Angels and Demons in the poetic gathas
Contrary to the many hollow claims of the pseudo-intellectuals, the poetic gathas do in fact mention both demons and Angels as utterly real.
In the gathas/songs of the prophet, Angels are wondrous aspects of Mazda’s superb mind/spirit, immortal sparks of Gd’s amazing genius. The entire gathas is a loving poetry to Mazda and the awe inspiring aspects of his brilliant mind.
The Persian word for angel “Fereshte” has its origin in the poetic gathas of the ancient prophet/seer, See Yasna 49.8, the 4th rhymed verse line. The Avetan word Fraäsht/Fraæsht in the aforementioned verse is equivalent to the Vedic Preshita, “divinely enthused, inspired fervor, glow of feeling, Angel, Messenger.”
In Yasna 49.8, the 4th rhymed verse line; the Aryan Prophet prays to Mazda, the GD of Genius and Vision “may we be your Angels/divinely enthused by you for all ages.”
Also, the demonic and diabolic forces known as “daevá daävá daævá” are utterly real in the gathas. “First demons and afterwards the mortal men arrived at distortion and corruption of mind power,” See Yasna 45.11, 1st and 2nd rhymed verse line.
“Demons wished/chose not what is fitting or right and were but deceived, they came together for counsel, only to choose the most limited/stagnated mind, rushed into wrath/violent commotion to make the mortal’s world sickly and diseased,” See Yasna 30.6, 1st, 2nd and 3rd rhymed verse line.
Translating daevás as “false or imaginary gods” does not agree with the gathic original and is simply an attempt to give a pseudo-rationalistic look to the profound gathic poetry.
The term vi.daævö “without/against the diabolic forces” qualifies the faithful Zoroastrian with the same force as mazd-yasnö “Yoked/joined in union with the GD of vision and genius,” and zarathushtrish-“Zoroastrian,” See Yasna 12 and Yasna 43.8, the 2nd rhymed verse line.
Poetic Gathas teach that in the realm of consciousness/mind energy is the formulation of all the worlds and material manifestations. Daævás are the brood of limited consciousness, descendants of beaten and stagnated mind/spirit.
“You all the Demons, have come from the worlds beyond, the race of stagnated/beaten mind; your great binding, falsehood and arrogance; becoming thereafter ill famed in the seven climes of the land,” See Yasna 32.3, 1st 2nd and 3rd rhymed verse line.
These stagnated/frustrated mind energies from the worlds beyond; act upon the earth-life and mortal men who are by far their vassals and puppets, doing their biding. They make mortals to see demons/evil as GD, lie as truth and truth as lie.
“You have proclaimed; the love of daævás is to separate from luminous, superb mind; and to noxiously ravage the manifesting power of thought, wisdom, vision, and the brilliant artfulness of GD,” See Yasna 32.4, 2nd and 3rd rhymed verse line.
“You have deceived mortal men of the essence/nectar of life and indestructibility, you the confounded brood of beaten spirit/mind; through gloom, heinous actions and words, you have foretold rule/power for the treacherous liar,” See Yasna 32.5, 1st 2nd and 3rd rhymed verse line.
“Gd of Genius and Vision how could demons be good kings wielding power? When what they ask for is to prevent/hinder desire,” See Yasna 44.20, 1st and 2nd rhymed verse line.
“For this is the dose and evil vision of the daævás,” See Yasna 49.4, 4th rhymed verse line.
“Existence,” “Life-force” “Manifesting Power of Mind” is the domain of Ahúrá Mazdá. Demons have NO life-force and are living dead, Stagnated Mind Energies. Theirs is a parasitic, temporary phenomenon until the outcome of the existence, See Yasna 30.4, 2nd rhymed verse line.
“For theirs is the worst want of vision, compared to the luminous eternity of the boundless mind/spirit,” See Yasna 30.4, 3rd rhymed verse line.
“Mazda most wise in tales and lore, knows well what demons and mortal men have wrought in the past and wreak for the future, he (hvö) is the sage/wizard (wichirö,) and it will be just as the GD of Genius and Vision wishes/desires (vasat,)” See Yasna 29.4, 2nd rhymed verse line.
“For his power to accomplish is their renunciation entire; demons, monsters of scattered mind and the mortal men,” Yasna 34.5, 3rd rhymed verse line
Daævás lack effective power to accomplish anything, owing to their limited and ultimately self-destructive vision. They are called akár “incapable of creation/effective work” in Middle Persian commentaries. Their very self is “frustration” and “want of intelligence.”
“We the demons long for a magnificent and splendid mind such as yours, and the accomplishment and delight of the Gd of Genius and Light,” Yasna 32.1, 2nd rhymed verse line.
In Zoroastrianism evil is not a creative force and is secondary in the cosmic order, affirming the priority and superiority of the force of genius and good. Therefore it is not described as a force to be feared. The protection of the adorable powers/aspects of the mind of GD is far greater than the ravage/distortion of the demons, See Holy Denkart, 5.24.21a.
It is not possible for a demon to invade unless there are doors open for it to enter. The door may be a consent or affinity or a physical defect in the being. The demons cannot corrupt unless there is some defect in oneself, some impurity, weakness or, at the very least, ignorance. One should then seek out this weakness in oneself and correct it.
What makes it impossible for demons to prevail in any attack is the “brilliant flow of thoughts,” “perfect contemplation;” “auspicious, serene thinking power,” See Yasna 32.2, 3rd rhymed verse line.
Mortal man as a species stands between the angels /aspects of GD’s superb and wondrous mind and the demons or stagnated mind energies, the daævásmay be kept in check by the “auspicious, serene thinking power” and an active participation in life through whatever is eternal and undying in thoughts, words and deeds.
“Not an idle person averse to work/action has the share of fortune that a demon gets from the sacred lore,” See Yasna 31.10, 3rd rhymed verse line.
The daævás may win a temporary battle, but “the evil seer will finally realize the wondrous truth of the GD of Genius and Light,” See Yasna 49.1, 2nd rhymed verse line.
“Eternal Progress/Immortality for demons and mortal men,” See Yasna 48.1, 3rd rhymed verse line.
Their relative parasitic existence is only a phenomenon thrown up by the cosmic Force in its drive towards eternal progress. Limitation, demons, falsehood, evil are all cosmic realities, but relative in their nature, not absolute, since they depend for existence on the perversion or contradiction and are not like excellence, genius and good, self-existent absolutes, inherent aspects of the Self-existent GD of Genius.