Artāy Virāf - Chapter 5 - The Chinwad bridge
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
THE BOOK OF ARDA VIRAF - Translated by Prof. Martin Haug, of the University of Munich, revised from the MS. of a Parsi priest Hoshangji. From The Sacred Books and Early Literature of the East, Volume VII: Ancient Persia, ed. Charles F. Horne, Ph.D., copyright 1917.
Chapter 5.1. Afterward, the width of that Chinwad bridge became again nine javelin-lengths.
(2) With the assistance of Srosh the pious, and Adar the angel, I passed over easily, happily, courageously, and triumphantly, on the Chinwad bridge.
(3) I had much protection from Mihr the angel, and Rashn the just, and Vai the good, and the angel Warharan the powerful, and the angel Ashtad the world-increasing, and the glory of the good religion of the Mazdayasnians;
(4) and the guardian angels (fravashis) of the pious, and the remaining spirits first bowed to me, Arda Viraf.
(5) I also saw, I Arda Viraf, Rashn the just, who held in his hand the yellow golden balance, and weighed the pious and the wicked.
Chapter 5.6. And afterward, Srosh the pious, and Adar the angel, took hold of my hand,
(7) and said thus: 'Come on, so that we may show unto thee heaven and hell; and the splendor and glory and ease and comfort and pleasure and joy and delight and gladness and fragrance which are the reward of the pious in heaven.
(8) We shall show thee the darkness and confinement and ingloriousness and misfortune and distress and evil and pain and sickness and dreadfulness and fearfulness and hurtfulness and stench in the punishments of hell, of various kinds, which the demons and sorcerers and sinners perform.
(9) We shall show thee the place of the true and that of the false.