Wisdom of Ages
Dhalla, Dastur Maneckji N.
of the prophets of God by the Evil One are recorded in the lives of the great
prophets. Buddha, the enlightened one, is thus tempted by Mara and promised
universal dominion if he desisted from imparting his illumination to mankind.
Satan shows Jesus the kingdoms of the world and their glory and offers them
all to him if he gave up God and came over to him.
centuries before both Buddha and Jesus, the prophet of Iran is tempted by Angra
Mainyu. At the command of the arch-fiend, the demon came rushing to cause
Zarathushtra saw through insight that the wicked, evil-doing demons were
taking counsel together for his death. He chanted the Ahuna Vairya and
frustrated the foul attempt of the Druj (falsehood) on his life.
Foiled in his mission, demon rushed away dismayed and spoke unto Angra
Mainyu that so great was the glory of holy Zarathushtra that he could see no way
of killing him.
Mainyu tells Zarathushtra that he was a mere man born of human parents, and
could not therefore withstand his onslaughts. Moreover, if he renounced the
Mazdayasnian religion, he would award him untold riches.
Unto him the prophet of Mazda retorted that neither for the love of his
body or life, nor if his breath were torn away would he desist from the good
With the sacred formulas as his weapons, he adds, he would strike and
repel the evil brood of Angra Mainyu.
Up to the
end of time, up to the time that the victorious Saviour came, Zarathushtra tells
Angra Mainyu that he would smite his evi1. Thus was he first in the material
world to proclaim the word for the destruction of the demons.
The demons fled headlong, weeping and wailing, at his sight and their
malice was extinguished.
He chanted the Ahuna Vairya and drove back the demons beneath the earth.
says that Zarathushtra drove back beneath the earth the daevas that were
stalking the earth in the shape of human beings. He
was the first among mortals who brought the demons to nought, who first
proclaimed the word that worked their destruction, and who first denounced their
creation as unworthy of sacrifice and prayer.
Angra Mainyu, the wicked
and deadly, howled in impotent
rage that Zarathushtra alone succeeded in routing and smiting him where all the
Yazatas failed to encompass
He bewails that Zarathushtra smote him with the Ahuna Vairya the deadly
weapon, which was as a stone as high as a house,
he burnt him with righteousness as if it were molten metal, and that he, the
prophet of Mazda, was the only one who made it better for him to leave the earth