched
not any land whereon other people dwelt and tilled the soil.
2. And it came to pass, the servants in the provinces fled from their
masters and went and dwelt in the places of Jehovih, to so great an
extent that the governors and sub-kings complained against Capilya, and
he was reported to Yokovrana, the king in chief, Capilya's
foster-father. And the king sent a commission summoning his supposed son
to the capital, to answer the charges against him.
(Book of the Arc of Bon 6:11-13) Yokovrana said: Thou art acquitted, Capilya. The laws of the ancients
can not bind thy king nor the king's kings. Touching these matters,
then, the Royal Council shall make new laws. And since Capilya hath not
contravened any law, neither shall the new laws interrupt the orders of
the state as they now are.
12. Because of Capilya's presence in the Royal Chamber, the power of
Jehovih and His angels was great in that house.
13. After this manner, that followeth, were the speeches of the
sub-kings and governors: To permit great learning to the Faithists is to
overthrow Dyaus and his reigning Gods and Lords; for by great learning
will the Faithists ultimately become members of the Royal Council;
therefore, at all hazards, great learning must be prohibited. Great
learning is inimical to good servitude.
(Book of the Arc of Bon 11:1-6) JEHOVIH said to Capilya: My chosen shall not have kings; I, Jehovih,
am King. As through Zarathustra I gave rab'bahs and chief rab'bahs, so
have I through thee; and their families are My families.
2. Kings and kingdoms of men I give to the unrighteous; for they,
perceiving not Me, for I am the higher law, shall have that that they
can perceive, which is the lower law.
3. A kingdom is thrust upon thee; what wilt thou? Capilya said: What
shall I do, O Jehovih? Jehovih answered, saying: Suffer thyself to be
proclaimed at home and in the provinces, after which thou shalt ratify
the laws, and then abdicate, and the kingdom shall fall into other
4. Capilya was proclaimed, and thenceafter known as king Capilya, and he
abdicated, and then Heloepesus became king, and he became obligated to
Capilya, so that the latter, though not king, stood as a protector over
the Faithists, even greater than Heloepesus, nor could any laws be
enacted affecting the Faithists without the consent of Capilya.
5. Jehovih had said: My people shall be a separate people; they shall
live under My laws, for I am their King.
6. Now the whole time, from Capilya's first beginning of the restoration
of the Zarathustrians (Faithists), until establishing a protectorate for
them, was five years. After this Capilya traveled about, east and west,
and north and south, collecting together the scattered remnants of his
people; and he established them in colonies, and taught them not only
rites and ceremonies, but taught the lost arts of tilling the soil and
of making fabrics out of hemp and wool and silk; and he established
schools and provided teachers for the people.