(Book of God's Word 2:3-7) I'hua'Mazda, God of heaven, sent certain
loo'is, highly learned angels, to look around, and afterward he called
them and asked what they saw? They said: Work! Work! Ihua'Mazda said:
Work it shall be! Go ye, holy masters of generations, down to mortals
close around the city of Oas. And search ye out seed of the I'hin
race, and by inspiration lead them to the fairest daughters of I'hua,
in the city of Oas; and they shall be tempted, and anon a quickened
fruit shall ripen in the city, sons and daughters. Again go ye to the
I'hins, and by inspiration bring others and have them tempted by the
improved fruit. And yet again repeat this method, and in the sixth
generation ye shall raise up a son having the gifts of su'is and
sar'gis, and ye shall call him Zarathustra.
4. The loo'is, the angels who were guardians over mortals for such
purpose, went and accomplished what had been commanded by God. And the
child's mother's name was Too'che, and the father's name Lo'ab.
Too'che was su'is born herself, and was by Sa'moan, an angel, obsessed
before she conceived, and during the time of maternity not suffered to
wake from her unconscious trance. And by the loo'is, her soul was oft
taken to high heaven to behold its glories, and then to return and
inhabit her own body. Thus, the child was born of All Light, and in
that same day the obsession fled, and Too'che proclaimed within the
city that no man was father to the child, but that she conceived from
All Light, believing, because unconscious in gestation.
5. The learned men cast the horoscope, but found nothing in the stars
to alarm the kings, or worthy of credence to the maiden's story. The
loo'is went before God, saying: Behold, a child is born, capable of
All Light. Then spake God, saying: I will come; go ye and lead the
6. When yet the child nursed, I'hua'Mazda spake through the child,
whilst its own spirit slept. Then again came the learned men, chief of
whom was Asha, son of Zista, learned in a thousand stars and all
living creatures, and in the bones of animals no longer living. So
Asha spake to Too'che, saying: Canst thy suckling talk? Whereupon God
answered him, saying:
7. Not the child, but I, even I'hua'Mazda. Think not, O man, these
small lips utter words prompted by this child's soul. I am come to
stay the cruel hand of war; to make man know there is an Unseen
Master. Behold, this child hath no sex! He is an Yeshuah (Iesu), a
(Book of God's Word 3:1-3) When Asha had gone,I'hua'Mazda spake to
Too'che, the virgin mother, saying: Take thou thy child away and hide
thyself, lest the king have thee and thy child put to death. So
Too'che departed with her child, and hid away in another part of the
2. Now Asha went direct to So-qi, the king, and related what had
transpired. When he had finished, the king said: According to the
histories of the ancients, when a God appeared amongst mortals, there
were signs and miracles. Thou hast told me only words. Go, therefore,
again to the child and say: The king desireth a miracle.
3. Asha returned the next day, but lo and behold, woman and child were
gone, and not one of the neighbors knew whither. Asha said: If I go
before the king with this story, he will have me slain as an inventor
of lies. So he returned not to the king.
(Book of God's Word 3:10-12) The king said: Asha, the
philosopher, told me a fine story of this child, but when I sent him
for information, he returned not. Then came Choe'jon, the maker of
songs, telling me what he had witnessed. I sent him to have the mother
and child brought before me, but he returneth not. Now thou comest
with a miracle, such as were told in the dark ages. Go thou,
therefore, and search the city over till thou findest this wonder, and
bring it before me.
11. On the next day another man, even the king's brother's son, came
before the king, saying: This day I have seen such a wonder as would
have been marvelous in the days of angels and Gods. Behold, a little
child hath spoken to me such words of philosophy as made me tremble.
And yet, O king, thou knowest I am no coward. My house is hung with a
hundred scalps. Ay, and this child already proclaimeth itself
Zarathustra in communion with the God, I'hua'Mazda! To me it said: Why
killest thou the sons and daughters of thy God? Think not that thy
multitude of scalps are a glory before heaven. Behold, I am stronger
with my little finger than So-qi, thy king.
