The transcendental immanence of Ahura Mazda

The transcendental immanence of Ahura Mazda :

Ahura Mazda has his celestial mansions in the highest heavens, upon the vast expanse of the earth and in the hearts of the righteous persons. He is transcendent in as much as he is infinitely more sublime and greater than his creatures. Yet he is not so remote and ineffable as not to be approached and addressed and greeted by his ardent worshippers. He is immanent in the sense that man can enter into close and loving relations with him, and own him as his father and brother and friend (Y45.11). He befriends those who seek his friendship and loves those who long for his love (Y44.17). Zarathushtra addresses Ahura Mazda as his friend (Y44.1). He is life’s safest anchorage and Zarathushtra, in his misfortunes, pours out his heart in his divine friend’s bosom and cries unto him for help and protection as a friend helps a friend (Y46.2, 7). He lovingly helps those who flee unto him in their distress and betake themselves to his protection. There is none other than he who shields men against harm and they invoke his protection through Asha (Y34.7). We sleep secure because he guards us lovingly and we live in safety because he stands by our side when we awake out of sleep. His goodness towards us knows no bounds. Immortality, holiness, power, and perfection are his gifts to those who deserve them through their deeds and words and prayers (Y34.1). Man can become his friend and companion through his words and deeds of righteousness (Y31.21, 22). He is invoked to bestow upon the pious the good things of life for his love of them (Y33.10). With his good understanding, man can imitate him and be like unto him by promoting the welfare of all around him through righteousness (Y31.16).

The prophet prays for his vision and communion with him (Y33.6). He strives to approach him through Good Mind (Y28.2), and through his devoted supplications (Y50.9). With outstretched hands he aspires to reach him with songs of praise on his lips (Y50.8 ) . Thus will he continue his praise, he says, as long as he has strength and vigour (Y50.11), and adds that the stars and the sun and the dawn all unite in singing praise unto him (Y50.10). Consumed with the fervour of religious emotion, he implores Ahura Mazda to rise up for him (Y33.12), and to come to him and manifest himself to him in his own person (Y33.7; 49.1). Sraosha comes with Vohu Manah unto him whom Ahura Mazda desires (Y44.16).

Source : History of zoroastrianism, Chapter V

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