Sraöshá, inner melody, inspirational wisdom

We read in the Zoroastrian literature a lot about Sraöshá; Sraöshá to Ahúrá-Ma(n)zdá the GD of Wisdom and Genius; Sraöshá to Ameshá or Amertá Speñtás, the Auspicious Indestructible Powers/the Auspicious Immortals; Sraöshá to the Yazatás, the Adorable Spiritual Beings; Sraöshá to Pure Rulers (“hú.khshathrá”), Sraöshá to Good Parents; Sraöshá to Wise Counsel/Teachers.

Sraöshá is hearing, listening, Inspiration.  It comes from the root srü, Compare with Old Church Slavic slusati “to hear,” Gothic hausjan, Old Norse heyra, German hören; sound, listening, hearing.

Sraöshá is an inner melody or inspirational wisdom; the delicate rhythm, music of the universe. Accordingly, the poetic gáthás is an inspired verse; a revelation of the “melodies, sounds, vibes, music of the worlds” HEARD by the seer/prophet (ereshis/rishi) from the enchanted seat ( gátüm) of the GD of Genius ( See Yasna 28.5, the second rhymed verse line.)

What was HEARD was then translated into poetic songs/ gáthás by the ancient bard. This is identical with the Sanskrit concept of shrúti. The language of the Veda for example is shrúti, a rhythm not composed by the intellect but HEARD, an inspirational melody vibrating out of the Infinite to the inner audience of the human who had previously made himself/herself fit for the higher, divine knowledge.

We read in Yasna 57.8; “Sraöshá  who first chanted the gáthás, the five sacred verses of Zarathúshtrá; with their poetic measure, their rhythm/flow, their gnosis/commentary, their questions (frashná) and their answers ……


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