12. So-qi, the king, said: It is enough. Save this mother and child be
brought at once before me, that I may behold the truth of these
wonders, every male child in Oas shall be cast into fire. The king's
brother's wife had a child, and the son's wife had a child, and they
foresaw that the decree of the king touched them closely; so there
went forth many, searching for Too'che and Zarathustra.
- (Book of God's Word 3:13-14) But the spirit, I'hua'Mazda, directed the mother to go beyond the
gates, and led her far off into the Forest of Goats, where the tribes
of Listians lived by fishing and hunting, and on goat's milk.
I'hua'Mazda talked to the virgin, saying: Twenty years shalt thou
tarry in the forest, fearing nought, for thy God will provide for
thee. And when thy son shall be larger and stronger than other men,
behold, thy God will manifest for the redemption of the races of men
who are hunted and slain for the glory of the kings.
14. So it came about that the virgin and her son dwelt in the Forest
of Goats until Zarathustra was a large man and of mature years, and
his stature was equal to three ordinary men; nor could any number of
men lay him on his back. But because of his gentleness like a young
goat, the tribes of the forest called him the Lamb of God, signifying,
strength and good-will.
(Book of God's Word 5:1-9) When the day arrived for the
slaughter of the male infants, not more than a thousand mothers
appeared at the place of execution with their infants, the others
having risen in the night previous and departed out of the gates,
upward of eighty-nine thousand mothers.
2. When the king went to the place of execution, having set apart the
day as a holiday, and not finding but a thousand infants present, he
inquired the reason, and, having been told, he said: Can it be that
mothers love their offspring more than they respect the decrees of the
king? Asha was standing near, having stripped himself ready for
execution, and he answered the king, saying:
3. Because they love their offspring, is it not the love of the flesh?
And doth not the law stand above all flesh? In this matter, then,
because they have evaded the law, they have adjudged themselves also
4. Then came Betraj, the king's wife, bringing the infant. Betraj
said: Here is thy son, O king, ready for the sacrifice. Asha reasonest
well; there must be an All Highest, which never erreth; which is the
law of the king. Take thou my flesh and blood and prove thy decrees.
What! Why hesitate? If thou swerve one jot or tittle, then shalt thou
open the door for all men to find an excuse against the law. Doth not
the sun blight a harvest when he will? Yea, and strike dead our most
beloved? Art thou not descended from the Sun Gods? Who will obey the
laws if thou, thyself, do not?
5. The king said: Behold, it is yet early morn; let the officers go
fetch all who have escaped beyond the walls, and both mothers and
children shall be put to death. Till then, let the proceedings be
suspended. Now there had congregated a vast multitude, anxious to
witness the slaughter; and when the king suspended matters, there went
up cries of disappointment. And many said: When a thing toucheth the
king, he is a coward.
6. The king returned for his palace, leaving Asha standing stripped
for the execution. And the multitude cried out: More is Asha like a
king than So-qi. Let us make him king. King So-qi! We will not have a
sheep for a king! And none could stay them, or be heard above their
noise; and they ran after the king and slew him with stones, and they
made Asha King of the Sun. And there was not one infant slain
according to the decrees.
7. God saith: Think not, O man, that things happen without a cause, or
that all things are left to chance. In my works I go beforehand and
plan the way, even more carefully than a captain lieth siege to a
city. Before Zarathustra was born I sent ashars to choose out my
personages. Think not that Asha made his own arguments; but by virtue
of the presence of my ashars, whom he saw not, he spake and behaved in
my commandments, not knowing it. And even so was it with the king's
wife; my angels also inspired her to speak before the king. And those
that fled out of the city, were inspired by my hosts of angels.
8. God said: Yet with the king's decree I had no part, for I foresaw
he would do this of his own will; and with the multitude in slaying
the king I had no part, for I saw they would do this on their own
account. Neither would the multitude hear my voice, even though I had
spoken to every man's soul; for in them tetracts were the ascendant
9. God saith: The multitude slew the king because he had gone so far
from me he heeded me not. And I made Asha king, because he came so
near me my power was with him through my ashars.
(Book of God's Word 6:9-12) Accordingly Zarathustra was made a priest and was otherwise accepted
as an I'hin, and bestowed under the rod with water and with fire. And
he also taught the sacred words and the art of writing and making
tablets; and of weaving cloth and making clothes from flax.
