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For the fictional character in the Marvel Universe series, see Ahura (comics); for the river, see Akhurian River.
Ahura is an Avestan language designation for a particular class of Zoroastrian angelic divinities.

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Ahura

Noun
1. (Zoroastrianism) title for benevolent deities
(hypernym) Hindu deity
(classification) Zoroastrianism, Mazdaism


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[Persian] In ancient Persia, Ahura ("Lord") is the title of gods, and the name for gods and spirits. The name was used to make a clear distinction between the Ahuras and the Daevas, who originally belonged to the same classification of godlike entities. The Daevas were in later religion degraded to the lesser beings, demons or devils, they are now.

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Ahura (Avestan) [from the verbal root ahu conscious life; cf Sanskrit asura] The lord of life, the one life from whom all proceed; as daevas who were originally gods of the Aryans changed to demons among the Iranian branch of the Aryans, asura also changed to demons among the Indians. In the earlier Vedas, asura is especially used for Varuna, the ruler of the heavenly sphere. "The Mazdean Scriptures of the Zend Avesta, the Vendidad and others correct and expose the later cunning shuffling of the gods in the Hindu Pantheon, and restore through Ahura the Asuras to their legitimate place in Theogony. . ." (SD 2:60-1).
Blavatsky gives a human interpretation of Ahura: "The Magian knew not of any Supreme 'personal' individuality. He recognized but Ahura -- the 'lord' -- the 7th Principle in man, -- and 'prayed', i.e. made efforts during the hours of meditation, to assimilate with, and merge his other principles -- that are dependent on the physical body and ever under the sway of Angra-Mainya (or matter) -- into the only pure, holy and eternal principle in him, his divine monad. To whom else could he pray? Who was 'Ormuzd' if not the chief Spent-Mainyu, the monad, our own god-principle in us? . . .
"And wisely does it [the occult doctrine] explain to us that Ahura is our own inner, truly personal God and that he is our Spiritual light and the 'Creator of the material world' -- i.e., the architect and shaper of the Microcosm -- Man, when the latter knows how to resist Angra-Mainyu, or Kama -- lust or material desires -- by relying on him who overshadows him, the Ahura-Mazda or Spiritual Essence. . . . Ahura-Mazda is also the Father of Tistrya, the rain-bestowing god (the 6th principle) that fructifies the parched soil of the 5th and 4th, and helps them to bear good fruit through their own exertions, i.e., by tasting of Haoma, the tree of eternal life, through spiritual enlightenment" (BCW 4:520-23).


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