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Sacred Numbers and Cyclical Time.

The Mathematical Logic of Zarathushtra’s Gāthā Quatrains.

Availability: Forthcoming
Published: 2019
Page #: xii + 198
ISBN: 978-1-56859-323-4
appendix, bibliography, references

Quick Overview

This study highlights the patterns of complex parameters in the Gāthās, defining their pervasive numerology. Fundamentally, conceptual pairings and distributional patterns of terms suggest that the composer of the Gāthās presented, and through them taught, the TRUTH of the WORLD to be re-created anew daily. In doing so, each WORD and WORD SET accompanying the ritual action is marked both for its specific frequency, its NUMBER, and for its relative POSITION along the time-line of the textual NET-WORK, as the words are “spun” and interwoven, in the process of building up the cycle of the most complex, yet ordered dynamic cosmic coordinate systems that culminate in the Coda.

Most unexpected is the recognition that the cosmic vision of the Iranian Gāthās matches that of early Greek philosophy and science, in particular Pythagorean and Platonic, but also includes calendrical patterns datable to the early Christian era which suggests multiple layers of adjustments to advances in scientific knowledge, including the knowledge of planets and planetary conjunctions.

author

Gernot Windfuhr

Professor Windfuhr’s linguistic work on Persian as well as Iranian linguistics, including dialectology and diachrony, is framed by two milestones in the field: the first descriptive and analytical survey of the linguistic study of Persian (1979), and most recently the edition of the comprehensive synchronic analyses and descriptions of Old, Middle and New Iranian languages, the first to include the complex syntax of these languages (2009). Theoretically, his work includes the development of a general three-dimensional model for the comparative mapping of the dynamics of aspect-mood-tense systems (first 1986). Areally, it includes the dynamics of Turkic-Iranian linguistic symbiosis. Didactically, it includes the production of an innovative three-level textbook series of Modern Persian (1979-1982). His work on Modern and Classical Persian literature began with then current structuralist approaches and turned to the inclusion of modern literary theories. Particularly for pre-modern literature he increasingly focused on the indigenous medieval poetics and the dialectics of the codified cognitive networks of a divinely ordered universe that they reflect, including cosmology and the esoteric sciences such as numerology and horoscopy and the art of riddling (examples rediscovered even in well known literary passages from the Shahname onwards). His work on religion includes Zoroastrianism, the Roman Mithraic Mysteries, and Manichaeism, with a major thrust on the Iranian world view preceding Islam. His focus has been on the recovery of Zoroastrian cosmology and metaphysics, and the origins and possible influences of that matrix. He demonstrated the existence of a fundamental underlying the chiastic dialectics, as well as the sacred geometry encoded not only in the Zoroastrian calendar (introduced by the Achaemenids and continued today), but also in the homologuous Zoroastrian ritual precinct. His work also includes the tracing of Zoroastrian sources for Mozart’s esoteric opera The Magic Flute. His comparative studies include the demonstration of the close similarity between the Zoroastrian and the Chinese Taoist ritual, and the recognition of the common lineage of the iconography of a mid-fourth century BCE Sarmatian burial in the Southern Urals to Iranian cosmology, showing that both are part of ancient Anatolian and Eurasian traditions of representing TIME.

Chapter 1: INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW

Chapter 2: THE 4 QUATRAINS AND CYCLICAL TIME

Chapter 3: COSMIC HARMONY: IRANIAN AND GREEK
3.1: Zarathushtra, Pythagoras and Plato
3.2: The Cosmic Circle and Chiastic Numerology
3.3: Cosmic Number 36x of ‘Gender Pair’
Zarathushtra/Orion 16x + charioteer Arti/Auriga 20x
3.4a: Mathematical Complementarity: “Plato’s number” 6 x 36 = 216
3.4b: The 36 OLD PERSIAN CUNEIFORM SIGNS
3.5: TWO STATES OF EXISTENCE: IRANIAN AND GREEK,
3.6: The hidden central PIVOT of the Gāthās, stanza 120
3.7 Evil squeezed in the Center of the Gāthās,

Chapter 4: RITUAL ACTION
4.1: Sets confined to first half of the Gāthās
4.2: Preparation of ELIXIR,
4.3: Single quatrain sets
4.4: Four-step progression, hint at the “alchemical art”

Chapter 5: TOPICAL SUBSETS
5.1: Network of “OCTET” of Indo-European “DRAGON-battling” terms
5.2: Double focus on zam ‘earth’ and MITHRA in Y 44 and Y46,
5.3: Overall pattern and measure framed by ratu and mad

Chapter 6: DATING the Gāthās, planets, and textual patterns
6.1: The 4 Manthras encoding sets of PTOLEMAIC constellations
6.2: The hidden HOLY OCTET’s 12-MONTH CALLIPPIC CALENDAR
6.3: Arti 20x and Jupiter-Saturn Triplicities
6.4 Zarathushtra’s 16x and the expansion to 17 chapters

APPENDICES
Detailed numerology of the hidden HOLY OCTET
Calendrical allusions in the Gāthās

Bibliography

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