10. Seven years Zarathustra remained with the I'hins, fasting and
praying, and singing and dancing before the Lord. And then the Lord
commanded him to return through the Forest of Goats, the which he did,
teaching before the Listians whithersoever he halted for a rest, and
the Lord was with him, working miracles.
11. At the end of another seven years the Lord said to Zarathustra:
Behold, the dawn of light is come! Thou shalt, therefore, bestow thy
mother with thy people, and I will lead thee to the city of thy birth.
Zarathustra said: Tell me, O Lord, of the city of my birth?
12. The Lord said: It is a great city, but it shall fall before thy
hand; for I'hua'Mazda hath turned his favor away from its kings.
(Book of God's Word 7:13-17) Hear me, O king; because the dead know
not the All High heavens, the Ormazd, Whose name signifieth Master of
All Light, sendeth His exalted angels down to the earth as masters and
teachers, having captains and high captains, that their labor be done
orderly. The highest captain is therefore called I'hua'Mazda, that is,
master voice over mortals and spirits for their exaltation.
14. Know, then, O king, I, who speak, have thee and thy city and thy
country within my keeping. I am come to stay man's bloody hand. And
through Zarathustra will I reveal the laws of Ormazd; and they shall
stand above all other laws. Because thou art the most skilled of men,
I made thee king; because thou hast seen that man must have an All
Highest Law, I have come to thee. Yea, from thy youth up, and during
thy long life, I have spoken to thy soul, saying: Asha, find thou the
All Highest: Asha, thou shalt have a strange labor before thou diest!
Asha, thou, that hast attained to the measurement of the stars, shalt
find a Power behind the stars!
15. The king said: Enough! Enough! O stranger! Thou turnedst my head
with wonders. I scarce know if I am living or dead, because of the
mastery of thy wisdom. Alas, my kindred are dead; my friends are
fools! I have none to tell these wonders to. All thy days shalt thou
live in my palace, and whosoever thou demandest for wife, shall be
granted unto thee.
16. I'hua'Mazda said: Till I come again to thee, O king, keep thine
own counsel. For the present, I must return to the forest. Give me,
therefore, of thy choicest ink and brushes and writing cloth, and send
thou two servants with me. Asha said: Suffer thou me to be one of thy
servants, and I will abdicate my throne!
17. I'hua'Mazda said: I shall need thee where thou art. Thus ended the
interview with the king. The next day Zarathustra returned to the
forest, to write the Zarathustrian laws.
(Book of God's Word 10:10) Then I'hua'Mazda wrote down tens of hundreds, and thousands of words,
and explained the meaning. After that, Zarathustra sat in the bushes
for thirty days and thirty nights, neither eating nor drinking nor
sleeping. And then I'hua'Mazda revealed the secrets of heaven and
earth to him, and commanded him to write them in a book; the which he
did; and this was the first book, the Zarathustrian law, the
(Book of God's Word 12:10-12) Take my holy book, the Ormazdian law,
the Zarathustrian law, first, to Asha, king of the I'huans, king of
Oas, the City of the Sun. Him have I prepared for thee and thy work
since the day of his birth; since the day of thy birth, the day I
spake to him in thy infancy.
11. Then went forth Zarathustra, strong in faith; and he came to Asha,
the king. And the king said unto him: Thou hast tarried so long!
Behold, I have cast the horoscope a hundred times, a thousand times. I
have proved all the stars in heaven and named them, and made maps of
them. And I have measured the power of one star over another star; and
the powers of the stars on this world, and the powers of the sun and
12. Yea, I have sent into the great cities of the east, to men of
great learning; and to the south and north and west, to men of great
learning. And then I sent to the kings of Jaffeth and of Shem; to Bow-gan-ghad;
to Bing-thah; and to the great city of Huug-sin, where the great
philosopher, Ah-tdong, liveth. And from all of these I have obtained
great wisdom. (Book of God's Word 14:11) Thus did
Asha send officers to carry the books he had made to the kings and
queens in the east and west and north and south; and they that he sent
were men of great learning, and of the highest caste; and they took
with them serpents and swords, and gave them as commanded, exacting an
oath from all who received them.
