The 101 Names Of Pak Dadar Ahura Mazda – Part I

Daisy P. Navdar is a teacher by profession and a firm believer in the efficacy of our Manthravani. She is focused on ensuring that the deep significance of our prayers is realized by our youth. She credits her learnings and insights, shared in her articles, to all Zoroastrian priests and scholars whose efforts have contributed towards providing light and wisdom for all Zarthostis.

Every name is real, that’s the nature of names – Jerry Spinelli

Starting today, I will be doing a series on the 101 names of Paak Dadar Ahura Mazda. While commonly the 101 names are called ‘names’, they are really attributes or qualities of Pak Dadar Ahura Mazda. When we recite these names, they not only remind us of who our Ahura Mazda is, but they also show us the kind of person we must aspire to become. When we chant these names regularly, we create their strength and aura around us. This aura protects us and keeps us safe even during those times when we cannot chant the names. 

These names are the remedy of almost all ills that we face and it is extremely worthwhile to say them everyday after your kusti. However, these names are not a substitute for effort and hard work but rather they will augment your dedication and give it an added boost. Please note that each name is a prayer in itself and can be chanted to gain maximum benefit of its particular divine vibration. 

Start your work in the name of God, do your work with the help of God, finish your work with thanks to God because He decides, gives and makes everything possible.

  1. Yazad: This is one of the oldest names of Pak Dadar Ahura Mazda. If this name is prayed 101 times at dawn after completing your kusti, it is said that your wishes will be fulfilled. It is important here to understand that when we ask for something of God, it is just a desire from our perspective. That particular wish may or may not be part of His grand plan for us. Hence, we must always preclude every wish with a statement that this is my application, to accept or reject it is in Your Hands. I bow to the will of Ahura!
  2. Harvesp–Tawan: The All-powerful one. If you are feeble and weak, then this is the name that helps you gain strength. If you have suffered a debilitating disease and find it difficult to get back to your old form, then this is the name to be chanted. It is also beneficial for sports persons or athletes to regularly chant this name. It gives them endurance and stamina to be the best in their sport. However, this doesn’t mean that it is a substitute for regular training and hard work. This name can also help you to overpower your enemies.
  3. Harvespa–Agha: The knower of all mysteries, internal and external. It was a name frequently recited by Dastoorji Kookadaaru Saheb. If you need wisdom and insight into the situations that you face in your life, then this is definitely the name to be chanted. Many of us face so many challenges in our work life. We are unable to gauge the thought processes and future actions of our co-workers or competitors. This name helps bring perspective to our own actions which will protect us against the destructive strategy of our opponents.  
  4. Harvespa Khudah: This name is old and full of wisdom. It means the God of all things. If you are unable to meet with your day-to-day needs, then this is the name to pray. The one who recites this name shall never go hungry. When this name is recited in conjunction with the previous name (Harvespa Agha, Harvespa Khudah) for 101 times, your wish will be fulfilled. 
  5. Abdaha: Without beginning. The seamless one who is eternal and hence has no starting point. This name is particularly beneficial to pray when you are starting some new work. It will bestow the new venture with quality of endurance and it will continue to work for a long time.
  6. Abi Anjaam: Without end, or eternal. When you recite this name as you conclude your work, the positive effects of your efforts will continue to work endlessly. A great many benefits can be derived by the recitation of this name.
  7. Bunestih: Source of all things. Ahura created the whole universe and all the things within. Everything that endures is the creation of Ahura, as also the sunlight, the rain, the mountains, the trees, the planets and the galaxies. Boon means one who pays attention and recites. Just like the best students are the ones who pay attention in class, the most successful in life are those who listen carefully to the words of God, recite them and most importantly, follow them. 

Look out for the continuation of ‘The 101 Names Of Pak Dadar Ahura Mazda’ Series in our next issue! 

Daisy P. Navdar
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