Artāy Virāf - Chapter 9 - The Route to the Sun
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 9.1. When I put forth the third footstep on Huvarsht, there where good deeds (huvarsht) are received with hospitality, there I arrived.
(2) There is the radiance which they call the highest of the highest;
(3) and I saw the pious on thrones and carpets made of gold;
(4) and they were the people whose brightness was like unto the brightness of the sun.
Chapter 9.5. And I asked Srosh the pious, and Adar the angel, thus: 'Which place is this? and who are those souls?'
Chapter 9.6. Srosh the pious, and Adar the angel, said
(7) thus: 'This is the sun track; and those are the souls who, in the world, exercised good sovereignty and rulership and chieftainship.'