(Book of God's Word 16:1-5) So Asha, being converted, gave up all he
had on earth, and went and lived with the poor, carrying the alms-bowl
for one year, preaching and praying for the poor. And it came to pass
that at the end of the year he had thousands of followers.
2. And he built altars for them, teaching them to worship the Creator;
to restore the mark of circumcision; to be upright before men; to
labor for the helpless and distressed, and to do not to any man that
which they desired not to be done unto themselves.
3. And these people took the name of Zarathustrians, in
contradistinction from the Parsi'e'ans. Nevertheless, they were the
I'huan race, and the Ghans.
4. And because of their religion, they could not own property, neither
houses, nor lands, nor cattle, nor beasts of burden. Many of them gave
themselves into servitude to the Parsi'e'ans, but many of them lived
on the contributions brought by converts who had had great
5. Now it so turned out, that when Asha abdicated the throne, there
were many aspirants to his place, and the Council of the Sun was
puzzled to know whom to select, that peace might remain in Oas; but
they finally made Hi'ya'tseing king, because he was a great warrior,
having bestowed to the city's walls and gates more than ten thousand
skulls, from the refractory tribes adjacent.
(Book of God's Word 18:5-6) I'hua'Mazda said: But as for
thee, O Zarathustra, thou art young and strong. Thou shalt choose
fifty men from amongst my people, well learned and strong, full of
vigor. And they shall be thy companions; and thou shalt visit the
large cities of Jaffeth and Shem and Ham. For four years shalt thou
travel, delivering the Zarathustrian law; but at the end of that time
thou shalt return to Oas, and to this people, my first chosen.
6. And behold, after that, Asha shall go with thee to Oas, and thou
shalt raise thy hand against the city, and it shall fall.
(Book of God's Word 22:3-8) I'hua'Mazda said: Long ago I
told thee to go and live with the I'hins. Zarathustra said: I
understand. I learned the Wheel of Ormazd from the I'hins. Then said
I'hua'Mazda: Make thou a Wheel of Ormazd.
4. Zarathustra made a wheel, and hung it slanting, facing the sun at
high noon. Then I'hua'Mazda explained to the people, saying: This is a
symbol of the name of the Creator, Ormazd, the All Light Master! Put
it in the place betwixt the horns of the crescent, for it is sacred;
it is the Sign of the Altar; it is called the Altar. Let the Faithists
go with me, and I will explain.
5. They carried it to the meeting-place and faced it in the same
direction. And when the people stood in a circle around it,
I'hua'Mazda said: The name of this place shall be Harel, and the name
of the wheel shall be Altar. Behold, then, ye have already sworn an
oath under the thigh, in the custom of your forefathers, but ye shall
now renew your oath on the Altar of Ormazd, and His Holy Book.
6. I'hua'Mazda then administered the oath unto many, wherein they
covenanted to turn from evil and strive to do good; and each and every
one turned the wheel once round, as a witness before the Father. When
they had all covenanted, I'hua'Mazda said: Ye shall make many wheels,
and carry them along the roadways, and wherever one road crosseth
another ye shall fix an Altar; and ye shall dedicate the wheel to the
7. And whoever passeth that way afterward shall halt and remember his
Creator; and he shall renew his covenant, to turn from evil and strive
to do good; and in testimony before the Father, he shall turn the
wheel once round.
8. Thus was established the sacred wheel of Zarathustra amongst the
I'huan race. (Book of God's Word 22:14) I'hua'Mazda
taught through Zarathustra for forty days and nights; teaching the
Zarathustrian law, the Ormazdian law. And thousands and thousands of
people were converted unto righteousness; and these were called
disciples (ga'spe Zarathustra) of Zarathustra.
(Book of God's Word 27:7-14) After many days of rest and rejoicing, I'hua'Mazda came to
Zarathustra, saying: Behold, the time hath now come to go against the
city of thy birth. Take Asha with thee, and I will cause Oas to fall
before thy hand.
