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Pahlavi Texts, Part IV (SBE37), E.W. West, tr. [1892], at

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1. The Varstmânsar 1 contains particulars about the birth of Zaratûst, his attaining the religion 2, and whatever is on the same subject 3. 2. A notice (numâd) of the priestliness, discipleship, spiritual lordship, priestly authority, and steadfastness which are in his original more concise words of the Gâthas 4. 3. The explanation (zand) of the statements about everything and also the good arrangement (khusradakŏ) are such as that which one speaks of thus:—'It is the Varstmânsar which has given forth an exposition upon everything.' 4. So that, in the Varstmânsar, something is said about everything that is mentioned in the Gâthas.

5. Of righteousness the excellence is perfect.


12:1 Corresponding to the second word, ahû, in the Ahunavair, according to B. P. Riv.; but it is the third Nask in other Rivâyats. Varstmânsar means 'used as spells, or employed as liturgy,' and is often corrupted into Vahist-mânthrah in the Rivâyats. For a detailed account of the contents of each of its twenty-three fargards see Bk. IX, Chaps. XXIV-XLVI.

12:2 See Bk. IX, Chap. XXIV.

12:3 This final phrase is often used for unspecified details, and may be considered as equivalent to et caetera.

12:4 See Bk. IX, Chap. XXV.

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