Artāy Virāf - Chapter 7 - The Route to the Stars
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 7.1. And afterward, I put forth the first footstep to the star track, on Humat, the place where good thoughts (humat) are received with hospitality.
(2) And I saw those souls of the pious whose radiance, which ever increased, was glittering as the stars;
(3) and their throne and seat were under the radiance, and splendid and full of glory.
Chapter 7.4. And I asked Srosh the pious, and Adar the angel, thus: 'Which place is this? and which people are these?'
Chapter 7.5. Srosh the pious, and Adar the angel, said
(6) thus: 'This place is the star track; and those are the souls
(7) who, in the world, offered no prayers, and chanted no Gathas, and contracted no next-of-kin marriage;
(8) they have also exercised no sovereignty, nor rulership nor chieftainship.
(9) Through other good works they have become pious.'