8. Accordingly, Zarathustra took Asha and returned, as stated, to the
gates of Oas; but he was known at once; and when he demanded
admittance, he was refused, because the king had previously decreed
his banishment and death, there being an offer of reward to whoever
would destroy him and bring his skull to the king.
9. The keeper of the gate, whose name was Zhoo'das, thought to obtain
the reward, and hit upon the following plan, saying to Zarathustra: I
know thee; thou art Zarathustra, who art banished under penalty of
death. I have no right to admit thee within the city, nor have I a
desire to witness thy sure death. But if thou wilt secrete thyself,
till the change of watch, when I am absent on the king's reports, thou
mayst take thine own risk. But if I admit thee, I will also be put to
10. Zarathustra said: As for myself, I fear not; but I would not have
thee put to death on my account. Where, then, can I secrete myself,
till the change of watch?
11. Zhoo'das, the keeper of the gate, said: Within the chamber of the
wall. Go thou, and thy friend with thee.
12. So Zarathustra went into the chamber of the wall, and Asha went
with him. And now, when they were concealed, Zhoo'das called his wife
and said unto her: Be thou here, walking back and forth, that they who
are concealed will think it is I. And I will run quickly to the
guards, and they shall come and seize Zarathustra, for whom the reward
13. And the keeper's wife came and walked back and forth; and the
keeper ran quickly and brought the guards, one thousand men, with
spears and swords and war clubs and slings and bows and arrows, and
they surrounded the place of the chamber on all sides. And then spake
Zhoo'das ironically, saying: Come forth, Zarathustra, now is the
change of watch!
14. And Zarathustra and Asha came forth and beheld what was done.
Zarathustra said to Asha: The Light is upon me. Go thou with me. No
harm shall come to thee. But now is the time come in which I shall
fulfill what hath been prophesied of me in my youth.
(Book of God's Word 28:1-5) So Zarathustra suffered himself to fall
into the power of the Sun King; and the soldiers caused him and Asha
to march in their midst to the place of the skulls. And there came
thousands and tens of thousands of people forth to witness the
proceedings; for at this time there were many who were in sympathy
with Zarathustra, as well as many against him.
2. And in order to stay the multitude, the captain of the army called
out many soldiers in addition to those who made the arrest. Others ran
to the king's palace, carrying the news of his arrest, and the place
he had been taken to.
3. The king said to the heralds: Though this man shall die, it is fit
that proper judgment be rendered against him, as an example before all
men. Go, therefore, to the executioners, and command them to bring
Zarathustra into my presence, that I may adjudge him to death
according to law.
4. This was accomplished. Zarathustra was brought before the king, who
accosted him, saying:
5. By thy behavior thou art accused before thy king, and I adjudge
thee to death. But that thou mayst be as an example before the world,
I will render my judgments before the heralds, who shall proclaim my
words unto all who desire to witness thy death.
(Book of God's Word 29:7-12) When it was near sunrise, the next morning, the place of the
executions was crowded with spectators. Many of the Zarathustrians
believed that Zarathustra would liberate himself by the power upon
him; and on the other hand, the king's people, especially the learned,
desired to realize his execution, for they denounced him as an
8. The latter said: If he be the Master of the I'huans, let him prove
his powers whilst he is hanging by the feet.
9. It was the law of Oas to keep twelve executioners, representing
twelve moons, and at sunrise every morning they put to death whoever
had been adjudged to death the previous day. Now, there were in prison
with Zarathustra two thieves, condemned to the same ignoble death. And
they were weeping and moaning! Zarathustra said to them: Weep not, nor
moan, but rather rejoice. He Who gave you life is still with you. He
will provide another and better home for your souls.
10. Behold, I weep not, nor moan. They who put us to death know not
what they do. Rather should the multitude pity them than us. Ye shall
this day escape from the tyrany of Oas.
