Yasna 31.7 and Mind/Spirit as the basis of the universe

Authentic Gatha Zoroastrianism

We read in the ancient Várshtmánßar commentary of the poetic gathas concerning Yasna 31.7 and the creation of the worlds:

About establishing the universe through spirit/mind (maínögíg dahishna), through the original thinking power of Ahúrmazd (fratüm minishna í Aúhrmazd;) The above passage relates to mañ.tá paöúrúyæ in the gathic original, “the pristine formulation through spirit/mind, and the original measuring.”

Ahúrmazd first creating the universe in mind/spirit (Aúhrmazd dám fratüm maínögíg ávöridan), and after passing/undergoing of the spiritual stage, the physical making of the existence (ud pass ham stih kardan;)

And establishing the worlds by Ahúrmazd in mind/spirit, (Ud madam-ich dahishna í Aúhrmazd dám pavan maínög,) then from that their formation in the physical form (fraz bréhínídan zyash öl stih;)

And the blending, molding of mind/spirit into the physical form, (ud maínög öl stih gú-míkhtan;)

And advancing the universe thereby, (ud padash dám rúbág-ínídan;)

And harboring Vohüman and Virtue into the…

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