January 16th marked the festive holiday for Vôhü Manö (awe-inspiring spirit/mind.)
The second day of each Avestan month and the eleventh month are sacred to Vôhü Manö.
Vôhü Manö consists of two parts. VÔHÜ coming from the root vah, from the ancient Indo European ves “to revere, stand in awe of.” And MAN meaning “passion, determination, spirit, mind power.”
The importance given in the poetic gathas to vôhü manö is a specifically Zoroastrian feature. In the Vedas there is NO instance of a compound of the abstract noun ma′nas and the adjective vásu.
In the Zoroastrian sacred lore, Vôhü Manö has two essential qualities, “inspiring awe, wonderfulness, goodness” (wehíh) and “determination, mind-power, passion” (manišn).
Among the Indo European religions, Vôhü Manö seem to be ONLY related to Vili and Vé in Old Norse Mythology. The Old Norse vé, from Proto-Germanic *wīhą *wíhaz and Anglo-Saxon wíh, wéoh comes from the same ancient Indo European root and conveys a similar idea of “the sacred, awe-inspiring, wondrous.”
In the Avestan Baghán commentary of the most sacred and holiest Yathá ahü manthrá, the word Vairyö or “the power to will, desire” is attributed to mind-power. This close association between “will power” and “awe-inspiring, wondrous passion/mind-power” reminds one of Vili and Vé in the Old Norse creation myths.
In the 2nd rhymed verse line of the most sacred Yathá ahü manthrá, the existence is a manifestation of the Vôhü Manö. In the 1st rhymed verse line of Yasna 34.2, The Wise Lord Ma(n)zdá through awe-inspiring, wondrous spirit/mind power of Vôhü Manö creates and does everything.
The aforementioned sacred verse is identical to the 5th rhymed verse line of Yasna 44.7 where Ahûrá Ma(n)zdá through Speñtá Mainyü “auspicious, splendid, bright mind energy” is the creator of all. (Avestan Speñtá is related to Lithuanian šventas, Proto-Baltic-Slavic swęntŭs, Old Prussian swentas; and means “splendid, bright, sacred auspicious.”)
In Yasna 39.3, the Immortals and god beings, reside forever in the lovely brilliant thoughts of Vôhü Manö.
In Yasna 32.15, 3rd rhymed verse line; the dazzling, awe-inspiring abode of Vôhü Manö is the supreme heaven/dominion of Ahûrá Ma(n)zdá.
Whereas the Immortals are the brilliant thoughts of Vôhü Manö; the demonic powers/diabolic forces or daævas, are the “seeds of aká man (See Yasna 32.3, 2nd rhymed verse line.) Aká manah is “the most tortured, anguished mind.”
Vôhü Manö is the victorious opponent of Aká Man or anguished mind. “Anguished Mind will be vanquished, Wondrous Mind will be the victor” (Yašt 19.96). “When the Evil, gloomy Spirit assailed the creation of Excellence/Luminosity, Wondrous Mind Power and Heat/Fire intervened” (Yašt 13.77).
The souls of the virtuous/excellent abide in Vôhü Manö per 2nd rhymed verse line of Yasna 49.10. In fact the Persian word for heaven “behest” is derived from Vahištá or Vahištem Manö, a superlative variant of Vôhü Man.
Vôhü Man plays a paramount role in what comes to pass and the shaping of destiny (varezayañtö from verez “to become, turn” See Yasna 45.4, 3rd rhymed verse line.)
Vársht-mánßar commentary of Yasna 28.4 states that when the dazzling abode of Vôhü Man descends upon the earth, the events leading up to farshö-kart or “fresh, remaking of the universe” will commence.
The only coming to ahûrá ma(n)zdá is through vôhü man or “awe-inspiring, wondrous spirit/mind” (See Yasna 28.2, 1st rhymed verse line.) It is the “awe-inspiring, wondrous spirit/mind” that took the Aryan prophet Zarathûshtrá, to question and answers with ahûrá ma(n)zdá (See Yasna 46.) It is the wondrous mind power of Vôhü Manö that shapes our destiny and manifest godliness in us and the universe in the fresh, renewal of the worlds.
Vôhü Manö being the foremost of the ahûrás “god-beings or god powers” of Ma(n)zdá is the menög or spirit of “awe, wonder, discovery and ultimate joy.” Vôhü Man is the fiery passion/mind power that guides us amongst the stars to the highest heaven of songs, to live forever in brilliant thoughts among Immortals.