11. Zarathustra preached till high noon, and when the light fell on
the top of the temple (of the stars) the twelve executioners entered
the prison and bound the prisoners' hands together behind their backs;
then with another rope they tied the feet, bringing the rope up the
back of the legs and passing it betwixt the arms; and they carried the
end of the rope up over a beam and down again; and the executioners
seized the rope and pulled upon it. And they swung the bodies of the
victims high above the walls and made fast, leaving them hanging
12. Thus was Zarathustra hung betwixt two thieves; and whilst he was
yet alive a bolt of light fell upon the temple of the stars, and it
was rent in twain, and fell to the ground. And when the dust rose it
was as a cloud that magnified itself, till the air of the whole city
was choking; and there came another bolt of light, and, lo and behold,
the walls of the city fell down, and Zhoo'das perished in the chamber
of the wall.
(Book of God's Word 29:13) The multitude ran for the king; and
when they brought him out of the palace, another bolt of light fell on
the palace, and it was crumbled into dust. The king called to his
guards, but they obeyed him not, but fled; and so, the multitude slew
(Book of God's Word 29:14-17) The learned men then
went down to the place of executions, and Zarathustra was not yet
dead; but the two thieves were dead. And Zarathustra said unto the
learned men: Now will I give up my body, and behold, ye shall say I am
dead. Let the executioners then take down my body and cast it into the
lions' den, and ye shall witness that they will not eat of my flesh.
And some shall say: Behold, the lions are not hungry. Thereupon shall
ye cast in the bodies of the two thieves, and lo, the lions will fall
upon them and eat their flesh.
15. Then shall the learned men say: Behold, Zarathustra's virtue laid
in different flesh. Now I declare unto you, these things are not of
the flesh, but of the spirit. For angels shall gather about my body
and prevent the lions from tearing my flesh. Of which matter ye shall
prove before the multitude; for in the time the lions are devouring
the flesh of the thieves, the angels will go away from my body, and,
behold, the lions will return and eat of my flesh also. Whereby it
shall be proved to you that even lions, the most savage of beasts,
have spiritual sight, and are governed by the unseen world, even more
16. When Zarathustra had thus spoken to the learned men, he spake to
the Father, saying: Receive Thou my soul, O Ormazd! And his spirit
departed out of the body, and in that same moment the whole earth
shook and trembled, and many houses fell down. So they cast the body
into one of the dens, wherein were seventeen lions, but they fled from
the body. Then the executioners cast in the bodies of the thieves,
and, lo and behold, the lions fell upon them instantly.
17. And when the angels went away from Zarathustra's body, the lions
returned to it and ate also. And the keepers turned in other lions,
and all the flesh was eaten. And the multitude ran and brought the
body of Zhoo'das and cast it in, and the lions ate it also. And next
day they cast in the king's body, and the lions ate of it, and were
appeased of their hunger.
(Book of God's Word 30:22-26) Thus preached Zarathustra after his resurrection from death; for three
days and three nights preached he before his disciples; and Asha wrote
down the substance of his words, and they were preserved unto the
generations of Faithists from that time forth. And the words were
called the Zarathustrian law, the I'hua'Mazdian law, the Ormazdian
law. And they were the first heavenly words given on tablets and skins
and cloth, and in books, to mortals, save what words were given in
secret to the tribes of I'hins, of which the different nations of the
earth knew nothing of their own knowledge as to what they were.
23. On the morning of the fourth day, when the disciples sat in
crescent, which was called the living altar of God, Zarathustra again
came in sar'gis. He said: Behold, the time hath come for me to rise
out of hada, where I have dwelt for three days.
24. The Gods who were with me all my earth life are gathered together
even here, and there are millions of them. Just near the river yonder
standeth the boundary line of a heavenly ship of light! It is wider
than the eye can see, and higher than the eye can see! A million of
angels are singing in that ship! And there are great Gods and great
Lords in it. So bright, mine eyes dare not look on them. They are all
Sons and Daughters of the Great Spirit.
25. The drujas are all run away now. Their foolish gabble is hushed,
gone! It is as if another world came alongside, so majestic that this
one was lost. Above, high, very high, yonder! Something like a sun
illumes the ship of fire! I know it is He Who hath come for me. I go
now! Whither I go I will build for you all.
26. And thou, O Asha! The Gods have thrown a mantle of light over
thee! A chain reacheth from thee to Ormazd! Asha was overcome, and
fain would have gone to the spirit, Zarathustra. The latter said:
Stand thou, and I may kiss thee! So, Zarathustra kissed Asha, and