Righteousness vs ritualism: an eternal controversy - II

Words and purity are the cornerstones of Zoroastrian rituals. Prayer itself becomes a ritual when it is not spontaneous or unrehearsed. Intoning every carefully syntaxed word in a Zoroastrian prayer results in energy vibrations which are highly beneficial, both materially and spiritually, contend the ritualists. Dr Mary Boyce, a traditionalist Oxford scholar, states that such invocation is like practicing white magic. The potent capsule prayers of Ashem Vohu, Yatha Ahu Vairyo and Yenghe Hatam, are said to be interspersed in most prayers (barring Vanant Yasht and Atash Nyaish), according to careful numerological considerations, in order to spice or pepper up......

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